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March 30, 2006

Essential Oil Recipe For Colds and Flu

Filed under: Oil Blends For Health — Administrator @ 8:31 am

10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
10 drops Pine Essential Oil

Add to the bath or put on section of paper towel so you can benefit by inhalation. Inhale frequently. Place on Pillow beside nose. This opens the sinuses and helps clear the head of congestion. Eucalyptus is also a natural antiseptic.

March 27, 2006

Helping Bronchitis With Essential Oils

Filed under: Oil Blends For Health — Administrator @ 9:11 am

Bronchitis is caused by congestion and inflammation of the bronchial passage ways in the lungs. It can be caused by a viral infection or Allergens or sometimes something even unknown.

It can make it difficult to breath. Especially, if the mucous is thick and sticky. It becomes very difficult to cough it up and get it out of your chest.

It can be caused by Allergens and/or infections. It can be an acute attack – sudden onset, as seen with Colds and upper respiratory or it can be chronic – which could be due to a lingering bacterial infection or due to irritations from environmental exposure to dust and other pollutants.

There are several Essential Oils that can help with bronchitis. There are many Essential Oils that can help loosen the mucous and make the cough more Productive. And to prevent it in the first place there are several Essential Oils to help build the Immune System.

You can use Essential Oils in a bowl of warm to fairly hot water, drape a towel over your head and breathe in deeply for 10-15 minutes. Or you can use several of the oils in the bath or shower. In the shower an easy way to diffuse them is to place several drops on a terra cotta passive type Diffuser and let the warm water hit the Diffuser while it sits on the shower stall floor. Of course, be careful not to step on the small disk. Using the Essential Oils in a bath or shower will give you some quick relief.

You can diffuse the oils in your bedroom all night using a fan Diffuser.

Or you can mix a little with a Carrier Oil and apply to your chest, neck, and the bottom of your feet. When you apply the oils mixed with a little carrier or massage oil, your body will absorb and be able to use the oils at the cellular level to help heal and repair damage done to the lung tissues.

The Essential Oils that appear to give the most relief for those suffering from bronchitis include: Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Radiata , Lavender, Peppermint and Frankincense are most commonly used to help lung congestion. Other oils include Rosemary, Rosemary Verbenone, Niaouli, Marjoram, Pine needle , Cedarwood, Myrtle, Ravensara, Thyme linalool

Bronchitis chest rub
Eucalyptus – 12 drops
Peppermint – 5 drops
Thyme – 5 drops
1 ounce of Sunflower oil

Mix well and gently rub on your chest and throat several times a day.

Another blend to use for Bronchitis
Thyme linalool – 10 drops
Eucalyptus Radiata – 10 drops
Niaouli – 10 drops
Myrtle – 25 drops

Blend well and use one of these ways – Put in about 10 drops in a bowl of steaming hot water and let the steam fill the air
Place several drops on a tissue or use in a personal inhaler.
Put 3-5 drops in a Carrier Oil and massage over the chest and back.

This blend is great for children.

This recipe is adapted from Aromatherapy for the Healthy child by Valerie Ann Worwood.

Remember that Essential Oils all have antibacterial and antiviral properties and the Essential Oils that are used in treating bronchitis symptoms are especially good for treating these type of germs.

Special note:
If you have chronic bronchitis and you are a smoker, there is probably no Essential Oil that will help to get rid of your cough or congestion. You will need to Stop Smoking so the irritating substances will no longer be present in your airways.

Bronchitis foot rub

Cinnamon – 2 drops
Nutmeg – 2 drops
Ginger – 2 drops
Thyme – 10 drops
Eucalyptus – 10 drops
Sweet almond – 1 ounce

Blend all the Essential Oils together in a bottle, then add the Almond Oil. Rub a few drops of this mixture on the bottom of your feet twice a day. Remember to wear socks to bed too. I know this appears strange but remember Essential Oils are easily absorbed through the skin on the bottom of your feet. The Essential Oils then quickly travel through the blood stream to the areas they are needed to help – in this case the lungs. You get slow absorption all day and the Essential Oils will be working for you without having to constantly reapply.

March 25, 2006

Getting Rid of Smoke Smells In Your Home

Filed under: Home and Hearth — Administrator @ 8:45 am

If you have had smokers in your home this weekend here’s a tip for you.

Essential Oils are effective air cleaners.
They actually combine with and change the air particles, Not just
cover things up as artificial air sprays do. Diffuse Essential Oils
on a regular basis and you’ll notice a huge difference.

Here’s a recipe to get you started or try one of your own.

6 Spruce
6 drops Orange
6 drops Lemon

March 24, 2006

Aromatherapy and Hair Growth

Filed under: Oil Blends For Beauty — Administrator @ 8:45 am

Hair Growth. A subject that is near and dear to the hearts of many. If you’ve never been one with fine hair or watched your once thick tresses dwindle in number you may never understand the feelings of dread and frustration that can accompany the loss of your hair.

Growing up my mom always told me “A woman’s hair is her shining glory” and it’s stuck with me all these years. She was just trying to get me past that pre- teen “I-don’t-need-to-wash-my-hair-it’s-only-been- a-week-or-so” phase but even now, all these years later it’s something that rings in my ears each time I break out the Shampoo (thankfully, it’s now more than once a week!).

While bald can certainly be beautiful, not all of us are ready, willing nor do we want to show off our shiny pates! For those of us who are desperately clinging to the hairs we still have left on our heads and would like to encourage more to stick around for a longer period of time, this month’s recipes have been created.

So now you’re wondering, “Can Essential Oils really work to help grow hair?” Well, a study was performed by Scottish researchers who had half their patients massage a blend of Essential Oils in Jojoba oil into their scalps before shampooing. The other half of the study group only got Jojoba oil to massage on in the same manner. After seven months 44% of the patients using Essential Oils had significant improvement in their Hair Growth. The control group who only used the Jojoba oil showed a 15% improvement.

Scottish Hair Growth Formula

Massage this blend into your scalp and allow it to sit for 15-20 minutes before shampooing off. Better yet, do it before bed and Shampoo off in the morning!

  1. 10 drops Rosemary (Rosemarinus officianalis)
  2. 10 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
  3. 6 drops Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)
  4. 4 drops Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Add oils to Jojoba in a glass or plastic bottle, shake well and massage 2 tsp into scalp. Shampoo off. Dry and style hair as usual.

Healthy Hair and Scalp Final Rinse

Keep this blend handy each time you Shampoo!

  1. 5 drops Rosemary (Rosemarinus officianalis)
  2. 3 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
  3. 2 drops Sage (Salvia lavandulaefolia)
  4. 1 litre water

Add Essential Oils to your container of water and shake well. Pour over head working into scalp and through the ends of your hair as a final rinse. Do not rinse out.

Dry Scalp Massage oil

Feels like your scalp had a trip to the spa!

  1. 10 drops Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
  2. 7 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
  3. 7 drops Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)
  4. 4 drops Bay (Laurus nobilis)
  5. 30mls Jojoba oil

Gently warm Jojoba oil (double boiler or microwave) and add Essential Oil. Stir (or shake if in sealed container) gently to blend. Massage into clean scalp and work oil through to the ends of the hair. Wrap hair in plastic wrap and a warm towel for 20 minutes. The heat will allow the oil to better penetrate the hair shaft. Shampoo out as normal afterwards.

March 21, 2006

Natural Home Health Care Using Essential Oils

Filed under: Reference Articles — Administrator @ 10:26 am

Natural Home Health Care Using Essential Oils

Natural Home Health Care Using Essential Oils

March 20, 2006

Essential Oil Blend For Heartburn

Filed under: Oil Blends For Health — Administrator @ 10:22 am

In 2 tablespoons Grapeseed or other vegetable oil add 6 drops Eucalyptus oil and 9 drops Peppermint oil. Rub a small amount on belly.

If really bad also add 1 drop Peppermint oil into a teaspoon of honey and stir that into a cup of hot water and sip slowly.

Bach Flower Remedies

Filed under: Reference Articles — Administrator @ 10:20 am

For all of my readers that live in any of the four-season zones, I would like to ask how was your disposition and energy level to do things during this past October? And what about your health during the same season? Hope you didn’t forget to boost your happiness and attitude with the bliss of Walnut essence.

The Bach Flower Remedies are a system of 38 flower essences that corrects emotional imbalances as negative emotions are replaced with positive ones. Bach Flower Remedies are the original form of Flower Essence Therapy, which Dr. Edward Bach, a medical Harley Street genious, originated in the 1930’s.

The outstanding characteristic of the Bach Flower Remedies is that they have gained the recognition of doing for the emotional body what Homeopathics do forthe physical body. With their help, a forgotten part of our body/spirit temple can be rescued as most of the people still believe we are just made of flesh and blood, ignoring recent researches that link emotions to the Immune System.

The Bach Flower Remedies resonate with the emotional body to re-establish balance and harmony in the physical body. It is also my duty to say that the Bach Flower Remedies are safe for everyone, including children, Pregnant women, animals, elderly and plants. Each flower essence AIDS a specific emotion, so the best results to balance your emotions comes from the moment you honestly describe and specify to yourself what the feeling or mood is that you are going through at a determined time.

You can take the flower essences individually or mix them together to match the way you feel. And please be advised that the Bach Flower Remedies along with any medical attention give the perfect stability to our body, mind and soul.

Agrimony – mental torture behind a cheerful face.

Aspen – fear of unknown things.

Beech – intolerance.

Centaury – inability to say “no”.

Cerato – lack of trust in one’s own decisions.

Cherry Plum – fear of the mind giving way.

Chestnut Bud – failure to learn from mistakes.

Chicory – selfish, possessive love.

Clematis – dreaming of the future without working in the present.

Crab Apple – cleansing remedy, also for self-hatred.

Elm – overwhelmed by responsibility.

Gentian – discouragement after a setback.

Gorse – hopelessness and despair.

Heather – self-centeredness and self concern.

Holly – hatred, envy and jealousy.

Honeysuckle – living in the past.

Hornbeam – Procrastination, tiredness at the thought of doing something.

Impatiens – impatience.

Larch – lack of confidence and Self-Esteem.

Mimulus – fear of known things.

Mustard – deep gloom for no reason.

Oak – the plodder who keeps going past the point of exhaustion.

Olive – exhaustion following mental or physical effort.

Pine – guilt.

Red Chestnut – over-concern for the welfare of loved ones.

Rock Rose – terror and fright.

Rock Water – self-denial, rigidity and self-repression.

Scleranthus – inability to choose between alternatives.

Star of Bethlehem – shock.

Sweet Chestnut – Extreme mental anguish, when everything has been tried and there is no light left.

Vervain – over-enthusiasm.

Vine – dominance and inflexibility.

Walnut – protection from change and unwanted influences.

Water Violet – pride and aloofness.

White Chestnut – unwanted thoughts and mental arguments.

Wild Oat – uncertainty over one’s direction in life.

Wild Rose – drifting, resigntation, apathy.

Willow – self-pity and resentment.

Rescue Remedy

Dr. Bach also created an emergency combination containing five flower remedies – Impatiens, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum, Rock Rose and Clematis which can be used to help you cope with immediate everyday situations such as going to the dentist, interviews, making a complaint or wedding day nerves.

It can also help in times of crisis or Trauma such as bereavement, a relationship breakdown or redundancy.

You can get all the Bach Flowers Essences through many online shops or in your nearest Botanical store.

About the Author

Alma De la Cruz is a staff mystic employed by http://www.psychicrealm.com Check out her bi weekly metaphysical column http://www.newagenotebook.com

March 17, 2006

Aromatherapy For Depression

Filed under: Stress and Relaxation — Administrator @ 9:02 am

These oils have been recommended for Depression by a variety of books, and Usenet posts on alt.herbs.folklore and alt.Aromatherapy.

Bergamot
Clary Sage
Frankincense
Geranium
Jasmine
Lavender
Mimosa
Myrrh
Neroli
Rose
Rosewood
Sandalwood
Violet
Ylang-Ylang

Rose OIL:
“Therapeutically, this scent does have a potent Antidepressant effect and may be used, via face and body massage, Skin Care, baths, or vaporisers to treat nervousness, sadness, or long-term Stress.”

Lavender:
“The balancing properties of Lavender can correct emotional problems and feelings of instability. Its calming effect will induce a restful sleep try a drop of Lavender oil on your Pillow or into an evening bath.”

Neroli (oil of the Orange blossom):
Neroli … is one of the most suitable Essential Oils to use for Nervous Tension, Insomnia, and Stress-related illnesses as it has a very positive calming influence on mind and body.” My book urges caution when using the oils as they are very potent and May therefore cause a skin Rash (it does say, however, that Lavender is
“the only oil that can be safely applied undiluted to the skin”). It is suggested to put a drop or two into 3 tablespoons of Carrier Oil (such as a neutral odor light vegetable or nut oil) for a massage, or else 2 to 4 drops
of oil(s) to a warm bath and soaking for 10 minutes.

Another suggested use is as a room freshener – use a clay or ceramic vaporiser to heat water with, or near, the oil. An easy way to make a room freshener with essential
oils is to wet a cotton ball with the Essential Oil and place it in a room or cupboard to scent the area. (For maximum effect, place somewhere warm such as behind a heater or fireplace.)

March 14, 2006

The Benefits of Reflexology

Filed under: Reflexology — Administrator @ 8:53 am

Thousands of specific benefits have been reported from people who have received Reflexology sessions. The broad range of reported benefits can be divided into several categories.

  • Stress reduction, profound Relaxation, for all parts of the body,
  • Pain reduction and pain elimination, such as in the neck, shoulders, lower back and jaw,
  • Improved circulation resulting in better oxygen and nutrient supply to all the cells of the body,
  • Detoxification, improved organ and gland function,
  • Feeling better, greater productivity, enriched quality of life,
  • Normalization of body functions,
  • Prevention by reducing accumulated Stress in the body before health challenges develop,
  • Safe nurturing touch.

Reflexology: Hidden benefits of Reflexology
by Helen Thompson (Healing Holistix)

When a client of mine asked if she could bring her sister, who had learning disabilities, for a Reflexology treatment with me, I was only too glad to concur.

When the appointment day arrived, the young lady’s mother accompanied her and explained to me that her daughter had been born with learning disabilities (she was now in her thirties) and that the only diagnosis that doctors had given her was that something probably went wrong during birth.

My client was very cheerful, did not appear Nervous, but was unable to reply to my enquiries about her health and lifestyle – her mother did this for me, telling me she was in good general health mainly (apart from Rosacea) and that one thing she constantly talked about was getting married!

She loved to look at magazines where there were pictures of brides’ dresses and related details and often imagined herself to be dressed in one. However, emotionally she was very detached from people, even her mother and two sisters.

During the treatment, she was unable to communicate any tender spots on her feet, which were very smooth & unlined, although I encountered several gritty points especially on the head zone and the pituitary and pineal points. She did, however, say that she was enjoying it and loved the feeling of her feet being rubbed.

I gave her a specially thorough post-treatment foot massage because of this. As they were about to leave, the young lady gave me a really big hug and thanked me for the time I had spent with her. I am quite used to this, but was a little surprised to see the look of astonishment on her mother’s face.

The next day, her mother phoned me to say that she had never, ever, seen her daughter give anyone a hug – not even to her, and that was why she had been so amazed at her response to the treatment. She also told me that, during the evening, when her daughter had been sitting up in her bedroom dressed only in her underwear, as she was accustomed to do every night, the mother had called up to her that she was going down to the shop to make a few purchases.

Instead of the OK that she expected, the girl called down to her to wait a moment while she got dressed, and she would accompany her on the walk to the shop. This was so unusual that the mother could hardly believe her ears.

The daughter came down dressed, and walked to the shop and back with her, lacing her arm in her mother’s on the way back. This may sound like a very small breakthrough to many people, but the mother was moved to tears when she was telling me this.

Reflexology treats all the organs of the body through the feet, but not only this – it clears blocked energy pathways throughout the body enabling organs and glands to function properly and in a holistic way. When a blockage is removed from one area, this in turn promotes the free flow of energy to a related area, and so on.

It can show benefits to the physical body or, as in this case, to the emotional body so that the heart can stimulate the brain into alternative ways of thinking or behaving.

The fact that a client cannot tell us what is felt during a treatment, is therefore no indication as to the level of benefit that the treatment can bestow upon the mind, body and spirit.

March 8, 2006

Using Essential Oils

Filed under: Reference Articles, General Aromatherapy Articles — Administrator @ 8:36 am

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 inhaling through your nose.

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 lightbulbs, 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 towl 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

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