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June 17, 2006

Essential Oils To Ease The Heat


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Tis the season for trips to the beach, picnics in the park, and enjoying the great outdoors. There is also a price to be paid for our summertime frolics. Too much fun in the sun can cause sunburn; too many barbecues can upset the stomach; and pesky flying insects abound.

Aromatherapy is the fun and holistic use of plant Essential Oils to treat and balance the body, mind and spirit. These oils are a natural way to minimize the effects of our Houston summer. A few ways that E/O are helpful are in Skin Care, cooling off, pesky critters, Indigestion and the general malaise of the constant heat. Ill first introduce you to the oils you can use for some summer complaints. Later in the article Ill talk about specifics for applying the oils to your body.

Skin Care Sunburn is a common problem for outdoor enthusiasts. Lavender oil is by far the most versatile Essential Oil in an aromatherapists first aid kit. It is also the best oil to use for any problem with the skin such as burns, irritations or insect bites. It is one of the few oils which can be used directly on the skin, or neat. For serious burns you can create a blend of oils by adding to the Lavender a few drops of Blue Chamomile oil for its soothing effect (its expensive, but well worth the investment). Geranium oil is a cell regenerator and a few drops makes a nice addition to your blend. It is a good idea to hydrate the body first with cool water, and apply the Essential Oils in a Moisturizer. I usually blend my oils together in the palm of my hand, add the Moisturizer and smooth over my body. This treatment can be repeated up to four times a day, depending on the seriousness of the burn.

Insect bites and repellent Mosquitoes are a nuisance through much of the year in our fair city. I find a drop or two of Lavender oil on the bite with a gentle caress will ease the itching and discomfort. For flea or chigger bites I add Blue Chamomile to create a blend and apply neat.

Repelling mosquitoes is more difficult. There are two oils which can be used to ward of the frisky pestscitronella and Garlic. The challenge here is not to offend your neighbors. I put 20 drops of Citronella oil and 20 drops of emulsifier in a 4 oz spray bottle and add water. Shake well before spraying. This solution has worked well for me in the jungles of Mexico and the Amazon (the natives there are not so finicky about aroma as the natives of Montrose). The Garlic solution is more potent. Current research recommends 1% Garlic oil as a repellent (this solution also kills 100% of larvae with in 24 hours, even in standing water). Of course you smell like a pizzeria, but the industrial chemical alternatives arent much more attractive.

Cooling Off One of the lovely effects of Peppermint oil is its cooling of the skin. A cool bath with a few drops of Peppermint oil creates a welcome change to the hot and sticky weather. A word of caution, Peppermint oil is stimulating. Applications in the evening may inhibit a good nights rest. Thats why I suggest a few drops in a bath as opposed to the traditional 20 drops of oil per bath.

The constant heat can generate Headaches. A simple treatment is to use Peppermint oil, either a drop, neat on each temple or in cool compress over the forehead. If using a compress be careful of the eyes as Peppermint oil can cause stinging.

Indigestion All the holiday picnics with their barbecues, sauces, potato chips and homemade ice cream can take their toll on the digestive system. A simple remedy is to put one drop of Peppermint oil on the tip of the tongue. The flavor will explode in the mouth. This is the only internal Aromatherapy treatment I recommend. Essential Oils are highly concentrated and dangerous for internal use. Please respect the use of these oils. A blend of Peppermint, Lavender and Marjoram oils massaged into the stomach area will alleviate some of the discomforts of over-indulgence.

Summertime Malaise The oppressive heat can drain our physical strength, agitate tempers or plain just give us those summertime blues. A group of Essential Oils called the euphorics are a great way to beat the heat. These oils work through the limbic system to release endorphins, which generate a sense of well being. I work with Grapefruit and Bergamot oils (less expensive) as well as Rose, Jasmine and Melissa (these are rare and precious and expensive). When coupled with the water of a bath these oils work to balance the emotions and comfort the soul.

Here are some simple terms for using aromatherapy in your home:

Neat means using the Essential Oil directly on the skin. Many of the oils are too strong for straight applications to the body. Use Essential Oils neat only when directed.

An emulsifier means a solution which allows the Essential Oil to dissolve thoroughly so it can be added to water. A cup of warm, whole milk is a natural emulsifier or they can be purchased at any health-food market. In the bath this ensures that the oils distribute evenly on the surface of the water to envelope your body as you submerge into the tub.

A compress is a cloth soaked in cool or warm water.

A carrier is any oil, lotion or base that is used to blend the Essential Oils together.

Here are some simple rules for creating your own home remedies:

I use high quality oils for treatments. These recipes are designed for the potency of this grade of Essential Oils. I use oils from Source Vital and Aroma Vera. Many other brands of oils available in health-food stores and boutiques are of a lesser quality. I suggest you spend the extra money to ensure quality and potency for your Essential Oil blends.

For a massage oil or lotion you can use 20 drops of Essential Oil per 1 oz of carrier. For severe sunburn you can use up to 50 drops of Essential Oil per 1 oz of Carrier Oil.

For a bath you can add 20 drops of Essential Oil to an emulsifier.

These simple guidelines can help you to use the most potent form of plant energy we have for treating the human condition. Remember to handle all Essential Oils with respect and they can, in turn, contribute health, balance and well being to your life. For more information about aromatherapy I use the books Aromatherapy An AZ, by Patricia Davis and The Aromatherapy Workbook by Marcel Lavabre.

Aromatherapy Blends:

Relaxation:

Energizing Blend:

  • Peppermint4
  • Rosemary10
  • Sage2
  • Eucalyptus2
  • Basil2

Euphoric Blend:

  • Grapefruit10
  • Melissa2
  • Rose2
  • Jasmine2
  • Linden Blossom2
  • Neroli2

Sacred Blend:

  • Frankincense4
  • Myrrh2
  • Cedarwood Himalayan10
  • Patchouli2
  • Sandalwood2

Analgesic Blend:

  • Melissa1
  • Rosemary8
  • Eucalyptus2
  • Wintergreen4
  • Birch3
  • Juniper2

Lymph Drainage:

  • Sage2
  • Cypress3
  • Juniper3
  • Pine10
  • Geranium—2

May the summer treat you with pleasure and gentleness.

About the author

Alan Davidson is the co-author of Healing the Heart of the World with Prince Charles, Carolyn Myss, John Gray, and Neal Donald Walsch. Alan, a Registered Massage Therapist since 1988, is the owner and director of Essential Touch Therapies in Houston, Texas. He has a B.S. from University of Houston, Downtown, with an emphasis on psychology, sociology, philosophy, and religion. Alan is fascinated with the intersection of bodywork, psychology, ritual, and spiritual practice. Having taught massage, Meditation, Yoga, and human transformation since 1990 he is currently on the teaching staff at NiaMoves Studio. Alan wholeheartedly believes, Life is for the fun of it! Alan can be reached at http://www.throughyourbody.com

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June 2, 2006

Summertime Skin Care

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Skin Care in the summertime can be just as much of a challenge as other times of the year. Not only do we need to replenish the moisture, we need to keep it there. Typically your skin has enough sebum to keep the moisture in and your skin nice and soft. During the summer months we are exposed to many elements that can remove or limit the amount of our natural oils our body has available.

Sunlight is very important to our health. It helps our bodies function properly by stimulating our metabolism, hormonal systems and of course to make Vitamin D, just to name a few of its many pluses.

Over exposure and getting a sunburn is not good and can actually do a lot of damage to your skin. Sunburn can cause mild redness, all the way to blisters. Repeated sunburns can lead to scarring, discolorations, wrinkled skin as we age and worse yet, skin Cancer.

One way to protect your skin is to eat a very good diet high in Essential Fatty Acids – you know Omega 3’s. Please note that Essential Fatty Acids and Essential Oils are NOT the same!!

Now on to other ways to protect your skin. A good Carrier Oil for the summer months is Jojoba . It is the liquid wax that is most like our skins natural oil – sebum. Therefore, applying this after cleaning your skin is very important.

If you are a gardener or work outdoors, you know how many times your hands, knees, etc. get dirty in an hour and how many times you are washing your hands. (Okay, maybe you use gloves, unlike me that usually uses her bare hands!) Even if you do wear gloves your still have wear and tear on your skin. Applying a few drops to your clean hands before and after gardening will help preserve your skin.

Essential Oils that may help to stimulate your bodies own production of sebum are Geranium , Lavender and Sandalwood. Adding a drop of two of each of these oils to your daily face or hand cream or lotion may be all you need to do.

Jasmine, Neroli and Rose Otto are great Essential Oils for Skin Care. These are good for all types of skin but especially for mature and aging skin.

Other oils good Carrier Oils for your skin are Hazelnut oil, Sesame oil , Wheat germ oil and Vitamin E. The Wheat germ and Vitamin E should be mixed with other Carrier Oils as only minute amounts of these are needed.

If you have spent too much time out in the sun and do get sunburned a quick and easy help is to simply mix 5-10 drops of Lavender in to 1 ounce of Aloe Vera. Aloe is well known for its use with burns. Lavender helps to lessen the pain and to quickly heal the skin.

Remember to drink plenty of water during the summer. Hot, windy days evaporate the moisture from our skin quickly and so we need to replace the inner moisture often.

After bathing and swimming be sure to apply a good moisturizing lotion or cream to lock in and hold your skin moisture.

A good summertime blend that is good to help your skin stimulate its own natural production of sebum. This blend can be used everyday. You only need a few drops for your entire face.

Blend this well. Apply to face and exposed skin to help keep it from drying when exposed to the sun and wind. You will only need a few drops of this blend. If you feel there is too much Essential Oils and it makes the scent too strong simply add another tablespoon of Sunflower oil to dilute down, or cut the Essential Oils amounts in half.

Soothing Sun burn Bath

In a tub of cool water add

Place the oils in the tub of cool water. Soak for fifteen to twenty minutes. Do not rub the burned areas. You can repeat this bath every few hours until the pain subsides. Add a few ice cubes to the water if you want to keep the water cool. Use a small cup to gently poor water over hard to soak areas.

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ReflexAromas is where you can find Quality Reflexology Tools, specially-formulated Essential Oil blends for a variety of health conditions, Massage Therapy tools and Crystals.

NaturalEco Organics is where we recommend you go for Organic, natural, chemical-free products and quality remedies for a safe, healthy journey for Mom and Baby, from Pregnancy to baby’s Nursery!

Mountain Rose Herbs is where we recommend you purchase all of your Bulk Herbs, Spices, Teas and single oils!

Are you looking for quality Vitamins, diet aids and health Supplements? Visit the Health Supplement Shop – highly recommended!

May 24, 2006

Eyelash Conditioner

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This treatment conditions and thickens the eyelashes. Brush your lashes nightly with a clean mascara brush dipped in Almond or Caster Oil.

This really works, I use this recipe every day, and my eyelashes are really long and thick.

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For Guaranteed, Effective, 100% Natural Herbal Remedies , please visit Native Remedies.

ReflexAromas is where you can find Quality Reflexology Tools, specially-formulated Essential Oil blends for a variety of health conditions, Massage Therapy tools and Crystals.

NaturalEco Organics is where we recommend you go for Organic, natural, chemical-free products and quality remedies for a safe, healthy journey for Mom and Baby, from Pregnancy to baby’s Nursery!

Mountain Rose Herbs is where we recommend you purchase all of your Bulk Herbs, Spices, Teas and single oils!

Are you looking for quality Vitamins, diet aids and health Supplements? Visit the Health Supplement Shop – highly recommended!

May 22, 2006

Cuticle Softener

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Combine and massage into nails and cuticles.

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ReflexAromas is where you can find Quality Reflexology Tools, specially-formulated Essential Oil blends for a variety of health conditions, Massage Therapy tools and Crystals.

NaturalEco Organics is where we recommend you go for Organic, natural, chemical-free products and quality remedies for a safe, healthy journey for Mom and Baby, from Pregnancy to baby’s Nursery!

Mountain Rose Herbs is where we recommend you purchase all of your Bulk Herbs, Spices, Teas and single oils!

Are you looking for quality Vitamins, diet aids and health Supplements? Visit the Health Supplement Shop – highly recommended!

May 18, 2006

Facial Steam For Dry Skin

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This steam will healp to soften up dry skin.

Boil a pan of water, about 16 oz. Romove from stoves and add about 5 drops of Rose E.O. to the water.

Cover your head with a towel, make sure that the sides are closed. THen lean over the pan.

The steam will open your pores and cause you to Sweat. This will help to release trapped Toxins and debris from your skin.

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For Guaranteed, Effective, 100% Natural Herbal Remedies , please visit Native Remedies.

ReflexAromas is where you can find Quality Reflexology Tools, specially-formulated Essential Oil blends for a variety of health conditions, Massage Therapy tools and Crystals.

NaturalEco Organics is where we recommend you go for Organic, natural, chemical-free products and quality remedies for a safe, healthy journey for Mom and Baby, from Pregnancy to baby’s Nursery!

Mountain Rose Herbs is where we recommend you purchase all of your Bulk Herbs, Spices, Teas and single oils!

Are you looking for quality Vitamins, diet aids and health Supplements? Visit the Health Supplement Shop – highly recommended!

May 9, 2006

Natural Acne Medication

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Apply to face every evening, massaging around, not on, the pimple. Mix recipe with cream for daytime use (do not go into sun while using).

Add a few drops of Carrot oil to the mixture after sking has cleared to reduce spotting from previous breakouts.

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For Guaranteed, Effective, 100% Natural Herbal Remedies , please visit Native Remedies.

ReflexAromas is where you can find Quality Reflexology Tools, specially-formulated Essential Oil blends for a variety of health conditions, Massage Therapy tools and Crystals.

NaturalEco Organics is where we recommend you go for Organic, natural, chemical-free products and quality remedies for a safe, healthy journey for Mom and Baby, from Pregnancy to baby’s Nursery!

Mountain Rose Herbs is where we recommend you purchase all of your Bulk Herbs, Spices, Teas and single oils!

Are you looking for quality Vitamins, diet aids and health Supplements? Visit the Health Supplement Shop – highly recommended!

May 1, 2006

Oil For Mature Skin

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In 2 Fl. oz. (50 ML) vegetable Oil

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For Guaranteed, Effective, 100% Natural Herbal Remedies , please visit Native Remedies.

ReflexAromas is where you can find Quality Reflexology Tools, specially-formulated Essential Oil blends for a variety of health conditions, Massage Therapy tools and Crystals.

NaturalEco Organics is where we recommend you go for Organic, natural, chemical-free products and quality remedies for a safe, healthy journey for Mom and Baby, from Pregnancy to baby’s Nursery!

Mountain Rose Herbs is where we recommend you purchase all of your Bulk Herbs, Spices, Teas and single oils!

Are you looking for quality Vitamins, diet aids and health Supplements? Visit the Health Supplement Shop – highly recommended!

April 11, 2006

Natural Breath Freshener

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Place ingredients in a small bottle or Atomizer. Shake well. Use one drop on your tongue.

Variations: Use Spearmint or Wintergreen Essential Oil for flavoring.

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For Guaranteed, Effective, 100% Natural Herbal Remedies , please visit Native Remedies.

ReflexAromas is where you can find Quality Reflexology Tools, specially-formulated Essential Oil blends for a variety of health conditions, Massage Therapy tools and Crystals.

NaturalEco Organics is where we recommend you go for Organic, natural, chemical-free products and quality remedies for a safe, healthy journey for Mom and Baby, from Pregnancy to baby’s Nursery!

Mountain Rose Herbs is where we recommend you purchase all of your Bulk Herbs, Spices, Teas and single oils!

Are you looking for quality Vitamins, diet aids and health Supplements? Visit the Health Supplement Shop – highly recommended!

February 28, 2006

Combating Aging With Essential Oils

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Anti-aging Essential Oils to combat Wrinkles:

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

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

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

WRINKLE PREVENTATIVE FOR THE OVER-TWENTIES

Diluted in 30ml Hazelnut, Almond or Apricot Kernel oil

ANTI-WRINKLE OIL FOR THE OVER-THIRTIES

Diluted in 30ml Hazelnut or Apricot Kernel oil

ANTI-WRINKLE OIL FOR THE OVER-FORTIES

Diluted in 30ml Hazelnut, Almond or Apricot Kernel oil

ANTI-WRINKLE OIL FOR THE OVER-FIFTIES

Diluted in 30ml Hazelnut or Apricot Kernel oil

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For Guaranteed, Effective, 100% Natural Herbal Remedies , please visit Native Remedies.

ReflexAromas is where you can find Quality Reflexology Tools, specially-formulated Essential Oil blends for a variety of health conditions, Massage Therapy tools and Crystals.

NaturalEco Organics is where we recommend you go for Organic, natural, chemical-free products and quality remedies for a safe, healthy journey for Mom and Baby, from Pregnancy to baby’s Nursery!

Mountain Rose Herbs is where we recommend you purchase all of your Bulk Herbs, Spices, Teas and single oils!

Are you looking for quality Vitamins, diet aids and health Supplements? Visit the Health Supplement Shop – highly recommended!

February 15, 2006

Essential Oil Blend For Acne

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Ingredients:

or without bergamot:

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

Directions:

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

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For Guaranteed, Effective, 100% Natural Herbal Remedies , please visit Native Remedies.

ReflexAromas is where you can find Quality Reflexology Tools, specially-formulated Essential Oil blends for a variety of health conditions, Massage Therapy tools and Crystals.

NaturalEco Organics is where we recommend you go for Organic, natural, chemical-free products and quality remedies for a safe, healthy journey for Mom and Baby, from Pregnancy to baby’s Nursery!

Mountain Rose Herbs is where we recommend you purchase all of your Bulk Herbs, Spices, Teas and single oils!

Are you looking for quality Vitamins, diet aids and health Supplements? Visit the Health Supplement Shop – highly recommended!

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