Making It Through Cold and Flu Season

Did you know – essential oils are considered to be the oldest known form of medicinals? Effective in boosting our immunity against colds and flus, they have been used through history to protect against many plagues.

The ancient Egyptians used essential oils such as myrrh and frankincense for purification and embalming their Pharaohs. The antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral qualities of these oils was used to kill and inhibit bacteria and thus limit decomposition of the bodies. Considered more valuable than gold, essential oils were prized very by ancient cultures due to their healing properties. When King Tut's tomb was discovered in 1922, 350 liters of frankincense, rose and jasmine were discovered among the other riches in the tomb, indicating great worth to the Pharaohs.

During the Great Plague in Europe in 1413, a small band of thieves were captures in Marseilles, France, and charged with robbing the dead and dying victims of the plague. Although the plague was highly contagious, not one of the thieves ever contracted the deadly virus. The King, eager to find a way to protect himself and the Royal Family, demanded to know how the thieves had managed to avoid falling ill. Almost the thieves had come from a long line of apothecaries and were aware of the protective qualities of essential oils. They rubbed aromatic herbs and oils over their bodies such as clove, rosemary, eucalyptus, lemon and peppermint, which protected them from contracting the most feared and deadly disease of the time.

Today, the powerful properties of essential oils can help protect us from modern day plagues such as flu, as well as other contagious virus strains. Many people visit their family doctor or the emergency department upon contracting a flu virus – and are prescribed antibiotics which have little effect on the virus itself- but rather destroys healthy bacteria in the intestine which is vital for the digestive process. If used at first sunset of cold or flu symptoms, essential oils can prevent illness from taking hold, or significantly reduce the duration of illness by boosting the immune system naturally. Oils such as rosemary and eucalyptus may be used to prevent infections from occurring – simply apply a few drops with a carrier oil to the lymph nodes at the side of the neck. When you feel the signs of a sore throat, respiratory or sinus congestion, you may apply oils topically to the neck, chest and upper back for effective relief: bay laurel, eucalyptus, hyssop, myrtle, or ravensara may be used alone or in combination . These oils may also be added to an aromatherapy diffuser to destroy germs in the air. If you or someone in your family has come down with a cold or flu, you may wish to sanitize doorknobs, telephone receivers, faucets and handles with citrus essential oils such as lemon or orange.

I am often asked if a person who has a cold or is coming down with one should visit a therapist for massage or another treatment. The answer is YES !! What better way is there to boost your immune system and drain congestion? Wishing you health through the cold and flu season, naturally!

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Benefits of Aromatherapy Candles

When most of us think about sitting in a room full of aromatherapy candles, we imagine a very calm and peaceful atmosphere. That certainly is the case, and depicted candles can be beneficial for relaxation purposes. When you really look below the surface, and find that different painted candles will provide additional benefits, you start to realize what aromatherapy candles are able to offer to you.

The art of aromatherapy is certainly nothing new. It is thought that Egyptians discovered the benefits of aromatherapy more than 6,000 years ago and used many different essential oils for a healing massage. They also used aromatherapy in their cosmetics and for skin care, as we still do today. It has always enjoyed some popularity in various areas of the world, but it was not until early in the 1900s that it began to enter the mainstream.

What Is Aromatherapy?

The art of aromatherapy is using the aromatic oils (essential oils) found in plants for the treatment of disease and for other health benefits. Those essential oils are taken from the plants and mixed with other substances, such as alcohol, lotion and other oils. Traditionally, they were applied in an oil base and massaged into the skin but they may also be beneficial when they are inhaled by being sprayed into the air or through the use of high-quality aromatherapy candles.

The fragrances from the essential oils work within the body, including the nerves of the nose to stimulate enzymes, hormones and to cause changes in the functions of the body. This would include lowering the pulse and decreasing your blood pressure. It is also thought that aromatherapy may help to stimulate the production of substances within the body that reduce pain.

Specific Benefits of Aromatherapy Candles

Aromatherapy candles make it very convenient for anyone to enjoy the benefits that this ancient art has to offer. You can sit in a room with these candles, enjoying some music or a good book while at the same time, improving your health. Each scent is going to have a specific benefit to the body, including the following popular choices.

Lavender – An individual who is depressed or fatigued would appreciate the benefits of Lavender aromatherapy candles. It helps to calm a person's nerves and to relieve stress. It is also a good choice when you want to get some restful sleep.

Jasmine – The oil from the Jasmine plant has a scent that is reported to have antidepressant properties and can help you to relax.

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What Is an Ultrasonic Diffuser – The Principles Behind This Amazing Essential Oil Diffuser

An essential oil diffuser is a tool used to alleviate the process of aromatherapy, or the inhaling of diffused particles of the essential oil to be able to feel its therapeutic benefits. There are different types of diffusers available in the market, and one of the best is the ultrasonic aroma diffuser. It is considered as one of the best diffusers in facilitating aromatherapy along with essential oil nebulizers, because they disperse the natural oils in form of mist. Mist is a spray of fine droplets of particles, and it is readily absorbable by our lungs; thus, speeding up the process of aromatherapy.

Also known as the humidifying diffuser, the ultrasonic diffuser helps humidify the air with the lovely mists that it releases. Although the end product is almost the same as that of the essential oil nebulizer, this aroma diffuser operates differently.

The nebulizer works by blowing some amount of air across the small tube containing the essential oil which is 'nebulized' and blown into mists. Nebulizer is a very powerful device that it can use up a lot of oil in a short period of time but if the power released by the nebulizer is not regulated, it may produce too much mist that may shock one's olfactory system. It should be operated with a timer to let the olfactory system process the oils before receiving more of it.

On the other hand, the ultrasonic diffuser uses an adiabatic process; meaning, heat is not used in order to break down the particles of the essential oil. Instead, this diffuser uses electronic frequencies to achieve the mistake of the liquid particles. The essential oil is combined with another fluid (usually water). A small disc placed under the surface of the fluid will vibrate rapidly due to electronic frequencies. This will disperse the oil into fine mist that will saturate the air in the room.

The mist produced by the nebulizer may smell too strong which is not the case with ultrasonic diffusers. The mist produced by this device is not pure oil; it has been combined with water so the scent is less intensified and more soothing as compared to that produced by the nebulizer. This eliminates the need for regulating the amount of mist released in the air by ultrasonic diffusers.

Ultrasonic aroma diffusers come in different variations and of course, in different prices. The more pricey variants are those infused with advanced technological enhancements for the convenience of the user. But, if you have a small budget, a basic ultrasonic diffuser will do; it may not have some advanced features, but the healing effect is still the same.

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Aromatherapy Tips For Beginners

Have you thought about learning what Aromatherapy is all about? If your answer is yes then here is a good place to start.

When first learning about Aromatherapy you need to start with getting to know the main element of Aromatherapy and that's the Essential Oils. There are so many of them out there to choose from, so a good starting point would be to pick 4 to 6 different scents you like. Some easy ones to start out with would be Lavender, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Tea Tree, and maybe Lemon. There are too many to list, but you will find a lot of them out there. I'm sure if you think of a flower or scent there is an Essential Oil for it.

Getting To Know Essential Oils

Learn about each individual oil and what they can do. There uses, characteristics etc.

You will need to know about each oil before you start to use them. When using some essential oils they recommend wearing gloves. Also some you can use directly on the skin but others need to be diluted with a carrier oil. So make sure you learn all the basics about an essential oil before you start to use it.

A carrier oil is a safe oil such as sunflower oil or jojoba oil. There are many other carrier oils but the most commonly used is Sweet Almond oil.

Maybe keep a journal of some important aspects you want to record about essential oils so you can flip through the journal as you need more information later. Or if you find out something from an experience. Recording your experiences is always great for future use.

What are you using them for?

You will need to know why you are using these oils too. So once you figure out what each essential oil can do and the basic information, find a project to start on. It can be massage oils, aromatherapy pillows, making potpourri or even making health remedies with the oils. One of my favorite is making candles with them. The scents are so earthy and real you can not get enough of them.

Come up with a project and plan it out. Get out a pencil and paper and figure out what you want to make. This will help you get a supplies list together.

Get started on a project!

Now that you have a start on information about aromatherapy, start a project with your essential oils. By doing more projects with essential oils and aromatherapy you will learn more. The more you learn the more complicated you will want to get. Complex projects include mixing oils together, making perfume, making herbal and aromatherapy remedies. You can even make lip balm with essential oils.

Remember the more you do the better you will get at it and the more you will learn as you go. There is so much information about Aromatherapy and more plants are being studied and more information is coming into the world everyday so the learning curve is getting better but will never be over. There is so much to do and learn you will never get bored with it.

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What Essential Oils Can Do For You

Essential oils are chemical compounds with aromatic properties found in the seeds, roots, stems, bark, flowers, and other parts of plants. For centuries, there are many stories of healing properties of these precious oils. There were also many ways essential oils were extracted out of different plants. For example, rose oil was extracted by massaging leaves with animal fat. A lot of essential oils, like Lemon and Orange, are cold pressed. The vast majority of oils from plants are steam distilled at a certain temperature and a specific pressure. The most therapeutic oils with optimum benefits are taken after the first distillation. I do not recommend purchasing any oils from any other distillation. Some companies will do further distillation to improve the oil's fragrance, but the chemical compounds of the plant have been altered. YIKES! A lot of companies also produce independent testing reports on the oils and even safety reports. Understand there is no regulation in purity or potency of essential oils, so these resources are incredibly valuable.

How can you use essential oils once you find a great company?

Essential oils can be used aromatically (with a diffuser or simply smelling the oil) and topically (on the skin).

Aromatic use is very safe. Always make sure the diffuser you purchase is compatible with the oils you purchase. Cleaning the diffuser with each type of oil you use may also be in order, but many companies have improved on the diffusers used and cleaning is not necessary every time you switch oils. Aromatic use is a great way to freshen hallways, bathrooms, and other areas. I love diffusing oils when company is over or in my bedroom to assist in relaxation.

Topical use is also very common and safe. The only controversial topic of topical use is neat application. Neat application occurs when the essential oils are put directly on the skin without dilution. Many companies state that most of their oils are safe for neat application. Use these recommendations with a grain of salt. Essential oils are VERY potent. A single drop of oil is equal to seventy-five cups of tea with that particular plants. Such potency can be an issue with skin irritation. The most important rule with essential oils is to dilute in carrier oils. Carrier oils are plant based fatty oils used to dilute essential oils. A good rule of thumb is to always perform a skin patch test using 1 drop essential oil and 1ml carrier oil. This creates a 5% solution. So, if you have 5ml carrier oil (or 1 teaspoon), 5 drops of essential oil is the maximum to maintain the 5% solution. There are many safe carrier oils like vegetable oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, and other oils. If you have a vitamin E allergy, Jojoba oil is a great option. If you or a family member has an allergy to nuts, please check for nut based oils in blends and steer clear of almond and coconut carrier oils. Ingredients should be listed on labels, however, it's always a safe idea to call the companies directly. Use extra caution with young skin, elderly skin, sensitive skin, damaged skin, inflated skin, and especially skinned skin. These skin types absorb more oil and are usually sensitive to the potency. Topical use of Wintergreen, peppermint, and birch should be avoided by people with sensitive skin. Aromatic use are safe for pregnant women, but caution should be shown with topical application, especially in the first three months. Pregnant women should avoid the following oils: Aniseed, Basil, Birth, Camphor, Hyssop, Mugwort, Parsley seed or leaf, Pennroyal, Sage, Tansy, Tarragon, Wintergreen, Wormwood, Thuja, Clary Sage, and any other oil with phytoestrogen qualities. Internal use is also not recommended for pregnant women. If reaction occurs, dilute with carrier oils, not water. No essential oils on children younger than 18 months. Always keep oils out of reach of children.

Some books suggest topical application on pets. Do not use essential oils on pets. They can not handle the potency. Some oils that are perfectly safe for us have been shown to be highly toxic for animals. Oils containing terpenes, such as lavender an thyme, can actually cause liver and / or kidney failure in cats. Lavender and Thyme have been lauded in some books as fantastic flea and tick control. Tansy has been toxic to both cows and horses. Use caution around pets. Accidental exposure may occur, watch your pet for any signs of distress. Some of my animals have licked where I have put oils on my feet, and they had no issues at all.

Internal use is the most controversial topic of aromatherapy. A lot of reputable companies endorse internal use, however, most Aromatherapy and Herbal Associations, including the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA) contraindicate internal use of essential oils in their code of ethics by health care providers. The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy discourages aromatherapists of using essential oils internally without traced to do so. They are currently exploring the safety of internal use. So contact a Certified Aromatherapist (CCA) before internal use.

DISCLAIMER: There is no uniform method for the testing of “therapeutic grade” essential oils. The Food and Drug Administration does not test essential oils, and none of my statements today have been tested or approved by the FDA or USDA. Contents of this article do not replace the care or advice of a physician. The author of this article is not a physician, and she will not diagnose, treat or give medical advice regarding any disease or illness. If you are pregnant or nursing, please refrain from use without under the direction of a healthcare professional. Use at your own risk.

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Nature’s Forgotten Treasures – Part 1

Essential Oils can be used for many conditions instead of reaching for a pill as our first choice solution.

Part 1 we will examine 5 Essential oils and in Part 2 another 6 Essential Oils. Discover for yourself the benefits and attributes of “nature's forgotten treasures”. You be the judge.

GERANIUM

Sustains, relaxes and restores. Geranium oil has a strong strengthening effect, balances emotions and increases energy reserves while soothing the mind and body. Ideal for use as a natural skin care ingredient because it asserts to balance the sebum and is suitable for all skin types. In ancient times it was used as a cure for wounds and tumors. It is non-toxic and non-irritant. Geranium oil blends well with lavender, clove, rose, sandalwood, jasmine, juniper, Neroli, bergamot and other citrus oils.

Home Use: Can act as a mild analgesic and sedative. It may be used where the pain type is more nervous than physical. As an antiseptic it is an excellent and can be an effective remedy for burns. Geranium oil is often used in the treatment of inflammation, due to its mild, soothing effect. The action on the nervous system is very good and combining the quality of being a sedative deliveries uplifting characteristics. It is a stimulant of the adrenal cortex and can be used to balance the production of androgens such as occurs during the menopause. Geranium oil is a good insecticide due to its citronella component and is specifically effective as a mosquito repellent. It can also be used in the treatment of lice. Geranium oil has great value in skin care and can be used on almost any type of skin.

BERGAMOT

Uplifting, refreshing and relaxing. Bergamot oil encourages cheerful emotions and ideal for people suffering depression. Bergamot belongs to the same family as the orange tree.

Home Use: Bergamot oil has a strong affinity for the urinary tract and is valuable in the treatment of cystitis and urethritis. It should be used in the bath or as a local wash. In helping with mental and psychological states, Bergamot is most valuable for its uplifting effects. For tension, anxiety or depression, Bergamot oil should be used in blended massage oil or in a daily bath. The antiseptic qualities make it ideal for the treatment of skin complaints such as acne, oily skin and all infections of the skin. Bergamot oil has effective insect repellent properties. The fragrance blends well with lavender, jasmine, geranium, chamomile, lemon, cypress and juniper. Bergamot oil should not be used undiluted on the skin because burning may occur.

GRAPEFRUIT

Refreshing and reviving, especially when feeling down. This oil clears the mind and uplifts the spirits. Grapefruit oil is non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing.

Home Use: Some of the therapeutic properties of Grapefruit oil are: antidepressant, antiseptic, aperitif, diuretic, disinfectant, lymphatic stimulant, tonic and anti-infectious. Grapefruit has high vitamin C content and is therefore valuable to the immune system. It helps protect against colds and flu. It has an effect on obesity; its diuretic properties help with water retention and cellulite. Grapefruit oil is used in cases of muscle fatigue and stiffness. It has a helpful effect on congested oily skin and acne; it tones the skin and tissues and Promotes hair growth. It is valuable in cases of stress, depression, nervous exhaustion and headaches. Great benefits for the immune system. It helps with skin problems and used for muscle stiffness, water retention and for the nervous system.

Applications: In burners and vaporizers, Grapefruit oil can be used for hangovers, headaches, over indulgence and mental tiredness. Grapefruit is used in blended massage oil or diluted in the bath to assist with: cellulite, colds and flu, lack of energy, jet lag, muscle fatigue, overweight, headaches and moodiness, mental and physical tiredness.

SANDALWOOD

Relaxing and meditative oil with sensory properties, soothing and comforting to both body and mind. Encourages feelings of well-being. Helps aging, dry and itchy skin. It is a urinary and pulmonary antiseptic with restoring, relaxing, disinfecting, soothing and calming qualities. Sandalwood is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing.

Home Use: Sandalwood oil is a powerful urinary antiseptic. It is a pulmonary antiseptic useful in the treatment of dry, persistent coughs. The soothing of sore throats is an effective application for the oil. It also has a strong effect on other condition conditions such as laryngitis. Sandalwood oil is also used for dry eczema, relief of itching and inflammations, sensitive skin, tension, stress, nausea, vomiting and sunstroke.

TEA TREE

Effective oil with powerful antiseptic properties. It benefits the immune system and strengthens the body during the winter months and convalescence. Very helpful in natural skin care treatments. What makes Tea Tree oil outstanding is that it is active against all three varieties of infectious organisms: Bacteria, Fungi and Viruses. Microbiological testing has confirmed the effectiveness of Tea Tree oil in fighting infection.

Home Use: In Natural Skin care: Abscess, acne, athlete's foot, blisters, burns, cold sores, dandruff, herpes, insect bites, oily skin, rashes (nappy rash), spots, warts and wounds. Respiratory System: Asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, sinusitis and tuberculosis.

Immune System: Colds, fever, flu, infectious illnesses such as chicken pox. Treatment of cuts, burns, insect bites, infected spinters and all kinds of wounds. Tea Tree as an anti-septic is valuable for general skin care, spots, acne and blackheads. As a generic disinfectant Tea Tree, it is especially useful for respiratory infections (Ie bronchitis, sinusitis or cystitis).

Anti-fungal Properties: Tea Tree is an effective treatment for athlete's foot, and thrush (candid).

Anti-viral Properties: Viruses are the inviting organizations responsible for most epidemic illnesses. As a powerful anti-viral agent, Tea Tree is effective in combating many common infectious diseases such as measles, chicken pox, flu, cold and shingles, as well as other viral complaints (Ie cold sores and warts).

Immune-stimulant Properties: Tea Tree oil is of great value as a preventative remedy to help the body fight off all kinds of infection. Especially important if the body is already in a weakened condition brought on by stress, illness or the use of antibiotics or other drugs which have lowered the body's natural resistance levels. It can be helpful to those who need to build up their strength before a surgical operation or for those suffering from chronic or long-term debilitating illness. Tea Tree oil may have possible application for AIDS sufferers and is currently being researched. Non-toxic, non-irritant. The strength of Tea Tree oil should be respected and therefore large amounts should not be used undiluted on the body or in particularly sensitive areas.

Watch out for Nature's Forgotten Treasures: Part 2

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Essential Oil Diffusers Permeating The Scent Down To Our Soul

One of the most common applications of essential oil is inhaling or sniffing its relaxing and soul rejuvenating fragrance. To do this, the scourge should be disperse in the air. There are devices that we call diffusers, or simply diffusers; they facilitate the circulation of the oil's scent in the air for someone to experience its blissful and energizing effect. Diffusing may involve the use of water and heat, depending on the type of diffuser being used. This whole process is called aromatherapy.

There are simple diffusers that you can make yourself at home, using materials that are readily available in your household.

1. Tissue or Cotton Diffusion – Apply a few drops to a piece of clean tissue, cotton or cloth. Move your hands over it so that the scent of the essential oil will waft into the air. This method can be done anywhere and anytime.

2. Steam Diffusion – Add drops of to boiled water (tips to use essential oil: 10 drops is to two cups of water). The scent will be transported by the steam. There are certain kind of oils that may irritate the mucous lining, like cinnamon, thyme, rosemary, eucalyptus and cajuput, so if you are using these, add fewer drops to the water. This method is perfect for sweet-smelling oils like lavender and sweet orange.

The problem with this method is that the aroma produced is not long lasting. To overcome these limitations, advanced diffusers are built to make full use of essential oil and reap the benefits to the fullest.

1. Candle diffuser – This is a ceramic material with a slot for a candle lying below a bowl-like structure. The bowl will contain the essential oil that will be neatly heated by the candle. The aroma will then be diffused to the air for a long time.

2. Terracotta diffuser – A clay pot contains that. It will be covered with a cork and then the scent will percolate the air.

3. Fan Diffuser – This requires the use of electricity. It is a device that blows wind to the essential oil to diffuse it into the air. That is placed in a tray or absorbent pad which is kept in the fan diffuser, wafting the scent into the air.

4. Essential Oil Nebulizer – This device breaks down the molecules of the oil so it could easily be dispersed in the air. The molecules are so small that it can be readily absorbed by our lungs. The nebulizer has two main parts, the plastic container where the motor is, and a glass where the oil break down into smaller particles.

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Essential Oils – The Key to Aromatherapy

As essential oils are highly concentrated it is there before important to follow the correct dosages that are recommended. In the case of oils, more is not better, in fact the opposite is true as it can have an adverse effect and the difference between one drop and two can actually be quite substantial.

General Cautions

Never take internally

Keep out of reach of children

Avoid using any essential oils near eyes and other sensitive areas

Always read the precautions on the bottle before using

Only use 100% pure essential oils

Keep oils away from any naked flame, therefore be careful if burning candles

Store oils in a sealed cool dark place

Never use neat (unless indicated)

Oils to Avoid During Pregnancy

Pregnancy oils – Avoid the following oils during pregnancy

Basil

Cedar aurantiumwood

Clary sage

Clove bud

Cypress

Jasmine

Juniper

Lemongrass

Marjoram

Peppermint

Rosemary

Thyme

Do not use essential oils on newborn babies.

Contraindications

Sunburn – Some oils can cause photosensitization of the skin which can in turn increase the risk of sunburn. Oils to avoid in this case are Bergamot, Ginger, Lemon, Lemon Verbena, Lime, Mandarin and Orange.

Sensitive skins – Avoid Basil, Fennel, Lemon-grass, Melissa, Orange, Peppermint and Thyme. (as skin test is always recommended on anyone with sensitive skin.

High Blood Pressure / Kidney disease / Epilepsy – Avoid Thyme, Sage, Cypress, Rosemary Oil and Cypress. Fennerl, rosemary or sage should especially be avoided if suffering from epilepsy.

Although the above is just a guide line you should always take care when using essential oils. If you would like to learn more about oils then take a basic aromatherapy course massage course.

We all know that essential oils are beneficial for a number of ailments, but to actually have a trusted and tested recipe for a certain ailment is a great way to make your own aromatherapy prescription. Below are a few ideas that you may find helpful for some typical summer ailments. It may a good idea to have one or two of these oils always in stock and you may even want to have a couple in your handbag.

Mixing & Blending Oils

Ylang Ylang oils

All essential oils need to be diluted at a rate of 0.5-3 per cent depending on the intensity of the essential oil. The lowest concentration (0.5-1 per per cent) are best used for facial oils and for those with sensitive skin or children under 12 years of age. On average 2 per cent for adults should be sufficient but in certain cases of muscular tension then 3 per cent will be beneficial. As for all the recipes use a good carrier oil to blend – olive oil, avocado oil, evening primrose oil are just a few that can be used.

Insect Repellent

Use one of the following: Eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary or tea tree

Apply 3 percent dilution of your chosen oil to the exposed parts (eg: arms and legs) – use a 1 or 2 per cent dilution for facial area.

Insect Bites & Stings

Use one of the following: Chamomile, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon or tea tree (tea tree and lavender can be used neat) unless you have an allergy to the oils. A small patch test may useful before applying to the bite or sting if using neat oil. If swollen apply a cold chamomile and / or lavender compress.

Jellyfish Stings

Use one of the following: Eucalyptus, geranium, lavender

If you need to remove the tentacles off, protect your hand with an article of clothing then was with sea water and apply essential essential oil. Do not rub or rinse the affected area with fresh water as this can discharge unactivated stinging cells.

Wasp Stings

Since a wasp sting venom is alkaline, the most effective treatment is vinegar (preferably cider vinegar), this helps to neutralize the poison. Apply as often as required and to prevent infection add 1 drop of lavender oil.

Sunburn

Chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, rosemary, tea tree

Take two or 3 cool aromatic baths throughout the day by adding up to 8 tablespoonfuls of cider vinegar and 8 drops of your chosen essential oil.

If you have an interest in aromatherapy and would like to learn more about essential oils and treatments then our basic / advanced aromatherapy courses are available for you to study from home.

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Aroma Oil Diffusers: Diffusing Nature Into Your Space Through a Healthy and Beneficial Scented Treat

For some a passion, for some a business deal, health benefits of essential oils cents over centuries can not be denied. In an effort to seek these precious oils, producers have developed widespread networks and have achieved a heightened acceptance in western world. The spread and increased use not only prevails in east but western world could no longer resist its charm of peace and serenity. The enhancement and innovation has gotten to the abundance of USA and Canada becoming the top most producers; and at the same time consumers of an essential oil diffuser. The diffuser style has gotten its vibrations enchantingly heard all across.

They demand is so extrapolating that aroma oil and diffuser combo has become an obsession, making people dive away from the time and space of this fast paced world. An Essential oil diffuser would come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. Certain diffusers, for example, an ultrasonic diffuser enhances air purification in an instant. By breaking oil into micro molecules by means of electronic frequencies creating vibration, the projected air in a matter of few seconds disperses across the room to freshen up the air quality.

Computer age has been a boon in this regard as well by introducing us to an innovative model called usb Diffusers. Aroma usb kits containing a tiny bottle of oil and a dropper are easily available in several varieties. Simply gaining power for a resister through your laptop or computer, the calming and stress relieving affect is right away experienced. A clever idea and a cute gift both can be attributed to this unique art of technology. The same usb kit becomes handy for a long period of time when experienced with different types of essential oils.

Awakening your own senses or enlightening the senses of your ambience, to calm the body or soul or just relaxing your tired mind from the day long journey, aroma oil and diffuser technique is getting more appealing day after day. This magical and fragranced mist is sure to wake you up all fresh and healthy the very next day. Discovering essential oil therapy for own personal goodness is not at all a bad deal. This in fact is an opportunity for every single person to create a learning environment and educate others about the benefits of delving into this world. The healing and relaxing factor indulgedly experienced by long lived generations must not be taken for granted by us.

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Points to Keep in Mind in When Buying Aroma Diffusers

Aroma diffuser is an important tool to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of organic aroma oil. Aroma diffuser, essential oil diffuser or simply diffuser is like a ticket to paradise; it allows you to feel the blissful and euphoric effect of essential oils through the process called aromatherapy. This is the inhaling of propagated scent of the natural oils in the air.

There are improved diffusers that you can use from readily available household materials. You can use cotton, tissue or candle for the improvement of aroma diffusers. However, methods involving these materials only produce a short-lived aroma in the air. That is why modern and technologically advanced diffusers are developed; in order to produce long lasting aromatic effect in a certain room or closed area.

There are a lot of essential oil diffusers to choose from; the decision will be solely based on your preferences. There are diffusers which can produce a longer long repeating scent. There are diffusers which does not use fire. Several diffusers do not use too much energy, and other diffusers produces mists. For example, if you are allergic to smoke, better not yet with candle diffusers or other items that uses fire. Settle with the ones that uses electricity instead.

If you are not very familiar with these products, you can ask for someone's advice. Seek help from a friend that uses essential oils, or had used essential oils before. Do not be shy about asking a demonstration of the product if you directly purchased it from a dealer. And of course, read the specifications of the product carefully in order to select the one that will suit perfectly with your needs and preferences.

There are a lot of ways to purchase aroma diffusers in USA. There are a lot of essential oil dealers that also sell diffusers; they are scattered all over the country and you can purchase yours in the outlet near your location. You can also find brand new and slightly used diffusers in online marketplaces. But it is better to buy brand new products because hygienic and sanitary issues may arise from slowly used or second hand diffusers.

Most of the Essential oil dealers and producers have their websites where you can make your transaction in buying your aroma diffuser. They will have it delivered to you; make sure that you provide your proper home address accurately so you will be able to receive the product without any hassle. Shipping fees may apply with this kind of transaction.

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Important Facts About Essential Oils

Essential oils can be described as pure, undiluted, extracts of plants that can be derived from the following:

• Flowers
• Roots
• Twigs
• Bark
• Wood
• Berries
• Fruits
• Peels
• Leaves

These oils are therapeutic or healing in nature and their benefits can be accessed by inhalation and application. Their benefits are many and they include the following:

• They are calming
• They are relaxing
• They are stimulating
• They balance the mood
• They are good for digestion

All spa treatment clinics that offer Aromatherapy will always have the therapeutic-grade oils in use. Since they are strong in their undiluted state, the oils are diluted before use with carrier oils which include jojoba, grapeseed oil and sweet almond.

While it is true that they are called essential oils, they have very little to do with oil, they consist mainly of water. Since they are highly volatile, they tend to evaporate quite easily releasing a strong scent in the process.

There are some of these oils that are quite common and popular and they include the following:

• Peppermint
• Eucalyptus
• Chamomile
• Lavender
• Rose-geranium
• Lemon

For those who do not know, not all essential oils are therapeutic or healing in nature. Some are commonly used as food flavors or used to manufacture cheap toiletries. These low quality oils as they are sometimes referred to as, can also be found in some health food stores.

A good quality therapeutic oil should give enough information on the following

• Botanic species
• The chemotype or chemical composition
• The producing organ / leaves, fruits, flowers etc.

Other than their pleasant scents that will help in relaxation and the lifting of moods, they are endowed with other qualities that are amazing. For instance, essential oils can prevent and fight an infection that is already present. They therefore have antibacterial properties. They are also sometimes considered to be adaptogenic because they respond flexibly to various needs.

They have other benefits to the human body:

• They encourage the growth of cells
• They help in detoxification
• They support various organs of the body
• They promote the health of the skin

These benefits are believed to have first been discovered in ancient Egypt where they used to infuse aromatic plants into oils to obtain perfumed oils. The Greeks and Romans are said to have done this too. In late 17th century to late 19th century, essential oils that were gained through steam distillation and other means were commonly used in medicines.

Essential oils and their benefits were re-discovered yet again sometime in the 1920's by Maurice Gattefosse, a French Doctor who happened to burn his hand and treat it successfully with lavender and that was the beginning of a new and relentless journey for Aromatherapy and Essential oils in particular.

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Important Facts About Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Aromatherapy can be described as an alternative healing method that uses the therapeutic or medicinal properties of the essential oils of particular plants and herbs. This ancient practice was first discovered in Egypt, China, Italy and India. Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, a French Doctor and Chemist was later to rediscover the benefits of essential oils sometimes back in the 1920 after accidently burning his hand and managing to successfully treat it using lavender oil.

It was then that he came up with the word AROMATHERAPY in 1937 and numerous studies have continued to happen all over the world since then.

Aromatherapy is very popular in North America and Europe where it is being combined with other holistic treatments and used in the manufacture of spa treatments and products like candles, oils and other materials.

The essential oils used in Aromatherapy are therapeutic or have medicinal values ​​and are derived or extracted from flowers, stems, fruits, skins, buds, branches and roots of plants. These oils are extracted through the following processes:

• Steam distillation
• Cold-pressing
• Water distillation

Aromatherapy – How It Works

Aromatherapy and therapeutic oils in particular will affect almost every part or organ in the human body. Each and every essential oil has its own unique pharmaceutical effect on the human body. Some will have antibacterial properties, others will have anti-viral properties and others are tranquilizers, diuretics or dilators. Essential oils can either be inhaled or massaged to the skin to gain their benefits. When inhaled, the molecules will enter the nasal cavity stimulating the limbic system of the brain in the process. The limbic system is responsible for influencing our emotions and memories. It is also linked directly to the adrenals, pituitary gland and the hypothalamus. These parts of the body are responsible for regulating the heart rate, blood pressure, memory, stress, breathing and hormone balance. It is for this very reason that the effect of essential oils in bringing about emotional and physiological balance is almost immediate.

It is important to note that these oils can be toxic when taken internally and should there before be taken orally only in the presence of a fully qualified professional.

Aromatherapy can be used for the following health conditions:

• Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
• Menopause
• Headache
Allergies
• Blood pressure
• Stress
• Depression
• Hormone balance
• Memory
• Regulate heart rate
• Bronchitis
• Nausea
• Muscle and joint pain
Arthritis
• Nervousness and restlessness
• Sprains
• Sinusitis
Insomnia
• Shingles (herpes zoster)
• Colds and flu
• Bruises and burns
• Diarrhea
Insect bites
• Poor digestion
• Ear ache
• Burns
• Scars

In Aromatherapy, essential oils can be used at home through inhalation and topical application. For respiratory conditions, steam inhalation is recommended. Where this happens to be the case, add 2-3 drops of eucalyptus, rosemary, or other essential oils to hot water after which the hot mixture is held over the face with a towel covering the face for total inhalation.

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Most Common Aromatherapy Oils

Aromatherapy oil or aromatherapy oils are also sometimes referred to as essential oils. Since it is impossible to have aromatherapy without these oils, they can therefore be referred to as the base of aromatherapy. They will not only influence the body but the mind and spirit as well.

For those who are not aware of this, Aromatherapy oil is a concentrated extract of a plant and its roots, fruits, flowers, stem and so on. This oil is extracted through distillation. This oil is concentrated or quite strong, so it must be diluted with carrier oils like grape seed and jojoba, apricot kernel and sweet almond before use.

In spite of this, if the Aromatherapy oil is a pure extract of lavender and tea tree, it can be applied without dilution. According to Aromatherapy experts, application of Aromatherapy oil to the skin through massage is an excellent way of gaining its benefits and as we know, the skin is the largest absorption organ in the human body.

Aromatherapy oil- common oils

Rose – Rose oil is not only a widespread essential oil but also a common favorite accompanying this to its soothing, exquisite fragrance. It is an aphrodisiac too and below is some of the reasons why it is usually referred to as women's oil:

• It tones the womb

• It has been known to cure and sooth a number of complications related to the female reproduction system.

All women are advised to avoid using Rose oil as it has been known to cause miscarriages in the first five months of pregnancy. In spite of this, Rose oil contains anti-depressant qualities that help in relaxation and relieve stress and depression.

Another factor that continues to make Rose oil popular is that it promises to favor all skin types and most especially mature skin.

Tea tree – this Aromatherapy oil has antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic and antifungal properties. It therefore has the ability to heal most skin complications like blemishes, dryness, itching, redness and burning. Tea tree also has the ability to restore or rejuvenate energy and to reduce mental stress and normal fatigue. However, it has been known to highly irritate sensitive skin.

Niaouli – this particular Aromatherapy oil is great for sore throats, cystitis, runny nose, coughs, hemorrhoids and most skin problems. This pleasant oil, which is also spicy in flavor; should not be used on pregnant women and children below the age of ten. Since it has antiseptic properties, Niaouli is sometimes used on minor burns and wounds.

Bergamot – this oil was first used in Italy where it was extracted from the peel of the bitter orange. It has a very refreshing orangey fragrance and is pale green in color. It is considered a happy oil since it has uplifting, stress relieving and mood-uplifting properties that will relieve headaches, tensions, stress and depression. It is great for vaginal itching and cystitis and one is advised to avoid the sun up to three days after use.

Chamomile – this one is considered the Aromatherapy oil for women and children. The most popular versions are Roman and German chamomile.

Other commonly used essential oils include the following:

• Peppermint
Palmarosa
• Neroli
• Mandarin
• Lemon
• Jasmine
• Geranium
• Eucalyptus

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Essential Facts About Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is an ancient form of healing that involves healing not only the body, but the mind as well by stimulating the entire body, with the scents' coming from essential oils. Such oils are derived from different kinds of shrubs, plants, seeds and flowers from all over the globe. There are even aromatherapy practitioners that make use of these oils during massage sessions.

History of Aromatherapy
It is believed that this form of therapy originated in ancient Egypt during Cleopatra's reign. During those times, satisfaction and enjoyment were usually described through the olfactory sense or sense of smell. In fact, in ancient Egypt's form of writing called hieroglyphics, the nose is associated with pleasure. Egyptians often adorned their body with cone shape items that have the ability to melt and release different fragrances.

Other cultures later on, learned about Aromatherapy. For instance, during Hippocrates time in the Greek history, patients are cured with Aromatherapy massage. Moreover, the Roman physicist Dioscorides documented all the discoveries that he had made about the plants' healing benefits. All of these were put in a text called De Materia Medica which also contains illustrations of about hundreds of plants that have healing properties.

Late in the 17th century, the use of essential oils helped a great number of Bubonic Plague sufferers. This and everything mentioned serve as proof of the great benefits of Aromatherapy.

Contemporary Aromatherapy
Nowadays, holistic community recognizes the natural healing benefits of Aromatherapy. The rise of alternative practices gives light to natural healthcare approaches. Mental and physical health practitioners realize the magnanimous benefits of this treatment and regard it as a very useful tool for healing.

How does this form of therapy really works? Basically, spotted molecules pass to the nose via tiny nerves. It goes to the limit system of the brain, which secretes hormones into the body's endocrine system. Such hormones are thereon secreted to the bloodstream which results in different effects on the body functions and mood. From there, the ANS or autonomous nervous system helps the spinal cord and the brain to conduct electrical impulses that travel to different body areas.

Some of the bodily functions that can be affected positively include perspiration, digestion, sexual response, heart rate, respiratory rate and others. It can produce the following benefits:

* Enhanced digestion
* Better sleep
* Decreased stress, depression and anxiety
* Improved sexual drive
* Reduced pain
* Enhanced mental clarity
* More calmness and others …

Aromatherapy can also be topical which involves putting on essential oils on the skin in conjunction with massage. Some of the common areas for topical Aromatherapy include the neck, elbows, wrists, forehead and others. In this method, oils see into the skin going to the bloodstream and to various body organs.

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Eliminate Stress With Aromatherapy

There are a lot of available therapies these days to alleviate different kinds of diseases and ailments. One of these is called Aromatherapy; which is a traditional practice that aims to promote spiritual, emotional, and physical wellbeing. What is Aromatherapy and how it can actually help in treating unhealthy body conditions?

What Is Aromatherapy?

Basically, this type of treatment refers to the use of essential oils and other aromatic herbs to improve a person's wellness. This includes a holistic approach: spiritual, physical and emotional aspects. According to medical science, it is more of a placebo treatment with a comparatively low effectiveness. However, strong evidences have claimed the effectiveness of aromatherapy in terms of traditional healing. A great number of health disorders have been cured with the aid of this therapy. It can even relieve stress and a wide array of body ailments.

Various Applications

Aromatherapy has various applications. Due to this, a lot of therapists and doctors opt for this kind of therapy in combination with clinical treatments. For instance, scholars often resort to aromatic candles in order to relieve anxiety and to give patients peace of mind. Furthermore, clinicians and psychiatrists make use of essential oils to provide patients relief from nervous breakdowns. Another interesting fact is that a lot of studies have revealed that Lavender when used in aromatherapy can help make changes in an infant's behavioral patterns. With such, infants can be lulled and calmed by simply using scanned oils.

Peace of Mind and Stress Alleviation

Essentially, Aromatherapy can do a lot in relieving stress by providing relief to the emotional aspect rather than the physiological. If you keep on thinking of eliminating stress and perform measures in order to give calmness to your mind, you can instantly provide change to your present state. Using Aromatherapy for a certain period of time can certainly help you prevent stress. This kind of treatment is based on using essential oils that can have tranquilizing effects; which can provide peace of mind, as well as, a stress free body and mind.

About Essential Oils

Essential oils in Aromatherapy can be used in a variety of ways. It can be combined along with deep breathing or put in a bathtub filled with water and surrounded by painted candles. The oils can also be used during massage, in order to release muscle tensions and stress in different body areas. Some of the great Aromatherapy oils to choose from include: Lavender, Lemon, Sandalwood, Rose, Chamomile, Pine, Jasmine, Peppermint, Sage and a lot more.

So, if you wish to explore this type of treatment, get hold of the best scented oils that are safe, effective and really affordable.

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