All About Reflexology

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Reflexology, also called zone therapy, comes under the heading of alternative medicine. It involves the practice of massaging, squeezing or pushing parts of the feet, hands, body or in the ears with the goals of affecting other parts of the body.

Interestingly, although reflexology has been classified as an alternative medicine approach, there is no consensus among practitioners (reflexologist) on how the practice is supposed to work.

There does appear to be a unifying theme or idea that areas of the feet and hands correspond to different areas of the body. The theory is that by manipulating these areas the reflexologist can make significant changes in a specific organ system or in an individual’s overall health.

The ideas behind reflexology are not new. It was practiced in the Egyptian culture as early as 2330 B.C. the practice, as we know it today, was first researched and developed by Eunice Ingham. Her first work was published in 1938 and since 1942 workshops have been constructed around the world.

Balancing Bath Blend

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* 2 d. rose oil
* 2 d. neroli oil
* 2 d. geranium oil

Put with 1/2 cup Epsom Salts or Baking Soda and add to running bath water. Soak 15-20 mins.

Originally posted 2007-03-17 16:21:43.


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Warming Winter Bath

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A warming Winter Bath – great to share before climbing into bed with your partner!

* Sandalwood- 4 drops
* Myrrh – 4 drops
* Ginger – 4 drops
* 1 cup of whole milk

Add the essential oils to the milk, blend well. Then add the entire blend to your bathtub. Enjoy!

Originally posted 2007-03-17 15:12:56.


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Chamomile and Neroli Bubble Bath

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Neroli and chamomile oils are well known for their healing qualities.

* 10 Drops neroli essential oil
* 5 Drops chamomile essential oil
* 6 Fl. Oz. Unscented baby bath liquid

Mix the oils with the unscented bath liquid. Use as you would any bubble bath.

Originally posted 2007-03-17 15:18:52.


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Buttermilk Bath Salts

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Here is another variation on bath salts.

* 1 cup Buttermilk Powder
* 1 cup Sea Salt
* Add up to 24 drops of essential oils.

Blend well, keep in a sealed jar. Use 1/2 cup per bath. This makes enough for 4 baths.

This Daily Aromatherapy Tip is brought to you by AromaThyme

Originally posted 2007-03-27 09:08:19.


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Stress-Relieving Bath Salt

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* Sandalwood – 5 drops
* Fennel – 3 drops
* Melissa 3 drops
* Basil – 2 drops
* lavender – 2 drops

Add to a nice warm bath. Also add 1 to 2 cups Epsom salts to the tub while filling. This will help to relieve tense muscle and make you feel even more relaxed.

Originally posted 2007-03-17 16:05:54.


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Lavender Mineral Bath

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Soak away your worries with this refreshing mineral bath.

Mix together 1/2 cup epsom salts, 2 tablespoons of sea salt and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Add 7 drops of lavender essential oil and mix well.

Pour the mixture into the bath under running water. Make sure the salts are completely dissolved and that the oils are evenly dispersed.

Suggested variations:

You can make an even more relaxing bath by adding Roman chamomile, sandalwood or patchouli.

Originally posted 2007-03-17 15:49:07.


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Woodland Fairy Bath

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One handful each:

* Sassafras leaves
* Eucalyptus leaves
* Pine needles
* Rosemary
* Strawberry leaves

Infuse fresh sprigs of each of the above ingredients into 2 quarts of
boiling water for five minutes. Strain, then add the scented water to
your bath.

Originally posted 2007-03-17 15:55:02.


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Summer’s Evening Bath

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* 2 drops peppermint essential oil
* 3 drops lavender essential oil
* 2 drops chamomile (Roman) essential oil

For Bath: Add essential oils to a tub full of warm water and mix well.

For Sunburn: Add essential oils and 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar to a 4 ounce spritz bottle filled with water and spray on sunburn.

Taken from The Essential Oils Book by Colleen Dodt

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Bedtime Bath Mixture

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This will help you unwind and relax after a stressful day.

* 2 drops rose geranium oil
* 2 drops lavender oil
* 2 drops chamomile oil

Mix the oils into a warm bath and soak for at least 15 minutes.

Originally posted 2007-03-17 15:26:50.


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