Soap-Making Basics

August 22nd, 2006

Making beautiful bars of fragrant herbal Soap has never been easier. Purchase Glycerin- or coconut-oil-based Soap blocks at a crafts store, cut them into chunks, and melt them in the microwave.

Add Herbs, color, and fragrance to the liquid Soap and pour into molds. Purchase Soap molds, or use kitchen items such as tart tins or small gelatin molds.

What You Need:

  • Soap base (either Glycerin which is clear, or coconut which is creamy white)
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Glass measuring cup with pouring spout
  • Microwave oven or double boiler
  • Color chips or liquid Soap colorant
  • Metal spoon
  • Herbs and botanicals
  • Essential Oil in desired fragrance
  • Molds

Instructions:

  1. Cut Soap into 1-inch cubes and place in the glass measuring cup. Heat until the Soap is melted. In the microwave, it only requires about 45 seconds to melt a few ounces of Soap. Heat in short intervals to prevent boiling over.

  2. Once the Soap is melted, gradually add the colorant until the desired shade is achieved, stirring thoroughly. Next, add the desired Herbs and botanicals. Add Essential Oil just before pouring liquid Soap into the molds to avoid cooking off the fragrance.

  3. Let Soap cool and harden before removing it from the molds. When choosing plastic containers for molds, use microwavable containers only.

Custom Recipes

You can add any number of special additives to make custom Soaps for specific uses. Add them alone or in complementary combinations. See below for some suggested combinations

Antiseptic Balm

August 12th, 2006

Use instead of Antiseptic ointment, this is far superior!

(Makes enough to fill 4 each 1 ounce salve jars or 1 ounce metal tins )

A rule of thumb is 2 parts oil to one part Beeswax. Simply heat the Sweet Almond and Jojoba oil in a saucepan and add Beeswax. If you want a thin consistency (such as a cream or Vaseline), add only a little bit of Beeswax. Want it thicker like wax? Just add more Beeswax.

Allow the base to cool down to see what the consistency is like. If it’s too thick, add more Sweet Almond oil and reheat, too thin, add more Beeswax.

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Moisturizing Vitamin E Cream

August 5th, 2006

This cream is very moisturizing and emollient. It is nice for rough, dry, or chapped complexions and should help promote healthy looking skin.

Melt the oil and the wax in a double boiler, Remove from heat, add water, and stir thoroughly.

Add Vitamin E, Essential Oil and stir continuously until cool.

After you have added the Essential Oil and the cream is still warm enough to pour, carefully pour it into Salve Jars or Metal Tins.

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Simple Floral Water

July 30th, 2006

By Annie B. Bond, author of Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999).

The heat brings out odors everywhere, from garbage cans to dog beds. Even those of us that never use air fresheners might consider them in the heat. Here is an air spritzer that refreshes the air and even deodorizes it. It requires Essential Oils that are Antibacterial, but because it is technically a floral water, you can use it on your body, too. It is delightful as such. There is nothing like a heat wave to make one sweaty and drooped.

Make this simple floral water and refresh your self, your linens, and your rooms!

Simple Floral Water

Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to blend. Spritz the air where needed, and yourself making sure to avoid your eyes.

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RespiRescue Essential Oil Blend for Asthma, Chest Infections

July 23rd, 2006

RespiRescue Essential Oil Blend (10ml)

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.

Testimonial: “My 14-year-old daughter has battled frequent bouts of pneumonia and acute cough-variant Asthma since she was a small child. Her medicine bag rivals that of most 60+ year olds. In the past two years I’ve begun treating her with Herbs and have seen a remarkable improvement. She hasn’t had an Asthma attack that required hospitalization in 26 months - before, we were on the ‘frequent flyer’ program at ER and were in there at least 8-10 times a year. Last week we had a huge test. She picked up a bug at school and within 24 hours had a croupy cough, a lot of chest congestion and a fever. Before, that always meant she’d be in the hospital with an acute Asthma attack and/or full-blown pneumonia within 48 hours. I treated her, as I have been, with herbal infusions and Echinacea/goldenseal but also added your RespiRescue - rubbing it on her chest and having her inhale it at least 3 times a day. I’m pleased to say that she came through this bout just fine, with no trips to the hospital. I firmly believe that RespiRescue had a huge part in helping battle the bug and keeping her lungs and bronchial tubes clear and functioning properly. Thank you.” -Mary, Nebraska

Ingredients: Synergistic blend of oils including Ravensara, Eucalyptus, Pine, Myrtle, Cypress, Peppermint

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.

How do I apply Oils?: Click here to learn the various methods of applying Essential Oils and blends.

What are the foot reflex points?: Click here for foot reflex charts and pressure techniques.

Companion Oil Blends: Antimicrobial, Antiseptic, Quiet Cough, MucAway, Congest Aid, BronchiRelief, Flu Fighter, Temp Tamer, SinuAid, Cold Care, Cold Care Bath

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.

Cautions:

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

RespiRescue also comes in convenient Inhaler and Roll-On bottles!

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

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Sweet Dreams Essential Oil Blend for Insomnia (10ml)

July 15th, 2006

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

Ingredients: Synergistic blend of oils including Orange, Lavender, Balsam Fir, Geranium, Roman Chamomile

Profiles of Single Essential Oils in this Blend:

Orange (Citrus aurantium) Action: Calming, sedative, Anti-Inflammatory, antitumoral, anticoagulant, improves Circulation Indications: Angina (false), cardiac spasm, Insomnia, Menopause, tumor growth.

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.

Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea) Action: Antitumoral, anticancerous, Antioxidant, combats respiratory infections, antifungal. It may also ease the pain of Arthritis and bursitis.

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.

How do I apply Oils?: Click here to learn the various methods of applying Essential Oils and blends.

What are the foot reflex points?: Click here for foot reflex charts and pressure techniques.

Companion Oil Blends: Silent Night, Energy Balance, Muscle Relax, No Stress

Sweet Dreams also comes in convenient Inhaler and Roll-On bottles!

Click HERE to learn more about our Sweet Dreams blend!

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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 NHH recommends 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 by NHH!

47 Ways To Use Essential Oils

July 12th, 2006
  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. You could also place a few drops of oil onto a piece of cotton and place inside your linen cabinet.

  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 or spray the area with Peppermint oil and water.

  7. For tired aching muscles or Arthritis aches, mix 3 drops Eucalyptus, 2 drops Rosemary and 3 drops Lavender oil to one ounce Sweet Almond or other vegetable oil and use as a massage oil.

  8. Ease headache pain by rubbing a drop of Rosemary, Lavender or Peppermint 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. of 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 soft 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 cottonballs 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. Essential Oils or blends make wonderful perfumes. Create your own personal essence! Add 25 drops to 1 oz of alcohol (100% vodka) and allow to age for two weeks before using.

  23. 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.

  24. Rosemary promotes alertness and stimulates memory. Inhale occasionally during long car trips and while reading or studying.

  25. Selling your home? Fragrance sells! Fill the kitchen area with the aroma of spice such as Clove. Geranium oil sprinkled throughout the home creates a warm, cheerful and inviting mood.

  26. Add Essential Oils to paper mache. The result is the creation of a lovely aromatic piece of art.

  27. 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.

  28. Neck pillows, padded and decorative hangers make more memorable gifts simply by putting a couple of drops of Essential Oil on them before giving.

  29. Overindulge last night? Essential Oils of Grapefruit, Lavender, 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.

  30. Essential Oils of Frankincense and Myrrh 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.

  31. Flies and moths dislike Lavender oil. Sprinkle it on the outside of your window frames.

  32. Place 1 or 2 drops of sleep enhancing oils such as Chamomile, or Lavender on your pillow before retiring for restful sleep.

  33. 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.

  34. Ideal scents for the bedroom are Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender or Lemon.

  35. One drop of Lemon Essential Oil on a soft cloth will polish copper with a gentle buffing.

  36. When washing out the fridge, freezer or oven, add 1 drop of Lemon, Grapefruit or Bergamot Essential Oil to the final rinse water.

  37. For burns or scalds, drop Tea Tree oil directly on the effected area.

  38. Place 1 drop of Peppermint oil in 1/2 glass of water, sip slowly to aid digestion and relieve upset stomach.

  39. Use 1 drop of Chamomile oil on a washcloth wrapped ice cube to relieve Teething Pain in children.

  40. Six to eight drops of Eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects in winter.

  41. Add 1 drop Geranium oil to your facial Moisturizer to bring out a radiant glow in your skin, to help promote firmness and rid yourself of fine lines, age spots and discoloration.

  42. Place 1 or 2 drops of Rosemary on your hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.

  43. When the Flu is going around add a few drops of Thyme, Peppermint and Eucalyptus oils to your Diffuser or simmer in a pan on the stove.

  44. To bring fever down, sponge the body with cool water to which 1 drop each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Lavender oils have been added.

45 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.

  1. 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.

  2. A wonderful massage blend for babies is 1 drop Roman Chamomile, 1 drop Lavender, 1 drop Geranium diluted in 2 Tablespoons Sweet Almond oil.

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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 NHH recommends 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 by NHH!

Essential Oils To Ease The Heat

July 11th, 2006

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. I�ll first introduce you to the oils you can use for some summer complaints. Later in the article I�ll 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 aromatherapist�s 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 oil�s 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 it�s soothing effect (it�s 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 pests�Citronella 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 aren�t 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. That�s 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 euphoric�s 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 A�Z, by Patricia Davis and The Aromatherapy Workbook by Marcel Lavabre.

Aromatherapy Blends:

Relaxation:

Energizing Blend:

Euphoric Blend:

Sacred Blend:

Analgesic Blend:

Lymph Drainage:

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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Blending For The Desired Effect Through Aromatherapy Blends

July 11th, 2006

Lavender has for long been known to have stress-relieving properties. But few know that Lavender when mixed with Lemon and Clary Sage gives a much more comfortable feeling. The mixing here is called blending.

Creating an aromatherapy blend is like using a number of vegetables and Spices to prepare that delicious curry. Do you need to be a renowned chef to create delicious curries? Not necessarily. Just have an idea of what you want and mix in proper proportions and you are ready to serve the dish.

Similar is the case with aromatherapy blends. The desire to experiment and knowledge of oils � this is all that one will need in order to create an aromatherapy blend. Within minutes you are ready with your aesthetically and therapeutically correct blend.

When using oils or absolutes for the purpose, do the homework before. Proper research on the properties of each oil used must be undertaken to assess if they are synergistic to each other. Certain oils work against the other oil used in the blend. This means that the blend is not producing the desired effect. Use oils which enhance each oil�s effect.

Always use pure Essential Oils in making an aromatherapy blend. Fragrant oils are available in the market. They serve only to add fragrance to your recipe. Also, because of the presence of artificial elements in the fragrant oils, the aromatherapy blend is susceptible to becoming adulterated.

Research on aromatherapy blends may demand time. Those who have found interest in blending Essential Oils become engrossed in the blending in the same way as a scientist loses sleep in his discoveries. And, thus they are ready to put in as much time in the blending as required.

Study well the aroma profiles of each oil. Take a blotting paper and sprinkle a drop of the Essential Oil on it. See and feel its effect. Note it down on a piece of paper so that you can refer to it in the future. Undertake a similar activity for numerous oils. In this manner, you will have a complete database ready with you.

Similarly, while blending note down the reactions that takes place in the properties of each oil. Any of the following three will happen. An oil will completely lose its property. A property will be enhanced. Alternatively, a completely new property will be discovered in the aromatherapy blend. A true blender is one who knows how to enhance or create the desired effect. This may take time. Sometimes, certain properties will become known all of a sudden; somewhat like French chemist Ren�-Maurice Gattefoss� who hit upon the medical properties of Lavender by accident. You will not become as popular in the field of aromatherapy, but your blends are sure going to earn you a lot of praise ion your friend circle.

About the author

Bryan Josling is working with the Horticultural Research Station in Adelaide. He has also been involved with research on plants. http://www.ndaroma.com

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How Well Do You Know Your Scents?

July 11th, 2006

Aromatherapy has become a widely used term. But how well do you really know your scents and the effects they have on your emotions, mind and body? Take this quiz to find out how much you know about this ever-growing trend in natural healing.

  1. You feel the need of a little morning boost to get you going. What scented lotion will help to get you on your feet?

a) Rosewood b) Rosemary c) Sandalwood d) Vanilla

  1. You find yourself feeling a little down and sad. What Essential Oil can help with these emotions?

a) Lemon b) Lavendar c) Bergamot d) Sweet Orange

  1. You tend to feel tired in the afternoon hours. Which aroma can help you to feel energized?

a) Grapefruit b) Lemon c) Juniper d) Peppermint

  1. You wake in the night and have difficulty getting back to sleep. What scented oil will have a calming effect?

a) sweet Orange b) Rosemary c) Peppermint d) Sandalwood

  1. You have a temper that tends to flare up on occasion. Which of these oils will help to soothe your psyche?

a) Jasmine b) Sandalwood c) oatmeal d) Peppermint

  1. You tend to be shy in social situations. Which scented cologne can help with your shyness?

a) Bergamot b) Rosewood c) Jasmine d) Ylang Ylang

  1. You tend to overeat when the option presents itself. Which aroma can aid as an Appetite Suppressant?

a) Lemon b) sweet Orange c) Grapefruit oil d) Bergamot

  1. You often feel anxious and overwhelmed. Which scent can aid in reducing Anxiety?

a) Ylang Ylang b) Peppermint c) Lemon d) Vanilla

  1. You sleep lightly and often wake tired. Which oil can be utilized as a sleep aid?

a) Patchouli b) Clary Sage c) Sandalwood d) Rose

  1. Your sex drive could use some assistance. Which Essential Oil can act as an Aphrodisiac?

a) Patchouli b) Ylang Ylang c) Jasmine d) Rose

Answers:

  1. C � Sandalwood helps lower fatigue levels and aids in boosting immunity.
  2. C & D � sweet Orange and Bergamot can help to balance mood swings
  3. B & D � Both Lemon and Peppermint help to rejuvenate mind, body and soul.
  4. A, B, C & D � All of these Essential Oils are known to have a calming effect.
  5. C � Oatmeal can soften the temper as well as your skin.
  6. C � Jasmine can boost confidence by aiding relaxation in social situations.
  7. C � Grapefruit oil can help those who tend to overeat.
  8. A & D � Ylang Ylang and Lemon can help reduce stress and Tension.
  9. B & D � Clary Sage and Rose can aid in achieving a deeper sleep.
  10. A,B,C & D � These scents are all considered aphrodisiacs.

8-10 correct: Aroma Savvy Congratulations! You know your scents. You are on your way to becoming a true Aroma Pro.

5-7 correct: Aroma Friendly Very Well Done! You know some scents and their uses, but you could use a refresher course.

0-4 correct: Aroma Newbie Nice Try! You may be new to the topic of aromatherapy. There are many great ways to learn more about these wonderful scents and their uses.

About the author

Elizabeth Smith is Editorial Assistant of Promotions and Partnerships at ModernSage. She is also the owner of gift basket business, Crafty Gift Creations.

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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 NHH recommends 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 by NHH!


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