How to Cleanse Your Body With Essential Oils After the Festive Holidays

Well if you are like me, holidays are for sure a big party of insane diving into pure indulgence with family and friends. Now that the festive season is over, are you feeling stuffed, fat, puffy, sluggish and in withdrawal of your favorite trees?

For achieving a successful backwash on your liver, I suggest that you start to mix three drops of peppermint and three drops of lemon essential oils in a teaspoon of olive oil and then apply this nice gift from nature on the right lower side of your abdomen ( right under your rib cage) in a gentle circular movement and finish the ritual with a warm compress for five minutes. This divine daily routine for one week will help your liver feel lighter and regain vitality. Gall bladder stones will scream for mercy every time this Aromatherapy formula will touch your belly.

If you feel like an exploding sausage trapped into your favorite jeans, well you now know that inches matters and too much fat gain is not the best feeling in the world. Time to scrub the zone and detox your body to activate your lymphatic system, with this beautiful effective fat burning recipe for targeting thighs-buttock-abdomen-muffin top areas.

In one cup of Epsom salt or Dead Sea salt (more minerals), mix five drops of ginger essential oil, five drops of lemon essential oil, five drops of grapefruit essential oil and five drops of cypress essential oil. Mix the whole cup together and while the warm bath is running, stand in it and splash yourself with water then start to massage the areas with the powerful detox blend to help your lymphatic system release toxins in the water. Then sit and rest in the bath for twenty minutes and feel the fat cells being under attack.

Feeling sluggish and depressed is a common thing in January after all your festivals and now you are now looking at yourself in a mirror with your new year's resolutions. Well my friend, I know that I need a nice adrenal booster and my favorite choice is a bottle of geranium essential oil to start the New Year.

Mix five drops of geranium oil with a smidge of vitamin E cream in your hands and massage over your kidneys area (lower back) for a few minutes, this daily routine will prevent you from going down and keep you relaxed for a while. The adrenal glands are located on top of your kidneys and they will love this adrenal booster daily treat!

For me, the best essential oil to help my pleasurable centers (taste buds being one of them, being French I love flavors) is rose essential oil. Because I feel like I have been border line out of control with my sugar levels and believe me I have been more than once in my life, I use a rose essential oil blend with jojoba carrier to help rebalance my hormonal system and help dissipate sugar cravings by applying this concoction on my skin as a natural body perfume. I also mix rose oil with water and spritz my face with this elixir to regain my freedom and a normal appetite.

Et voila, the perfect recipes to cleanse your body, your temple.

Namaste and smell you later!

Marina Mermaid Dufort, your Registered Aromatherapist.

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How To Use Essential Oils During The Cold And Flu Season

During the cold and flu season many people begin sneezing around me, working with groggy heads and stuffed noses. We can not avoid touching paper, equipment, hands and utensils that other people-people with colds or flu-have handled but we can do something to help keep ourselves healthy, calm and sanitary.

Personally, I take essential oils into the shower with me, every day. I have become fond of two essential oils for this purpose because of their fragrance, which to me is pleasant, and their relative affordability, and most importantly because they are generally thought to have some anti-bacterial and anti-viral actions: Lavandin super ( the hybrid closest to true lavender in fragrance and composition) and Palmarosa ( Cymbopogon martinii) .

Here is how I use them:

Diluted

First a caution, Palmarosa can have a bit of sting to it when applied directly to the skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. So before I get into the shower, I get a glass glass and put about a half-inch of some kind of moisturizing oil in it, almond, or jojoba, or even olive oil. Then I put about 10 or 20 drops of Palma Rosa into the oil, mix it up well, and head to the shower. Standing in the shower before I turn on the water, and being careful not to get oily, slippery feet, I apply the mixture to my chest, shoulders, arms and thighs. I pay careful attention to not get the oil on my face, in my eyes and ears, or near my genitals, because it can sting!

Then I turn on the warm water and continue to rub the oil onto my skin while inhaling the fumes. Then I wash normally with soap and water. This daily exercise during the cold and flu season seems to help me stay one step ahead of the whatever it is that makes people feel unwell.

Undiluted

With Lavandin super, I take it a little further still. I sometimes take 20 drops of oil, undiluted, with me into the shower and apply it directly to my skin. The oil is so gentle that you can use it just about anywhere, although not on the face or eyes. Even though the oil is gentle for most people, I strongly recommend a skin test, because not all skin is created equal. I particularly like to use Lavandin under my arms, as I would any soap, and then wash with water. I do not typically use any soap in addition to the oil. The effect of the oil on my skin is to reduce the odor from bacteria, increase a sense of calm and wellbeing, and when I smell it through-out the day it gives me a reminder to stay alert to what I'm touching and using .

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The Fascination With Incense

Incense has been around for centuries. Its use has been documented seemingly to the dawn of civilization, where its use has served many purposes.

In ancient religious rituals, incense (or frankincense) was burned in a ceremonial rite to please the god or gods being worshiped. Its use as a worship aid was documented in the Old Testament of the Bible, in which God directed the practices to burn incense behind the veil of the temple.

Incense has been reportedly used for varied purposes through the years. For example, it was used in olden days during funeral ceremonies, as it was believed to help mask the scent of the decomposing body. Medicinal incense has been used in the Tibetan region for thousands of years. It was reputed to have been used during the hippie culture of the 1960's to cover the scent of “Pot”, and it has also been used to enhance the prayer lives of individuals of all religious faiths.

What Types of Incense Are There?

Incense is manufactured from organic components that have fragrant properties of their own. These are sometimes combined with other essential oils to create unique aromas.

There are basically two types of incense:

1. Indirect burning: incombustible on its own, this type of incense relies on a separate heat source in order to release its fragrance.

2. Direct burning: a combustible form of incense that is ignited until a small flame begins to burn. When the flame appears, it is gently blown out; leaving a fragrant wisp of smoke that will continue to be generated until the incense is spent ..

Why Burn Incense Today?

Quality incense can be purchased reliably inexpensively, in a wide variety of scents that serve various purposes. One of the most popular reasons to burn incense today is the pleasant aesthetic effects that it can cause. There are various scents that provide documented benefits. Some people prefer a certain scent for relaxing and unwinding after a particularly stressful day. Others have a favorite scent to use in conjunction with their daily prayers, feeling a better sense of focus with the incense.

Popular Incense Fragrances and Their Common Applications:

* Cedar – believed to have purifying and healing properties;

* Cinnamon – its own aromatic properties, cinnamon-fragranced incense is said to serve as a stimulant, and to help to ease stomach upset.

* Dragon's Blood – believed to help foster energy and aggression. It is used frequently by people who have a heavy workload ahead of them.

* Frankincense – has a calming effect, and is said to combat depression and feelings of sadness and melancholy

* Gardenia – represents love and is reportedly an aphrodisiac.

* Honeysuckle – fosters concentration and mental focus. It is recommended for use by students who need to study hard for an upcoming test.

* Lavender – helps to encourage rest, peace, and sleep.

* Lemongrass – used to relieve headaches, especially those bought on by stress.

* Lotus – associated with blessings, good health, and abundance of fortune and is often used in conjunction with worship.

* Musk – helps with mental acuity in the areas of determination and maintaining will power.

* Oakmoss – assists with treating respiratory disorders and promote healing of wounds.

* Patchouli – helps with clarifying mental focus. This fragrance has a stimulant effect on the mind and body.

* Peppermint – implemented to help with stress, migraines, and mental fatigue.

* Rose – fosters feelings of restoration, reconciliation, and love. It is said to help relieve bitter emotions.

* Sandalwood – one of the most popular of the incense fragrances. This one is commonly burned during times of prayers and meditation, but is also used for its sweet peaceful aroma.

* Violet – helps to ease a ill-natured person and foster feelings of sympathy and compassion.

* Ylang Ylang – calms anger and eases depression and other problems associated with stress.

Incense vs. Candles:

While screened candles can provide many of the same sensory effects as incense, many people still express a preference for incense for several reasons, not the least of which is the significantly lower cost of incense as opposed to candles. A single fragranced jar-candle can cost four times more money than a six-pack assorted set of incense fragrances. Additionally, incense packages weigh less than candles, resulting in lower shipping costs if ordering online or from a catalog and not to forget the fire hazard approximately 18,000 house fires a year are caused by candles.

Summing It Up

The ageless popularity of incense is not about to dissipate any time soon. With the hectic lives we all have, plus just the stress and tension that life brings, using incense to calm things down is something worth considering. Now with global commerce, there is such an abundant variety there is sure to be something for you.

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Beneath the Scent: Essential Oils for Health and Healing

Nature's offering of essential oils, the true power of their capabilities, is much deeper than the sense of smell. There is a vital fluid (essential oil) distilled from flowers, shrubs, leaves, trees, roots and seeds. This fluid within the plant plays a role in its own biological process and is there “essential” for the plants existence. As an example the essential oil (oils) in the leaf of a plant has the function of attracting pollinating insects and repelling pests, bacteria and viruses that threaten their existence. The oil of the plant has the vibrational energy to sustain the plants very existence.

That same energy, when removed (distilled) from the plant is able to penetrate the cells of the human body and heal at the physical, fundamental level of the body. Whether administrated to the skin or air diffused the molecules of the oil functions as a healing modality. (Some oils are too strong for direct application to the skin but can be diluted with high grade carrier oil).

Essential oils are used in the alternative healing modality of aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the unique branch of herbal medicine that utilizes the medicinal properties found in the oils of various plants. The history of essential oils dates back to over 120 years ago as a system of healing used through Europe. Today there is a system of medical aromatherapy practiced in France.

The physiological effects of the fragrance from oils are thought about through the limbic system. The limbic system is directly connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels and hormone balance.

Scientists have learned that one of the fastest ways to achieve physiological and psychological effects is inhalation of essential oil fragrance. Leading researchers in the field of aromatherapy in England found that oils such as orange, jasmine and rose have a tranquilizing effect. These oils alter the brain wave into a rhythm that produces calmness and a sense of well-being. There are stimulating oils – basil, black pepper, rosemary and cardamom – that produce a heightened energy response.

Essential oils can be used as treatment for conditions ranging from infections and skin disorders to immune deficiencies and stress. The oils have no serious side effects that are deadly. People experience authentic healing when using them – results can differ based on family history, lifestyle and diet. The essential oils work in harmony and balance with the body like prescription drugs.

Among other medicinal properties, some oils are powerful antimicrobial agents without the negative side effects of conventional antibiotics. Oils of cinnamon and eucalyptus are as powerful against some microorganisms as conventional antibiotics and are especially effective against flu viruses. Sandalwood oil has been used as a traditional remedy for sore throats and laryngitis. Lavender oil has a dramatic heating action on burns. The antimicrobial effects of the oils are due to its ability to enter the cell walls of microbes and cut off oxygen. This stops the formation of energy within the cells of microbes and kills them.

There are precautions to be considered when using essential oils. Certain oils can cause a toxic reaction if taken internally. However, their toxicity is much lower when applied externally. Other oils with high-phenol (disinfectant) content should not be taken internally for any prolonged period of time (exceeding 10 – 21 days) as doing so may have negative implications on certain aspects of the liver metabolism.

The information contained in this article is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute medical care or prescribed treatment. Working with a qualified health care practitioner is always advised.

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Theory of Aromatherapy

Essential oils are absorbed into the body either through the skin during massage or by inhalation through the nose. Molecules in the oils enter the nervous system through the blood stream, influencing emotional and physical well being.

History of Aromatherapy

Herbal oils have been used for centuries in many cultures to treat illness and promote well being and beauty. Herbal oils were first made by infusing herbs in castor oil or olive oil. The modern day method is by distillation.

Key Principles

Essential oils are extracted from the roots, flowers, leaves, and stalks of plants as well as from certain trees. Ideally the essential oils should be derived from organic plants that are free from chemicals. Plant oils can be broken down into chemicals such as alcohol, ketones and phenols which have the therapeutic properties. You must understand the use of these plants because they can be toxic when used incorrectly. The scents released from the oils act on the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that influences the hormonal system. This can influence mood, metabolism, stress levels and libido.

Common Essential Oils

German Chamomile

Properties and Effects

Antispasmodic
– Sedative
– Anti-Inflammatory
– Anti-Allergenic

Main Uses

– Digestive disorders (Indigestion, gas, colic)
– Nervous tension (Insomnia, headaches, PMS)
– Skin Conditions (Acne, eczema)
– Allergies (Hay Fever, Asthma)

Precautions

– Do not use during pregnancy
– Can cause dermatitis in some cases

Clary Sage

Properties and Effects

Antispasmodic
– Analgesic
– Sedative

Main Uses

– Digestive Disorders (indigestion, gas)
– Gynelogical Problems, menstrual pain, PMS
– Nervous Tension (depression, anxiety, mental fatigue)

Precautions

– Do not use during pregnancy
– Avoid alcohol before and after use

Lavender

Properties and Effects

– Sedative
– Antidepressant
Antispasmodic
– Antiseptic

Main Uses

– Nervous Tension (breathlessness, high blood pressure, palpitations, headaches)
– Digestive Disorders (dirrhea, colic, indigestion, gas)
– Skin Conditions (acne, burns, insect stings)

Peppermint

Properties and Effects

Antispasmodic
– Stomach Settling
– Decongestant

Main Uses

– Digestive Disorders (Indigestion, Gas, Headaches, Migraines)
– Respiratory Infections (Infections, Phlegm)

Precautions

– Use low dilution
– Do not give to children under 12
– Do not use with other homeopathic remedies

Rosemary

Properties and Effects

– Stimulant
– Decongestant
– Analgesic

Main Uses

– Circulatory problems (muscular aches and pains)
– Respiratory problems (sinus conditions, phlegm)
– Digestive Disorders
– Nervous Tension (headaches, mental fatigue, PMS)

Precautions

– Do not use during pregnancy
– Do not use with high blood pressure
– Do not use with epilepsy

Sandalwood

Properties and Effects

– Sedative
– Antiseptic
– Decongestant

Main Uses

– Nervous Tension (Depression, Insomnia)
– Genitourinary conditions (Cystitis)
– Skin Conditions (Acne, Eczema)
– Respiratory Conditions (Sore throats, Laryngitis, Bronchitis)

Tea Tree

Properties and Effects

– Antiseptic
– Antifungal
– Antibacterial

Main Uses

– Respiratory Problems (Coughs, Cold, Phlegm)
– Gynelogical Problems (Cystitis, Candidacies)
– Skin Conditions (Acne, Cold Sores, athletes foot, insect stings)

Self Help Aromatherapy

Use only pure essential oils free from additives and pay close attention to directions. Essential Oils can be used in massage but also can be used by inhaling, vaporized or added to baths. Inhaling can be very beneficial and fast acting due to the olfactory receptors have direct links to the brain. Vaporizers can be relaxing or invigorating depending on the oil used.

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Tips for Memory Improvement Using Essential Oils of Aromatherapy

The Essential Oils of Aromatherapy can assist in developing and maintaining a good memory. Although it is convenient to use these essential oils at home they can also be used at work; in the office for instance, to assist in cultivating a better memory. At home this will facilitate undertaking tasks such as looking after the children, whilst at work; a good memory is essential to the multitasking that is frequently expected, especially for those who have promotion in mind.

Your memory is a vital function that needs to be cared for as a valuable asset. Your short term memory assists with the myriad of routine tasks that you almost take for granted, whereas your long term memory stores information which may not be used as frequently, but is there when you want it. Without these memory attributes you would not be the efficient operator your boss expects you to be. After all he is the one who pays the wages, and influences promotions!

Using Essential Oils of Aromatherapy at home can assist you to relax after the stresses of the working day. They also help in promoting the healing benefits of a good night's sleep, which will help you to wake up refreshed and ready to enjoy the next working day.

Rosemary and Sage essential oils will help you to relax and facilitate a receptive memory. Tomorrowmore, they will help you sleep soundly which prompts long and short term memory development. Whatever your requirements are to have better memory at home, or at work, these essential oils will assist and you will be pleased with the advantages of aromatherapy.

Rosemary

Rosemary is a stimulating essential oil that helps you to focus the mind and maintain persistent attention for better information retrieval. Burning Rosemary at home or work can revitalize tired muscles, and help soothe the stresses of a hard day's work. This stimulates the ability to think clearly. The most popular way that the oils are administrated, at least in the USA, is using an Aromatherapy Massage. Use chosen blends or a single oil with the right choice of carrier.

Rosemary and Sage

It has been reported that Psychologists at the University of Northumbria tested essential oils from Rosemary on memory attention and mood and discovered it made volunteers feel more alert and improved their long-term memory by around 15 per cent.

Essential oils made from Rosemary and Sage can stimulate the memory, strengthen clarity and awareness, and offset mental fatigue.Other studies have established that volunteers' ability to remember lists of words improved after they had taken a capsule of sage oil.

Other Essential Oils of Aromatherapy to facilitate memory include:

Basil, Lemon, Sweet Orange, Peppermint, Bergamot and Eucalyptus.

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Ayurvedic Healing: The Healing Power of Eucalyptus Oil

Ayurveda is the world's oldest system of medicine and healing, dating back some 5000 years, yet it's principles continue to be valid and applicable in our modern world, to create holistic and natural healing.

In Ayurveda, essential oils are blended for their therapeutic properties based on each individuals needs and body type. You are born with your own unique individual constitution, called a 'dosha' in ayurvedic terminology.

We like to use specific oils for each of the three different doshas … Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

Eucalyptus oil is especially beneficial to kapha types because it is stimulating, pungent, warming, and helps to clear mucous and moisture from the body, a common imbalance for Kapha types.

Yet, it is also beneficial in small amounts for vata and Pita types.

Here are seven of my favorite uses and recommendations for Eucalyptus oil.

1. For nasal congestion: Place 2-5 drops of eucalyptus oil in a bowl of steaming water. Lean over the bowl and cover your head with a towel, and breathe deeply. Instant relief.

2. Place 10-20 drops in a diffuser or your humidifier in your bedroom or kid's room to reduce congestion and promote clear breathing and a good night's sleep.

3. For a luxurious spa-bath at home add 12 drops of eucalyptus oil to 1/2 cup of dead sea salts and fill tub with hot water. Relax and enjoy!

4. At work or in your home office when you need to think clearly and focus, add 20 drops of oil to a 5 ounce spray bottle and spritz in your work area to clear the air and your head.

5. For chest congestion, add 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil to an ounce of sesame or grapeseed oil and rub on your chest. cover with a towel or cloth. Lay down for 30 minutes covered with a blanket.

6. If you are like many kapha types who have a hard time waking up in the morning, place 3-4 drops of essential oil on the shower floor before you get in, for a refreshing, Invigorating shower.

7. For tired, stiff, achey muscles add 20 drops of eucalyptus oil to 2 ounces of massage oil or lotion. Apply to affected areas to relieve tension and increase blood flow to the area.

I have used these applications in my home and with our clients in the healing center and have gotten wonderful results.

Our bodies are incredibly intelligent and respond very well when given the opportunity to work with the raw, pure materials that mother nature offers us. In the long run, the body remains healthier when we work to take advantage of the most natural medicines rather than overloading the liver and tissues with pharmaceutical drugs that contain toxic residues and side effects.

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Inhibitory Effect on the Growth of Candida Albicans by Anthemis Nobilis

Purpose

The purpose of this experiment is to determine is Anthemis nobilis, Roman chamomile, will effect the growth of Candida albicans in the human body, candidiasis.

Abstract

Candidiasis is a common overgrowth of the yeast Candida albicans in the human body. This overgrowth can occur due to a poor diet consisting of refined sugar and processed foods, high stress, and minimal exercise. Yeast is part of the human body's normal micro flora however, if left to overgrow will compete with probiotics needed for proper immune, digestive, and integument functions. Anthemis nobilis, Roman chamomile has antibacterial properties due to its high ester content. My hypothesis is that Roman chamomile will inhibit the growth of C. albicans. I will design an experiment to be performed in a controlled microbiological laboratory, execute the method, and determine if my hypothesis is correct based on results obtained.

History

Ancient Egyptians were aware of the benefits of chamomile and this herb was used traditionally through the Roman Empire. In the book, Peter Rabbit, it is said that he drank the tea of ​​chamomile to soothe himself after he ate too much out of Mr. McGregor's garden. The word chamomile comes from the Greek word, Chamomaela meaning “ground apple”. Romans used this flower to flavor incense and beverages. Rome cave its name Roman chamomile due to the plant collector who happened to find some growing in the Roman Coliseum. In the Middle Ages it was used as a “strewing” herb to improve the atmosphere at gatherings and festivals. At these times it was also used as the bittering agent in beer-making.

Cultivation

Also know as English chamomile, Roman chamomile is a perennial with feathery fern-like leaves and daisy-like flowers. It is part of the Asteraceae family and is predominately composed of aliphatic esters. It is native to Western Europe and today is cultured in England, Belgium, France and Hungary. The flowering tops are used to distill the fine, sweet-smelling essential oil. It prefers cooler climates and not too much direct sunlight. The essential oil is pale-yellow and does not leave a stain on the blotter. Its scent is sweet, tea-like, middle-note, and has a strong herbaceous flavor.

Therapeutic Uses

Roman chamomile is known to be an analgesic, anti-convulsant, anti depressant, anti inflammatory, anti neuralgic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiallergenic, carminative, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, sedative, tonic, and parasitic.

The physical benefits of chamomile are: asthma, allergies, headache (migraine), acne and boils, dermatitis, arthritis, inflammations, burn, blisters, wounds, ulcers, broken capillaries, herpes, psoriasis, gastritis, colitis, teeth / toothache, PMS , and menopause.

The psycho-emotional benefits of chamomile are: stress, nervous tension, insomnia, anxiety, anger, irritability, fears and worries. The high ester content is associated with its antispasmodic, sedative properties as well as when used topically to reduce infection and promote healing.

Contraindications

Chamomile should be avoided during first trimester of pregnancy. One must avoid long-term use with estrogen dependent cancer. Chamomile is gentle enough for young children and is safe to use to help with anxiety, teeth, and dermatitis for infants.

Roman chamomile essential oil has been reported to be non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing. This herb is not used if allergies to the Asteraceae family exist.

Candida albicans

Introduction

Candida albicans is a diploid fungus (a type of yeast). It is part of the normal human mouth, vaginal, and gut flora and is solely responsible for proper digestive function. When C. albicans has a chance to over grow in the body it can be the main cause of numerous host ailments such as oral and / or vaginal thrush, skin disorders including eczema, itching, flaking skin especially on feet and heels, depression, exhaustion , irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, a weakened immune system, and many more. To infect host tissue, the usual unicellular yeast-like form of C. albicans reacts to environmental cues and switches into an invasive, multicellular filamentous forms. These cues are most commonly a poor diet, lack of exercise, and high stress in the individual. C. albicans lives in about 80% of the population without harmful effects. It reproduces by budding and is typically 10-12 μm in diameter.

Candidiasis

The infection known as candidosis is due to the overgrowth of C. albicans in the body. This infection can travel through the blood thus causing many symptoms that vary from person to person. If this condition persists, it can cause depression, loss of memory, PMS, fungal infections such as athlete's foot and tinnea. It can also cause food intolerances, which can result in abdominal distension, bloating, diarrhea and / or constipation. There are predisposing risk factors for these conditions such as altered bowel flora, prolonged antibiotic use, low digestive secretions, poor diet, and high stress.

Candida Cleanse

Ways in which to eliminate the over growth of C. albicans in the body is to make sure one has proper digestion. The most important key here is to ensure that waste does not stay long inside the colon. Taking a multivitamin and probiotic supplement are also excellent ways to help support the healthy gut bacteria and keep the growth of C. albicans down. Aromatherapy is a wonderful and non-invasive way to help eliminate the overgrowth of C. albicans in the body. Essential oils with anti microbial properties such as Melaleuca alternifolia, Australian Tea Tree, Lavendula angustifolia, Lavender or Rosmarinus officianlis, Rosemary are all excellent oils to help alleviate yeast. In addition to aromatherapy and supplementation, proper nutrition is vital to help eliminate yeast. Avoid all yeast-containing foods, refined carbohydrates, and dairy products.

Experiment involving the effect on growth of Candida albicans by Anthemis nobilis

Experimental Outline

This experiment was designed to determine what effect, if any, R. chamomile essential oil had on the growth of C. albicans. This experiment took place in a controlled laboratory setting by a qualified Quality Control microbiologist.

Materials:

1.) Sarboaurd Dextrose Agar (SDA) plated media
2.) C. albicans, ATCC # 10231
3.) Rehydrating fluid 2mL
4.) Calibrated incubator 20-25 ° C
5.) Micro pipettor and sterile micro pipette tips
6.) Sterile spreader
7.) Anthemis nobilis essential oil
8.) Calibrated incubator 36 ° C
9.) Digital camera with USB cable

Procedure:

1.) Drop two (2) lyophilized pellet of C. albicans into 2mL hyrdating fluid.
2.) Allow fluid containing pellets to incubate at 36 ° C for no less than 30 minutes.
3.) Administer 0.1mL using micropipettor and sterile pipette tips of reconstituted C. albicans onto duplicate SDA plates.
4.) Pour 2 drops of R. chamomile essential oil onto both plates.
5.) Spread contents evenly onto both plates using sterile spreader.
6.) Inoculate a third SDA plate with only 0.1mL C. albicans. This will serve as positive control.
7.) Incubate at 20-25 ° C for 3-5 days.
8.) Examine plates after 3-5 days of incubation and take pictures of growth, if any.

Hypothesis:

Roman chamomile will inhibit the growth of yeast (C. albicans) in vitro. Chamomile contains high ester content and is found to be a strong anti microbial.

Results:

After 5 days of incubation the three (3) plates were examined. The positive control had growth of 58 colony forming units (CFUs). The two (2) plates containing R. chamomile essential oil had no growth. All 3 plates were inoculated with 10-100 CFU of C. albicans. The first 2 plates also contained 2 drops of R. chamomile eo

Discussion:

Based on the result of this experiment it is safe to say the R. chamomile essential oil completely inhibits the growth of C. albicans. The plates that were inoculated with both the eo and the yeast shown no growth (0 CFU). The positive control plate that contained only the yeast had growth of approximately 58 CFUs.

Based on this experiment I would recommend R. chamomile as an effective treatment of yeast over growth, candidiasis, in the human body. In vitro the eo demonstrated strong antifungal capabilities by completely inhibiting the growth of yeast. Due to its gentleness R. chamomile would make an effective and noninvasive treatment for yeast in the body.

Modern Day Use of Roman Chamomile

As our modern day lifestyles continue to become more hectic and stressful as we try to incorporate too much into schedules and connect less with nature, aromatherapy will become more mainstream once again. Today's use of R. chamomile can range from a tea and used to treat digestive disorders such as gas, bloating, constipation, or as a sleep aid all the way to skin care products such as eye creams to help reduce inflammation, puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles. As essential oils continue to gain in popularity we will see the use of chamomile become more precalent to help treat anxiety, hypertension, candidiasis, dermatitis, insomnia, worries, fear, and much more.

Recipes

Chamomile Tea

1 tsp of dried R. chamomile flowers
1 cup of boiling water
tea ball

Add the flowers to tea ball and immerse in hot water for 5-7 minutes. Remove flowers from water and enjoy.

Chamomile Ice Cream

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup sugar

2 teaspoon powdered chamomile flowers

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup light cream

Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring, until the sugar melts, and simmer the syrup for 5 minutes. In a separate bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of the syrup with the powdered chamomile, then add that mixture to the syrup in the saucepan, and stir until even mixed. Add the light cream and heavy cream, pour into an ice cream freezer, and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.

Chamomile -Vanilla Bread

2 eggs, beaten
1 1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups of ground chamomile flowers
2/3 cup melted unsalted butter
2 teaspoons baking soda
Pinch salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons cinnamon

METHOD
1 Preheat the oven to 350 ° F (175 ° C). In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Mix in the chamomile and then the melted butter. Sprinkle baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour, a third at a time. Sprinkle in the cinnamon and nutmeg and mix.
2 Divide the batter evenly between 2 buttered 5 by 9 inch loaf pans. Bake for 1 hour (check for doneness at 50 minutes) or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Turn out onto wire racks to cool thoroughly.
Makes 2 loaves.

Diaper Rash Formula

4 Tbsp. of Sweet Almond Oil
1 Tbsp. of Beeswax
2 Tbsp. of Cocoa Butter
1 Tbsp. of Lanolin
4 drops of Lavender
4 drops of Chamomile
2 drops of Geranium

Over double boiler combine all ingredients except for essential oils. Once beeswax melts absolutely remove from heat and stir. Add essential oils and stir. Pour into container and allow to cool. Allow the ointment to settle for one day. Apply to infected area 3 times a day.

** Can add these essential oils to a Calendula gel base to create a wonderful baby eczema gel. Apply over infected areas twice a day. Use only 3d chamomile, 4d lavender, 3d geranium into 1.5oz gel to create a safe 1% dilution. **

Baby Diaper Powder

C c of dried chamomile flowers
C c of dried lavender flowers
C c of dried calendula flowers
4 c of pure cornstarch
4 drops of R. chamomile essential oil

Mix all ingredients together in plastic ziplock bag. Allow mixture to dry for approximately 2-3 days. Once dry pour into container with holes. Apply during each diaper change.

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Essential Oils for Anxiety

Anxiety is a common disorder that is often hard to treat. Everyone experiences anxiety at some point in their life, some more than others. The condition is triggered by different things depending on the person. Medication is not always the best treatment for anxiety because it can produce some undesirable side effects. So, how else can you treat anxiety? With essential oils, of course! There are several oils that can be used to treat and prevent anxiety, including bergamot, cedarwood and lavender. Better yet, some oils can be combined for optimal effects.

The following essential oils for anxiety are noted for their importance in proper meditation and anxiety reduction. It is recommended to use them together for an all-natural solution to combating anxiety.

Bergamot Oil has a refreshing and uplifting scent. The aroma has the ability to lift you spiritually and rids your mind of negative thoughts. It keeps your emotional health balanced and can even help you feel focused. Bergamot is also known to be an anti-depressant.

Cedarwood Oil has a soothing aroma, so it helps reduce stress from your body and mind. It has strong relaxing benefits and can help problems with insomnia.

Lavender Oil is rejuvenating because of its flowery scent. It has the power to decrease anxiety and release tension from your body.

Now that you know which essential oils for anxiety to use, how exactly do you use them? Follow the instructions below.

1) Drop a few drops of your chosen essential oils into a warm bath while you soak for about 15 minutes. Feel the anxiety disappear!

2) Add a few drops to a carrier oil and use as a massage oil. It's best if the oils are used on you-that is how aromatherapy works best.

3) Dribble a few drops onto a cotton ball, close your eyes and breathe deeply for a few minutes.

4) Place a drop of oils into a hot bowl of water. Stick your head close to the bowl and breathe deeply for a few minutes.

You can try any of these instructions to see what works best for you. Remember, if you have any doubts about using an oil, check with your doctor first. Also, if applying the oils to your skin, do not forget to dilute it because some oils are highly concentrated and can cause skin irritation. We hope these essential oils for anxiety will help you, give them a try today!

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5 Essential Oils for Wrinkles

If you're looking for a pure, all-natural product to restore your young looking skin, essential oils for wrinkles can be right for you. Natural essential oils extracted from plants are often used as ingredients in anti-aging and other skin products. Some oils are more effective in treating wrinkles than others, but trial-and-error is the best way to determine what works for you. A primary advantage of all the oils listed below is that they can deliver nutrients to the skin without clogging pores.

1. Sandalwood Oil softens dry skin and can be used a moisturizer to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also promotes the formation of new skin cells, gives skin a smoother look, and can increase compounds in the body that increase skin thickness and elasticity-all of these properties work together to reduce wrinkles.

2. Myrrh Oil is an antibacterial and antifungal oil that can be used topically or as a massage oil to smooth out wrinkles. Using this oil will repair and prevent further skin damage due to its antioxidant content.

3. Clary Sage Oil is best used to remove fine lines and wrinkles, especially when used in combination with skin moisturizers. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, helps to tighten pores and make the skin more firm.

4. Geranium Oil can be used for almost any skin type, whether you have dry, oily or sensitive skin. It works to increase blood circulation, skin elasticity and retaining moisture in the skin. It can be added to skin moisturizers and toners.

5. Grape Seed Oil has antioxidant properties which help to fight free radicals that cause damage to your skin. They help repair damage to the skin caused by free radicals. It is an extract that is rich in vitamin E, which can slow the aging process of your skin. Vitamin E is one of the antioxidants contained in this oil, which protects that body from free radicals that become more common in the body as you age.

All of these essential oils for wrinkles have their unique properties that will help improve your skin, especially wrinkles! Although wrinkles are part of the natural aging process, they are tough to deal with as everyone will miss their young looking skin. Using essential oils, diluted with a carrier oil, will help reduce them or diminish their appearance while also providing your body with other health benefits.

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Essential Oils Starter Kit

If you're new to essential oils and aromatherapy, you can start your home or professional practice slowly; that way you can get used to how to use and blend the oils and begin to use them more frequently for health, therapeutic and household purposes. There are a few different oils that are considered “starter oils” due to their versatility and ease of use. The below oils should definitely be in your essential oils starter kit !

Lavender Oil is said to be the most versatile of all essential oils. It works as an anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, natural sedative and a top antiseptic. It is helpful for several skin conditions and is well-known for its relaxing effects. A few drops of lavender oil can be blended with any carrier oil and used on the skin, in a bath or around the house.

Peppermint Oil is known for its strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. It is highly regarded for soothing digestive and improving gastric issues. A drop of peppermint oil can be added to your tea or combined with a carrier oil and used on the skin or added to a bath.

Lemon Oil has antiseptic like properties and contains substances that help improve immune system function. It has been said to improve vision and acts as a skin cleanser. Add a drop to a carrier oil and massage onto the face or hands.

Eucalyptus Oil is helpful for sinus problems, asthma, bronchitis, coughs, sore throat and mouth infections. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Add a few drops of Eucalyptus oil to some bath salts and soak a virus way. You can also combine with a carrier oil and massage the bottom of your feet for quick anti-bacterial protection.

Tea Tree Oil has countless healing characteristics, including anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic. It is helpful for the skin, digestive system and several other health issues. Ever have a problem with pimples? A drop of neat tea tree oil applied to a pimple will do amazing wonders!

Rosemary Oil can be used for hair care, as a mouth rinse and as a natural pain reliever. Again, a few drops added to a carrier oil, shampoo or tea is a great way to use this essential oil.

As you can see, there are several very versatile essential oils that have amazing health benefits. All of the ones listed here would have great additions to an essential oils starter kit, but there is a long list of others that are also good for beginners. Do not forget to learn the proper amounts to use and how to dilute them with a carrier oil so you do not irritate your skin. If you do not have success with one oil, that's okay, go down the list and try another!

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Ways to Utilize Essential Oils – Aromatherapy for Skin and Body

Many people are looking for a natural alternative way to heal the body from illness or from a health condition. Aromatherapy is ideal because it is non invasive and overtime may work to the source of the problem. Essential oils used in aromatherapy are oils that have been extracted from herbs, flowers or tree barks using steam distillation, resulting in pure oils that is highly concentrated. If used correctly, the application of these essential oils can benefit the skin and body. Each has its certain characteristics that can have an effect on a particular condition.

How can we use essential oils? The term “aromatherapy” refers to the use of the vapor of the oils that we inhale. However, there are many uses of these oils to enhance their benefits. Some good method to get the most out of aromatherapy on the body are:

Bathing

One of the easiest way and the most enjoyable in using essential oils are when you take your baths! Simply add 5-6 drops each of your favorite essential oils to your warm bath water. Good oils to try for relaxation are Lavender, Chamomile, Mandarin, and Bergamot. It is a good idea to add 2-3 different kinds of oils as they will enhance each other's properties.

Massage

One of the most widely used method of aromatherapy, massage can benefit the body in two ways, through increasing blood circulation and by inhaling the scents of the oil. By increasing blood circulation, massage can neutralize toxins and release energy trapped in stiff muscles. Inhaling the aroma of the oils can stimulate the senses resulting in relaxation.

The absorption of essential oils through massage is relatively high; therefore, it has to be mixed with a carrier oil which also makes it more spreadable. Ideal carrier oils for massages are light botanical oils such as Sunflower oil, Olive oil, Grapeseed oil or a mixture. Mix 10 drops of essential oil to 30 ml of carrier oil. Ideal oils for massages are Marjoram, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass and Lavender.

Compress

Warm or Cold Compress are used to tie swelling, pain, or to reduce fever. Adding essential oils in these compress will help help accelerate healing.

Warm Compress

Add 2-3 drops of essential oil to a large bowl of warm water. Soak a small towel in the water, then wring it out and place it on the problem area of ​​the body. Let it sit for 1-2 hours, occasionally re-soaking the towel. Preferred oils to reduce pain and inflammation are Lavender, Geranium, Clary Sage and Bergamot.

Cold Compress

Add 2-3 drops of essential oils to a large bowl filled with water and 6 ice cubes. Soak a hand towel in the water, wring it out and place it on the sore area. Cold compresses are ideal for burns, blisters or sores on foot, muscle pain and headache. Good oils to try are Sweet Birch, Marjoram, Lavender and Clary Sage.

Steaming

Used frequently by spas in facials, steaming does wonder for face because it opens up the pores to ease the absorption and clears up impurities. It can be done easily at home as well. Simply fill the wash basin with steaming hot water, and add 2-3 drops of essential oils. Inhale the vapor for about 5 minutes or so before rinsing it off with warm water. Rose and Palmarosa are good for mature skin, while citrus oils are suitable for oily skin. Chamomile is calming for sensitive skin.

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Bath Salts Can Be Used to Detox the Body and Mind

Bath salts have been getting such a bad rap these days. When used properly they are in no way fitted to turn you into a face-eating zombie. Magnesium sulfate, aka Epsom salts has powerful medicinal properties for both internal and external. Magnesium sulfate is a naturally occurring compound and is easily absorbed through the skin making it a very strong means of healing. Some of the benefits of soaking in a tub with Epsom salts are as follows:

– Eases muscle tension
– Lessens stress
– Helps to flush out toxins through the skin (our largest organ)
– Relaxes the nervous system
– Lowers blood pressure
– Softens skin
– Deodorizes
– Treat fungus & athlete's foot
– Comforts symptoms of gout
– Helps you sleep
– Helps to alleviate constipation by increasing the amount of water in the intestines.

Tame the Zombie Bath Salt Recipe

1 cup of Epsom salts
C cup of baking soda
5 drops of Lavender essential oil
5 drops of Ylang-Ylang essential oil
C cup of olive oil

As the bath fills up with very warm water, add the Epsom salts and baking soda. When tub has finished filling and water is turned off add essential oils and olive oil. Soak in tub for up to 30 minutes. You may want to light some candles and listen to Zen radio on Pandora for this. This is also best when done right before bed. Get ready for a very good night's sleep.

Invigorate Yourself Bath Salt Recipe

1 cup of Epsom salts
C cup of baking soda
5 drops of Grapefruit essential oil
5 drops of Sweet orange essential oil

Energize Yourself Bath Salt Recipe

1 cup of Epsom salts
C cup of baking soda
6 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
4 drops Rosemary essential oil

Follow steps as above however you may want to soak earlier in the day and sometimes listen to Korn radio.

If you are interested in taking Epsom salts orally to help relieve constipation, help increase the effectiveness of insulin when used as a treatment for diabetes, and improve heart health, then take the following dosage:

Make a solution by combining 2 tbsp. of Epsom salt for every quart of room temperate water. Drink up buttercup. You should have a bowel movement in 30 minutes.

This solution can also be used as an enema. If you are skilled at performing on your own.

Disclaimer: PLEASE IF YOU HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE OR ARE PREGNANT CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR FIRST!

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Feng Shui Aromatherapy

Feng shui literally means 'wind water' and is a term first coined by Guo Po (276-324 AD) in his book entitled 'Zangshu' … “Qi rides the wind and scatters, but it is retained when encountering water.”

Wind corresponds to Wood in the five element model upon which feng shui is based, the other four elements being Water, Fire, Earth, and Metal. It is through a system of correspondences that feng shui practice aims to balance the five elements, and in so doing it achieves it's purpose of delivering health and harmony.

Feng shui aromatherapy is all about enabling the essential balance that leads to well-being and harmony. Essential balance is a state of being that we all experience from time to time, to a greater or less ample. We can tell when we are balanced when we feel healthy and happy.

We also know that we can avoid putting our health and happiness in danger by doing the right thing eg eating sensibly, exercising moderately, getting enough sleep, getting the work / rest / play / family balance right and having good intentions … but the twists and turns of life often intervene to knock us off balance. Sometimes we can even be our own worst enemies and then have to suffer the consequences!

Maintaining a balanced five element energy state or correcting, by degrees, elemental energy imbalances … these are the aims of feng shui aromatherapy.

The origins of feng shui aromatherapy go back thousands of years, to the times of the three legendary Emperors of China. The first of these Emperors – Fu Shi (c.3322 BC) – defined the secrets of energetic life with the 8 Trigrams. The second – Shen Nung (c.2788 BC) – classified the properties of plants according to yin / yang balance and five element correspondences. The third Emperor – Huang Di (2697-2574 BC) – described the internal energy model that creates, controls and sustains physical form and function.

The combined knowledge given by these three legendary Emperors allows us to firstly, determine anyone's five element essential balance from birth; secondly, categorize essential oils from plants according to their yin / yang and five element properties; and thirdly, create blends of essential oils that enable the balance that leads to well-being and harmony.

Blends of essential oils are formulated according to our 'personal energy signature' created at birth. The quality and quantity of this personal energy, created at birth, circulates within our body (the meridians used in acupuncture) to determine how we function and how well we function. Feng shui aromatherapy is, therefore, truly holistic aromatherapy!

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Aromatherapy Helps With Healthy Skin – Essential Oils Of The Bible

One can not have good skin without nutrients that promote health. The skin is an outbound measure of health. Essential oils are important to good skin health and overall health of the body. These oils are gifts from God, which should be used in their natural state.

It would behoove any person seeking good health to become familiar with Aromatherapy, which is the use of aromas from essential oils as therapy. Not only is the aroma beneficial, but they can also be applied directly to the skin, when mixed in carrier oils, such as vegetable oils. They should not be used full strength on the skin in most cases. These oils penetrate the skin and are stored directly under the skin, to be used in the body as needed. They work both internally and externally.

Many people today are making their own soaps, perfumes and cleaning supplies with oils, so avoiding all of the manmade by-products that are in many products on the shelves. When mixing essential oil formulas, use small amounts to insure freshness. (For example, a simple formula for healthy skin is 1 ounce of carrier oil such as, grape seed, apricot or avocado oil, mixed with 4 drops of frankincense, 4 drops of myrrh, and 7 drops of lavender, essential oils.)

Bible References Of Essential Oils

  • Cedarwood is mentioned in Leviticus 14: 4, as well as other places in the book.
  • Cinnamon is mentioned the Exodus 30:23 and Proverbs 7:17, as well as other places in the Bible.
  • Frankincense is mentioned several times through-out the Bible such as, Exodus 30:24, Leviticus 2: 1-2 as well as several places in the book. In Matthew 2:11 it was presented to Jesus as a gift when he was a young child.
  • Myrrh was also a gift that was presented to Jesus in Matthew 2:11. Myrrh is mentioned in Genesis 37:25 and 43:11.
  • Leviticus 14: 4, Psalms 51: 7, as a purging agent, John 19:29 and Hebrews 9:19, as well as other places in the Bible.
  • Juniper is mentioned in Job 30: 4
  • Myrtle is mentioned in Nehemiah 8:15 and Isaiah 41:19.
  • Spikehard is mentioned in the Bible in Song of Solomon 1:12 and 4: 13-14, as well as Mark 14: 3 and John 12: 3, where Mary anointed Jesus with this very expensive gift from her alabaster box.

The essential oils of the Bible have been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes, as well as perfumes. Rose oil is one of the most used oils in perfumes today.

These oils and books on how to use them can be purchased from your local health store usually in the bath and body section.

If you have not used Aromatherapy, you may want to give it try, you may be amazed as to the results you get.

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