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April 16, 2006

50 Uses of Essential Oils

Filed under: General Aromatherapy Articles — Administrator @ 9:15 am

1. For good smelling towels, sheets, clothes, etc. place a few drops of your favorite Essential Oil onto a small piece of terry cloth and toss into the clothes dryer while drying. Add 5 drops Essential Oil to 1/4 cup fabric
softener or water and place in the center cup of the washer.
2. Potpourri which has lost its scent can be revived by adding a few drops of Essential Oil.
3. Add a few drops of oil to water in a spray bottle and use as an air freshener.
4. Add a few drops Essential Oil to a pan of water and simmer on stove or in a potpourri pot.
5. To enjoy a scented Candle, place a drop or two into the hot melted wax as the Candle bums.
6. To dispel household cooking odors, add a few drops of Clove oil to a simmering pan.
7. For tired aching muscles or Arthritis Aches, mix 1 part Cinnamon, Sage and Basil oil to 4 parts Sweet Almond or other vegetable oil and use as a massage oil.
8. Ease headache pain by rubbing a drop of Rosemary or Lavender oil onto the back of your neck.
9. To blend your own massage oil, add 3-5 drops of your favorite Essential Oil to 1 oz. Sweet Almond or other skin- nourishing vegetable oil.
10. Add 10 drops of Essential Oil to a box of cornstarch or baking soda, mix very well, let set for a day or two and then sprinkle over the carpets on your home. Let set for an hour or more, then vacuum.
11. To make a natural flea collar, saturate a short piece of cord or softn rope with Pennyroyal or Tea Tree oil, roll up in a handkerchief and tie loosely around the animal’s neck.
12. Shoes can be freshened by either dropping a few drops of Geranium Essential Oil directly into the shoes or by placing a cotton ball dabbed with a few drops of Lemon Oil into the shoes. Athlete’s foot? Tea Tree is great!
13. Put a few drops of your favorite Essential Oil on a cotton ball and place it in your vacuum cleaner bag. Lemon and Pine are nice. Rose Geranium helps with pet odors.
14. To fragrance your kitchen cabinets and drawers, place a good scent dabbed on a cotton ball into an inconspicuous comer.
15. Are mice a problem? Place several drops of Peppermint oil on a cotton ball and place at problem locations.
16. The bathroom is easily scented by placing oil-scented cotton balls in inconspicuous places, or sprinkle oils directly onto silk or dried flower arrangements or wreaths.
17. Apply true Lavender oil or Tea Tree oil directly to cuts, scrapes or scratches. 1 or 2 drops will promote healing.
18. Homemade Soaps are pleasant and offer therapeutic effects when scented with Essential Oils. Use Soaps which contain pure Essential Oils.
19. Homemade sachets are more fragrant when Essential Oils are blended with the flowers and Herbs.
20. An Essential Oil dropped onto a radiator scent ring or light bulb will not only fill the room with a wonderful fragrance, but will also set a mood such as calming or uplifting. (Don’t put Essential Oil in the socket.)
21. A few drops of your favorite oil or blend in the rinse water of your hand washables makes for pleasant results.
22. Anise oil has been used by fishermen for years. Use a drop or two on the fingertips before baiting up. Anise covers up the human scent that scares the fish away.
23. Essential Oils or blends make wonderful perfumes. Create your own personal essence! Add 25 drops to 1 oz of perfume alcohol and allow to age for two weeks before using.
24. To dispel mosquitoes and other picnic pests, drop a few drops of Citronella oil on the melted wax of a Candle or place a few drops on the Bar-B-Q hot coals.
25. 1 drop of Lemon Essential Oil applied directly to a wart is an effective means of elimination. Apply the Essential Oil daily until the wart is gone.
26. Rosemary promotes alertness and stimulates memory. Inhale occasionally during long car trips and while reading or Studying.
27. Selling your home? Fragrance sells! Fill the kitchen area with the aroma of Spices such as Clove, Cinnamon and Vanilla. Simmer a few drops of the Essential Oil of Cinnamon, Nutmeg and other Spices. Geranium oil sprinkled throughout the home creates a warm, cheerful and inviting mood. Add Cinnamon oil to furniture polish and wipe down the wood.
28. Add Essential Oils to paper mache. The result is the creation of a lovely aromatic piece of art.
29. Infuse bookmarks and stationery with Essential Oils. Place drops of oil on paper and put them in a plastic bag. Seal it and leave overnight to infuse the aroma. Send only good news in perfumed letters.
30. Nock Pillows, padded and decorative hangers make more memorable gifts simply by putting a couple of drops of Essential Oil on them before giving.
31. Overindulge last night? Essential Oils of Juniper, Cedarwood, Grapefruit, Lavender, Carrot, Fennel, Rosemary and Lemon help soften the effects of a hangover. Make your own blend of these oils and use a total of 6-8 drops in a bath.
32. Essential Oils of Vetivert, Cypress, Cedarwood, Frankincense and Myrrh all make wonderful firewood oil. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil or blend of your choice on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak in
before putting the log on the fire.
33. Flies and moths dislike Lavender oil. Sprinkle it on the outside of your window frames.
34. Place 1 or 2 drops of sleep enhancing oils such as Chamomile, Lavender or Neroli on your Pillow before retiring for restful sleep.
35. When moving into a new home, first use a water spray containing your favorite Essential Oils and change the odorous environment to your own. Do this for several days until it begins to feel like your space.
36. Ideal scents for the bedroom are Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender or Lemon.
37. One drop of Lemon Essential Oil on a soft cloth will polish copper with a gentle buffing.
38. When washing out the fridge, freezer or oven, add 1 drop of Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Tangerine or Orange Essential Oil to the final rinse water.
39. For bums or scalds, drop Tea Tree oil directly on the effected area.
40. Place 1 drop of Peppermint oil in 1/2 glass of water, sip slowly to aid digestion and relieve upset stomach.
41. Use 1 drop of Chamomile oil on a washcloth wrapped ice cube to relieve teething pain in children.
42. Six to eight drops of Eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects in winter.
43. Add 1 drop Geranium oil to your facial Moisturizer to bring out a radiant glow in your skin.
44. Place 1 or 2 drops of Rosemary on your hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.
45. When the Flu is going around add a few drops of Thyme to your Diffuser or simmer in a pan on the stove.
46. To bring Fever down, sponge the body with cool water to which 1 drop each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Lavender oils have been added.
47. The blend of Lavender and Grapefruit oil is good for the office. Lavender creates a calm tranquil atmosphere while Grapefruit stimulates the senses and clears up stale air.
48. A blend of Geranium, Lavender and Bergamot alleviates Anxiety and Depression. Use in a room Diffuser or 6-8 drops of this blend in the bath.
49. A wonderful massage blend for babies is 1 drop Roman Chamomile, 1 drop Lavender, 1 drop Geranium diluted in 2 Tablespoons Sweet Almond Oil.
50. 1 drop Peppermint oil diluted in 1 teaspoon vegetable oil rubbed on the back of the neck helps to relieve Headaches

April 10, 2006

Keeping Your Liver Healthy With Herbs

Filed under: General Aromatherapy Articles — Administrator @ 9:48 am

What does your liver do?

The liver is found within the lower part of the rib-cage on the right hand side of the body. It has a huge variety of functions in the body and is the only organ that can repair and re-grow itself after damage. The liver is the second largest organ in the body and is often seen as the most important one. In traditional Chinese medicine, for example, a healthy liver is seen as the most critical element in the body’s ability to fight disease and function optimally.

For this reason, complimentary and Holistic Medicine always emphasizes liver health as one of the most vital components in overall systemic health. Amongst other important functions, the liver is responsible for eliminating and detoxifying the poisons that enter our blood stream.

It is very important in the digestion of food and produces bile which is essential in the breakdown of fats, thereby preventing obesity – one of the biggest contributors to ill health. It also regulates blood sugar and stores any excess sugar in a useful “quick-release” form for when it is needed.

The liver clears the blood of old red blood cells, bacteria and other infectious organisms as well as ingested toxins including alcohol. It is responsible for producing a large number of different proteins including hormones and blood clotting factors and is the organ which stores Vitamin A, D, E and K.

Environmental pollution, fast foods, drugs, alcohol and sedentary lifestyles all contribute to sluggish and diseased livers. The result? Depressed immune systems, constant fatigue, obesity, sluggish livers and digestive systems, Allergies, respiratory ailments, unhealthy skin and many other health problems.

What can go wrong with your liver?

As with all organs of the body, the liver is subject to a range of disorders and diseases. The liver’s functioning does not really decrease with age so, in the absence of disease, the liver should work optimally right into very old age.

The most common diseases affecting the liver are Viral Hepatitis and alcoholic Liver Disease. Hepatitis A, B and C are the commonest causes of Viral Hepatitis. Although Hepatitis A is usually a transient infection, both Hepatitis B and C can be serious and progress to chronic Liver Disease, even causing liver Cirrhosis or liver cancer. There are usually very few warning signs until Liver Damage is far advanced.

Liver Cirrhosis can be due to any long-term, continuous cause of Liver Damage. These causes include alcohol excess, Hepatitis B and C and inherited Liver Disease. When the liver is damaged some of the functioning cells die and are replaced by Scar Tissue. Once Cirrhosis has developed, the process cannot be reversed even if the underlying cause improves.

Alcoholic Liver Disease does not affect everyone who drinks alcohol. Though it is dependant on the amount of alcohol drunk over time, some people seem to be more susceptible to the adverse effects of alcoholic beverages.

Consistent heavy alcohol intake can cause a condition called Fatty Liver in which the liver cells become filled with fat. It can also cause alcoholic hepatitis (Inflammation of the liver) or Cirrhosis.

What are the symptoms of Liver Disease?

  • Jaundice (Abnormal yellow discoloration seen on the skin and in the eyes.)
  • Dark urine
  • Light-colored stools
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Abdominal pain
  • Itching of the skin
  • Vomiting blood or bloody/black stools
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of Libido

How is Liver Disease diagnosed?

There are a number of laboratory tests that may be done to establish Liver Disease. Commonly, enzymes produced by the liver when it is damaged are measured in order to see if the levels are raised. Bilirubin- a breakdown product of destroyed red blood cells may also be measured as well as proteins produced by the liver such as albumin and blood clotting factors.

How is Liver Disease usually treated?

Effective drug treatment of Liver Disease is very limited and is often restricted to treating the symptoms and preventing complications.

Treatment will depend on the specific condition; commonly used medications are anti-viral drugs for Viral Hepatitis, steroids for auto-immune disorders and iron-removing or copper-removing medications in the inherited disorders Hemochromatosis and Wilson’s disease respectively.

Medications that cause very unpleasant and even dangerous side-effects when combined with alcohol, are commonly used to try and keep people who are dependant on alcohol from drinking. In people taking anti-viral drugs, which are used to prevent virus replication in Hepatitis B and C, relapse is common once the drug has been discontinued.

People with Liver Disease or dysfunction need to be very careful about the drugs they choose to take as many common prescription and over-the-counter drugs can be toxic to the liver and severely worsen the condition and functioning of this important organ. In extreme and irreversible cases of Liver Damage such as liver failure due to Cirrhosis, liver transplant is the only long-term effective therapy.

Can Natural Remedies help?

If ignored or left untreated, many liver diseases will lead to permanent and irreversible damage to the liver and can be a significant threat to your health.

Liver problems respond well to a holistic approach, including complementary medicine, avoidance of alcohol, drugs and other toxins as well as a healthy diet.

These measures can prevent organ damage, improve Liver Functioning and ward off irreversible changes due to toxins. As the treatment options in the allopathic medical world are very limited and liver transplants are uncommon, a holistic approach to liver dysfunction and disease is your best chance of keeping this vital organ healthy and functioning well into old age.

In the ‘old days’ people used to say that they were ‘feeling liverish’ to describe a feeling of being bloated, uncomfortable, slightly nauseous, lacking in energy and generally ‘out of sorts’. Liver tonics were more widely used than they are today – with good effect.

What is Liver Dr.?

At Native Remedies, we recognize the vital importance of liver health – for quality of life and wellbeing, as well as for the treatment of Liver Disease and dysfunction. For this reason, together with the experts, we developed Liver Dr. to address these important health needs.

Liver Dr. is a 100% Herbal Remedy containing Herbs known for their ability to improve the functioning of the liver and protect it from damaging toxins and disease, thereby improving overall systemic health.

Apart from their beneficial effect on the liver, the Herbs chosen for Liver Dr. also have other important therapeutic benefits, which further contribute to a healthy body and better quality of life.

Use together with Immunity Plus for viral infections of the liver and/or Fatigue Fighter for chronic fatigue conditions.

It is recommended that people with Diabetes use Liver Dr. along with Insulate Plus and Triple Complex Diabetonic.

Use Liver Dr.:

What are the ingredients of Liver Dr.?

Liver Dr. contains the following ingredients in our unique 100% herbal formula:

Silybum marianus: (Milk Thistle) This herb has been used since ancient times for treating a wide variety of ailments but particularly liver problems. Milk Thistle is widely prescribed for preventing and treating Liver Disorders including Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease associated with long-term alcohol usage. Studies suggest that this herb protects the liver from damage by Viruses and toxins including alcohol and drugs and is widely used for treating Hepatitis C. Milk Thistle is also a potent antioxidant and laboratory studies indicate it may have useful anti-cancer properties.

Taraxacum officinale: More commonly known as Dandelion, this herbal ingredient contains bitter principles which have a beneficial effect on the liver and Digestive System. It is considered a very effective general tonic and is known to improve bile flow and reduce inflammation associated with hepatitis and Cirrhosis. Dandelion also improves Gall Bladder Functioning and helps to dissipate Gallstones. Dandelion is a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A, D, C, various B Vitamins, iron, lecithin, silicon, potassium, magnesium, zinc and manganese.

Verbena officinalis: Also known as Vervain or Wild Hyssop, this herb is native to the Mediterranean region. Used as a hepatic (liver) remedy, it will treat inflammation of the gallbladder and is also used for jaundice. It is well-known for its ability to Relax Tension and Stress and relieve mild Depression.

(Liver Dr. contains no animal products, gluten, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives)

How has Liver Dr. helped others?

“I have to thank you for helping me to improve my health naturally- I have been using Liver Dr. to help my liver as I am infected with Hepatitis C and I have really seen the effects. My condition is in the early stages and my main aim was to prevent the long-term problems that I know Hep C can cause like liver cancer. Amazingly, I have already noticed that my constant Aches and Pains have improved, I have more energy and my Digestive System has settled down. Thanks for a great product- I am definitely going to keep taking it!” JF, 34 years old

“Although I wouldn’t call myself a big drinker I certainly feel the effects of a few glasses of wine the morning after. Knowing I had a number of parties and functions coming up I decided to minimize the damage and give your Liver Dr. a try. Not only did I feel 100% after my nights out- I have been feeling better and more healthy overall. I am going to make your Liver Dr. a regular supplement- it’s great to enjoy a few drinks with my friends without the guilt of how I am damaging my liver or the reminder the next day!” Amy, USA

“I started taking your product when I was diagnosed with Gallstones and scheduled for Surgery. Not only did the pain and Indigestion improve within weeks but my surgeon was also dumbfounded as to how much smaller the stones seemed when he took them out! If I had realized how effective this remedy would be or had been diagnosed earlier I probably could have avoided the knife! Either way I love your Liver Dr. and just wanted you to know that.” Pam

“After years of heavy drinking and generally not taking care of his health very well, my husband had to be hospitalised for alcoholic Liver Disease. He was completely yellow and very sick for a few weeks- we were all so worried about him. When he was discharged he swore off alcohol and took a great interest in his health- understandably. He heard about your product but he had been told to stay away from all medications including herbal ones to avoid any more Liver Damage. My husband took the information from your site to his Dr who researched the ingredients and said they would be “liver friendly” and he could give the product a try. Ray has been using Liver Dr. for 3 months now and his Liver Function has improved hugely! When the test results came back I could see he was so proud of sticking to all his new healthy habits- especially his “herb drops”! Thank you so much!” A very grateful wife

How do I use Liver Dr.?

Liver Dr. comes in convenient tincture form and is diluted in water or juice.

Dosage:

Adults: Dilute 15 drops in about 1/4 cup water or juice three times daily.

Children over 6: One drop per age year in 1/4 cup of water or juice three times daily.

Caution: Safety during Pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been established.

Note: Use together with Immunity Plus for viral infections of the liver and/or Fatigue Fighter for chronic fatigue conditions.

It is recommended that people with Diabetes use Liver Dr. along with Insulate Plus and Triple Complex Diabetonic.

How long till I see results?

With regular use, results should be noticed within 3 – 6 weeks, although some people may respond sooner. You should begin to feel more energetic, notice improved digestion and a greater sense of well-being.

By far the most important results, however, will remain ‘unseen’, as Liver Dr. silently and effectively works to protect and condition the liver to achieve optimum health.

How long does one bottle last?

One bottle of Liver Dr. should last 3 – 4 weeks.

What else can help?

1. Avoid alcohol completely if you have any liver problems.
2. Quit Smoking.
3. Exercise regularly and drink plenty of water (preferably purified or still mineral water)
4. Be very careful of using any prescription or over-the-counter medications. Liver Disease can make you very susceptible to the adverse effects of medications. Even seemingly safe medications like paracetamol can be extremely toxic and damaging to the liver.
5. Avoid eating raw shellfish. These can harbor bacteria that cause severe infections in people with Liver Disease.

April 4, 2006

RealHeal - Aromatherapy For Muscle Pain, Aches and Bruising

Filed under: Oil Blends For Health, General Aromatherapy Articles — Administrator @ 11:38 am

The Healing Process explained

Healing is about more than cure. While it is important for tissue to heal, for bones to knit and for regeneration to take place, healing also occurs on a deep emotional level. In order to heal, we also need to be nurtured, to feel safe and loved and to be cared for. We need to put aside our worries and stresses and Focus inward in order to harness the natural ability of the body to heal itself. The best healers are those who are able to nurture their own spirit and release the Healing Process from inside.

How can Natural Remedies help?

Natural Remedies have a big role to play in healing after injury of any kind. Herbal medicines have been used for centuries to help repair broken bones, torn and sprained muscles, internal and external Bruising and Injuries of all types.

Ongoing pain and stiffness due to conditions like Arthritis, Rheumatism and sports Injuries respond well to natural intervention without the side effects commonly associated with the prescription drugs.

Aromatherapy is a holistic form of treatment which uses concentrated extractions from a wide range of plants in order to effect and assist with healing. Therapeutic massage using carefully selected aromatherapy oils brings the important soothing element of touch to the Healing Process.

Not only does this help us to feel good, but it also helps to release endorphins and other pain relieving chemicals in our body, thereby bringing relief. Massage also promotes the flow of oxygen rich blood to the affected areas, thereby speeding up the Healing Process. In addition, the therapeutic aromas enter the system via the sense of smell and stimulate areas of the brain, assisting with Relaxation and Pain Relief and facilitating the Healing Process.

Along with massage, one can therefore burn the oils in a special Oil Burner for further benefit. The area of the brain which interprets smell is very close to the area that processes emotions. Aromatherapeutic oils therefore work very effectively on the emotional level – a crucial factor in any Healing Process.

Aromatherapeutic oils may be used along with conventional medicines to reduce the need for prescription painkillers, Anti-Inflammatories, etc.

What is RealHeal Massage Oil?

RealHeal Massage Oil is a blend of especially chosen aromatherapy oils well known for their healing, restorative and pain killing properties. It may be used for a wide range of Injuries and physical Trauma, as well as after childbirth and to assist with sport-related injury.

RealHeal Massage Oil may also be used along with our natural RealHeal Tablets to assist the Healing Process internally and externally. For those using RealHeal Massage Oil for Arthritic and rheumatic conditions, we also recommend JointEase Plus, our natural Anti-Inflammatory.

Use RealHeal Massage Oil to soothe and relieve pain and promote faster healing:

NOTE: Not for use directly on broken skin or open wounds. RealHeal Massage Oil works by bringing relief to the painful area by means of massage and absorption into the affected tissue, as well as via the inhalation of the aromatherapeutic properties of the blend.

What are the ingredients of RealHeal Massage Oil?

RealHeal Massage Oil contains only 100% pure aromatherapy oils in a natural carrier base:

Peppermint Essential Oil: – has many therapeutic uses and may be used for a wide variety of conditions including respiratory and Digestive Conditions as well as musculo-skeletal pain. Used in massage, Peppermint has strong Anti-Inflammatory and analgesic properties and also assists in promoting blood flow to the affected areas. On the emotional level, the aroma of Peppermint oil will Relax and refresh the mind as well as the body, helping to uplift the spirits and restore courage and mental Focus.

Ginger Essential Oil: – obtained from the root of the Ginger plant, Ginger, like Peppermint, is a highly versatile Medicinal Plant with thousands of years of therapeutic history. The oil is warming and toning and has particular application to all musculo-skeletal conditions, soothing Pains and Aches and also helping to reduce Fever. Inhalation of Ginger also helps to boost tired spirits and strengthen resolve.

Pine Essential Oil: – In traditional Herbal Medicine, the shoots of young Pine trees were used during bathing to treat Rheumatism, promote circulation and relieve Nervous fatigue. Therapeutically, Pine Essential Oil is very effective in relieving the pain caused by conditions such as Arthritis, Rheumatism and Gout and promotes circulation. Strongly recommended in the treatment of post surgical or post illness fatigue, Pine oil is refreshing and helps to lift the spirits.

Carrier base consists of arachis, wheatgerm, almond and Grapeseed oil. These Carrier Oils are also chosen for their nourishing and healing properties.

(RealHeal Massage Oil contains no synthetic ingredients and is manufactured according to strict aromatherapeutic principles for therapeutic use.)

How has RealHeal helped others?

“This massage oil works well for me with my Aches and Pains. As you said, I dont have to use my painkillers as much and the oil is very soothing and relaxing! ” Shari

“I had Bruising all over after an accident and the Realheal Oil was marvelous for the pain and the bruises disappeared in record time. A few months later I developed a painful neck and remembered the oil I still had in my bathroom. My wife massaged my neck before bed and the next morning the pain was gone. I will always keep some of this product on hand!” Brent P.

“Fortunately my sister bought me a bottle of your RealHeal Massage Oil for my frozen shoulder. It has been a great relief and with gentle massage every night I can begin to move it again. Best of all is I get some sleep after the massage instead of tossing and turning all night trying to avoid lying on my shoulder! Thanks a lot! ” Lisa

How do I use RealHeal Massage Oil?

With aromatherapy, a little goes a long way! RealHeal Massage Oil may be self applied or (even better) massaged on by someone else.

Pour a little into the palm of the hand and rub together to warm the oil. For postoperative and postnatal use, or for use on bruises, massage should be gentle and applied slowly with the palm of the flat hand. For Arthritis, rheumatic conditions or muscular Aches and Pains, some pressure may be applied in order to reach deep into the muscle fiber. At no point should pressure be strong enough to inflict any pain and it is important that this be a relaxing and positive experience.

Use twice daily or more often if required.

Caution: May be used from the age of 3 years. However, safety during Pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been established. Contains groundnut oils and is therefore not recommended for people with nut Allergies. RealHeal Massage Oil should not be used on open wounds or cuts.

Note: For even better results, use with RealHeal Tablets or JointEase Plus.

How long till I see results?

Immediate relief is usually obtained during massage. With frequent use, healing should be greatly facilitated.

For those treating Arthritis and rheumatic conditions, regular use should help to minimize reliance on pain and Anti-Inflammatory medication as well as reduce the frequency, duration and severity of pain.

How long does one bottle last?

One bottle of RealHeal Massage Oil should last approximately 3 weeks, depending on frequency of use.

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

March 7, 2006

The Many Uses of Tea Tree Oil

Filed under: General Aromatherapy Articles — Administrator @ 8:54 am

Tea Tree, or melaleuca alternifolia is just one of those wonder oils! This, along with lavendar are the only Essential Oils which can be used neat on the skin, however with all things, some people may be sensitive to this.

It’s right up there as an Anti-Fungal/bacterial/septic, fights any bugs, and also helps to strengthen the Immune System. I like to make room-sprays for different parts of the house – we gotta do something with all those spray-bottles now, don’t we. Simply (with any oil) dissolve a bit in some oil dispersant (I use a small amount of methylated spirits as it’s cheap!!), top up the bottle with water, and spray, spray, spray.

If possible, glass is best, but be aware that Essential Oils can eat into plastic, so the sprayers sometimes give-up. Tea Tree, Eucalyptus and those “camphory” smelling type ones are great at disguising those yukky toilet smells, even for those lucky enough to have a toilet-smoker in the house (erk – I used to, and it does work).

You can make small or large amounts, just vary the drops. Copious amounts of different mixes for different occasions, but Tea Tree is predominantly good for freshening and cleansing.

Even just a few drops in some water and shake, shake, shake will achieve the same effect. These mixes cannot be stored for any length of time, though, as they lose their active constituents when exposed to air, some evaporating more than others. Anyway, on with some remedies

Dab some neat with a cotton-bud to mouth-ulcers, insect bites, fungous growths, warts, zits, cold sores and blah, blah, blah! Basically any type of abrasion/abhesion/thingywatsit that needs healing.

My partner felt the tinglings of a cold-sore a while back, dabbed some on, and it didn’t even break-out! Instant relief from “itchy-bites”, too, this is something I can testify first-hand. I have part-time care of two 5 year olds who are very versed in the uses of Tea Tree, ooops, Tea Twee!

In fact, the Tea Tree ointment is now within easy reach of them, with Brette administering first-aid to her father unattended the other night when he scratched his leg. She felt so important! Apparently she was so Attentive to Mark’s needs that she was actually pushing the ointment into the wound! He could only wince and smile, she did such a good job.

In fact only a few weeks ago I was chatting with the twins and there was an evil witch on the telly. As their mother is a bitch (oops), I mean not very nice person sometimes, it was a good opportunity to herald the witch-thing in me!

We were talking about different things associated with being a “witch”, and as I’ve been described as a green one, we got into magic, broom-riding, and the like, so I likened using Tea Tree and Essential Oils and Herbs to doing witchy-things – they know how good this stuff is, so witches can’t be bad (hope you get my drift, here, back on track).

Anyway, later on that day, Brette ever so slightly grazed her hand, we wacked on the tea-tree (half the time I think they invent having itchy-bites!!) and later on that day she was absolutely amazed that the graze had disappeared! Magic! Hey, their kids, let their imagination go, huh? Anyway, back to the “bits”!

Tea Tree can also be used for nits, few drops on a fine comb, or add some to your Shampoo or conditioner, likewise for dogs and cats. Even some drops in some water and shaken up a lot will get the oils dispersed through it. Spray around furniture, animals, etc. Tea Tree (usually) does no harm.

For those unfortunate enough to get Thrush, 5 ml Tea Tree in 15 ml Carrier Oil, put about 5 drops onto a tampon and use for a few hours can get rid of it, or a hip(or sitz)-bath (couple of inches of warm water, few drops of oil, sit for a while!!) also helps Thrush or Cystitis.

Dilute down and spray onto sunburn, rub into scalp neat oil for getting rid of Dandruff and controlling oily glands, or mix equal parts of oil with witch-hazel (which is another excellent thing to have on hand, even used neat on haemorrhoids will shrink them instantly – hey, it happens!!) and rub onto oily skin.

I think that’s covered it! You can sweeten anything with Essential Oils. As I mentioned previously, put a bit of metho and a few drops of Tea Tree or Eucalyptus oil in the softener dispenser-thingy on the washing machine when washing towells, sheets, Pillows, dog-blankets, to both disinfect and soften them.

It’s also a good flea-repellent, and I use nothing else but Eucalyptus oil and a bit of washing-up liquid, diluted in water in the garden to get rid of the aphids, caterpillars and bugs. I also hail the use of lavendar! Some people do not like the smell of Tea Tree as it can be a bit overpowering, whereas lavendar is very familiar.

You can basically use lavendar for the above as well. Eucalyptus shouldn’t be used neat, but a few weeks ago I pulled a muscle on my chest wall and it made things very uncomfortable, especially Breathing! I rubbed on some Eucalyptus oil in the shower, needless to say my air-ways were extremely clear, but for the rest of the day I had a very cool feeling where the pain inside my chest and side was, much more comfortable than cramping!

Eucalyptus is also excellent for getting off those greasy marks that kids/stickers/work-clothes get/leave, even removes nail-polish, no joke, and you footy-players will just thrive with a tea-tree or Eucalyptus rub-down whooooee! cools the cockles just thinking about it!

So next time you have a sprain, cork, boil, rhoid, reach for the tea-tree! Hope you enjoy!

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.

February 15, 2006

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.”

February 14, 2006

The Sense of Smell and Emotional Response

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Smell is a specialised chemical sense. It is interesting to note that the olfactory cells are the only place in the human body where the central Nervous system is in direct contact with the external environment. When we detect the smell of something, there is a direct contact between the molecules of scent and our own receptors.

The message regarding the molecule of scent is passed along the olfactory nerve to the nerve centre in the brain. The neurons of the olfactory nerve, control the inner responses, i.e. emotions and memories, as well as the body’s hormones. There is no generally accepted classification of the basic types of smells recognized by man. The sense of smell can be very sensitive, sensing minute concentrations of some substances in the air.

There is considerable individual variation in the activity of the sense of smell. Adaption can occur to pleasant as well as nasty smells, due to changes in both the receptors and the central connections.

It is important to remember that the inhalation of the aromas of Essential Oils also has a profound and instantaneous effect on us today. The limbic lobe of the brain receives information about smell via the olfactory nerve and this part of the brain is also concerned with our emotional memory. The limbic system produces the autonomic responses that accompany emotional states and behaviours.

Particular scents can trigger strong, emotional responses which are pleasant or unpleasant according to our own individual experience. Which smells do you find repellent? What are your favourite scents? Perhaps the perfume of a favourite blossom or newly-mown grass, the scents of the garden after light summer rain, the smell of your favourite meal cooking or the perfume worn by a friend, the special scent of a baby or small child.

When oils are inhaled, micro-molecules of Essential Oils travel through the nasal passages to the limbic system of the brain which is the seat of memory and emotion.

The Breathing in of Essential Oils is thought to trigger memories and emotions within the limbic system, which in turn stimulates a response within the entire system.

With the memory comes instant recall of the associated emotion – pleasure, happiness, laughter, affection or perhaps sadness, pain, grief.

For this reason, it is important to always heed the emotional responses to the aroma of the Essential Oils you intend to use. If the scent is in any way repellent, then it is wise to adjust your choice of oils for your blend. The subconscious, emotional responses are telling you something of vital importance and you would be wise to listen. Otherwise, you severely curtail the degree of benefit given.

Smell takes a direct, physical route to the brain because they employ nerve cells as transmitters and receivers. Odours travel directly through the olfactory system in the nose and the front part of the head into the limbic area of the brain which processes the smell.

February 8, 2006

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.

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