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Thyme Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
February 7, 2012

Did you know that the ancient Egyptians used a preparation containing thyme essential oil to preserve mummies? Yes, thyme essential oil has been in use for quite some time. The ancient Greeks used thyme in their baths and they burned it as incense in their temples because they believed it was a source of courage. During the middle ages, the use of thyme was spread by the Romans throughout Europe. They used it for everything from aiding their sleep and fighting nightmares to flavoring cheese and liqueurs.

We now know that thyme kills bacteria and fungi so we can see why it was used for those purposes during the middle ages. Thyme has significant antiviral, antibiotic, antiseptic, and diuretic properties and must be used with a carrier oil – never directly on the skin and not on children unless under the care of a practitioner. Overusing thyme essential oil can stimulate the thyroid gland and the lymphatic system.

Thyme is in the essential oil aromatherapy pharmacy because of its potent antiviral qualities. During the flu season, thyme does a powerful job when used with an essential oil diffuser in the sick person’s room. Native Americans used poultices made of thyme for its antiseptic properties when treating skin infections and minor wounds. Thyme is used in the treatment of a number of conditions including whooping cough, rheumatism, neuralgia, fatigue, acne, and warts. It is also very useful in keeping parasites and insects out of your home. Thyme essential oil is another versatile ingredient to keep in your aromatherapy pharmacy.


Layering Fragrances

Author: Natural-Beauty
February 3, 2012

Perfume wearers are often faced with the same dilemma. They want to be enveloped in a soft fragrance all day, but if they put just a little bit of perfume on it will wear off by the middle of the day. If they put on enough to last through the day, then in the morning they will be overwhelming the senses of everyone around them.

The best technique for striking the perfect balance is layering. Begin the day by showering with a scented body wash that compliments the body oil fragrance you favor. Follow up the shower with a matching scented moisturizer. Finally, before you head out the door, spray perfume on the inside of your wrists and behind each ear. This should leave you smelling sweet all day long.


Dry Skin Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
February 2, 2012

Are you confused about whether to use an ointment, a lotion or a cream to relieve your dry skin? These terms describe the way skin care products are prepared. Ointments are prepared using oil and may stay on your skin longer but many people don’t like them because they are  greasy and don’t soak into the skin. Creams are less oily than ointments and can be made from natural products so they do soak into the skin easily. Lotions are water-based and get absorbed into the skin quickly, causing instant, but not long-lasting, relief. For longer-lasting relief, choose ointments or creams.

If you have dry or itchy skin, avoid using too much soap, antiperspirants,  hot baths or anything else that removes your natural oils. Skin dryness and itchiness is worse when the humidity is low and you should definitely avoid stress, too much exposure to the sun, and smoking or secondhand smoke.


Stress Synergistic Blends 3

Author: Dr. Larita
February 1, 2012

The essential oils used to treat level 4 stress problems are called absolutes. They are heavier than other essential oils and also more expensive. If you have used the blends for levels 1, 2 and 3 and have not gotten any relief, and you want to continue on a natural pathway to good health, I recommend you try the absolutes. Your next alternative after the absolutes is going to a physician or a psychiatrist. You can lighten these absolute formulas by adding 1 to 2 drops of lemon, bergamot or pettigraine essential oils as substitutes and you will not lessen the effectiveness of the recipes.

For general use you can try one of these three blends: 2 drops of narcissus and 5 drops of rose; 7 drops of michela alba and 2 drops of tonka bean; or 3 drops of osmanthus and 4 drops of hyacinth. For specific uses try the following:

Chronic Depression

  • 3 drops osmanthus
  • 3 drops jasmine

Increasing Anxiety

  • 5 drops michela alba
  • 6 drops jonquil

Heart Murmurs

  • 8 drops rose
  • 9 drops valerian
Chronic Insomnia
  • 15 drops valerian
  • 10 drops hops
  • 5 drops rose
Hyperactivity
  • 4 drops narcissus
  • 3 drops tonka bean
Irrational Behavior
  • 7 drops rose
  • 1 drop osmanthus

 


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