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February 11, 2006

Essential Oil Application Methods

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BATH:
Add 10-12 drops of a single oil or a blend to 1/2 Cup Epsom Salts or baking soda – or 5 drops to 1 TBSP of Epsom Salts or baking soda. Pour it into a hot bath while it is filling. Soak until water cools.

DIRECT INHALATION:
Apply 2-3 drops of Essential Oil or blend to palm of one hand, rub palms together, cup hands over nose and mouth and inhale vapors deeply 6-8 times.

DIFFUSION:
A few drops in a Diffuser (for therapeutic use, cold air Diffusers do not harm the fragile properties of Essential Oils), you can buy electric devices, Candle warmed, ceramic rings to place on light bulbs, or just use a bowl of warm water.

Using heat to diffuse Essential Oils will destroy Essential Oils, rendering them therapeutically ineffective. Cold air Diffusers gently break up Essential Oils into tiny molecules through micro diffusion thus retaining the integrity of the oils. This process creates a fine mist vapor that floats in the air and can be absorbed gently into the body through the respiratory system. If you’re diffusing an oil only for aroma, an Oil Burner works perfectly. But, if you’re using an Essential Oil or blend for therapeutic benefit, use a cold air Diffuser.

COMPRESS:
Dilute 1 part Essential Oil or blend with 4 parts vegetable oil (olive works great) and apply 8-10 drops on affected area. Cover with moist hand towel or wash cloth. Cover the moist towel with a dry towel and leave in place for 10-15 minutes. If there is inflammation – always use a cold compress. If there is no inflammation, use a warm compress.

FOOT REFLEX POINTS:
Massage oil or blend with the side of your thumb or reflex tool on the corresponding reflex point on the feet. Use a press and circle motion for 10-20 seconds per point.

RECTAL RETENTION: (only if directed)
Dilute 15 drops recommended Essential Oil(s) or blend with 1 TBSP vegetable oil. Insert 1 TBSP into rectum with a bulb syringe and retain overnight.

VAGINAL RETENTION: (only if directed)
Apply 5-8 drops of oil or blend on a tampon and insert into vagina for internal infection; or apply to sanitary pad for external lesions. Retain overnight.

VAPORIZE:
Run hot, steaming water into sink or large bowl. Drape towel over head, covering hot water also. Add 3-6 drops Essential Oil(s) or blend to the water. Inhale vapors as deeply as possible several times through the nose as they rise with the steam. Recharge vapors with additional hot water as needed.

MASSAGE:
Blend 15 drops of Essential Oil per ounce of Carrier Oil (Almond, Apricot, Jojoba) and indulge in the power of touch.

OTHER USES:
Facial steams, foot soaks, insect repellant, household cleaning…. and much more… use your imagination

Medication for Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Alternative Anxiety Disorder Treatments

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by Tess Thompson

Generalized Anxiety Disorder is the most difficult of the Anxiety disorders to diagnose because it lacks many of the more dramatic symptoms of other disorders. People with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) are not always prone to Panic Attacks, for example, and do not necessarily fear social situations. GAD usually includes subtler symptoms, such as excessive worry about things like work, family, health or money, and can be accompanied by physical symptoms that include muscle twitching, Headaches, sweating, or gastrointestinal trouble. The National Institute of Health classifies a specific symptom of GAD as being excessive worry or Anxiety occurring more days than not for at least a six month period. Many who experience this can begin to feel frustrated and helpless, but there are a variety of successful treatments and therapy that can help restore patients to a normal life.

Individual therapy is generally recommended for people with GAD, as many do not feel comfortable discussing their symptoms in a group environment. Therapy sessions should Focus on identifying Stress factors, practicing Relaxation techniques and Breathing exercises, and helping the individual find a balance between work, family, personal time and other obligations.

Doctors occasionally prescribe medication as one of the treatments for Anxiety if the individual’s symptoms are so intense that they interfere with psychotherapy and Relaxation exercises. Benzodiazepines such as diazepam (also known as Valium) and lorazepam (Xanax) are the most commonly prescribed medications for this type of disorder, but it should be noted that there is not much clinical research that has shown these types of medications to be more effective than others. Benzodiazepines can produce sedative side effects that affect performance and daily functioning, and medication for Generalized Anxiety Disorder should only be taken if absolutely necessary and always under professional supervision.

It can often also be beneficial to explore alternative Anxiety disorder treatments like herbal medications. The herb Passiflora Incarnata (Passion Flower) is regularly used to provide Anxiety relief, and as a treatment for isomnia, hyperactivity and Nervous Tension. Lemon Balm is an overall Nervous system restorative that can also successfuly calm symptoms, as well as Lavender – the most popular and widely used natural ingredient for treatment of Anxiety and an active ingredient in Panic Attack treatments as well.

Successful treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder is attainable and should generally include a much more intense Focus on therapy than on prescription medication. Many who suffer from the disorder are able to overcome the symptoms purely through focusing their energy on learning how to identify stressors in their lives and regularly practicing methods for coping with them. Each person’s life is different, and so are each person’s symptoms, but individualized treatment can go a long way toward alleviating Anxiety and restoring a healthy life.

February 8, 2006

Headache Inhalant

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1 d. Rose oil
1 d. Basil oil
1 d. Orange oil
1 d. Rosemary oil

Mix together in palm of hand. Rub hands together briskly and cup over nose and mouth. Inhale deeply through nose 3 times. Wipe off excess oils on a tissue or cotton pad and place in baggie for use throughout the day.

Do NOT get into eyes. If you get Essential Oils into eyes, flush with a vegetable oil, NOT with water!

Falling Stars Perfume Recipe

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Easy to make and truly inspired, our Falling Star Perfume recipe is soon to become your favorite. Catch your falling star.

Ingredients:

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients together, shake well. Place in a dark color bottle. Then allow the perfume to settle for at least 12 hours. Store in a cool dry area.

The Mind-Smell Connection

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Why is smell so strongly linked to memory and emotion?

It is not fully understood, but this is no surprise as the complexities of brain activity are still far from being unravelled and understood. The brain holds far more secrets than we have discovered. What is known is that the sense of smell is registered in a part of the brain which was already developed in our earliest ancestors.

The limbic area of the brain was well developed before man had the power of speech or was able to make tools. The limbic area is concerned with all those activities vital to survival in a sometimes hostile world: sleep, hunger, thirst, memory, sexual response and, or course, smell are all affected by the limbic system.

As modern man developed the ‘higher’ senses and the brain became larger to accommodate development of speech, intellect and creativity, the ancient knowledge became blunted or buried deep in the unconscious and the limbic area of the brain lost some of its importance. But that ancient knowledge is still there and needs only to be re-awakened.

Essential Oils have the power to re-awaken and stimulate the limbic system and the aromas can be used to excellent effect by the aromatherapist. They also have the power to balance the two hemisphere of the brain. It is known that the left hemisphere of the brain is concerned with logic and intellect, whilst the right is concerned with intuition.

When both hemispheres are in harmony and balanced, we experience feelings of calm and well-being. As we inhale the balancing Essential Oils, the two hemispheres of the brain come into closer symmetry, whilst the stimulating Essential Oils make us feel mentally alert and the sedating oils promote deeper feeling of Relaxation. The relationship between the brain, the mind and the body is of vital importance in aromatherapy.

When we send pleasing, relaxing messages to the brain during aromatherapy massage, the hypothalamus receives impulses signalling safety and harmony and, in its turn, the body receives the signal that all is well and that the body and mind are in balance.

The effects of Essential Oils and massage on the various activities of the Nervous system form a major part of aromatherapy. We use analgesic oils to relieve pain by damping down the activity of the pain-transmitting nerve endings.

Basic Candle Making

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It is really not that difficult to make your own basic Candles! If you are going to be performing any spells or rituals using Candles, then to make your own is a good idea, as the Candles will pick up your vibrations & will be more pure than ones you buy in a shop, as no-one else has handled them. But always remember, Safety first! Never leave hot wax unattended, always use heat proof gloves when handling container/pot that wax is in & make Candles at a time when young children are not around.Alway ensure that you have a good amount of working space as well, to minimise the danger of accidents.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR BASIC Candle MAKING

Wax – Paraffin wax is good, Colour – dyes or a cheap alternative is Children’s crayons ( the thicker one are better! ), Wick – you can buy these or make your own by dipping thick string or thin cord into warm wax. Leave to dry on grease-proof paper. Mould – You can buy these from craft stores, or use an old can, as a cheap alternative! A Container for the wax – A double boiler is best to heat the wax in, but failing that, put the wax into an old coffee tin, then into a saucepan filled with water to heat it ( make sure the water doesn’t come up further than your tin though! )

A Thermometer You have to keep the temperature of the wax below 375 degrees, as to over-heat wax is very dangerous indeed, the fumes from over-heated wax can lead to illness as well as the danger of severe burns from boiling wax! Ideally for safety, try to keep the wax under 200 degrees, as this is more than sufficient! Mold release agent – This is necessary to easily & safely remove your Candle from the mold. You can use a silicone spray or cooking spray oil for this. Wooden spoon – to stir the wax Scissors Pencils – You will need one for eah Candle you are making to hold the wick.

MAKING THE Candle

Heat the double boiler or saucepan of water to a high enough heat to melt wax & add the wax to your carrier. Start to melt the wax, ensuring with the thermometer that it is well within the temperature guidelines! Stir the melting wax with a wooden spoon. While the wax is begining to melt, spray the mould with the silicone spray or the cooking oil spray.Leave the mould to one side for later use. Kepp stirring the wax with the wooden spoon softly until it is completely melted. Add colouring, one drop at a time until you build up to a colour that you like ( you can always add more colour, but not so easy to take colour away, so one drop at a time! ) or if you are using crayons, dip the crayons into the wax ( be very careful as you do this! ) .

Now get your wick/wicks. Tie one end of the wick to the middle of the pencil, & gently drop the wick into the mould containg, trying to get the wick to be in the centre of the mould if possible, resting thepencil on top of the mould. ( if you are using a Candle mould, then sometimes there is a little hole at the bottom to feed the wick through, this centres the wick, but you must remember to seal the whole after the wick has been thread through. Use a small peice of putty or Blu-Tak to do this! & ensure that the wick is taut! ) It is now time to pour the HOT wax into the mould/moulds. Use oven gloves or other suitable safety equipment to lift the wax carrier from the water, & take great care to gently pour into the mould / moulds.

Fill the mould until it comes up to 1 inch before the top of the mould. You must leave this space. Leave the wax to harden for at least several hours, preferably over-night, in a safe place out of the reach of children. Do not try to remove the Candle from the mould until you are absolutely sure it has hardened completely! Once it is ready, tip the mould upside down & thanks to the release agent, it should then slide out easily.

OTHER Candle IDEAS

While you are adding the colouring, you could also try adding a scent to your Candle! Herbs & Spices are good for this as are the Vanilla & mint oils usually used as cooking ingredients! You can also drop hings into the wax when it has melted & before pouring into the mould. Leaves are very good for this, as are sea shells, this adds a nice touch to Candles you may wish to give as presents!

February 5, 2006

Benefits of Aromatherapy and Massage

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Alzheimer’s and dementia
As well as using the therapeutic properties of the oils themselves, Aromatherapy and massage can be used to promote Relaxation, lower Anxiety and add to the quality of life for people suffering from dementia. Massage has been used successfully to help reduce the effects of Aggression (Snyder 1995), and disturbed behaviour in individuals with severe dementia (Brooker et al. 1997).

There is also much work being done into smell-memory to help with maintaining and reinforcing the short term memory process which is the most distressing symptoms of dementia-related illnesses.

People with dementia often feel confused and Anxious – a gentle hand massage can evoke feelings of comfort and safety, particularly if used with a favourite scent reminiscent of childhood or their favourite perfume.

Antifungal action
Tea Tree has been proven to be effective in the treatment of Acne, athletes foot, and onychomycosis nail infections (Bassett et al. 1990 and Duck et al. 1994).

Arthritis
Massage has an immediate effect on reducing cortisone levels (Stress-related hormone) in children with juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, and also lowered their self and parental assessed perceived pain levels over a 30 day massage programme (Field et al. 1997).

Asthma
A 20 minute massage routine every day before bedtime has been found to improve the pulmonary function of children with asthma (Field et al. 1997 c)

Autism
Massage Therapy can help with touch sensitivity, attention to sounds and tasks, and with pupil-teacher interaction (Field et al. (a)1997).

Many people with severe learning disabilities have a dysfunctional sensory system (Hatch-Rasmussen 1995, p1).

Autistic individuals are more than likely to rely on only one style of learning (Edelson 1999, p1), either visually, auditory, hands-on, or tactile. The experience of massage stimulates all the senses to help reinforce the learning process through tactile (touch); auditory (background music); olfactory (smell) and the tactile experience (the Interactive Sequence). It helps make the recipient feel safe and comfortable, enables the building of a relationship, and can initiate the process of developing effective communication.

Cancer and palliative care
Previously it was thought that massage was inappropriate for cancer patients as it would ‘spread’ the cancer. Nowadays, aromatherapy and massage are used alongside conventional medicine to help treat Nausea, promote Relaxation, and improve quality of life, particularly in palliative care.

The Marie Curie Cancer Care centre in London has conducted clinical trials showing statistically significant improvement in cancer patients receiving massage with an Essential Oil (Internet health library Cancer Research No date).

Complementary therapies including aromatherapy massage have a positive role to play in managing fatigue and Anxiety in cancer patients (Maguire 1995).

The Essential Oils Lavender, Marjoram and Roman Chamomile (no Botanical names available) have also been used with massage to significantly help Relaxation and Anxiety levels in palliative care among 69 individuals self-assessing the benefits of a trial in palliative care (Evans 1995, Wilkinson 1995).

Unspecified oils with massage have also been shown to help with short term Pain Relief in cancer patients (Weinrich et al. 1990).

Challenging behaviour
Some people with learning disabilities are very difficult to reach, particularly those with no verbal language skills, severe learning disabilities or an Autistic spectrum disorder. Aromatherapy and massage can be used to facilitate communication, help to build relationships, reduce difficult and self stimulating behaviour, and offer more meaningful communication. The lack of appropriate tactile stimulation can contribute towards excessive self-stimulating and challenging behaviour. (McCray 1978).

The Relaxation produced during a massage session can help to reduce challenging behaviour by reducing Anxiety and Stress levels (Bijou 1996). For clients with profound and multiple handicaps, massage and the use of aromatic oils can stimulate the senses and add to quality of life.

Healing
Due to their chemical make-up, Essential Oils have many natural antibiotic, antifungal, antiseptic and antiviral properties.

The use of appropriate oils applied with massage can help relieve aching joints and contribute towards mobility and skin integrity (Hitchen 1993).

Some Essential Oils and Carrier Oils are particularly suitable for use with dry or mature skin. Essential Oils and massage can also help Eliminate Toxins from the body by stimulating circulation and lymphatic drainage (McGuinness 1998).

Interaction
Aromatherapy and massage offer an ideal medium with which to achieve some of the intensive interaction sequences outlined in Hewett et al. (1993) ‘Access to Communication’. Hewett outlines a method of working with the severely disabled and withdrawn client by meeting them first on their terms, slowly bringing them out by interacting at an enjoyable level to encourage participation and communication.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The oral intake of Peppermint oil has been shown to help people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Dew et al. 1984).

Pain Relief
Research has shown that Lavender oil (Angustifolia) can reduce pain (Wollfson et al. 1992), and can also be used to reduce Stress and Anxiety (Buckle 1993).

A 20 minute foot massage using Lavender oil with intensive and coronary care patients showed a reduction in heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure and perceived pain (Wollfson et al. 1992).

Lower back pain can also be immediately helped with lower back massage (Ernst 1999), and Lavender oil (unspecified) has been show to reduced perennial discomfort over a 5 day period of use after childbirth (Dale et al. 1994).

Relaxation
Through using EEG testing, the Essential Oils of Ylang Ylang and Rosemary have been shown to influence Alpha-wave activity (Alpha-waves are induced by Relaxation), Rosemary suppressing activity, while Ylang Ylang causing an increase – in line with the direction expected by their anticipated therapeutic properties (Jacob 2000).

Sedation
The sedative effects of Lavender inhalation (non specified species) have been proven in work by Buchbauer et al. 1991, and 1993) when investigating the linalool content. Linalool is a terpenoid constituent that his lipophilic (interacts with cell membranes to suppress cell action (Teuscher et al. 1990), the effects being mildly sedative in nature.

Stress and Relaxation
Aromatherapy massage has long been used to help promote Relaxation and treat Stress – many illnesses of the mind and body are a result of inability to cope with Stress therefore aromatherapy has much to contribute in maintaining health both physically and psychologically.

Massage will Relax both the mind and body – massaging with Essential Oils enables Relaxation and a feeling of well-being inevitable leading to a reduction in Stress and Anxiety. Clients will also benefit from the therapeutic relationship with their therapist. Friction from massage on the skin can stimulate or Relax the body muscles (depending on the sort of massage and oils used), increase blood flow to peripheral areas, lower blood pressure and heart beat.

Massage with Neroli has been shown to have a significant psychological benefit when used over a 5-day period with post cardiac Surgery patients (Stevenson 1994).

Touch
Touch is a way of connecting, exchanging information, and building a relationship – this forms the basis of all communication and is central to our work with all people who have severe learning difficulties (Sanderson et al. 1997).

Touch and smell are vital in order to understand the environment. They are also a basic behavioural need. Touch contributes towards a multi-sensory approach to help those with sensory impairment. It is supportive and comforting; it can help develop trust and relationships, so adding to quality of life (Nind et al. 1998).

The RCCM gives dozens of abstracts and references for research on touch (http://www.rccm.org.uk/massagetouch.htm)

Trust
Massage can also be used as a way of building up a relationship and developing trust between a client with learning disabilities and a key worker. Sanderson et al. (1997) talks about ‘interactive massage’ with people who have learning disabilities (page 7, 74 and 77) where massage is used as a communication tool to share, learn to trust, and help release emotions.

Modern History of Aromatherapy

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Towards the end of the 19th Century, as a French chemist, Professor Rene Gattefosse, accidentally discovered the healing power of Lavender essence, when he plunged his hand into a bowl of Lavender oil after receiving a bad burn.

The burn healed quickly, without forming a blister or leaving a Scar. He then began many years of research into the healing properties of Essential Oils. His knowledge increased further when he treated soldiers wounded during the 1914 – 1918 war and in 1928 he gave his treatment the name “Aromatherapie”.

His work was later extended by Dr. Jean Valnet, a French physician, who used Essential Oils to treat cancers, tuberculosis, Diabetes and other serious illnesses. He claimed many successes.

Marguerite Maury followed him, a French biochemist and beautician, who further developed massage techniques and skin-care treatments using Essential Oils. She continued to further develop and work in the field of aromatherapy until she died in 1968 at the age of 73.

Interest in aromatherapy has continued to grow and today, rightly, it has a massive following.

The Ancient History of Essential Oils

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Nobody knows exactly where and when the healing art of aromatherapy began. Nevertheless, it has its roots in the rites and rituals of earliest mankind. By analysis of fossilised pollens found in ancient habitation and burial sites of early humans, scientists have discovered traces of plant that have known medicinal properties.

At least some of these properties must have been evident to these early people, who would have made the discovery either by accident or by observation. Early man would soon have recognised which leaves, berries, fruit or roots encouraged wounds to heal or sickness to improve. He would also have observed which plants sick animals sought out and ate. They discovered startling proof of the early use of plants by Neanderthal man in 1975 at a cave site in Iraq.

Scientific excavation showed signs of human habitation for 60 000 years and the discoveries there have been some of the most significant and important finds to date. At this site in 1975, the burial of a Neanderthal adult male was discovered. The subsequent soil analysis showed pollen evidence that the body had been placed on a bed of a type of woody Horsetail plant and that it had been buried with a wreath of flowers. The plants used for the wreath are all well known today and still used for their medicinal properties.

They include Yarrow, groundsel, Cornflower, St. Barnaby’s thistle, grape, hyacinth and hollyhock. As several of these plants are known to have wound healing and Fever reducing properties, it is tempting to think that they were used for those same properties by the Neanderthal man, who, far from being a lumbering cretinous creature, had now been shown to have been a thinking, feeling being as demonstrated by the care of the burial ritual.

Early man would also have observed that the smoke from his fire could produce various effects. Some woods or bushes, when burnt and the smoke inhaled, can produce Drowsiness, some excitement and others hallucinations. Little wonder that smoke and fire were considered magical and formed an integral part of many rituals. They thought that some wood smoke was beneficial and the ‘smoking’ by sick people was an early medical treatment.

Fumigation with aromatic plants and woods has been an accepted medical practice for thousands of years and is still used in some parts of the world today. Until as recent as, early 20th Century hospitals in Europe burnt Rosemary and Thyme as a disinfectant. Deliberate cultivation of plants began with Neolithic man and the plants cultivated included the poppy. It seems highly unlikely that early man was aware of the narcotic effects.

The white spotted red mushroom (Fly Agaric), beloved of all illustrators of children’s fairy tales, was another of the earliest substances used by man for its hallucinatory effects. Perhaps this explains its connection with fairies and magical tales. The hallucinatory effects were evident in some of Alice’s experiences in Wonderland! Lewis Carroll was known to have studied the effects of Fly Agaric.

Evidence of the widespread use of aromatic plant substances was seen in the tomb paintings of the ancient Egyptians 5000 years ago. Plant substances were used not only for medicinal, but also for perfumes and cosmetics, in preservation and preparation of food to enhance flavour and aid digestion.

They were also used for their Anti-Bacterial and anti-viral properties to stave off illness and epidemic. Some were even found to have contraceptive qualities. The ancient Egyptians practised a sophisticated level of medicine and many of the plants that they used are today recognised as beneficial in the treatment of certain diseases. Their surgeons even developed techniques for successful brain Surgery. Evidence of this has been found on many mummified remains, which show clear signs of skull Surgery in which the bones of the skull had healed and knitted together some considerable time before death.

They cultivated fields of fruits and vegetables and gardens of Herbs. Plant substances were used extensively in pills, potions, pastes, ointments, infusions, poultices, powders and suppositories. And when the ancient Egyptian died, plant substances, bitumen’s and resins were used in the most important ritual of all – embalming his body so that his Ba, or spirit, could live for eternity. The embalming of royal bodies and High Court dignitaries involved the removal of the internal organs, which they embalmed separately and stored in canopic jars for later burial in the tomb.

The intestinal cavity was cleaned with palm wine and all hollow parts of the body were filled with aromatics and Spices. The body was dry-salted and left for 70 days. They then wrapped the body with gummed bandages and prepared it for the funeral procession to the tomb.

The famous Egyptologist, Howard Carter, who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen, was profoundly moved when the sarcophagus of the king, who was 18 years old at the time of his death, was opened revealing the dried well-preserved flower garlands draped around his neck. These would have been placed in the tomb by the hands of his young widowed queen, whose footprints were still clearly visible in the undisturbed dust in the tomb. T

hree thousand years slipped away and, it seemed to Carter, that the young queen had stepped out of the tomb only moments before. He was acutely aware that he was, Breathing the very air that had last been breathed by the ancient mourners. Although Tutankhamen died at a very young age.

Many of the ancient people’s life span must have increased considerably if we consider the medicinal properties of the commonly used plants used by the Egyptians and other ancient civilisations – for example, the Greeks, Romans and Mesopatanians. Noting how very familiar these plants are to us today is interesting.

Consider this list: rhubarb watermelon Garlic Coriander Cedar grapes Cumin Cypress olives onions Thyme Mustard apples roses Caraway Fennel saffron Juniper quince Angelica Marjoram mint Parsley radishes leeks bay Tarragon Ginger Cinnamon Aniseed Frankincense poppy Yarrow

As the Roman Empire expanded, their knowledge spread widely and probably arrived in Britain with the Roman legions. In the 11th Century Arabia, Avicenna, the famous court physician recorded his use of over 800 plants in his treatments. Historically, he is an important figure in the later development of Aromatherapy because he used massage and manipulation as part of his treatment.

He was also largely responsible for the refining of distillation techniques to derive oils from plants. Medieval Europe saw the use of plants in infusions, pills, potions, pomanders and nosegays, which were sniffed as protection against epidemic and pestilence. The Herbs Lavender, Sage and Rosemary were used widely to scent linen and to protect materials against moths.

Herbs were strewn on the floors of dwellings to perfume rooms and repel fleas, flies and ticks. In times of plague, bonfires were lit at intervals along the streets in the belief that the smoke would act as a powerful disinfectant and would give some protection against infection.

Although many uses of plants through the centuries would have been extremely effective, some were not and this type of fumigation during the times of the bubonic plague would provably have been useless.

The Therapy That Makes Scents

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by Corinne Friedman

The pure essences distilled from aromatic plants have been prized for their health-giving qualities for thousands of years. Using the beneficial properties of oils, you can treat common ailments, promote good health and emotional well-being, and enhance every aspect of your life. These potent, volatile essences are nature’s gift to mind, body, and spirit.

Essential Oils can evoke smell imagery; sometimes the smell of a certain aroma can instantly bring back memories of a childhood scene. Some scents can make us feel relaxed while others can make us feel energized and alive—this is the power of aroma.

For centuries it has been common knowledge that scents produce mental and physical responses. Using plant, flower, and spice essences for Beauty treatments (and to help with physical ailments) is common and has been practiced since ancient times.

Today, aromatherapy is moving out of the “health alternatives” and into the mainstream, such as in the workplace (to improve productivity, especially in the afternoon, when companies release lemon or Peppermint through vent ducts – a great “pick-me-up”!). Airlines and hotels are also looking at aromatherapy as a jet-lag cure.

Some believe that Essential Oils contain the vital force of plants, hormones, vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and the consciousness of the plant. They provide a therapeutic effect by elevating or suppressing action within the body. The oils enhance brain wave functions and improve psychic and spiritual awareness, working directly with the sensory motor system, and thus bringing balance to the body.

The chemical components of the oils, after analysis, show that they have Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungal, anti-viral, and anti-parasitic qualities. Many of the oils also support the function of the Immune System by acting as an antiseptic and healing agent. Additionally, some oils can affect the hormonal system, while others can stimulate an opening to emotional blocks.

I have witnessed the profound effects of Essential Oils, creating mental, emotional, and physical shifts. People report feeling more joyful, happier, and uplifted. I like applying Lemongrass on the pulse points, such as the temples, wrists, and ankles to enhance emotional expression. In addition, rubbing Lavender on the feet AIDS in Relaxation and promotes balance.

Essential Oils have a tremendous affect on our bodies, and will continue to play a major role in our health preservation during these times of increasing disease and Stress. Sometimes the quality of Essential Oils can vary greatly. Because Essential Oils carry specific vibratory frequency, they must be of excellent quality.

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