What Is Aromatherapy and What Are the Benefits?

What is Aromatherapy and what are the benefits?

The art of aromatherapy involves healing the body and mind by using the sense of smell with pure essential oils. These oils are distilled from a variety of plants, shrubs, flowers and seeds cultivated worldwide. Some practitioners topically apply various essential oils during massage as an additional therapeutic technique.

History

Cleopatra knew the benefits of Aromatherapy!

The ancient Egyptians were well aware of the benefits of using essential oils for healing thousands of years ago. (Cleopatra's secret maybe ??)

In ancient Egypt , enjoyment and satisfaction was always portrayed with some reference to the “nose.” In hieroglyphics, a nose in every word written communicated pleasure. They actually adorned themselves with cone shaped objects that melted and released a variety of fragrances. Egyptians knew way back in the day the nose knows!

Other cultures followed in line and recognized the benefits of aromatherapy through history. The Greeks' Hippocrates holistically treated his patients with aromatherapy and massage. Dioscorides (Roman physician) documented his discoveries of healing benefits of plants in his “De Materia Medica” where he sketched hundred of plants with natural healing properties.

In the 17th century, the people who utilized essential oils through aromatherapy survived the Bubonic Plague more so than people with no contact at all.

This documented history stands as proof positive of the many benefits of aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy Today

Today's holistic community realizes the benefits of natural healing techniques. The return of alternative medicine offers a natural approach to healthcare. Physical and mental health practitioners recognize the emotional and physical benefits of practicing aromatherapy and considers this practice a useful healing tool.

Dr. Brent A Bauer, MD of the Mayo Clinic states, “Aromatherapy is thought to work by stimulating smell receptors in the nose, which then send messages through the nervous system to the limbic system – the part of the brain that controls emotions.”

How Inhalation Aromatherapy Works

The practice of inhaling essential oils is the most direct and quickest method for getting results from aromatherapy.

Scented molecules travel through the nasal cavity via little nerves, to the brain's limbic system where hormones are secreted through the endocrine system. These hormones are secreted into the bloodstream and affect our mood and a variety of other functions of our bodies. This is where the magic begins!

The second part of our system affected by aromatherapy is the autonomous nervous system.This automatic nervous system joins the brain and spinal cord with electrical impulses to all the other areas that make up our bodies. Digestion, perspiration, heart rate, sexual response, respiratory rate, etc. are controlled by the autonomous nervous system's response.

How Topical Aromatherapy Works

Topical aromatherapy involves applying essential oils to the skin via bathing or by using the oils in combination with massage. Specific areas are also treated in some patients, ie: elbows, ankles, wrists, neck and shoulders, forehead, etc. The oils are absorbed into the skin and then enter the bloodstream where they disperse to various organs.

Benefits of Aromatherapy

Improves Digestion

Insomnia Decreases

Relieves Congestion / Asthma Symptoms

Decreases Stress / Increases Calmness

Relieves Depression

Increases Sexual Drive

Improves Mental Clarity

Energizes

Relieves / Alleviates Pain

Tips For Personal Use

Trouble Sleeping? A few drops of chamomile or vanilla on your Pillowcase / Bed linens

Stressed Out? Chamomile, Atlas Cedar, Cypress, Ginger

Nervousness? Bergamot, chamomile, ylang ylang

Aphrodisiac? Rosewood, Patchouli, Veviter, Ylang Ylang, Neroli, Mandarin Orange, Sandalwood, Jasmine

Feeling depressed? Anise, Chamomile, Cloves, Vanilla, Sweet Fennel, Jasmine, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Nutmeg, Rosewood, Tea Tree, Tangerine, Cinnamon

While the long term benefits of practicing is not scientifically proven yet, the physical and emotional well being in the short term can be obtained through practicing aromatherapy. If you're interested in positive results right now, you might want to give it a try.

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Harnessing the Colour Properties of Essential Oils

Color can play a role in helping us to heal. Every color belongs to a specific wavelength of light and as such will possess different properties. We can utilize the properties of a color by either wearing the color in our clothes or as a scarf, eating the color (think different colored foods), using crystals of a specific color or bathing ourselves in colored light. In the same way we can also choose essential oils for their therapeutic properties based on their color.

Color: RED

Properties :

Red is the color with the longest wavelength. It is at the heat end of the spectrum and representations fire. Red is a powerful energiser and stimulant. It is associated with masculine energy and is a symbol of life, strength and vitality. It is also the dominant color of the base chakra. As such it is related to the reproductive organs and fertility. Red is used where energy is lacking. It can raise body temperature and improve the circulation.

Red Essential Oils:

Benzoin

This oil relates directly to the base chakra on which it has a strong energizing effect. It is used to increase physical strength and energy. At a therapeutic level it has a rejuvenating effect on the body. It warms the heart and circulation and eases general aches and pains

Patchouli

This oil has a very deep earthy aroma and is firmly associated with the base chakra. It provides a strengthening and grounding effect. Patchouli helps to ground and integrate energy and keep us in touch with our physical selves. It is also related to sex, money and physical energy. At a therapeutic level it is used as an anti-depressant where there is anxiety and stress related ailments.

Vetiver

Again this oil is used as a valuable earthing and grounding agent. It is useful for anyone who needs to be brought into closer contact with the earth to ground and center their energies. At a general level it is balancing to the whole chakra system but specifically relates to the root chakra. It is also related to money and protection. At a therapeutic level it is used to tranquilize and calm where there is anxiety and nervous tension.

Color: ORANGE / GOLD

Properties :

Orange is a combination of red and yellow and therefore has elements of both physical energy and intellect. It is the dominant color of the sacral chakra and is symbolic of the feminine energy of creation and is related to the adrenal glands.

Orange is the color of joy and energy and is therefore good for treating depression. It also has an anti-spasmodic effect which aids in damaging muscle cramps and spasms.

Orange is also associated with the splenic chakra (through which prana is absorbed) and is there before a good color for tiredness and exhaustion.

Gold is the color of wisdom and is indicative of higher spirituality.

Orange / Gold Essential Oils:

Cedarwood

Cedarwood helps us to develop and maintain a sense of balance and control in our lives. It has a strong life giving quality which helps to relieve anxiety and quell anger, irritation or fear. It “bucks up” the ego when we are feeling alienated or de-stabilized. It can also enhance spirituality and strengthen our connection with the divine. At a therapeutic level it is used for muscular complaints – arthritis, rheumatism, muscle spasm etc .; mental complaints such as lethargy, nervous debilitation, poor concentration, exhaustion, anger and stress related complaints; urinary tract infections. In general it is used to fortify and strengthen.

Jasmine

In its substance use Jasmine is related to love, peace, spirituality and sexuality. Jasmine is thought to develop the artistic senses and relate to an individual's creativity. It is also related to the spiritualization of sexual energy. It tends to stifle worries about tomorrow and to bring one into the present. At a therapeutic level it is used primarily for psychosomatic problems. It is good as a relaxant and an anti-depressant. It can also be useful for female conditions of Pre-Menstrual syndrome and Post-Natal depression. Jasmine is also useful for stimulating muscular rheumatism.

Rose (Rosa Damascena)

Rose has an affinity with the sacral chakra in its effect upon creativity, sex and conception. It is a gentle aphrodisiac and facilitates creativity in all the arts. Like Jasmine it is also related to the spiritualization of sexual energy and relationships. At a therapeutic level Rose is used for complaints related to the female reproductive system, as a cleansing agent and as an anti-depressant. It is very useful for stress-related conditions and psychological ailments.

Color: YELLOW

Properties :

Yellow is the dominant color of the solar plexus chakra. This energy center controls the digestive system and helps to purify the body through its elimination action on the liver and intestines.

Yellow is the color of the intellect and mind. The yellow rays carry positive magnetic currents which are inspiring and stimulating. They strengthen the nerves and stimulate higher mentality and activate the motor nerves in the physical body, thenby generating energy in the muscles. Therefore this color is used to treat partial or complete paralysis, diabetes, indigestion, fractured or broken bones and all arthritic conditions.

Yellow works with the skin by improving its texture, and by treating scars.

It is also the color of detachment and if used in excess a person can become detached from people and the environment.

Yellow Essential Oils:

Clary sage

As a therapeutic oil Clary sage can be used for skin disorders – particularly spots and boils; muscular stiffness, nervous tension – particularly a racing mind and panic attacks; and any stress related illnesses. It is also a relaxant, mild euphoric and aphrodisiac. Its subtle use refers to dreaming, particularly to strengthen and encourage clear dreams. It is also good for changeable moods and indecision.

Fennel

Fennel can provide protection, particularly if it is rubbed over the solar plexus chakra. It unblocks the capacity for confident self expression. It stimulates the flow of Qi in the stomach and intestines. As a therapeutic oil it is used for the digestive system – colic, constipation, flatulence, nausea; for skin care – bruises and dull, oily skin; for circulatory conditions – oedema, rheumatism and cellulite.

Peppermint

Peppermint acts upon the ego, dispelling pride. It also helps to overcome feelings of inferiority. It is also associated with cleanliness, both physical and mental. Peppermint is linked with the conscious mind and increases visual awareness. It illustrates colors more vividly. It can hold negative thoughts at bay. Used therapeutically it is particularly good for mental stimulation, for aid concentration when the mind is tired and for the relief of mild headaches. It can be of help to the digestive system for nausea, morning sickness, indigestion etc. It can also be useful for itchy skin.

Petitgrain

Petigrain relates to the conscious, intellectual mind and should be used when mental clarity is required. It can be used to sharpen the thought processes and clear mental cobwebs. At a therapeutic level it can be mentally uplifting, it relieves anxiety and lethargy. It can also be useful for combating insomnia and nervous headaches.

Color: LIME GREEN

Properties : Imbalance, Toxicity

Lime Green Essential oils

Cypress

Cypress oil is useful at times of transition such as career changes, moving home, bereavement, ending close relationships or changing one's religion. It distils remorse and instils optimism and allows suppressed obstructive feelings to emerge to consciousness. It can remove the fear or concern of what others might think of one's actions. At a therapeutic level it can be used as follows: for circulatory problems – it enlivens and regulates the flow of blood and helps to control nosebleeds, haemorrhages, wounds, varicose veins, excess menstrual bleeding etc. It is very useful where there is excess fluid such as heavy perspiration, oedema, incontinence, lymphatic congestion. In skin care it can balance oily and over-hydrated skin, and can help with acne and skin rashes. It is useful in treating cellulite, both deep and wonderful.

Grapefruit

Grapefruit's subtle properties relate to releasing and optimism. It is helpful for ditherers and where there is resistance to change. It smoothes tensions, frustrations, irritability and moodiness. Therapeutically it is used to stimulate and refresh. It lifts lethargy and mild depression. It is a digestive stimulant and aids constipation. It can also be useful for an overheated liver and a sluggish lymphatic system.

Juniper

Juniper is a detoxifier of both the minority and physical body. It is particularly good at clearing any negative energy which has accumulated either about one's person or in a particular location. It gets rid of negative thoughts and attitudes and is good for clearing toxic thoughts. Therapeutically it is used for nasal and bronchial infections or congestion, for stimulating lymph flow, for reducing inflammation and for local massage of injured muscles.

Lemon

At a subtle level Lemon is related to health, physical energy and purification. It can be revitalizing to a sluggish system. It can be used for the purification of both self and home. Therapeutically it is good to use where there is congestion such as bronchial or sinus infections. It is a mild expectorant. It is also useful for rheumatic conditions and lethargy.

Color: GREEN

Properties :

Green is the dominant color of the heart chakra, and has the power to harmonize the positive and negative energies of the body. It has an harmonizing effect on mind, body and spirit.

Green is the color of balance, harmony and sympathy. It also has antiseptic properties which lends it to use in case of infection. It also has the ability to detoxify.

Green Essential oils

Rose (Rosa Centifolia)

Rose is the supreme oil of the heart chakra. It brings healing to the heart chakra and helps it to open again when challenge has caused it to close down. It heals emotional wounds. Rose strengnthens the heart energy, enabling love energy to radiate out. It is also nourishing and cleansing to the heart. Therapeutically Rose is used to treat stress related conditions and psychological ailments, having a strong influence on the mind and emotions. It can also clear heat and inflammation and is often used to treat toxic and infectious conditions.

Bergamot

This is a particularly valuable oil where the Heart chakra is affected by grief. The uplifting, calming and joyous effect of Bergamot can help in healing and opening up the heart chakra. When the heart is already open Bergamot can help an individual to radiate joy and healing to others. Therapeutically Bergamot is used to treat mild depression and anxiety due to its uplifting properties. It is also useful for skin problems particularly if they are related to stress. Bergamot is an appetite regulator and is particularly useful where appetite is affected due to emotional stress.

Inula

This oil has a strengthening effect and is very helpful to the fault-hearted or for those who find it difficult to experience love or express it.

Geranium

This oil is associated with happiness and protection. It is used for getting in control of one's life and allows us to reconnect with our feelings. It is used theoretically as an anti-depressant – its relaxing yet uplifting qualities make it useful for all stress related ailments. It is also known as the “balancing” oil, and for this reason is used extensively for skin care, female hormonal problems and diuretic and elimination problems.

Color: BLUE

Properties : Blue is the dominant color of the throat chakra. It symbolizes inspiration, devotion, peace and tranquility.

Blue has a relaxing and expanding effect. It is used to treat tension, fear, palpitations, and insomnia. It is also an excellent color for healing and meditation.

Blue Essential Oils:

German Camomile

This oil can vary from a deep green-blue (turquoise) to a deep inky blue (indigo) as it ages. This oil is soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory. it is particularly useful where there is soreness and irritation of the mucous membranes due to hayfever, colds, bronchial ailments etc. It is a useful nasal and bronchial decongestant. It is also used as an agent for calming and soothing particularly in irritable skin conditions. It's minority uses relate to promoting sleep, inner peace and assisting with meditation. It is related to the throat chakra and the expression of the inner voice and higher truth.

Roman Camomile

This oil is soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory. it is particularly useful where there is soreness and irritation of the mucous membranes due to hayfever, colds, bronchial ailments etc. Roman camomile is useful for soothing irritable skin conditions such as eczema. It is very useful for treating nervous conditions such as insomnia and nervous tension. On a subtle level it helps one to let go of fixed expectations and to acknowledge one's limits. It is related to sleep, meditation and peace and is firmly associated with the throat chakra.

Color: INDIGO

Properties : The color is related to the brow chakra. It is associated with the mind, ears and eyes. Indigo is a strong painkiller and has antiseptic properties.

Indigo Essential oils

German Chamomile

This oil can turn to a deep inky blue (indigo) as it ages. Its subtle uses relate to promoting sleep, inner peace and assisting with meditation. It is also a strong anti-inflammatory.

Yarrow

Used therapeutically this oil is excellent for all disorders of the female reproductive system since it appears to have a hormonal action, potentially working upon the pituitary gland. It is used in skin care for acne, burns, cuts, eczema, inflammations and wounds. Yarrow can be effective against colds, fevers, influenza and other immune system related disorders. It can also be used for nervous disorders such as insomnia and stress related conditions. On a subtle level it is linked to protection and supposedly has an ability to consolidate the aura. Yarrow can also provide a “visionary” effect on an emotional level, encouraging the need to accept pain in order to heal and go beyond it.

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How Aromatherapy Can Relax and Soothe a Headache

Do your body a favor the next time you have a headache, leave the Tylenol on the shelf and seek out a more natural remedy in the form of aromatherapy. Studies have indicated that our bodies can respond favorably to certain aromas that are pleasing to our sense of smell.

Physical, psychological and environmental factors all play a role in headache pain, and we do have some control over them. There are obvious things you can do to help manage the sunset of headaches like exercise, eat right, drink plenty of water and get adequate rest to name a just a few. These measures, along with relaxation techniques and aromatherapy can help you safely reduce the occurrence of, and in some cases even prevent a headache.

Many researchers believe that a tension head can result when the head, neck or facial muscles contract but do not relax. Keeping your muscles contracted can lead to reduced blood supply in these areas. As a result, the pain you experience like a squeezing, aching pressure at the temples, across the upper forehead, or in the back of the neck can cause extreme discomfort that will likely send you running to the medicine cabinet for relief.

The truth is there are several underlying factors that contribute to tension headaches. The most common include, physical, psychological and environmental. So what is the first step to reducing the pain is to recognize the triggers that bring on your headaches.

Many people do not give their posture much thought, however, slouching can force the body out of alignment. When the head is too far forward it causes extra pressure on the neck muscles which tend to contract in order to hold the head up in an improper position. One move to correct your post is to sit up straight with your feet flat on the ground. Keep your shoulders back and the head directly over your body rather than too far forward or back. It sounds simple but it can take some practice and awareness to get it right.

The exact cause of headaches and migraines are not yet fully understood by doctors, however there are certain factors that can contribute to a headache. These include, stress, lack of sleep or fatigue, hormonal changes, hunger and / or changes in barometric pressure or altitude. In addition to these factors, certain foods can also contribute such as: Alcohol, specifically red wine, chocolate, food additives such as nitrates, nitrites or MSG and caffeine

Not everyone will react in the same way to these triggers, however, it will be helpful to decide which ones are triggers for you.

Using aromatherapy and relaxation techniques will not only help relieve stress, but taking a break can give your mind time to refuel a bit. Here are some choices for you to consider when trying out an aromatherapy solution for your headaches.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil is said to help ease headaches, usually those associated with sinuses.

Lavender Essential Oil is associated with anti-inflammatory as well as sedative properties. Try Lavender Oil in the evening to reduce a headache.

Peppermint Essential Oil contains menthol. Menthol is known to help relax and ease tension headaches. However, one caution to note is that Peppermint Oil can be quite stimulating and therefore interfere with sleep, especially when used in the evening time.

You owe it to yourself to see how these Essential Oils can work for you to help improve your health and relax you mind the natural way.

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Benzoin Essential Oil

Healing with Benzoin oil

Benzoin oil comes from the resin of the Styrax tree. This oil is valued for its warming and soothing properties. This spotted gum has been collected and traded for thousands of years. You will find that it can bring you comfort if you are sad and depressed. Benzoin Oil is nurturing and fortifying and its warm properties enhance and provide you with a positive energy.

The resin is dissolved in alcohol solvents to give the oil which has energizing and rejuvenating effects on the mind, body and spirit its rich, manila like aroma that combines well with spices or other tree oils.

Benzoin Essential Oil is very Comforting

Users of Benzoin essential oil use it to instill confidence and feelings of contentment. It is calming yet elevating, making it valuable in treating emotional exhaustion and anxiety. It warms the heart, improves circulation and is an effective tonic for the urinary tract, helping to combat infection. Benzoin is especially useful if combined with rose or lavender to treat skin conditions.

The active ingredients of Benzoin oil

Benzoin is not a true essential oil, but a resinoid. The resin gel is not sufficient enough for steam distillation. Instead, it is extracted using benzene or alcohol solvents. Benzoin is extremely rich in esters, such as benzyl benzoate. The esters give Benzoin its rich, sweet odor and warming properties. Esters have gentle therapeutic actions and are anti-inflammatory and antifungal. They also contribute to benzoin's ability to heal and soothe skin rashes. Benzoin can be added to lotions and applied to heal and soothe skin irritations.

Using your Benzoin Essential Oil

When used properly you can take full advantage of the relaxing and revitalizing properties of this essential oil. Soothe your mind with a bath and warm the atmosphere. Use the fortifying and soothing properties of Benzoin oil to bring comfort and joy back into your life.

For a relaxing massage

Lift your negative emissions by adding the following oils to 4 tablespoons of carrier oil such as almond oil:

8 drops of Benzoin oil

8 drops of bergamot oil

4 drops of Roman chamomile oil

Massage the oil into your body to uplift and stimulate your mind and spirit.

Help with Anxiety

Add the following oils to your bath water to create a bathing experience that will relieve you're of stress:

5 drops of Benzoin oil

8 drops of frankincense oil

8 drops of Sandalwood oil

Uplifting and Positive Scents:

When slipping into depression and confused by feeling of self doubt and guilt, use these oils in a diffuser.

5 drops of Benzoin oil

5 drops of rose oil

5 drops of Jasmine oil

Soothing Skin Care for Eczema and Dermatitis

Utilize benzoin's gentle soothing and anti-inflammatory action to help heal skin irritations. Treat chapped skin, especially on the hands, by blending 3 to 4 drops each of Benzoin, chamomile and myrrh oil with 2 tablespoons of calendula cream. Gently apply to affected parts. Relieve eczema and dermatitis by adding 2 to 3 drops of sandalwood and Benzoin oil to a basin of warm water. Bathe the affected skin. Both oils have powerful astringent and anti-inflammatory action. Soothe dry and irritated skin conditions by blending Benzoin into creams, then massaged into the affected area.

Help with Throat Infections

At the first sign of a throat infection, make a dry inhalation by adding 3 drops each of being sewing and Juniper oil to a handkerchief and then inhale through the day. Fight off a stubborn cough by adding 1 drop each of Benzoin, lemon and Cypress to 1 teaspoon of grape seed and massage into neck, throat and chest. The combined decongestant and antiviral effects of these oils will ensure a restful sleep.

Treating Cystitis

To treat painful cystitis, add 2 to 3 drops each of Benzoin and lemon oil to bathwater. Both have an antiseptic action on the urinary tract.

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The Most Popular Uses For Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil has been used for centuries to help many conditions, and is still one of the most popular oils in use today. Lavender essential oil is produced using the steam distillation method, and in most cases the whole plant is used.

Lavender essential oil is widely used due to its effectiveness in treating a wide variety of ailments, and due to the fact it is so safe to use. Lavender is one of the very few oils that it is safe to apply to your skin without diluting it in a carrier oil, this does not mean it can not be diluted for a massage or other use, it simply means you should not experience any adverse reaction using it neat.

Below are three of the ailments which Lavender can help with and a guide of how to use them for these problems.

  • Insomnia – This condition can be particularly disturbing to those suffering from it as it often makes them feel incredibly lethargic during the day. In studies it has been shown that using Lavender essential oil can work better than taking sleeping tablets for insomnia due to the fact it has no adverse effects the following day. If you suffer from insomnia one of the safest methods to use lavender oil is to sprinkle it on your pillow at bedtime, if you would prefer you can add the oil to an oil burner however make sure you remember to blow out the candle before going to sleep.
  • Burns (minor) – If you burn yourself lavender essential oil can provide relief and prevent scarring. It is essential that you cool the area of ​​the burn for at least five minutes under cold water, as this is the most effective treatment. Once you have done this apply a drop of lavender oil gently to the area, this will provide pain relief and should also mean the burn heals without scarring. This treatment is only meant for minor burns where the skin remains in tact.
  • Acne – As lavender oil has anti-bacterial properties it can be extremely useful when treating acne as it causes bacteria from causing the skin infection. Lavender oil will also help to prevent scarring which can have a big impact on the confidence of acne sufferers. To use lavender oil to treat acne it can be added to a plain moisturizing cream or cleanser, and after doing a patch test it can be used neat.

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Why Natural Remedies Work and Drugs Don’t

Have you noticed how we live in a world that has traded personal awareness and responsibility for powerlessness and synthetic solutions? Our bodies are always seeking balance and all the parts depend on each other to work properly. While our bodies have the potential for disease, there exists an internal system for self-healing that can be reinforced with natural remedies.

Before the advancement of modern medicine, people relied upon plant resources, like essential oils, to remedy health concerns. Incorporating essential oils into a daily routine can effectively address the everyday wellness needs of your family. An essential oil is a liquid that is distilled from leaves, stems, shrubs, trees, seeds, bushhes, flowers bark and roots of plants. The life-blood of plants serve as natural remedies; they are

• anti-fungal

• anti-viral

• anti-bacterial

• anti-inflammatory

• hormone balancing

The highest quality oils, the therapeutic grade, are made from organic plants and distilled at low temperatures to retain the organic healing properties. Simply, they keep the human body in a whole state of balance. This means they are specifically designed to:

• Cleanse

• Protect

• Oxygenate

• Nourish

• Heal

Drugs are synthetic, dead matter; inhibit, block, and interrupt normal bodily functions, in addition to having negative side effects. These reasons verify why natural remedies work and drugs do not.

Essential Oils can be extremely effective, safe, economic and easy to use while attending to a whole range of health issues, right in your own home:

• Anti-bacterial properties make them highly effective for sanitizing, disinfecting, deodorizing and air purification, as well.

• Some essential oils make excellent toxin free cleaning agents for removal of grease, oil, carpet stains, crayon, etc.

• Powerful anti-oxidant properties in some essential oils make them amazingly effective in anti-aging, energy and health giving applications both alone and when combined with supplements.

• And of course, nothing beats the power of essential oils in personal care products for skin, hair and personal hygiene.

Additionally, essential oils are easy to use and further maintains why natural remedies work. The 3 simple applications of oils are:

• Inhalation

• Topical

• Oral Ingestion

Learning how to use oils is not hard. Once you get accustomed to using them as you would use other remedies, you will discover many more uses to suit your unique needs.

Making the decision to exchange toxic products for natural ones is an active step in bringing balance to all areas of your life and that of your family. What are you waiting for? Start NOW to see what Natural Remedies work positively in your home.

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Bay Essential Oil

Bay oil is usually associated as a masculine scent but there are benefits of this essential oil for all.

It is valued in aromatherapy for its cleansing effects on the mind, body and spirit. Laurel Bay, a native of the Mediterranean, has been a symbol of wisdom and peace for thousands of years.

Folklore of Bay Essential Oils

Bay were said to be sacred to the God Apollo in honor of his first love, the nymph Daphne. She was converted into a Bay Laurel Tree by her father so she could not be eaten by Apollo.

The Bay tree has always been an ancient symbol of wisdom and peace and cultural excellence. The Bay symbolizes sporting excellence at the Olympic Games a tradition that has been passed down for thousands of years. Bay replaced the Olive branch in this role because of the influence of the Pythian Games at Delphi, which were dedicated to Apollo.

Lovers in ancient times changed bows of bay as a symbol of their undying affection. Sprigs of bay are still replaced in bouquets at European weddings.

Lifting mind, body and spirit with Bay Essential Oil

Bay is warming to the emotions. It is mildly narcotic and euphoric, helping to lift the spirits. It's strengthening and supporting action helps to inspire confidence and overcoming shyness. Bay oil is purifying oil that treats cellulite, settles the stomach and clears dandruff. Bay oil can boost circulation with its warm action. When used for massage it's beneficial for treating muscular aches, especially when combined with Rose and Juniper oil. Bay's distinct aroma blends well with flowery oils such as rose and lavender.

Active ingredients of Bay oil

Bay contains a rich mixture of active ingredients, including alcohols, esters and terpene. Phenols give Bay oil it's warm up properties. They stimulate the nervous system, activate healing and are highly antiseptic. Oils such as bay may irritate your skin if used in high concentrations. The principal phenol in Bay is eugenol. Also found in clove and cinnamon, eugenol gives them a spicy, clove like fragrance.

“Use Bay on your skin only in low concentrations as it can sometimes cause irritation.”

Uses of Bay Essential Oil

Hair and Beauty Tonic

Bay is a useful cosmetic aid for air, skin and nails.

For problem hair make an anti-septic tonic to clear a flaky, greasy scalp:

· 3 drops bay oil

· 4 drops Cedar wood

· 4 drops Rosemary

· 3 tablespoons unscented shampoo

Spicy, manly soap:

· 2 drops bay oil

· 2 drops Clary Sage

· 7 drops lime

· 1 drop nutmeg

Leave in a mold to set. Handful grated, unscented soap

Hand Care Cream to condition the scalp:

· 10 drops bay oil

· 10 drops lemon

· 5 drops cedar wood

· 2 tablespoons Shea butter

· 8 teaspoons jojoba oil

To strengthen nails:

· 3 drops bay oil

· 3 drops sandalwood

· 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil

Massage into your nails

Circulation Booster

Use bay's warming and stimulating actions to jumpstart your circulation. For aches and pains, stimulate local circulation to help you dispel toxins.

· 2 tablespoons sweet almond

· 2 drops bay

· 2 drops Rosemary

· 2 drops ginger

All three oils are warming and stimulating.

Combat cellulite, Boost circulation and lymphatic drainage with a brisk massage:

· 2 tablespoons grape seed oil

· 1 drop bay

· 2 drops geranium

· 4 drops lemon

Focus the mind

Bay inspires confidence and even emotional exhaustion. An uplifting massage blend use 4 drops of Bay, bergamot and basil oils in 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil. Use on the upper chest, back and shoulders.

To help concentration make a spray mist:

· 6 drops bay

· 6 drops pine

· 6 drops sandalwood

· 6 drops coriander

· 1 cup pure water

Spray liberally when lethargy sets in. Bay and pine sharpen the mind. Coriander and sandalwood combat lethargy and fatigue. You can use this spray all around your home, on your clothes and your body.

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Natural Remedies for Anxiety and Other Emotional Distress – How Aromas Enhance Healing

Here's an exercise that demonstrates the power of aroma on the brain and how any treatment for anxiety that involves the therapeutic essential oils may improve results.

Perhaps you have experienced a flash of strong emotion from simply smelling something like natural gas. Sometimes a particular aftershave or fragrance triggers a rush of emotions from your past. These are what Dr. Daniel Pénoël calls “limbic brain experiences.”

The American physiologist Paul D. MacLean spent his career studying the brain and in particular the limbic system. He explains that our brain is actually three superimposed brains, which he relates to the evolutionary process. He called them the reptilian brain, the mammalian brain, and the neo-cortex. Each brain is independent from the other two in certain ways.

The primitive reptilian brain manages our ability to survive. Hunger, thirst, sexuality, and self defense are governed by this brain. The limbic system is next. It is called the brain of the passions. It is in charge of emotional memory, food cravings, aggression, and maternal behavior. Our sense of smell is tied most directly into this area-the “heart” of the brain-the area of ​​passion and pleasure. All our other senses are primarily associated with the neo-cortex. Here's an experiment to show how it works.

Step 1: Think of an experience associated with your sense of sight.

Picture a favorite location. Think of all the words that come to mind to describe it. Get a sense of the number of words.

Step 2: Think of a wonderful listening experience.

Maybe it was a concert or favorite atmospheric sounds. Think of the number of words. How many rush into your mind?

Step 3: Think of a delicious taste experience.

How many words could you think of to describe this taste?

Step 4: Think of a tactile (texture) experience .

Perhaps it's a fabric, wallpaper, leaf or tree bark. Think of how many words come to mind to vividly describe that experience?

Step 5: Think of an experience with your sense of smell.

Think of as many words as you can bring back the actual smell you are describing.

Step 6: Evaluate the five senses.

Which one was easiest? Which had the greatest number of words? Which came more quickly, and which took longer?

For most people the sense of smell is harsh to describe because it is practiced primarily within the limbic brain, the part of the brain with few logical words to describe an emotion or feeling.

Aromatic signals go directly to your brain without passing through your thought processes like your other senses. Aromas can instantly create a mood, a bond, a liking or a disliking without any conscious thought at all. For this reason aromas can anchor strong feelings, break self-destructive emotional habits, and create relaxing or stimulating emotions that are difficult to manage in other ways.

As you work with essential oils, you will find yourself finding emotional pleasure that you can not put into words. You may find that aromas you use a lot for better health become extremely attractive to you emotionally, though at first they were not appealing. It will be interesting to experiment with your limbic brain and see which oils emerge as your favorites.

You'll also find yourself gravitating emotionally to different oils at different times. If you keep records you may learn something important about yourself, your emotions, and what your body is craving.

Natural remedies for anxiety

1. Scan through descriptions of emotion-oriented blends of essential oils like those targeted to help you overcome fear, resentment, anxiety, etc. Decide which kinds of behaviors and emotional responses you would like to have.They'll usually be very pleasant oils that can be used as fragrances you wear through the day.

2. Give yourself a positive experience with these oils. Anchor them in your emotional sub-conscious by using them during good, calm and happy times. Diffuse them. Use them in a relaxing bath. Put them on your pillow and enjoy them when you're feeling great.

3. Then when anxiety, conflict or negative emotions show up, use these oils to turn your emotions around. It may start with a conscious process at first, but soon you'll find your emotions automatically flowing where you are directing them with these aromas. Your thoughts do not have to linger in negative emotions if aromas can help them flow in a better direction.

4. Go through the oils you already enjoy using most and try to identify the emotions they bring up. For example, if a particular blend is especially pleasant for you, then use it often in happy times. Then use it occasionally to calm anxiety, fears or grief.

5. Do not try to reverse-engineer your emotions. For example, if you only wear a blend designed to calm you when you are anxious, fearful or in grief, your limbic brain may begin to associate that blend with these negative emotions. Make sure your particular aroma locks in the right positive emotion, then use it for that purpose.

6. Be sure to experiment and use the right amount of oil. People often error by thinking that if a little is good, more will be better. Exactly the opposite may be true for you. A trace on your temples, under your ears, or at the sides of your nose may enliven your limbic brain and give you that complete mood change you're after. If the aroma is too obvious, it may be too much.

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Aromatherapy – Why Not Try It?

We always seem to be fighting in life. Fighting to juggle schedules, maintain balances and satisfy everyone. And as we are always in constant battle, we tend to neglect the wear and tear we place on our bodies and minds. We know better, do not we?

If we did not, there's always a new health guru or medicinal practiceer trying to sell the “next best thing.” This will give you more energy. That will make you lose weight fast. This will cure your ailments. That will curb your anxiety and give you peace of mind. But six months later, the class action laws start rolling in. We even know the ads by heart:

“If you've taken product X and have suffered from a heart attack, stroke or other serious illness, you may be entitled to compensation.

With all these complications in modern medicine, why not consider more natural approaches to heal our bodies and minds?

Aromatherapy is an amazing option. It has been used since ancient times. In fact, Egyptians explain its benefits in the Ebers Papyrus (1600 BC), Hindus mention it in the Vedas (1500 BC), and Christians discussed it several times in the Bible. And, I'm sure, there have not been any legal proceedings against aromatherapy yet!

What is aromatherapy?

Before diving into the definition, let's consider its etymology. The term 'aromatherapy' comes from the French word 'aromatherapie' which was derived from 'aroma' and 'therapy.' Both of these root words have Greek and Latin origins.

The exact origin of the Greek word 'aroma' is unknown; but it referred to “seasoning, spice, sweet spice, or sweet herb.” The Latin word 'aroma' from the Greek word first appeared during the early thirteenth century and meant “sweet odor.”

The Greek word 'therapuin' referred to “treat medically, cure or attend to medically.” Its derivation 'theraphy' meaning “curing or healing” is the parent to the modern Latin 'therapy,' recorded around the late eighth century. This Latin word translated to “medical treatment of disease” and became what we know now as 'therapy.'

With its etymology, we can hazard to say aromatherapy is the medical treatment of disease using sweet odors. And we would be correct for the most part. But let's use a more formal definition.

Encyclopedia Britannica has a great one. It defines aromatherapy as the therapy which uses essential oils taken from plant materials to support physical, emotional and spiritual health and balance. The plant materials could be the plant's fruits, flowers, leaves, stems, bark, resins and even roots. When squeezed or heated and distilled, the resultant oil is the most pure, concentrated extract of fragrant chemicals in the plant; in other words, its essence or essential oil.

For aromatherapy, essential oils may be introduced to the body in different ways: by inhaling, adding to massage oil and adding to bath water. How exactly essential oils achieve their amazing effects is not yet fully understood; but, if the practice of using them survived for thousands of years, it certainly is worth a try!

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Natural Sinus Remedies Using Therapeutic Essential Oils

Upper respiratory infections like colds and flu often come with infection and inflammation of the sinuses. Symptoms can include sever headaches, earaches, dizziness, toothaches, facial pain, pressure in the head, a loss of the ability to smell, fever, a stuffy nose and plenty of mucous discharge. Even when you feel like your sinuses are clear, there can be residual symptoms of sinus infection hiding deep in your sinus cavities. This residual infection can compound over time and contribute to serious chronic inflammation and send a steady load of free radicals through your body over an extended period of time. This can greatly contribute to many chronic degenerative conditions.

The gentle but powerful action of the therapeutic essential oils can work wonders with chronic sinus conditions where other treatments, especially antibiotics, fail to produce results. With the involvement of your health care professional, try these in-home remedies.

  • If started early enough, steam inhalations using a few drops of Eucalyptus radiata, Tea Tree, Myrrh, Lavender, Lemon, any of the 4 respiratory blends (Aspire, Breezy, Mariah and Stefanie), or Deliverance, breathed deeply through the nose, can sometimes prevent upper respiratory infection from spreading into the sinuses.
  • At the first sign of sinus discomfort starting running your cold-air diffuser in a steamy room (during your shower) once or twice a day.
  • You can put a drop of essential oil into your humidifier. It disinfects the water while it helps to disinfect your sinuses and lungs.
  • Put a few drops of one of these respiratory oils into boiling water, put a towel over your head and inhale. Put more drops in as the aroma disappears. Continue for about 10 minutes.
  • Through all the stages of your cold, continue to irrigate your sinuses with a mild saline solution and an added trace of Tea Tree oil. You can put a pinch or two of salt in a bowl and put one drop of Tea Tree down the side of the bowl. Wipe away at least half of the drop so you get only a trace of Tea Tree in the solution. Add about a fourth of a cup of warm water and sniff the solution up each nostril. You can use a Neti pot to accomplish the same thing. Just put a tiny amount of Tea Tree in the solution. It will work wonders to help clean out your sinuses. If you have a water jet oral irrigator like a Hydrofloss with a very low setting, it can be used to shoot this solution high in the sinuses and help reduce the problems associated with infected sinuses.
  • If your sinuses become painful during the day, you can try putting a drop of one of these oils in a tissue and breathing through it. Or you can put a drop of one of these oils in the palms of your hands. Cup your hands over your mouth and nose and breathe deeply.
  • To help with pain from sinus headaches, rub a couple of drops of undiluted Peppermint or Frankincense on each temple. Keep the oils away from your eyes.
  • For quick temporary relief from a stuffy nose, mix a drop of Peppermint in a teaspoon of honey and hold the mixture in the back of your mouth until the vapors rise through the nasal cavities from the back of your throat.
  • Breathe 20 drops of any of these respiratory essential oils diffused in a cold air diffuser through the night while sleeping, especially Eucalyptus radiata or any of the four respiratory blends (Aspire, Breezy, Mariah or Stefanie).
  • Until you feel completely back to normal, be sure to increase the amount of water you drink every day with a drop of oil in it. Try Basil, Peppermint, Lemon, or Spearmint. Avoid mucous-producing foods like dairy, highly processed foods, white flour and all kinds of sweeteners. You'll never permanently rid yourself of chronic sinus problems unless your diet is healthy. Even the best use of essential oils can not overcome the overuse of highly processed foods with lots of added sugars and empty starches.
  • After your symptoms have cleared up, continue your most effective remedies for an additional 10 days to make sure that the cleansing is deep and complete. If you stop these habits too soon, the infection or infection my come back or transfer elsewhere in the body and do more serious damage.

I always recommend taking essential oil capsules to help get rid of the serious and often lingering effects of any infection in the body.

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Natural Remedies for Bronchitis Using Therapeutic Essential Oils

I know from experience that once I begin convulsive coughing, I'm really headed for trouble. It's taken me months to get over bronchitis before, so I take every cough as a signal to act quickly with my essential oils and oil-based supplements.

Why is coughing such a serious matter? Two reasons: 1) it can do serious and permanent damage to my lungs, bronchioles and vocal chords; and 2) it produces a lot of chronic inflammation, irritation, and free radicals through my body, which take their toll on my health over an extended period of time.

Not only can bronchitis escalate into something more serious like pneumonia, but it can leave me weak, exhausted, and vulnerable for more serious degenerative illness over time. Bronchitis is not a temporary thing that ends when the coughing stops and the antibiotic prescription runs out. It must be healed promptly, deeply and completely. For me that will take at least 10 days after all symptoms have ended.

Here's what I do when I have a cold that begins to escalate into coughing.

I continue the steam treatments I started at the first sign of a cold, both in hot therapeutic baths each evening using essential oils and Epsom salts and also steamy showers with an essential oil diffuser in the same room for about 20 minutes each morning before I leave for work.

If I begin to cough at work, I've found that a convenient mug of warm aromatic water will quickly calm my coughing. I fill a thermos of hot tap water and put in a drop of Spearmint or Basil oil. These calming anti-inflammatory oils are soothing and also flavorful.

When I've had bronchitis, it's been common for me to start a convulsive cough spell shortly after I lie down for the night. When I was a child my mother would slather on Vicks VapoRub and put a cold wash cloth over my thymus area (just below where my collar bones join). Now I use diluted Peppermint oil on the area along with the cold washcloth and cover it with a dry towel. It stops the coughing by cooling the inflated bronchioles that tickle and trigger the coughing. If I find that the cloth heats up and the coughing starts up again before I can go to sleep, I will definitely wave the damp washcloth in the air to cool it and apply it again.

These are by no means the only things I do when I catch a cold. I take a large quantity of Vitamin D3 for 3 days. I up my intake of Krill Oil to control inflammation. I ingest a lot of essential oil capsules over a period of almost a month. I have oils in all my drinking water and many recipes. I use a cold-air essential oil diffuser at least twice a day. I do what's called the “lick trick” with essential oils to help with sore throat infections, and I keep my sinuses clear at all costs. For me, the sinuses are where the infection starts, and if I can get that cleared up quickly and keep it clear through any other symptoms, I can prevent ear infections, sinus headaches, and a lot of other symptoms typically associated with a cold.

I also apply a lot of oils topically, especially after my shower and bath while my skin is moist and the oils are most easily absorbed.

Dr. Daniel Penoel, who trained me in the medical uses of essential oils taught me that I needed to keep up all my aromatic habits for at least 10 days after I feel completely well. That's hard to do when I'm feeling great and back to normal. I also know from personal experience that if I do not heal completely, the symptoms can return with a vengeance.

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Highlighting Essential Oils – Lemon – The Power Cleanser

Lemon Essential Oil

Citrus limon

A typical favorite for essential oil users, this essential oil powerhouse is cold-pressed from lemon rinds to preserve its depleted nature and potent properties. Lemon is known as a powerful aromatic, topical, and internal cleanser that can be used to complement many other oils.

Diffusing lemon in a room can cleanse the air and uplift mood. It can also be used on surfaces through the home as a non-toxic cleaning booster. For aromatic, topical or dietary use.

Properties of Essential Lemon Oil:

  • Antibacterial
  • Antibiotic
  • Antiseptic
  • Antiviral
  • Astringent
  • Diuretic
  • Disinfectant

Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognize doTERRA's superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade essential oils. Do Terra Lemon Essential Oil is from the botanical family cultivar, grown in Italy and pressed from the peel of the fruit.

Many essential oils are produced by distillation but Lemon and other citrus oils come from cold pressing the peel under great pressure. This eliminates the use of any heat and theby preserves the delicacy of the natural essence.

Typical Applications

Lemon oil has many traditional uses. It is a powerful antiseptic (Antiseptics are antimicrobial substances that are applied to living tissue / skin to reduce the possibility of infection, sepsis, or putrefaction.) And can be an effective means to improve the bodies circulation. It is a considered to be an excellent antibacterial agent (An antibacterial is an agent that inhibits bacterial growth or kills bacteria.).

This makes it well suited for respiratory infections or inflammation such as Bronchitis. Historically adding a few drops of Lemon oil to warm water with a sweetener like sugar or honey has brought relief for many with coughs or sore throats.

Common Uses:

  • Asthma
  • Cold and Flu
  • Constipation
  • Fever
  • Hypertension
  • Sore Throat
  • Stomach Ache
  • Stress
  • Throat Infections
  • Calm & Stress Relief
  • Disinfect Living Area
  • Insect Repellant

Lemon's pleasant sweet aroma can be uplifting and lighten your mood as well. One of the easiest ways to benefit from the remarkable qualities of Lemon oil is to diffuse it into the air. Also try utilizing direct injection from the palms of your hands. Lemon oil can effortlessly be applied to the bottom of the feet or added to a glass of water as a purifier and quick boost of energy. Interestingly, Lemon oil has also been known to be strengthening to the fingernails. Simply apply the oil directly.

Precautions : Lemon Oil can be a skin irritant. When using topically perform a skin test by applying a diluted amount to a small area first. May also react to sunlight or UV rays. When using photosensitizing oil wait a minimum of six hours after applying before exposing skin to UV rays.

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Ten Reasons To Use Essential Oils

There are numerous health benefits of essential oils. I have used several different kinds of natural remedies, including homemade formulas, homeopathic remedies, and dried herbs, but none have the effect of high-quality, therapeutic-grade oils. Following are ten powerful reasons to add essential oils to your natural medicine cabinet.

1. They are more powerful than synthetic medications. While I do not recommend that you quit taking prescription medication without consulting your doctor first, I will tell you that there is an oil that can replace almost any drug out there. They often work faster than drugs and are completely safe, producing no side effects.

2. They are less expensive than drugs. For example, to go through several rounds of chemotherapy can cost thousands of dollars. To get the same effect with an anti-cancer essential oil formulation would only cost two or three hundred dollars. Anti-depressant medication is expensive and often does not work. A couple of drops of frankincense oil under the tongue, on the other hand, can eradicate depression in less than five minutes and last for the entire day.

3. Many essential oils pass freely through the blood-brain barrier . This means that they can effectively slow down or even erase the symptoms of neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

4. They oxygenate the cells . One underlining cause of disease is lack of oxygen in the cells. Taken daily, essential oils can keep the cell's oxygen levels at a healthy level.

5. Many are powerful antioxidants. This means that they help eliminate the free radical cells in your body, that these days appear in excess thanks to toxic overload.

6. They contain the immune defense properties of the plant. Several oils are anti-fungal, anti-bacterial or anti-viral. Some are all three. Others are anti-parasitic or antiseptic as well. Both frankincense and geranium oils are known to be anti-cancer.

7. They help stabilize emotions. Lavender and chamomile are both calming. Rosemary lifts the mood and gets rid of irritability. And here come frankincense and geranium again – both are strong anti-depressants.

8. They detoxify the cells and blood. This is critical, as we are continuously bombarded with excess toxins every day.

9. They can purify the air. Diffusing certain oils knocks out all sorts of nasties from the air and destroys unwanted odors.

10. They increase the body's bioelectrical frequencies . Bad diet, chronic stress and continuous exposure to toxins lower the body's bioelectrical frequencies, which translates to suppressed organ and system function. Daily use of essential oils combats these issues.

Essential oils have made my and my family's life better. I encourage you to give these strong substance careful consideration.

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Essential Oils for Eczema

Eczema is a chronic condition characterized by extremely dry skin, inflammation and red clusters of bumps that can become scaly, thick and crusty. This is never fun to deal with and trying to get rid of it can be a constant battle. Although a natural treatment may take longer for healing, however there are some amazing essential oils for eczema that have a more lasting effect without the negative side effects of drug therapy.

Essential Oil Blends
One of the best ways to use aromatherapy oils for eczema is to make a blend. In order to do this, you should mix a carrier oil with several drops of healing essential oils. It is very important to dilute your blend, as essential oils are highly concentrated and could make your skin worse if applied directly to the skin. Ideal carrier oils include primrose, avocado, almond or jojoba oil; All of these are rich in omega fatty acids and other nutrients. For every two ounces of carrier oil, blend twenty-five drops of essential oil in with it. Make sure to store it correctly, in an airtight plastic or glass container, away from heat and light.

What Essential Oils Should I Use?

This is a good question to ask yourself when deciding which aromatherapy oils to use for your eczema. There are a variety of oils that can help; here is a list of a few and their specific properties:

Geranium Oil: Often used in skin treatments for its normalizing and balancing properties.
Lavender Oil: Has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, calming, and normalizing properties. It also supports immune health and is extremely beneficial for alleviating stress.
Sandalwood Oil: Works as an antiseptic and a skin moisturizer.
Tea Tree Oil: Protects the skin from infection, as an antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal oil. This does not blend as well with other oils because it has a distinct smell.
Clary Sage Oil: Is an anti-inflammatory and helps minimize stress and anxiety.

Most oils have a great deal of health benefits, and by using them you will do more for yourself than just treat eczema. They are all used for aromatherapy and can reduce stress and anxiety, a common trigger for eczema. Give these aromatherapy oils for eczema a try.

As a form of alternative medicine, aromatherapy is gaining momentum. It is used in a variety range of applications for pain relief, mood enhancement and increased cognitive function. Aromatherapy is something anyone can start doing to provide increased health and wellness to themselves and their family. Grab a carrier oil and your favorite essential oils and get started!

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Best Home Remedies for Infection – What You Need to Know for This Season’s Flu Strains

They call the wind Mariah

That old Lerner and Lowe song from the Musical Paint Your Wagon should help you remember why you want to use the essential oil blend called Mariah. It's for your wind … the air you breathe. Nothing is more important to your wellbeing than a healthy respiratory system, especially during the flu season.

Mariah was specifically designed for use against the new flu strains that are giving people such a scare these days. These new strains manifest different from one person to another and one season to the next. One person may sustain more damage to the circulatory system while another may be hit hardest in the lung and respiratory areas. One season, the strain sends whole classrooms home for a week, the next season, the impact is minimal.

Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics and over-the-counter. synthetic flu treatments, this blend has both powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties. It's also designed for safe home use.

Mariah also has the ability to clear and support the lungs . This becomes a vital function with some of the most serious strains of the flu.

Application if you start feeling flu symptoms

Begin your home treatment with a back massage using Millenia, a balancing and aligning blend. This will improve the effectiveness of Mariah and prepare your body for more deep and lasting penetration of hidden oils.

Then proceed by dripping Mariah undiluted along the spine. Massage it in and apply a little carrier oil like grapeseed. almond, or coconut oil. After applying Mariah to the back, along the lumbar area of ​​the spine, apply a warm, damp towel to help the oil penetrate better.

Mariah can be used in conjuction with Revitalize for endocrine support to increase energy and stamina. This will help your immune system fight off the most challenging stubborn flu strains. Also, you can use Mariah in conjunction with Vitality to strengthen the heart.

Apply Mariah diluted, to both the chest and back at frequent intervals through your flu episode.

Apply Mariah to the feet as well with a hair dryer to help the oil penetrate and travel through the body more quickly and effectively.

Diffuse 10 to 20 drops of Mariah to aid in clearing the lungs, especially at night. It's especially helpful to use a diffuser in a steamy bathroom so the steam can mix with the aromatic molecules to more easily penetrate the delicate tissues of the lungs and sinus cavities and keep them clear and open.

Companion blends and single oils

Other respiratory oils to try for flu symptoms include Aspire (for respiratory health deep in the lungs), Breezy (especially formulated for upper respiratory health), and Stefanie (another strong antimicrobial blend designed to fight resistant bacteria in the lungs. respiratory conditions rotate between Stefanie and Mariah.

You can use other single essential oils with antiviral properties for natural flu remedies. They include Fir, Tea Tree, Ravensara, Spearmint, Peppermint, Thyme, Oregano, and Neroli. Use them in diffusers, in hot baths, and in capsules you can take through the cold and flu season. Capsules are extremely important during a flu episode.

Essential oil ingredients in the Mariah blend

Bay, Helichrysum, Idaho Tansy, Opopanax, Ravensara, Spearmint, Spikenard, Thyme, Turmeric and Wintergreen

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