Especially effective on the neck, shoulders, and temples.
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Especially effective on the neck, shoulders, and temples.
This will help you unwind and relax after a stressful day.
Mix the oils into a warm bath and soak for at least 15 minutes.
Lack of greenery, gray skies, a snow-covered world, reduced activity and the cold temperatures of winter can all lead to what is known as the “Winter Blues.” The Winter Blues involve feelings of sadness, Depression and loss of energy.
The below blends can help ease the symptoms of the winter blues. Citrus oils are emphasized because they are energizing and uplifting oils. Orange, Lemon and Grapefruit oils are inexpensive (especially Orange) and are also favored by many people, so your whole household may enjoy the aroma.
When selecting and using oils, be sure to follow all safety precautions and remember that aromatherapy should not be used as a substitute for proper medical treatment.
Directions: Select one of the blends shown above. Then, choose which method you’d like to use the blend – Diffuser, bath oil, massage oil or air freshener
The oils in the Antimicrobial blend are highly antiviral, Antiseptic, Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, and help protect the body against such illnesses as Flu, Colds, sinusitis, Bronchitis, pneumonia, Sore Throats, etc.
Profiles of Single Essential Oils in this Blend:
Action: Highly Antimicrobial, anti-infectious, Antibacterial for a wide spectrum of infections. It is antiviral, antifungal (Candida), a general tonic, increases blood flow when previously restricted and is a light anticoagulant.
Indications: Tropical infection, typhoid and vaginitis.
Other Uses: May be beneficial for Circulation, infections, coughs, exhaustion, respiratory infections, digestion, Rheumatism, warts. This oil also fights viral and infectious diseases and may be a sexual stimulant.
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)
Action: Supports digestion, tones and helps regenerate connective tissues and ligaments, dilates blood vessels, strengthens vascular walls, promotes lymph flow, Anti-Inflammatory, sedative.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis CT 1,8 cineol)
Indications: Rheumatism, Arthritis, Myalgia, Hepatitis, liver conditions, menstrual disturbances, Hypertension (weak doses), hypotension (strong doses), Indigestion, Bronchitis, respiratory and lung infections, Hair Loss (Alopecia), Asthma.
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris CT thymol)
Action: Highly Antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, uterine tonic, cardiotonic.
Other Uses: A general tonic for nerves and stomach. It may also help with bacterial infections, respiratory infections, Circulation, Depression, digestion, Headaches, Insomnia, Rheumatism, Urinary Infections, Viruses along the spine.
Application Methods: Inhale 1-2 drops direct. Diffuse 1-2 drops daily for 15-30 minutes every 3-4 hours as needed. Apply 1-3 drops topically as needed. Massage 2-3 to bottoms of feet. Massage 1-2 drops over thymus.
What are the foot reflex points?: Click here for foot reflex charts and pressure techniques.
Companion Oil Blends: ImmuniBoost
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.
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
Learn more about our Antimicrobial blend now!
Massage in a clockwise direction over the lower abdomen three times a day
with the following:
Dilute mixture in 2 tablespoons Massage Oil
Constipation can have underlying causes-check dietary habits.
As I look out the window, I’m thinking how dreary it is right now. It’s pouring rain, the sky is gray, and the trees have lost most of their leaves. Sigh.
I need something to lift this Blue mood Im in! As usual, aromatherapy comes to the rescue. This article gives a brief introduction to various Essential Oils that are known for their mood elevation abilities. By the end of the article, you should have a better sense of where to cast your nose for help the next time you feel down.
My favorite mood elevator is Rose Essential Oil (rosa damascena). One drop of this heavenly scent in a Diffuser is potent enough to make me feel happy! However, Rose Essential Oil is extremely expensive.
A cheaper (although still not cheap) alternative to Rose Essential Oil is Geranium (pelargonium graveolens), sometimes called Rose Geranium. When you smell Geranium Essential Oil, you wont believe how much it smells like Rose Essential Oil! And again, one drop in a Diffuser is plenty, making it a bit economical.
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil (anthemis nobilis) is renowned for its ability to calm people down. It can be somewhat sedating, so use it only when you know you dont have to be completely alert. Don’t confuse Roman Chamomile with German Chamomile (matricaria recutita). They are very different Essential Oils.
The citrus oils are also known as mood elevators. One of my favorite citrus Essential Oils is Mandarin (citrus reticulata). Don’t confuse Mandarin Essential Oil with Tangerine Essential Oil. Even though they smell similar, Tangerine Essential Oil does not have the same chemical makeup that makes Mandarin oil so good for Anxiety.
Although I love the scent of Patchouli (pogostemon cablin) and Vetiver (vetiveria zizanoides) Essential Oils, I wouldnt use them on a day when I need my mood lifted. They are known as dark, heavy, earthy scents and aren’t the best for feeling happier when you feel a bit down.
A quick look at some of my references gives a list of Essential Oils that are known as mood elevators. They are the kinds of oils that give you a “feel good feeling” when you have a mild case of the blues. Here are some other Essential Oils recommended for “despondency” by Shirley Price in her Aromatherapy Workbook:
Coriander (coriandrum sativum)
Cypress (cupressus sempervirens)
Ginger (zingiber officinale)
Rosewood (aniba rosaeodora)
Sandalwood (santalum album)
Ylang Ylang (cananga odorata)
There are other mood elevating Essential Oils out there, and the fun of aromatherapy is in the discovery of how a particular Essential Oil affects you. You might want to compile your own personal mood elevating Essential Oils list so that it’s handy the next time you feel a bit down.
This is definitely a case where I like to use my tea light Candle oil and water Diffuser, as it makes the scent last a long time. As a cautionary note, remember not to take any of these oils internally or use them on your skin until you research them thoroughly. Not all Essential Oils can be taken internally and/or used topically.
Remember that these oils are traditionally used for an occasional feeling of minor Depression, sadness or Anxiety or just feeling “down in the dumps”. If you have a serious case of major Depression, you need to be under a doctors care.
About the author
Jen Calla loves to share what she has learned (and is continuing to learn) about aromatherapy and Essential Oils. She invites you to visit her website and blog at http://jencalla.com to learn more about the uses of aromatherapy and Essential Oils.
Preparation: Add the Beeswax to the Olive Oil and heat until the Beeswax is melted. Use very low heat or a double boiler to prevent burning the oil. When the wax is melted, remove the oil from the heat then add the Essential Oils and stir to blend. When the mixture is cool it is ready to use. You can make this using only the Eucalyptus oil if preferred.
To use rub a small amount on the chest as needed to relieve congestion.
These recipes were taken from “500 Formulas for Aromatherapy” by Carol & David Schiller.
As you prepare your bath, close the window and door to prevent the oil vapors from escaping. Fill the bathtub with warm/hot water. To soften your skin and remove impurities, dissolve 1 cup of Epsom salt in the bath water. Then pour the Essential Oil blend into the water. Swirl the water to disperse the oil evenly. Enter the bath immediately, since Essential Oils evaporate quickly. Relax and enjoy the bath for at least 30 minutes.
Before the onset of Premenstrual Syndrome, massage the blend into the lower back at least once a day.
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