Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy describes the use of essential oils – potent aromatic substances extracted from all fragrant plants for healing – both physically and emotionally. There are many different uses for essential oils, when applied externally, they are absorbed through the skin reaching the bloodstream. Aromatherapy can be used through massage, by placing some oil in a burner,or even through cleaning products. If you want to learn more, I suggest purchasing the book Natural Haling Wisdom & Know How . It’s $13 on Amazon, and shares recipes, natural healing wisdom, and a whole bunch of great information.

I am going to address a whole slew of different essential oils in this post, and what they are generally used for, and I will also include some excellent blends.

Different essential oils are used for different purposes. It is not completely understood how aroma effects the mind, but we do know that when you smell something, the information is sent to specific areas of the brain that influence memory, learning, emotions, and hormone balance. For example, before bed, I may massage DJ with a lavender and chamomile blended massage bar – these two scents are used to help relax, and calm down. Which is why you see lavender baby bath soaps all the time. Very calming. If DJ or Anthony aren’t feeling well, I’ll whip up a batch of homemade vapor rub (or Vicks), and slather it on their chests. The aroma of the peppermint and eucalyptus help with the chest congestion.

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Lavender oil fights infection, inflammation, insomnia, pain, depression and anxiety.

Chamomile oil is a digestive and relaxation, treats allergies, rashes, menstrual cramps, inflammation, anxiety, anger and depression.

Rosemary relieves pain, congestion, constipation and grief, stimulates circulation and memory, and helps in times of transition.

Tea Tree fights most types of infection.

Lemon oil is an antidepressant. It kills parasites, and promotes a sense of cleanliness.

Peppermint relieves muscle spasams, inflammation, indigestion, nausea, irritable bowel syndrome, and sinus and lung congestion.

Eucalyptus oil treats sinus and throat infections, fever, flu, and increases energy, countering physical debility and emotional imbalance.

Clary Sage is used to ease muscle and nervous tension and also fights PMS and menopause.

Bergamot aids in digestion and redices inflammation and infection in the genitourinary system. It also kills several viruses including those responsible for the flu. It is traditional Italian Folklore that bergamot heals depression, anxiety, insomnia and compulsive behavior patterns.

Clove Bud the best use for clove bud is diluted with a little bit of a carrier oil and used for teething babies, or general tooth aches.

Frankincensetreats lungs and genitourinary complaints, ulcers, chronic diarrhea, breast cysts, and excessive menstruation. Frankincense has traditionally been used in meditation, prayer and consciousness. It fortifies and soothes the spirit, slows and deepens breathing and is relaxing. It is said to release past links and subconscious stress.

Myrrh helps with coughs, digestion, diarrhea, overactive thyroid, and immunity. Traditionally myrrh is blended with Frankincense and us used to inspire prayer and meditation and to fortify and revitalize the spirit.

Ylang-Ylang reduces muscle spasms and lowers blood pressure. Ylang-Ylang is said to makes the senses more acute and tempers depression, fear, jealousy, anger and frustration. It is also an aphrodisiac.

Orange treats flu, colds, congested lymph nodes, irregular heartbeat and high blood pressure. The sedative scent counters depression, hysteria, shock and nervous tension.

Anxiety Blend:

12 drops lavender
6 drops orange
3 drops marjoram
3 drops cedarwood
4 oz carrier oil, if using for massage

Stimulant Blend:

15 drops lemon
4 drops eucalyptus
3 drops peppermint
1 drop cinnamon
4 oz carrier oil, if using for massage

Sleepy-Time Blend:

12 drops bergamot
6 drops chamomile
6 drops lavender
5 drops geranium
1 drop frankincense
1 drop rose
4 oz carrier oil, if using for massage

Stress Relief Blend:

8 drops lavender
4 drops sandalwood
4 drops bergamot
4 drops chamomile
3 drops ylang-ylang
2 drops petigrain
4 oz carrier oil, if using for massage

Aphrodisiac Blend:

12 drops sandalwood
5 drops ylang-ylang
5 drops vanilla
1 drop cinnamon
1 drop jasmine, optional (jasmine is VERY expensive)
4 oz carrier oil, if using for massage

Spiritual Blend:
This is my favorite blend!

8 drops sandalwood
8 drops cedarwood
6 drops lavender
2 drops frankincense
2 drops myrrh
4 oz carrier oil, if using for massage

Some of the other ways that you can use essential oils are by diluting them into a bath, in your lotion or as a room spray. Here is a quick list of how many drops of oil to use for each application:

Bath: 3-15 drops
Compress: 5 drops in 1 cup water
Lotion: Stir in 3-6 drops per oz of your lotion
Foot Bath: 5-10 drops per quart of water
Lightbulb Ring: 2-3 drops
Massage/Body Oil: 10-15 drops per oz
Room Spray: 20 drops per 4 oz of water
Potpourri: 1/2 tsp per 2 cups dried herbs

Over the next couple of weeks, I will continue to post about aromatherapy and uses and applications, and recipes!

Namaste,
Miss Lindsie

 

**Note: I owe all credit for the information I shared today to the book Natural Healing Wisdom and Know How by Amy Rost. This book can be purchased on Amazon.com

 

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