Five Health Benefits of Using Ylang Ylang Oil

Aromatherapy is something I have recently stuck my nose into! The promise that 'smell' has the power to heal has caused me to investigate aromas that produce the therapeutic effect on mind and body. In course of my investigation, I came across a difference that I feel every aromatherapy enthusiasts should know about. I am talking about Ylang Ylang -the flower of flowers.

Ylang Ylang, (known as 'Cananga Odorata' in the botanical world), is an essential oil derived from the flowers of Cananga tree. The tree is indigenous to the tropical rainforests of Indonesia and Philippines, and is cultured on a large scale there owing to its great demand in the perfumeries.

In this article, I will discuss five important health benefits of using the essential oil derived from this herb. Trust me, you will be surprised to unforgettable these miraculous qualities of this magical flower as you read on …

Promotes relaxation

The herb contains linalool-a naturally occurring terpene alcohol. The compound has a pleasant floral smell with a touch of spiciness, and is claimed to act as an antidepressant and sedative.

Besides Linalool, there are many other chemicals in present like Germacrene, Caryophylene, and Sesquiterpenes, which are all potent stress-busters. These chemicals together produce a fragrance of therapeutic tendencies, which can have the following effects:

· It lifts mood

· It increases confidence

· It eases muscle stiffness

· It controls acne

It relieves nausea and motion sickness

Relieves hypertension

The pharmaceutical industry is complete with a plethora of pills and potions for lowering blood sugar, but those drugs come with their own set of side effects. In the domain of naturopathy, however, some essential oils work wonders to eliminate the symptoms of high blood pressure. Ylang Ylang is one of those oils that aroma-therapists recommend as a miracle cure for hypertension.

Keeping a diffuser filled with Ylang Ylang oil in your home can help promote a general sense of wellbeing, making you feel light and keen.

Facilitates a healthy menstrual cycle

This is something that is debatable, but researchers have been gathering evidence about the claim that the smell of Ylang Ylang can promote a happy 'period' experience. Aroma-therapists have long been using ylang ylang to treat PSM (Pre menstrual syndrome) in their patients. Smelling Ylang Ylang oil during periods can relate some of the physical and emotional symptoms of PSM-those intolerable belly cramps, nausea, and mood blackouts.

Since the aroma is a potent antidepressant and sedative, inhaling it can help a 'damsel in distress' cope up with her 'shark week'.

Treats Depression

In the world of alternative medicine, The herb is believed to be a potent antidepressant. Inhaling Ylang Ylang vapors can provide relief from anxiety, tension, sadness, and chronic depression.

Using a vaporizer to diffuse the scent is a good way to use Ylang Ylang, although there are other ways too. In dilution, it can be used as massage oil that can be applied to ease physical exhaustion, insomnia, nervous tension and stress.

Improves your sex life

Step into the bedroom of a newlywed Indonesian couple, and you can smell the aroma of Ylang Ylang flowers lingering all around. The smell of Ylang Ylang is a potent aphrodisiac, the mere inhalation of which can create the perfect mood for sex.

The best way to use Ylang Ylang for sexual enrichment is to burn the essential oil in a diffuser in your bedroom. The effect is almost instant. The intenet note of rubber and custard, along with a light hint of Jasmine and Neroli, causes immediate surge of 'desire' hormones, and thenby helps you please each other better.

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The Essential Oil Glossary: Common Aromatherapy Terms and Their Meanings (E-Z)

In just about any industry, it's common to encounter a little jargon. The world of aromatherapy and essential oils is no different. While there has been a recent uptick in scientific trials and case studies focused on the world of aromatherapy, most of the legends, lore and information dates back much further. Although much has been updated, you're still likely to encounter some more outdated or medical jargon you are not familiar with. In this second and final installation, we're addressing aromatherapy terms that fall in the EZ glossary.

Emmenagogue

This term refers to any substance that stimulates or otherwise increases menstrual flow, but can also indicate a more generalized increase in blood flow to the pelvis or uterus.

Emollient

An emollient is anything that works to soften or soothe the skin.

Essential Oil

This term refers to any number of natural oils, which are most commonly obtained through a process known as distillation and having a characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source (flower, etc.) of extraction. What gives essential oils their properties (and many of the associated risks) is the fact that they contain volatile aroma compounds and chemicals.

Euphoric

Euphoric has the same root as euphoria, and expresses feelings of intension excitation, possibly including happiness and confidence. Euphoria is often associated with inoxication or inebriation, but does not have to include impaired facilities.

Expectorant

When I think of expectorants, I immediately think of Tussin ™. As the cough syrup works, expectorants work to actually promote the secret of mucus from the air passes. Unlike a cough suppressant, an expectorant encourages coughing – but only when it is a productive cough that works to clear out the lungs and respiratory system.

Febrifuge

When I first heard this one, I thought of something to do with a centrifuge or some other kind of mechanical wonder. What it actually means is a little bit more boring, but not any less awesome; febrifuge means “fever reducer.”

Haemostatic

Whenever you encounter the prefix “haemo” or “hemo” – it's fairly safe to assume that you're going to be dealing with blood. You would not be wrong in this instance, either. Haemostatic simply means that it is something that works to slow or stop bleeding.

Hepatic

Most of these will work with some level of context clues. In this case, hepatic may lead you to think of hepatitis – and hepatitis is a disease that affects the liver. All hepatic issues are issues that refer to the liver.

Hypotensive

Those who suffer from hypertension have high blood pressure. If something is hypotensive, that means it works to do the opposite – it lowers the blood pressure.

Lymphatic

As the name implies, lymphatic simply means anything that has to do with lymph. Lymph is the colorless fluid that contains white blood cells and actually bathes the tissues. It drains from the lymphatic system into the bloodstream.

Nervine

If something is nervine that means that it works to calm or soothe the nerves.

Sedative

Sedative is one of the more common terms in the aromatherapy glossary. It's just an agent that works to promote feelings of calm up to and possibly including inducing sleep.

Stimulant

Stimulants are polar opposites of sedatives. Instead of relaxing you, they actually raise your physical and / or nervous activity. Caffeine is a common example of a stimulant.

Stomachic

The purpose of this one is right there in the word – a stomachic promotes the appetite or works in assisting the digestion.

Sudorific

The meaning of this one does not exactly jump out and grab you. Sudorific means that the object in question is related to or causes you to sweat. Older forms of traditional medicine often enriched health and healing by “sweating out” the disease. I remember this from reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Tonic

Not to be confused with tonic water, a tonic is simply something to give feelings of vigor or well being – kind of like a panacea cure. Calling something a tonic is a rather generic and unspecific adjective, compared to some of the others we've explored.

Uterine

A uterine is something that deals directly with or promotes the health of the uterus or womb.

Vermifuge

The clues in this one are all phonetic. Verm equals worm, and a vermifuge works to get rid of parasitic worms. Yeah, we'll move on from that one pretty fast.

Vulnerary

Vernerary is a term that describes something that is used to heal wounds – much like when we think of a Band-Aid ™ paired with Neosporin ™.

So – there you have it – the rest of the aromatherapy glossary from EZ.

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The Rise of Warming Oils

(1) – Rosemary ( Rosmarinus officinalis ct. Camphor)

To many essential oil users, rosemary is not strange to them. The common chemotypes that we encountered are camphor, 1,8 cineole, and verbenone. The latter two are good for respiratory issues, while camphor is renamed for being a stimulant. This article is a study on rosemary camphor with its ability to dry the wetness in the body, resulting in achieving mucolyptic equilibrium.

In Chinese Medicine terms, if the spleen can not function well, the fluid of the body will accumulate. This leads to lethargy and causes nasal congestion. To tackle the problem, the first thing to do is to dry the extra fluid in the body by stimulating the circulation inside. This is especially true for those people who get cold and have cold limbs.

Rosemary essential oil is warming. Due to its vasodilating function (ie dilating blood vessels), it can stimulate circulation (by increasing circulation of blood and oxygen). Beside, it is also diuretic, which means that it can reduce fluid in the body. The astringent effect of rosemary camphor is vital in constricting and drying the fluid.

A case in point

A client with nasal congestion mixed 3 drops of rosemary camphor with a handy body wash gel, massaged onto her body when she took a shower. After finishing her shower, she felt more relieved and her nasal congestion improved quite a lot. She continued using this method for three days until her nasal congestion was cleared. The client used to have dampness (wetness) accumulated in her body (diagnosed by a Chinese herbal doctor).

Although 1,8 cineole and verbenone are widely used by aromatherapy practitioners in healing respiratory ailments, camphor also accomplishes the same objective. It is works in an indirect fashion.

Another added benefit is that rosemary camphor helps to dry up the acne on the client's back and heals the acne scars more quickly.

(2) – Ginger ( Zingiber officinale )

Ginger is well known for its ability to heel motion sickness. More than that, it helps expelling the heat from the skin by its warm action. Thus, if you get fever, it should not be neglected in your blend. This is due to its rubifacient therapeutic property, and by generalizing localized increase in blood flow and circulation, heat can be released through the skin by means of perspiration. Although there are many functions of Ginger essential oils, these few make it stand out of the rest in healing ailments concern fever.

A case in point

A client with mild fever came to ask for help, she had head and running nose. The reason for her hardship was catching wind cold. To relieve her sickness, the following blend was made:

1 drop of lavender ( Lavandula angustifolia )

1 drop of geranium ( Pelargonium roseum x asperum )

2 drops of ginger ( Zingiber officinale )

1 tsp (5ml) of olive oil

This helped her alleviate the symptoms and she slept well. She felt a lot better the other day after her first applications. Actually, in Chinese medicine, ginger is praised for its ability to tie surface wind cold.

3 – Cardamon ( Elettaria cardamomum )

Cardamon and ginger belong to the same family. In most cases, they can be used “interchangeably”. In my practice, ginger is used more to induce surface perspiration while cardamom is used for deeper action like tonifying and vitalizing the body, if any difference arises.

The 1,8 cineole of cardamom makes it a good choice for ailments related to nasal congestion. Since it is a decongestant, it helps reduce the mucous congestion and swelling. It is a rising star for stopping the spasmodic (bronchial) cough in my clinical experience.

A case in point

A client with nasal congestion and bronchial (spasmodic) cough was given an inhaler with the following blend to relate the symptoms:

5 drops of Cardamon ( Elettaria cardamomum)

5 drops of Eucalyptus Globulus ( Eucalyptus globulus)

5 drops of Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)

This combination could benefit nasal congestion, but to my surprise, it was effective in stopping the client's spasmodic cough whenever it happened. After three days of inhaling the blend, her spasmodic cough was healed completely. In fact, in my practice, I have used different decongestant oils to sooth the cough. But, it is only soothing without completely eradicate the problem. However, by adding cardamom essential oil, the problem got solved in a dramatic way.

Conclusion

The use of warm oils in these three case studies reveals to us that – by adding warm essential oils, the therapeutic properties of the whole blend are enhanced. Although rosemary camphor, ginger, and cardamom exhibit certain therapeutic effects or chemistry in healing, adding warm oils undoubly increase the synergistic effect of the whole blend. Although mystical, the facts show the powerful effects they can have. Undoubtedly, more clinical data are needed to prove that.

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The Essential Oil Glossary: Common Aromatherapy Terms & Their Meanings (A-D)

One of the first things I noticed when I started getting hot and heavy with my research on aromatherapy and essential oils is that there is an entire jargon that surrounds the industry and can get pretty confusing to the average reader. If you've ever done any research on the benefits or history of essential terms, you've probably seen these terms and asked yourself, “What in the world does that mean?”

Now you can know!

If you're thinking about investing in your own kit of aromatherapy inhalers and have started looking into all of the benefits, here's some of the lingo you're likely to encounter.

Anti-Fungal

This just means that the essential oil in question has been heralded for an ability to treat or prevent fungal growth or infections. Be sure to check these facts against credit studies before buying what you read hook, like and sinker.

Anti-Inflammatory

Reducing inflammation.

Antineuralagic

Inhibiting or preventing the occurrence of sharp pains along the course of a nerve or nerves.

Antiplogistic

Another word for anti-inflammatory, but can also include fever relieving properties.

Antiseptic

Indicates that an ingredient is clean and pure and that it produces growth of disease-inducing agents or other microbials.

Antispasmodic

Something that works to relate spasms that occur in involuntary muscles (like the intestines or the heart, that you can not start or stop at will).

Apertif

An essential oil that works to stimulate your appetite.

Aphrodisiac

Something that stimulates or titillates sexual desire, attraction or excitment.

Aromatherapy

A branch of holistic medicines that utilizes plant materials and oils (including essential oils and compounds) in an endeavor to alter mood, mental prowess, psychological and / or physical well being of enthusiasts. For centuries, aromatherapy was the cutting edge of chemistry. Today, it is viewed as an alternative medicine, although new scientific studies emerge on a consistent basis showing that aromatherapy can have powerful applications.

Astringent

A solution that causes contractions in the tissues of the body in general, but is almost universally used in conjunction with the skin in health and wellness applications.

Bactericidal

This is a rather broad term that indicates a myriad of agents that kill bacteria, including disinfectants, antiseptics and antibiotics.

Carminative

A rather polite term for something that helps to relate gas, specifically flatulence. Think Bean-o.

Cholagogue

Bile is a digestive fluid that is produced by the liver and measured out by the gall bladder. Cholagogues are items that promote the discharge of bile through and out of the system.

Cicatrisant

A pretty archaic term that basically translates into the process of being healed through the formation of scar tissue.

Cordial

Since this is also a pretty popular foodie term, ferreting out details on this one was pretty tough. As far as I could gather, it's something that is reviving and invigorating. It's also synonymous with medicine, specifically a stimulant or a tonic. The good news is that cordials, as the earlier association implies, are said to have a comforting or pleasant taste.

Cytophylactic

Certainly not a term that pops up over the typical dinner conversation, a cytophylactic is believed to protect cells and fight infections. They are thought to increase something known as leucocytes, which are responsible for stimulating cellular regeneration and repair.

Depurative

Those who are into detoxing and cleansing are all about the depurative, a term that means something has purifying and detoxifying properties, cleansing away wastes and toxins from the system.

Digestive

Something that aids in digestion.

Disinfectant

This means that the solution has anti-microbial properties or agents.

Diuretic

If you look to the very center of the word, “ure”, you'll get a hint. Diuretics cause your body to increase the production and passage of urine.

That's all for the AD aromatherapy glossary.

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Secrets of Rosemary Oil Exposed

Rosemary essential oil is highly favored among cerebrally focused individuals. That's because both traditional folk medicine and modern scientific studies are showing the benefits of rosemary for focus, memory and alertness. Currently, it is being investigated as a potential weapon in the fight against Alzheimer's.

The actual essential oil is stimulating and intensely woodsy and herbal. Derived from an evergreen shrub that had its origins in the Asian continent rosemary cultivation has now expanded across the globe. Rosemary (also known as the dew of the sea, sea dew and guardrobe) oil is harvested from the shrub's flowers using a process known as steam distillation.

How & Why Rosemary Oil Gets Used

In ancient times, a number of cultures and religions believed that rosemary was a sacred plant – one with powers and properties to ward off evil spirits and intentions. It was often employed in rituals of protection, purification, love and intellect.

Rosemary oil can be used “neat” – on a cloth, cotton ball or using aromatherapy inhalers. Diffusers and vaporizers are also popular dispersion methods. The essential oil can also be added to shampoos, body butters, massage oils or even directly added to your bath, with or without Epsom salts.

Depending on the application method employed, rosemary has been prized in a host of uncomfortable situations, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Circulation problems
  • Gout
  • Intestinal troubles
  • Mental fatigue
  • Stress
  • Migraines and other headaches
  • Muscle pain
  • Respiratory issues
  • Skin inflammation and puffiness
  • Varicose Veins
  • Thinning Hair
  • An immune booster
  • Indigestion aid
  • Coughs, colds and flu-like symptoms
  • As a study aid and memory tool

Rosemary oil has also been used to treat dandruff, to stimulate hair growth, as a mouthwash and to treat problems like cellulite and stretch marks. As an added bonus, rosemary has also been shown as an effective insect repellant.

Perfect Rosemary Pairings

Rosemary can be great all alone. It's a common favorite among members of both sexes and depending on who it is for, can be made more masculine or feminine based upon which complimentary oils you pair it with. Prime candidates include bergamot, cedarwood, cinnamon, cypress, citronella, geranium, hyssop, lavender, neroli, nutmeg, peppermint, spearmint and thyme.

Rosemary Risks

Essential oils are very volatile and have powerful properties that can prove hazardous to your health. It's a good idea to consult with your medical practitioner before launching an aromatherapy protocol.

Those at the greatest risk in regards to rosemary usage include pregnant women, those who suffer from epilepsy and those battling high blood pressure.

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An Overview About Different Types of Essential Oils & Their Uses

The essential oil is basically the oil which is extracted from the plant. There are various substances found in nature that contain miraculous healing properties. Owing to these properties, these products find tremendous use in several applications. The application area of ​​the oils that are extracted from the plant includes aromatherapy, massage therapy, culinary applications, etc. The extraction of oil is a decade old process. It started with the invention of the distillation process. Since then, the extracted form of oil is being used for various purposes including the medicinal usage.

Some of the most popular forms of essential oils are discussed here.

Amla Oil

This is widely known as Emblica Officinalis. This is basically a fruit from which this oil is extracted. It contains various mineral & vitamin extracts. The oil extracted from this is rich in fatty acids, vitamin C, Polyphenols, Flavonoids, protein, carbohydrates, minerals, antioxidants, and water. This is very effective in providing nourishment to the hair. The application of this oil helps in providing essential nutrients to the scalp. It is very effective in providing complete nourishment to the hair. It's regular use helps in hair regrowth.

Cumin Oil

Scientifically, it is known as Cuminum Cyminum. The essential oil extracted from this is widely used for various medicated purposes. It regular use helps in combating several diseases like diarrhea and cholera and various other bacteria-borne diseases. It can be used in the culinary application as it helps in improving the condition of the digestive system. In the case of the gastric problem, it is very useful. It improves the functionality of the digestive system.

Betel Leaf Oil

This is extracted from the betel leaf. It is full of various essential ingredients that help in providing several health advantages. It is rich is various substances like calcium, vitamin, thiamine and several other ingredients. It is very useful in combating several diseases like the skin infection, gastric problem, oral infection, etc. Owing to its miraculous healing properties, it can also be used to counter muscle pain. It can easily remove stiffness of the muscle.

Carrot Seed Oil

The oil extracted from this vegetable is widely used for several purposes. It is helpful in providing nourishment to the skin. It is an excellent diet and helps in improving the blood level inside the body. Its intake helps in nourishing, tightening, and rejuvenating the skin. It can also alleviate pain due to menstruation.

Lavender Oil

This oil is widely used in aromatherapy. It is well-known for its pleasant smell. It helps in changing the mental state of an individual. It is widely used in the aromatherapy. Its pleasing smell helps in combating stress and trauma.

The Essential Oil Manufacturers are offering their products in a wide range of specifications. The different forms of oils are used for different purposes. They manufacture their product with utmost care in order to meet the optimum level of quality.

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Secrets of Clary Sage Essential Oil Exposed

Clary sage (“clear eyes” in Latin) Essential oil has historically been popular among the ladies. Perhaps that's because of its remarkable properties for women of all ages – it helps with everything from PMS to symptoms of menopause, like hot flashes. Although there is a prerequisite for using it in the delivery room to deal with labor-related woes, women in earlier stages of pregnancy should avoid contact or exposure to clary sage essential oil without explicit permission from a midwife or OBGYN.

A Flower Known By Many Other Name

Clary sage originated in southern Europe. The essential oil is harvested using a steam distillation process that extracts it from both flowers and leaves. Thanks to the plant's efficiency and versatility, it is utilized worldwide. Along the way, it's picked up quite a few different names, including clary wort, muscatel sage, oculus Christi (the eye of Christ), clear eye, see bright and eye bright – not to be confused with eyebright, another plant entirely.

Obviously, almost universally, the plant is associated with vision – both of the physical and the spiritual eyes. In the world of the occult, it is affiliated with the Moon and the water element. It was used in love and magick rituals.

Clary Sage Goes Straight to Your Head

There is a rather archaic vocal associated with aromatherapy. Some of the properties are common across several types of essential oils. One property that is rare and unique is the label of euphoric.

As the name implies, euphorics have tooxicating effects and should be avoided while under the influence of other intoxicants. It has been successfully combined with muscatel wine and even went as far as to replace hops in 16th century England. Because of these euphoric effects, it's wise to reconsiderer driving or operating heavy machinery.

Why Women Love Clary Sage Oil

From puberty to menopause, clary sage has been prized by women across all the phases of their lives. It can have a dramatic impact on the menstrual cycle and has been recommended for heavy periods, cramping, hot flashes, stress, anxiety, tension and muscle pains. For these same reasons, pregnant women should steer clear.

The scent is floral and a little musky – soft, sweet and herbal, with a tea-like afterthought. It's great alone, but pairs well with lavender, rose, neroli, jasmine, geranium and just about any citrus oil (but especially bergamot.)

Aromatherapy Options

There are many ways to Incorporate clary sage into your daily life. If you have the essential oil, you can add a few drops to your bath. There are aromatherapy pendants and jewelry. Or, you can keep yours handy with mobile and convenient clary sage aromatherapy inhalers. It oil can be added to lotions, body creams and butters, massage oils or dispersed using your favorite vaporizer or diffuser. Whatever you do, be careful not to overdo it, as headaches can be a possible side effect of those who over-indulge.

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When Ginger Does Not Help – The Effect of Frankincense (Frereana) in Sobering and Healing Nausea

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is renounced and broadly praised for its ability to reduce motion sickness or nausea. There was a short period of time that I experienced nausea whenever someone wave me a ride. To help reduce the symptom, I usually bought Ginger essential oil mixed with jojoba oil to massage. I also put 1 drop of Ginger essential oil onto the tissue to inhale. However, I was not happy with the result.

To enhance the effect of Ginger essential oil, I made a salve with Ginger and Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oils to massage when I was traveling. The blend had the following components:

0.25 oz Beeswax

1 oz Jojoba Wax

7 drops of Ginger

5 drops of Lavender

Together with the sedative or calming effect of Lavender on the central nervous system, the warm and spicy aroma of Ginger should be able to enhance the therapeutic properties in reducing motion sickness and nausea.

When I first applied it, the smell is sweet and soothing that the salve improved the nausea but only temporarily. Repeated application did not help.

By chance I came across the oil named Frankincense (Boswellia frereana). I first encountered the oil when I attended a dinner, had some wine, and got half drunk.

After that dinner I applied Frankincense (Boswellia frereana) oil (1/4 tsp olive oil, 1 drop of essential oil) every 15 minutes twice on my forehead, temples, tip of the nose, area between the mouth and the nose, back of the neck, and shoulders; I also drank some hot green tea. I sobered up.

Thus, whenever I got motion sickness or nausea, I applied Frankincense [1/4 tsp olive oil, and 1 drop of essential oil] on the temples, back of the neck, and shoulders (apply several times or as necessary when needed). It worked great. The motion sickness or nausea went away after several applications and no longer bothered me.

Frankincense can also clear the mind and elevate the spirit. It keeps your spirit strong, focused, and positive. I used to take a nap after my breakfast, but as of today (Dec 15, 2014) I do not have to. Since I had back acne, and I was using frankincense to clear them with carrier oil. The whole process of application was rejuvenating. The inhalation of frankincense made me feel great and energetic about myself. As frankincense can achieve this objective, I suspect the application of it can relieve symptoms of mental illness. More research is needed to validate the claim.

The information or research about Boswellia frereana is very limited. Known as the King of Frankincense, Boswellia frereana is usually imported from Somalia. The therapeutic properties of Boswellia frereana are anti-inflammatory, uplifting, revitalizing, and centering. It is also used for joint health.

Boswellia frereana is composed primarily of the chemistry of alpha thuyene, delta sabinene and para cymene – they are related to monoterpenes. It also carries the characteristics of monoterpenes such as antiviral, antibacterial, analgesic, and so on. Because of a high content of alpha thuyene, the aroma of Boswellia frereana is more pungent.

People usually equate Boswellia frereana with Boswellia carterii. From my experience, the latter is milder and more calming. The invigorating effect of the former can make us stay awake all night.

I think there are more benefits to Boswellia frereana. More research is needed on its clinical application.

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The Role of Aromatherapy in Combination With Traditional Medical Practice

Conventional medicine and alternative / complementary healing methods are not mutually exclusive. They can work very well when combined together. This case study illustrates how this can be achieved. The subject contracted a cold and had fever afterwards.

On a Wednesday's night, my husband talked cold (with running nose), had a headache and a mild fever. I made a blend for him and suggested him to apply it on his temples, forehead, and back of the neck. The blend includes:

1 drop of lavender

1 drop of geranium

2 drops of ginger

1 tsp of olive oil

Reasons for choosing the oil:

Lavender is sedative, and can help boost the immune functions; geranium is anti-inflammatory; ginger can help relieve pain, it is warming and can improve the circulation.

I also advised him to drink water with lemon, with honey added.

15 minutes later, he could fall asleep and he felt better after it. The fever and headache subsided after the application.

However, when he woke up the next morning, his fever and headache came back. In addition, he had spasmodic cough, running nose, fever, and sore throat. He went to see the doctor, and was tested negative for flu virus. His temperature was 100.8 degrees F. The doctor then advised him to take more rest, and to take the Advil. I then suggested him to use another blend as follows, and to apply the mixture to the temples, forehead and back of the neck.

I suggested him to use the following oil blend:

1 drop of Roman Chamomile

2 drops of Lemon

2 drops of peppermint

1 tsp of olive oil

Reasons for choosing the oil:

Roman Chamomile provides pain relief and it's antiviral; lemon can bring pain relief, boost the immune system, and enhance the oil blend penetration; peppermint can reduce fever, and it's cooling.

On the third day, his running nose condition improved a lot, he had no headache, and the fever was gone.

This is an example of combing the traditional medical practice with aromatherapy, and it works great. Aromatherapy did help in the recovering process.

However, for some cases, you may need to consult your primary physician or specialist before you combine any other protocol into the healing process. It is always good to consult a professional aromatherapists who have the expertise and proper knowledge to do this. Always remember that essential oils are very potent, and a little goes a long way.

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My First Blend, My Sickness, and My Fun

I keep a journal of the blends that I made on every occasion that involves aromatherapy. The case study is about the first blend that I made for myself in relieving my sickness. It turned out to be a great success. I discovered a protocol I keep using in healing.

November 17, 2013

I caught a cold yesterday. I realized that my immune system was weak. When I felt the headache in the evening, I used tea tree oil to massage my head and I felt better.

When I woke up next morning, I could not do anything as my head ached and I had a mild fever. Therefore, I took a delicious breakfast with a glass of strawberry milk & some biscuits. I felt a lot better after a good meal. A delicious meal can help speed up the healing process.

Today, I take my first step to try blending. It's really fun. It requires knowledge and creativity.

My blend is as follows:

1 drop of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
1 drop of geranium (Pelargonium roseum x asperum)
2 drops of ginger (Zingiber officinale)
1 tsp (5ml) of olive oil

It is relaxing, comforting, and stimulating. The hot ginger can help to expel the surface wind cold, while lavender and geranium calmed my heated organs. It smells great, not too intense. The mild fragrance is very well suited to those who are sick.

I then use the mixture to massage my chest, the back of the neck, my ears, my nose tip, the area between the nose and mouth, and abdominal area.

This blend works well to calm the menstrual pain or PMS too. After the applications, I took a cup of lemon with salt water. It is so soothing. I have never thought that being sick can be an enjoyment. If I was not sick, I do not know when I will have my first blend. This is my first product. This blend helps one to sleep well when one is sick.

November 18, 2013

I still experienced some spillover effect of the wind cold today. As the symptoms had almost gone, I blended another oil which is more fragrant. It was because I could take more fragrance now.

My blend is as follows:
1 drop of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
1 drop of Jasmine absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum)
1 drops of sandalwood (Santalum album)
3 drops of lemon (Citrus limon)
1tsp (5ml) of olive oil

I used the blend to massage back of the neck, shoulder, temples, nose tip, area between the nose and the mouth, my shoulders, chest and upper back area.

It is relaxing and astringent – it lessens the mucus. This blend is very relaxing and will cause drowsiness. After falling asleep, I feel much energetic now.

Conclusion: The two blends that I made were not targeting at healing my fever or cold, but making me more relaxing to fall sleep. When I am in deep sleep, my body can heal quickly. In my own philosophy, I prefer my body to do most of the work in the healing process, instead of relying on “outside help”. This experience reaffirms my belief on that, and it really works well. Although I ate things that were not 100% natural, the improvement in my mood helped me to recover in a speedy way.

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Icing on the Cake – Brainstorming Healing Protocols

An Aromatherapist has his or her own healing protocol or framework. Some emphasize on chemical components and therapeutic properties while others emphasize on plant parts or emotional aspects. It is hard to say which one is superior. Each protocol has its own merits. In reality, many people are amazed at how effective Aromatherapy is in their first encounter. However, passion can fade away if we can not pinpoint the right healing protocol for clients. Flexibility is the key – as we have to cater to the customer's needs while maintaining the effectiveness of the protocols.

The common practice in Aromatherapy is finding out the chemistry of each essential oil, and then uses its therapeutic components to address the issue. For instance, when someone is having a fever, you may want to use ginger (Zingiber officinale) to counter the effect of fever by inducing perspiration. If you use plant parts, you want to think about how different parts of the plant functions. For example, leaves are associated with breathing. When someone is having a nasal congestion, you would like to use eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) to treat the ailment. For emotional needs, citrus oil such as bergamot (Citrus bergamia) is uplifting and can help to alleviate the emotional problem of depression. Flower such as rose oil (Rosa damacena) is calming and can relieve anxiety. Some Aromatherapists take into consideration blending for emotional needs when they deal with clients who have chronic problem.

To help me think more systematically, I classify my Aromatherapy healing protocols into three categories – “icing on the cake,” “timely help,” and “other factors.” For example, when you make a cake and encounter a problem, you obtain “timely help” from a friend or a recipe to solve that problem. After finishing the core (cake), you put “icing on the cake” for decorative purposes. If the cake does not taste the way you would expect it to, the reason may be that the ingredients is not fresh or is of inferior quality. This is the “other factors.”

In Aromatherapy, the timely help allows you to identify the root cause of the problem and resolve the problem with the right essential oils. The icing on the cake can be the emotional needs that you take into account to uplift the client's spirit while at the same time heal the core of the ailment. Example of other factors can be referring the client to other providers when aromatherapy does not fix the problem completely.

To further illustrate, let us think of a person with neck pain. An elderly client with neck pain comes to you and requests for your help using Aromatherapy to relieve her pain. After your first consultation, you discover that her problem is caused by osteoarthritis. To relieve her pain, you make a salve with some essential oils with the therapeutic components in mind for her. She tries it and finds it quite effective in relieving her pain. She also finds that she sleeps better because of the fragrance of the salve. This fact speeds up her recovery.

In the case above, the “timely help” is the Aromatherapist and the salve; the “icing on the cake” is the fragrance that induced her to sleep; and, “other factor” is the fact that she heals more quickly because she sleeps well.

What happens if this elderly client's neck pain was something you could not heal with essential oils? In this case, you would need to consider “other factors” and possibly refer her to another provider. Does she need to see an acupuncturist? Does she need to see a physical therapist for further treatment? Another provider may have more resources to ascertain either the stiff neck was caused by the muscle or the bone; and they have the necessary expertise to relate the problem.

Take for another example; a man with mild fever, runny nose, and headache requests for your help, and you give him a blend of essential oils after consultation. After using the blend, his symptoms subsided. However, the next morning, he got high fever and severe headache. It appeared that the “timely help” of the therapeutic components' blending you was not right for his needs. It may be time for him to seek “timely help” from a conventional medicine practitioner, while offering to make another blend for him to complement his care “icing on the cake,” which could help him heal more quickly. In this case, whether you are blending through the therapeutic components, plant parts, or emotional needs does not have to follow specific methodology. Helping him to recover with the medications is what is the most important.

In contrast, a person with mild fever, headache, and running nose decides to heal herself by the healing the body itself. For her, less is more. To help her recover, you make her a blend to encourage sound sleep, so that her body could heal more quickly. In this case, the blend is still the “timely help” of blending with the therapeutic components. But now you take into account “other factor (s)” like inducing her to have sound sleep so that her body could heal more quickly. The aroma of the blend is the “icing on the cake” as it provides emotional support to your client. As a result, your client is able to heal more quickly. Because of your clarity of mind in classifying the protocols, you are able to tackle the problem with ease and effectiveness.

To sum up, this simplified model is to provide a framework in classifying the healing protocols into three categories – “icing on the cake,” “temporary help,” and “other factor (s).” The classification helps in clarifying in one's mind determining which protocol to be used – whether it is chemical components, the therapeutic properties, plant parts or emotional aspects. This method also helps one to be flexible in his or her choice of protocol.

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Aromatherapy and Its Benefits – Everything You Need to Know

Nothing feels more invigorating and relaxing than a nice massage after a hard day at work. Our bodies are not machines which are meant to perform non-stop without any rest. From time to time, it's important to get some rest and recharge ourselves. There are so many options out there that can use for relaxation; the only thing you need is the will to do so.

Reliving tiredness has never been easy

The complaint which most people have these days is that they are too tired to anything other than hop in the bed and sleep. Sure sleeping relieves a lot of tiredness, but it does nothing more than that. Once you get up in the morning, you will feel your joints aching and the occasional muscle cramp. Respect from all these things can only be achieved if you are determined to take certain extra measures.

Aromatherapy, for instance, is one of the best ways to relax and has been gaining wide popularity with each passing day. But it's not a modern creation by any stretch of the imagination because aromatherapy has been there for decades now. It's only now that people have started to appreciate it more. Whether you are just looking to relax or improving your health, this method can serve all purposes.

But what is aromatherapy?

In this method essential oils extracted from seeds, flowers, herbs and roots are applied over the body. Several studies have proved that this technique is extremely beneficial in maintaining the health of individuals in the most natural way. In any case, the prospect of fragrant smell of the oil over a body is in itself relaxing.

Some of the most noticeable benefits of this technique are: –

  • Fighting depression : If you are suffering from depression, the vibrant aromas used in this method can uplift your spirits and put a smile on your face.
  • Improvement in blood circulation : People suffering from low blood pressure or hypertension have reported that they have derived much relaxation from aromatherapy.
  • Relieves pain : Probably one of the largest benefits of this technique is that it helps in relieving chronic pains that you have been suffering for years now.

Being able to enjoy a good health is what everyone desires, but for that to happen, you have to take care of your body and mind. If you maintain your physical and mental condition in the most ideal form, you can be sure of enjoying a pain and disease free life.

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Spa: The Best Way To Get Rejuvenated

The lifestyle of every single person living on this planet has changed drastically. The work pressure, long working hours & improper diet has given birth to various diseases. Among all diseases, stress is considered as the most dangerous. The reason for this is that it is the root cause of several other diseases. The spa is the best service to combat this disease. At the spa, various services are offered like massage therapy, skin healing & rejuvenation therapy.

The massage is basically the pressurized workout which is applied to the body with the help of the hands, fingers & elbows. This helps in providing a refreshing sensation on the body. This is basically a recreational activity that helps in combating the adverse effects of stress. The massage helps in enhancing the blood circulation in the body. The proper flow of blood helps in providing full nourishment to the body tissue.

At the spa, the massage is provided with the help of the essential oils. These are basically extracted from herbs and help in providing complete nourishment to the body tissues. The essential oils are distilled from the plant and possess various substances like minerals, vitamins, etc. Their application on the body results in providing nourishment to the tissues, thus enhancing the health standards.

Aromatherapy is another healing therapy that helps in increasing your health standards. In this, the healing is provided with the help of the pleasing aroma. The smell plays a crucial role in changing the mental state of an individual. The stress can easily be cured by using the sweet smells of the essential oils. For curative purposes, the flower oils are widely used. These are rich in aroma and help in providing a healing effect.

Some of the most popular essential oils that are widely used for healing purposes are discussed below.

Lavender Oil

This is basically the juice which is extracted from the lavender flower. This possesses very sweet aroma that has a very positive impact on the mind. In the case of excessive stress, it is considered as the perfect remedy. This helps in providing complete cure from this disease. Moreover, this does not have any negative impact on the body.

Eucalyptus Oil

This is another very useful form of essential oil that is widely used to cure colds, coughs, asthma, and congestion in addition to wounds, muscle pain, mental exhaustion, dental care, and skin care. It is also very useful in curing different respiration-related problems.

Apart from this, there are several other categories of essential oils available in the market. These are widely used in the spa service centers for healing purposes.

If you are looking to buy these, then you have the option to buy from the spa product manufacturers. From them, you can easily get the genuine products at an affordable rate.

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How to Choose an Oil Diffuser

Docuated records reveal that the history of essential oils dates back to ancient civilizations of China, India, Egypt, Greece and Rome. People used these oils for the therapeutic healing as well as spiritual and hygienic well-being. Later with the advent of handy oil diffusers, it became very easy to keep home fresh and fragrant. The true essence of aromatherapy, when clubbed with modern-day diffusers, replaced the conventional medicines to treat regular illness or routine disorders. Several studies today claim that these diffusers (used with 100% pure essential oils) are incompatible in terms of enhancing mood, relieving stress, easing emotional or physical pain, promoting immunity, maintaining focus and enhancing relaxation.

Of all the modes of essential oil application, aerial diffusion tops the charts. It is a simple process of diffusing essential oils into air for aerial disinfection. Experts consider it as one of the best aromatherapy practices because it follows the practice of untouched therapeutic treatment. The users are either supposedly to take any medicine nor apply any oil / lotion on skin. This way, the chances of any side effects are also nullified. Aromatherapy diffusers just diffuse the aromatic oils into air. These cool mists travel through the nerves of our nose to the brain. The aroma then calms down the part of the brain that controls the feelings, emotions or pain.

There are various diffusers available in the market today and we need to choose one that completely fulfills our preferences. Two most popular diffusers are listed below:

  • Ultrasonic Diffusers: These are one of the best oil diffusers available in the market. These diffusers use water along with the oils so that a cool mist of water / oils is released into the air. The best part with ultrasonic diffusers is that they utilize non-heat ultrasonic waves, which do not affect the natural healing properties of essential oils. The ultrasonic frequencies create vibrations in water to vaporize the essential oils. Added features of these diffusers are humidifier functionality (best for winters), auto-shut functionality and color-changing LED lights. Some selected models are also available with remote-control functionality.
  • Nebulizing Diffusers: Unlike ultrasonic ones, nebulizing diffusers do not need water to be added to essential oils. They create fine particles with the help of an atomizer and blow them into air. As far as oil diffusion is concerned, these diffusers provide the strongest concentration of essential oils released into air. But these are louder that ultrasonic diffusers and do not have any LEDs fitted. Secondly, because of no water added, these diffusers use oils more quickly, have short run-time and are more expensive as compared to ultrasonic ones.
  • Evaporative Diffusers: These are very basic aromatherapy diffusers in which essential oil is applied on a pad or filter and is then evaporated / vaporized through a fan. Inhalers and clay pendants are some of the basic examples of this functionality only. As compared to other diffusers, these are not effective in large rooms or larger area – but smaller area like your vehicle. However, if you are traveling, these are wonderful for your personal use.
  • Heat Diffusers: These diffusers are wonderful to spread the fragrance through your home or office. But as far as the therapeutic properties of essential oils are concerned, heat diffusers are not at all effective. In heat diffusers, the essential oils are heated to get diffused. Well, in that process, the user gets lovely aroma but healing properties of the oils are removed with heat.

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Deciding the Course of Action for an Aromatherapy Course

Aromatherapy has transformed itself from being a traditional practice to a booming industry. It is popular in almost every continent and many people are aware of its nature and application. The number of people practicing aromatherapy in their homes is increasing rapidly. The booming industry has brought into spotlight aromatherapy career opportunities and with that a requirement for well-trained and dedicated people.

Aromatherapy courses are available everywhere and everywhere from the natural food store to the internet. However, as of now, there is no standardized curriculum for aromatherapy, so the content and quality of the classes varies broadly, which means that before you decide on which aromatherapy course to take up, you need to do a thorough research.

Learning aromatherapy is a time consuming process but the length of aromatherapy course varies greatly. Before deciding on which aromatherapy course to take up, one should keep the following things in mind:

Do your research

The first and foremost requirement is a little research and an overview of what aromatherapy is. Find out about the risks and benefits of aromatherapy and how it is practiced. Also familiarize yourself with terms and names that you come across frequently and make a list of questions that you have in mind.

Keep in mind your goal

Next, decide your goal in taking an aromatherapy course. Do you want to make your own essential oils? Is it a simple curiosity or do you want to become a professional practitioner? Once you are clear about your goals you may require more research.

Instructor

It is very important to know who will be teaching the aromatherapy course and the qualifications of that person. What is the level of training and experience the person has in aromatherapy?

Curriculum

Find out what the aromatherapy course will cover and in what detail. Which are the smells that you will learn about? Will you learn about the effects and the safety concerns for each of them? How to blend and use them and in what concentration? Can they be used for pregnant women, children and the elderly? Make sure that course covers most of the things you want to learn.

Credibility

Is it a formal course of study with classes and tests? If yes, will a certificate be provided and will the same have recognition? Is it an informal course that will provide you with a basic overview about aromatherapy? Make sure you understand what you will have to do to complete the course.

Some Ways to Take an Aromatherapy Course

Self-Study

Self study is the simplest and the most common way for individuals to begin expanding their aromatherapy knowledge. Self study involves going through various books and websites that provide information on aromatherapy and then practicing the information that one has assimilated. Self-study is a wonderful method for introducing aromatherapy into your lifestyle. However, self-study may not teach you everything you wish to learn.

Networking

Networking involves changing the knowledge and experience that you have with others. Networking can occur anywhere and with anyone as aromatherapy has become very popular today. Lots of people, amongst your friends or local community may be aromatherapy fans and you can join such clubs on internet also. This gives you opportunities to share aromatherapy information and it also provides answers to some of your specific questions. Although people have good intentions, but sometimes, the information provided may not be safe or accurate.

Local Classes

Aromatherapy classes have sprung up everywhere and vary very in what they teach, just like the educational and professional background of the instructor's.Some classes provide you only informative information while others give you a handbook and allow you to make a couple of recipes during the class .

Seminars

Seminars range from half-day to several-day aromatherapy events. Some seminaries may be sponsored, these are usually held by local aromatherapy businesses and are conducted by a professional aroma therapist. Seminars may also be hosted directly in affiliation with institutions that present distance learning courses. Just like local classes, seminaries also vary greatly in what they teach and cover.

Comprehensive Aromatherapy Programs and Courses via Distance Learning

LaTely, schools have started offering comprehensive aromatherapy classes. Since on-site attendance is not possible for many, numerous schools and educators offer distance learning courses. Distance learning courses offer the student the ability to learn a comprehensive aromatherapy curriculum at his or her own pace.

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