- Palmarosa -20 drops
- Eucalyptus Globulus Globulus – 20 drops
- Thyme – 20 drops
- Carrier Oil – 100 ml (3 1/2 ounces)
Blend well and apply 2 – 4 times day for 10 to 14 days. Discontinue after that.
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Blend well and apply 2 – 4 times day for 10 to 14 days. Discontinue after that.
Fungus amongus – Yikes!
When you have a fungal infection that has invaded your finger and toenails it can be one of the hardest things to get rid of.
Unfortunately, fungal infections can be transmitted easily and once they begin can be hard to eliminate.
Several prescription drugs are available but can have detrimental effects on your liver. So many people seek alternative methods for treating this problem.
To start with you need to get a positive diagnosis from your physician and then make sure they have no objection to you trying an alternative solution to this problem.
Once you have the okay there are certain things you need to do besides using Essential Oils.
1. Be sure you are willing to follow the regimen for the length of time needed. Treating nails for fungus can take several months. You will need to continue until the nails have all grown in with new nails.
2. Wash your feet and clean your toes daily. Dry them thoroughly. (If you have infections in you fingernails you still need to clean them good and dry them too!)
3. Change your socks every day, twice a day if you have Sweating feet problems.
5. Rotate the shoes you wear. Set them outdoors into the sunlight to air them out, but also let the sun help to destroy any fungus.
6. Limit your sugar and sweets. Fungus love high levels of sugar. And if you have too much sweets, they stay in your blood and can “feed” the fungus. That is one reason Diabetics (or undiaganosed diabetics) often times have problems with nail fungal infections, along with Candidiasis, yeast, etc.
7. Wear shoes made of cotton or leather. Or wear no shoes as much as possible (while indoors of course).
8. Consult your physician if you see no improvement after one month. You may have to resort to conventional medicine
To begin you will need to set time aside each day for soaking your feet (or hands). You should begin by washing your feet (or hands) thoroughly. Clean underneath the nails with an Orange stick to remove any dead cells and debris.
In a basin place some room temperature water (about 4 cups) and also 4 cups of distilled vinegar.
Yep, we are pickling your feet!! No not really. But Vinegar is great at killing fungus and it is not too objectionable.
Add 5-6 drops of Tea Tree oil to this foot bath. Sit and soak for 30 – 60 minutes.
When you are done, dry your feet well.
You can reuse the same basin of water for 2- 3 days. You will need to add a few more drops of the Tea Tree oil as it will diffuse into the air overnight.
A good time to soak your feet is shortly before bedtime.
You can also add a little Lavender to the basin if you like.
Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D in his book “Advanced Aromatherapy” notes that Tea Tree may not work for all toenail fungus. He suggests you try the following blend applied to the affected nails. This is a very strong blend and you should test before hand to make sure you do not have a reaction to these oils. This recipe is a two step process. Please follow directions carefully.
Blend these oils in an amber bottle.
Next: Apply 1 drop to each affected nail twice a day. Be sure your feet/hands are clean and dry before applying. (see above).
If you see no improvement after 14 days, discontinue. How do you know if there is improvement? You will see new healthy Nail Growth. No more hard, discolored yellow nails. New healthy growth will begin to show near the nails growth area.
After 14 days, and if you see improvement, you should use at least once daily thereafter until there is a complete new nail.
If you have ever experienced Sciatica you know what a pain it can be, both literally and physically.
The pain and discomfort though are just the symptoms of an underlying problem. Sciatica is really the irritation and inflammation of the large nerve that runs in your lower back (sacrum) into your leg. You have one on each side of your body.
When, some how, this large nerve gets irritated or pinched you can have anywhere from a little “twinge”, all the way to pain so severe it will stop you in your tracks for several days.
One common cause for men especially is sitting on their wallet. Those beautiful pieces of folded leather have taken more than one man to their knees. For women, you may have sat crooked or funny on a chair, not even realizing you are giving yourself a pain in the back.
More serious causes would be disc or lower back vertebrae involvement. If you are unsure what is causing your Sciatica, see your physician.
Sciatica always seems to get worse in the evening. At least I think so. Especially when you are trying to fall asleep.
Things that may help when you are being bothered is to put alternating cold and hot packs on the area. Start with just cold packs. Hold in place over the sore area for no more than 20 minutes. Repeat this every 2 hours. The cold will help to reduce swelling and give relieve from the pain too. But do not leave cold/ice packs directly on this area for more 20 minutes at a time, you could risk freezing your skin and more than 20 minutes actually does no good.
For some people after the first day, it might feel good to alternate with heat. Again, no more than 20 minutes at a time and continue to alternate every couple hours with ice.
Also if you have someone that can give you a good but light back rub in this area and down into your affected leg will not only feel good but can help relax the tense muscles you may develop because of the discomfort.
Essential Oils that are good and that help to penetrate the tense and Sore Muscles are Juniper and Black Pepper. Others include Lavender, Eucalyptus Globulus, Ginger, Nutmeg, Pine needle, Rosemary, Peppermint, Thyme and Oregano. Several of these may also help to relieve inflammation of the nerve involved.
This blend may feel very good and give you the relief you need.
Blend all together in a bottle. Shake well. Then use for massage.
Hope these suggestions help. We have used the above methods when our Sciatic Nerve has been inflammed. If you start early with the ice/cold packs you will have conquered half the battle. Keep the inflammation down and you will feel better quickly.
Indications/Description: This blend gives strength in fighting respiratory ailments and infections and may help alleviate symptoms of chest Colds, Asthma and pneumonia. Please do not substitute this blend for qualified medical care.
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Profiles of Single Essential Oils in this Blend:
Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica)
Action: Anti-infectious, antiviral, Antibacterial, expectorant, Antimicrobial, supports the nerves and respiratory system.
Indications: Bronchitis, cholera, Herpes, infectious mononucleosis, Insomnia, muscle fatigue, rhinopharyngitis, shingles, Sinusitis, Viral Hepatitis.
Other Uses: May help Asthma, Cystitis, burns, Cancer, respiratory infections, cuts, pneumonia, scrapes, viral infections, wounds and it strengthens the respiratory system.
Eucalyptus Radiata (Eucalyptus Radiata)
Action: Anti-infectious, Antibacterial, antiviral, Anti-Inflammatory, expectorant.
Indications: Conjunctivitis, vaginitis, Acne, Sinusitis, Bronchitis.
Other Uses: This oil, when combines with Bergamot, has been used effectively on Herpes simplex. It may also help with Acne, Bronchitis, ear inflammation, Endometriosis, nasal and Sinus congestion, Sinusitis and vaginitis.
Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Action: Hormone-like, antidiabetic, cortisone-like, sexual stimulant, hypertensive (High Blood Pressure), anti-infectious, antifungal, Antiseptic.
Indications: Asthma, pulmonary infections, Bronchitis, Diabetes, severe infections, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sinusitis.
Other Uses: May help dilate the respiratory system, particularly the bronchial tract. It may also help with respiratory infections, coughs, cuts, cysts, fatigue, Gout, lice, Nervous exhaustion, scabies, skin parasites, sores, Stress, Urinary Infections. Pine oil may also help increase blood pressure and stimulate the Adrenal Glands and the circulatory system. Pine oil is a good ingredient for any first aid kit.
Myrtle (Myrtus communis)
Action: Expectorant, anti-infectious, liver stimulant, prostate decongestant, light antispasmodic, regulator for thyroid and ovary, tonic for the skin.
Indications: Bronchitis, coughs, Hypothyroidism, Insomnia, Sluggish Thyroid, prostate congestion, respiratory tract ailments, Sinus infection, tuberculosis, ureter infections.
Other Uses: May help anger, Asthma, respiratory infections, Cystitis, diarrhea, dysentery, impaired digestion, hemorrhoids, hormonal imbalances. It may support the Immune System, fight infections, Sinusitis, infectious diseases, and pulmonary disorders, aid Skin Conditions (Acne, blemishes, Bruises, oily skin, Psoriasis, etc.). Useful on children for chest complaints and coughs.
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
Action: Improves Circulation and supports the nerves and intestines. Anti-infectious, Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, and strengthens blood capillaries. It also acts as an insect repellent.
Indications: Arthritis, Bronchitis, Circulation, Cramps, hemorrhoids, Insomnia, intestinal parasites, Menopausal problems, menstrual pain, pancreas insufficiencies, pulmonary infections, Rheumatism, spasms, tuberculosis, throat problems, varicose veins, Fluid Retention. May be helpful for some cancers.
Other uses: May be beneficial for Asthma, strengthening blood capillary walls, reducing cellulite, supporting the circulatory system and strengthening connective tissue. It may help with coughs, edema, improving energy, gallbladder ailments, bleeding gums, hemorrhaging, laryngitis, Liver Disorders, muscular Cramps, Nervous Tension, nose bleeds, ovarian cysts. It is outstanding when used in Skin Care, lessening Scar Tissue.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Action: Anticarcinogenic, supports digestion, expels worms, decongestant, anti-infectious, Antibacterial, antifungal, mucolytic, stimulant, hypertensive, cardiotonic, stimulates the gallbladder, is a pain-reliever, expectorant, Anti-Inflammatory for the intestinal and urinary tract. It can heighten or restore the sense of taste by stimulating the trigeniminal nerve.
Indications: Asthma, Bronchitis, Candida, diarrhea, Digestive Problems, Fever, Nausea, Halitosis, Heartburn, hemorrhoids, Hot Flashes, Indigestion, menstrual irregularity, Headaches, Motion Sickness, tumor growth, respiratory infections, shock, itchy skin, Throat Infections, varicose veins.
Other Uses: May help Arthritis, Depression, Skin Conditions (Eczema, Psoriasis, dermatitis), food poisoning, Headaches, hives, hysteria, inflammation, Morning Sickness, nerve regeneration, Rheumatism, elevate and open sensory system, ease the pain of toothaches, kills tuberculosis bacillus (according to recent research).
Application Methods: Diffuse 1-2 drops daily for 15-30 minutes every 3-4 hours as needed. Massage 2-3 drops on corresponding reflex points of feet. May also rub 1-2 drops on throat and chest as needed. Place 1-3 drops on pillow before bed.
What are the foot reflex points?: Click here for foot reflex charts and pressure techniques.
Safety Data: This blend may be irritating to those with sensitive skin. Avoid eye contact. In case of accidental eye contact, put a few drops of any pure vegetable oil in the eye and get medical help if necessary. Never use water to dilute or rinse.
1) If you are under the care of a physician, seek his/her advice BEFORE starting ANY natural therapy.
2) If you are Pregnant or nursing, do not utilize natural therapies without the express consent and guidance of your doctor.
3) Keep in mind that many oils are phototoxic – meaning they will increase your sensitivity to the sun. Avoid sun exposure for at least 4 hours after topical use of Essential Oils.
4) Do a patch test. Always patch test a new oil or blend on a small area of skin to test for sensitivity. The last thing you want is a huge rash because you didn’t know you’d be sensitive to the oil!
5) Natural Remedies work well with traditional medicine – the key word being ‘with’. If you have any medical conditions, are under a doctor’s care for ANY reason, or simply have questions/concerns – talk to your medical professional BEFORE you begin a natural therapy regimen.
Oil Measurements: 10 ml = approx. 1/3 oz.
A 10 ml bottle of our blends holds approximately 325-350 drops. The average dosage varies from 1-6 drops
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Indications/Description: The fragrance of the Essential Oils in this blend can exert a powerful calming effect on the mind through their influence on the limbic region of the brain to help you get to sleep more quickly and rest more peacefully. Please do not substitute this blend for qualified medical care.
Testimonial: “Both of my daughters have tried your “Sweet Dreams” oil and they are very pleased with the results. They each carry so much stress from school and teenage life in general. I was particularly interested in your product because they are teenagers and I didn’t want them to take chemical remedies that wouldn’t be good for them to use. Both have reported sounder sleep without waking during the night which was an occassional problem for them. I am very pleased overall and I will be back to your store for more. I’m so glad to see someone like yourself offering Natural Remedies for practical use that really do what they say they will do! Thanks ever so much – many blessings!” – Jade
Profiles of Single Essential Oils in this Blend:
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Action: Antiseptic, analgesic, antitumoral, Anticonvulsant, Anti-Inflammatory, sedative. Beneficial for healing burns, cleansing cuts and wounds. Ideal for Skin Care since it prevents the build up of excess sebum, a skin oil that bacteria feed on. Lavender has also been clinically evaluated for its relaxing effects.
Indications: Burns (cell renewal), sunburns (including lips), Dandruff, Hair Loss, Allergies, Convulsions, Herpes, Headaches, Indigestion, Insomnia, High Blood Pressure, Menopausal conditions, Nausea, phlebitis, tumors, premenstrual conditions, Scarring (minimizes), Skin Conditions (Acne, dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis, Rashes), Stretch Marks. It may be used to cleans cuts, Bruises and skin irritations.
Other Uses: Lavender is a universal oil with many different applications. It may also help Arthritis, Asthma, Bronchitis, Convulsions, Depression, earaches, heart palpitations, High Blood Pressure, hives (urticaria), insect bites, laryngitis, Nervous Tension, respiratory infections, Rheumatism and Throat Infections.
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
Action: Antispasmodic, antitumoral, adrenal cortex stimulant, Anti-Inflammatory, astringent, hemostatic (stops bleeding), anti-infectious, Antibacterial, antifungal, revitalizes skin tissue, dilates bile ducts for liver Detoxification. Balances the sebum, which is the fatty secretion in the sebaceous glands of the skin that keep the skin supple. Helps cleanse oily skin and restores and enlivens pale skin.
Indications: Skin Conditions (dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis, vitiligo), Herpes, shingles, bleeding, tumor growths, hormone imbalances.
Other Uses: May be used for Acne, burns, circulatory problems (improves blood flow), Depression gingivitis, liver problems, sterility, digestion, Insomnia, menstrual problems, Neuralgia (severe pain along the nerve), regenerating tissue and nerves, pancreas imbalances, ringworm, Sore Throats, and wounds. Also recommended for Liver Disorders and Hepatitis.
Chamomile, Roman (Chamaemelum nobile)
Action: Calming for pre-anesthesia and Tension, antispasmodic, Anti-Inflammatory, antiparasitic, skin regeneration.
Indications: May help calm and relieve Restlessness and Tension. Its anti-infectious properties benefit cuts, scraps and Bruises.
Other Uses: Neutralizes Allergies and increases the ability of the skin to regenerate. It is a Cleanser of the blood and also helps the liver discharge poisons. This oil may help with Allergies, Bruises, cuts, Depression, Insomnia, Muscle Tension, nerves (calming and promoting nerve health), Restless legs and Skin Conditions such as Acne, dermatitis, Eczema, Rashes and sensitive skin. It can effectively minimize Irritability and nervousness in Hyperactive children.
Application Methods: Diffuse 1-2 drops 30-60 minutes at bedtime. Apply 1-3 drops to shoulders, stomach and on bottoms of feet nightly. Apply 1-3 drops on cotton towel or wash cloth and put on pillow. Add 5 drops to 1 TBSP Epsom Salts or baking soda and add to hot bath while filling. Soak until water cools.
What are the foot reflex points?: Click here for foot reflex charts and pressure techniques.
You have been irritated by things all day. You are getting to the breaking point. You are being to feel as though you have no choice but to ‘hold your ground’. You are not sure if your feelings could escalate in to a true aggressive encounter or not. You need to get control. You remember you can use Essential Oils to begin to quell those feelings before you proceed into doing something you will regret later.
Using Essential Oils to overcome any undesirable emotional concern is welcome by all. Essential Oils used for aggression can be very helpful, but you must remember to use them. Great Essential Oils to use for aggression include: Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Bergamot and Marjoram. Others include: Juniper, Rosemary and Ylang Ylang .
We suggest you start with one or two of the above oils. Simply place in an Inhaler and take several deep inhalations as needed. If you feel you need more see our recipe section below for more recipes just for aggression.
If you are just irritated or irritable – try this blend. Although it does not contain any of the above mentioned oils, it may take the edge off before your emotions are triggered into the undesired aggression mood.
Blend well and use for any sensual massage.
Anti-Aggression Personal Blend
(Omit the Lemon and Bergamot from the blend if you are wearing as a fragrance and will be exposing your skin to the sun. These are photo sensitizing oils and will cause discoloration of the skin where applied and when exposed to sun.)
Aggression Diffuser blend
Blend in an amber bottle. Then add to your Diffuser as needed.
We know you have seen all the “drugs” advertised on the television to help men with this problem but did you know that there are other ways to help the love of your life with this problem?
Aromatherapy, by itself, can not cure impotence and the information contained in this article may not even help if the cause of impotence is due to a medical condition such as Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, prostate problems, and the list can go on. Also if taking certain types of prescription medications, it may not help if impotence happens to be one of the side effects of that particular drug.
What we are going to talk about is the intimate relationship with your man. Impotence often times is a mind game for some men. Physical and emotional exhaustion, nervous Tension, lack of confidence or even something as simple as an underlying infection can cause any man to experience temporary impotence. As men mature they have a lot more stress in their lives. In order for them to function sexually, you have to clear their mind of all their troubles, pressures and other stress. Worse yet is their Anxiety of not being able to ‘perform’.
It is also known as men get older they need not only visual stimulation but emotional and physical stimulation.
Then there are those that help to relieve stress, Anxiety and all the other emotions that could trigger sexual dysfunctions.
Some men will easily respond to certain smells. The Aphrodisiac effect may be all they need. Others will respond better to the physical stimulation and pleasure of touch. If this is the case you will want to set plenty of time aside, send the kids away for the night and plan an evening together. Do not concentrate on the culmination of orgasm, instead, feel and touch to help him feel comfort, safety and enjoyment of the sensations of touching.
Some Essential Oils that may help with impotence include: Jasmine (make you feel warm and peaceful inside, Rose (can help you feel stimulated, also to sooth other emotions that may impede impotency), Clary Sage (a scent similar to that of body pheromones excreted during sexual encounters), Rosemary (helps you feel more alert and stimulated mentally), Sandalwood (definitely known for its Aphrodesia properties), Vanilla (very warm, exciting and inviting when it comes to Aphrodesia and sexual stimulation), Ylang Ylang (again has many Aphrodisiac properties, will make you feel happy to almost giddy).
Dr Valnet’s book “The Practice of Aromatherapy” lists the following Essential Oils that may be useful for impotence: Anise , Cinnamon, Ginger, Juniper, Peppermint, Pine needle, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Thyme and Ylang Ylang. Although he does not give specific ways in which they may help. Since several of these have Aphrodisiac properties I would imagine these scents are quite stimulating and erotic for some men, stimulating their sexual responses.
Other Essential Oils include: Clary Sage, Cypress, Neroli, Cedarwood, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense , Nutmeg, Patchouli, Vetiver, Angelica, Basil, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Coriander, Fennel, Ginger, Juniper (several of these last 8 oils appear to be more stimulating for some as they are warming type Essential Oils).
Yet some other oils that can be very uplifting and refreshing, helping men to address their attention to the situation at hand and to forget their troubles include: Bergamot, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Orange, Peppermint, Petitgrain and Pine needle.
Essential Oils diffused will set the ambience. Don’t go overboard, just a few drops in any Diffuser. Subtle scents are often more exciting. Find out what kind of scents the man in you life might enjoy. Remember you are doing this for him, so be sure to choose scents HE likes or enjoys! What scents do men like? In studies done by Dr. Alan Kirsch of Chicago,IL, it was found that men like the following scents: Anise , Cinnamon, Clove bud and Ginger, Lavender and Vanilla.
You may want to blend a special massage blend including some of the oils your man may like.
Try this massage blend to give a very sensual massage.
Start slow, and keep him warm and comfortable as you massage, his arms, hands, chest, legs, feet, back and more.
Blend well and warm a small amount gently in your hand before applying to the skin.
Massage for Impotence
Blend all together and massage into the lower back, upper abdominal area and upper thighs. (Avoid the genitals as these oils can be very warm and may irritate the sensitive skin in this area). Use this blend daily for 10 days.
Also daily bathing with Ginger – 2 drops and Black Pepper – 2 drops added to the bath. May also help with mild impotence. This recipe will help restore Libido, and help with physical and emotional exhaustion too
Swimmer’s Ear aka Otitis Externa
Fun in the sun and splashing in the water. This is part of the summer ritual for just about all kids! But what can happen with all that water – especially if it gets in the ears and never really gets a chance to dry out?
Bacteria and fungus love moist, warm conditions and if the ears don’t really get a chance to dry out your child may develop Otitis Externa – inflammation of the outer portion of the ear and canal. This problem can be mild to extremely painful.
With small or any children that complain of ear pain, please seek medical attention before using any aromatherapy or Essential Oil treatments. If the child has a perforated eardrum or an Otitis Media (middle Ear Infection) you will not want to use any Essential Oils without consulting with your medical practitioner.
If indeed the child has swimmer’s ear you will need to keep them out of the water for a few days to give the inflammation or mild infection a chance to heal.
Blend together 3 drops of Roman Chamomile, 1 drop of Lavender and 1 drop of Tea Tree in 1 tablespoon Sweet Almond oil. Then put several drops of this on a cotton ball and wipe the outer portion of the ear and you can also wipe into the ear canal. Do not poke cotton swabs (Q-tips) into the ear canal.
You can do this a couple times a day. Some children will tolerate a small piece of cotton held in place in the ear. If so, you can try this at bedtime with a small amount of the above blend on the cotton ball.
Gnats and Midges Bites
Or as an alternative, just dab on neat Lavender
Bedbugs and Flea Bites
To avoid risk of infection, bathe the bitten areas and apply neat Lavender. Alternatively, dilute 3 drops of Thyme in cider vinegar and apply over the bitten area. Eucalyptus is another option-use as you would Lavender.
These recipes were taken from “The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy” by Valerie Ann Worwood.
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:
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 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.
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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