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aromatherapybathSage has been considered a sacred herb and a cure for many ailments for hundreds of years. It eventually found its way into the kitchen as a flavoring for meats and other dishes. As an aromatic, sage has a wide variety of therapeutic uses on a continuum from promoting respiratory health to strengthening memory.

Sage is used extensively in perfumes and colognes, especially in men’s fragrances. It can also be found in soaps, antiperspirants, detergents, mouthwashes, gargles and toothpastes. To top it all off, sage is also a source of natural antioxidants but ingesting it by mouth is discouraged. Even though you should not drink sage essential oil, there are many therapeutic uses for it.

Sage Essential Oil Applications 

  • To bring back appetite, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser.
  • For arthritis, strained muscles and rheumatism, use 2-3 drops in one ounce of liquid shea butter and massage it on affected areas.
  • For colds, bronchitis and other respiratory ailments, use 2-3 drops in steam inhalation or in a diffuser.
  • For constipation, use 8-10 drops in your bath water.
  • To relieve fluid retention, use 2-3 drops in sweet almond oil and massage it on the affected areas or use 8-10 drops in bath water.
  • For flatulence, use 2-3 drops in steam inhalation or a diffuser.
  • To fight low blood pressure, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser of steam inhalation regularly.
  • To ease the discomforts of menopause – hot flashes, night sweats, nerves – use 2-3 drops nightly in a diffuser.
  • To help with scanty periods and painful menstruation, use 8-10 drops in your bath water.
  • To bring back a sense of balance and calmness after trauma, especially if it continues to bother you after a long period of time, (commonly known as post traumatic stress syndrome) use 2-3 drops in a diffuser nightly until a sense of balance is restored.

Aromatherapy for Allerg

Author: Dr. Larita

Millions of Americans are affected by allergies and symptoms run the gamut from simple runny noses and sneezing to life threatening, leading to acute inflammation and shortness of breath. My husband suffers every spring and throughout the summer because he loves doing yard work (and our yard looks great) but every time he does yard work, he comes in sneezing and with a runny nose. We use essential oils as a safe and natural way to address his allergy symptoms and boost his immune system and so can you.

Below are the most effective oils to use for allergies as well as the reasons they work:

  • Eucalyptus: aids in clearing the lungs and sinuses which can improve circulation and reduce allergy symptoms.
  • Peppermint: unclogs sinuses and soothes scratchy throats. Acts as an expectorant and provides relief for allergies.
  • Ginger: contains anti-inflammatory properties that may improve symptoms of allergies.
  • Lemon: supports lymphatic drainage and rids the body of impurities.

Home Made Vapor Rub

  1. Pour 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup coconut oil and 1/4 cup grated beeswax into a glass jar.
  2. Heat 2 inches of water in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
  3. Put the jar in the pan and allow the oils to melt.
  4. Cool the oils slightly before proceeding to next step.
  5. Add 20 drops each of peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils.
  6. Pour the mixture into a metal tin and cool before using.

Valentine’s Day is a yearly holiday that we can make memorable by using essential oils. Fragrances and the sense of smell cause a quicker reaction in the brain than any of our other senses. When you send a Valentine card to your boyfriend/girlfriend or someone you would like to know better, scent it with your favorite fragrance. Body oils are wonderful for this because their scent will linger on and on. Be sure the next time you see this friend that you are wearing the same fragrance you suffused the card with so they make that association and are clear about your intentions. Old sweethearts can also be sent a fragranced Valentine card to evoke memories of you in their mind. Be sure to use a scent that they will associate with memories of you and your times together.

When you plan that special Valentine’s evening, make sure your amorous intentions are clear the moment you greet that special person at the door. Spray the room and place red or pink scented candles around for ambiance. The sensual essential oils to use for these romantic encounters are rose , jasmine, ylang-ylang, or geranium.

Make a Valentine gift by placing fudge or sugar cookies in a tin or other pretty container with a small piece of absorbant decorative paper on which you have placed a drop of rose or ylang-ylang oil. Leave the container closed until time to present it to your lover and the sweets will be infused with the sensual oil, thus enhancing your evening even more.

To complete the evening, take a romantic bath together and add 3 drops of ylang-ylang and 4 drops of grapefruit essential oils. After the bath, massage each other with a lover’s massage oil blend containing 10 drops of rose, 2 drops of ylang-ylang, 8 drops of lemon and 10 drops of palma rosa essential oils. A different blend you might use for your massage is 10 drops of jasmine, 5 drops of nutmeg, 5 drops of black pepper and 10 drops of mandarin essential oils. Both blends must be diluted into 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil or sweet almond oil. Before going to sleep, put a handkerchief doused with a few drops of the sensual aroma of jasmine, rose or ylang-ylang essential oil so that when your lover faces the morning and pulls out his keys, the aroma greets his nostrils and reminds him again of you and your romantic night together.

We have a favorite buffet that we go to only occasionally because every time we go we eat too much. There are just so many foods to choose from that we try to taste everything that looks good. We also have a big salad with lots of delicious toppings and then top dinner off with several tastes of different deserts. No matter how much we promise ourselves we will not eat too much this time, we always end up overeating and feeling pretty miserable by the time we get home.

Well, the first thing to do when you overeat is to get some exercise. We always go for a brisk 3 mile walk for about 30 to 45 minutes after overindulging in food. Take a short break after eating or your stomach will be tied up in knots instead of feeling better. These are several essential oils that will ease your stomach after overeating: lemon, ginger, cumin, coriander, peppermint, spearmint, cardamom, dill, caraway and mandarin. My favorite is peppermint but you can make a synergistic blend to have on hand whenever you overeat. Besides pigging out at an “all you can eat” buffet, think about Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.

Overeating Formula

  • 10 drops mandarin
  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 2 drops ginger
  • 5 drops lemon
  • 3 drops coriander

Blend the essential oils together and store in an amber colored dropper bottle. When the formula is needed, use 1-2 drops in a cup of honey tea (hot water with a teaspoon of honey.) Sip the tea slowly and by the end of the cup, you should be feeling better. If not, it won’t hurt to wait about 30 minutes before drinking another cup.

Hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis, causes cold-like signs and symptoms, such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing and sinus pressure. But unlike a cold, hay fever is not caused by a virus.Treat your hay fever with aromatherapy essential oils in the following manner.

Put 1 drop each of chamomile and lemon essential oils onto a tissue and inhale. You can carry the tissue with you to work or shopping etc. You can also add the following blend to your bath water:

  • 2 drops chamomile
  • 2 drops lemon
  • 1 drop lavender

Massage your neck, chest and back with 2 drops chamomile, 1 drop geranium and 1 drop lemon diluted in a teaspoon of liquid shea oil or your favorite carrier oil. Experiment with these treatments to see which benefits you the most. I use all three methods when my allergies kick up.

Coriander essential oil has been used for thousands of years in Asian countries and is composed of over 65% linalool which makes it great for the skin. It stimulates the appetite and is wonderful for relieving occasional digestive issues. Coriander and cilantro come from the same plant and go together well as essential oils and when used in cooking. When using coriander oil on the skin, use it with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil if your skin is sensitive.

Seven Super Uses for Coriander

  1. Blood Sugar Balance – coriander contains properties that can assist with balancing cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. To support healthy blood sugar, take 1 drop internally as needed.
  2. Gas, Nausea and Bloatingcoriander’s digestive support properties assist in relieving gas and nausea. It also helps relax the digestive system and can ease unsettledness that often leads to nausea. Apply 2 to 3 drops topically to the abdomen or take 1 drop internally.
  3. Skin Health – coriander is an effective Ayurvedic remedy for rashes and itchy skin because of its anti-irritant , soothing, inflammation – cooling and antiseptic properties. Apply 2 to 3 drops topically to the irritated area.
  4. Anxiety – coriander oil is a mild stimulant and is capable of relaxing the mind too, thereby reducing feelings of stress and nervousness. Diffuse or apply a blend of coriander, lavender and chamomile topically to the soles of the feet and the back of the neck.
  5. Muscle and Joint Discomfort – because of its inflammation-cooling and spasm-soothing properties, coriander oil may reduce pain associated with muscle and joint issues. For soothing relief, apply it topically to the area of concern.
  6. Adrenal Fatigue – to support the adrenals and promote proper function naturally, apply coriander to the back of the neck or the soles of the feet.
  7. Appetite Stimulant – to boost the appetite, take 1 drop of coriander oil internally or apply 2 to 3 drops to the palms, cup the nose and inhale deeply for 5 minutes.

Lemon Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita

The lemon fruit was first cultivated in Asia and eventually found its way to America by way of Christopher Columbus who brought lemon seeds with him and planted them. The lemons were used in Asian society as an antidote for various poisons and because they had discovered its antibacterial properties. Seamen learned that fresh lemons saved them from getting scurvy. Because of its very distinctive sour taste, lemon juice and lemon rind (zest) are now commonly used in cooking and baking worldwide.

Lemon essential oil should be added to your aromatherapy pharmacy because of its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Purify your drinking water by adding a drop of lemon essential oil. Put it in diet drinks to help counteract the effects of artificial sweeteners. It can also be used to treat verrucas (plantar warts,) insect bites and tension headaches. Lemon essential oil has a tonic action on the lymphatic system and a stimulating action on the digestive system. It can be used to help with weight loss, to disperse cellulite, and to keep your skin smooth. It is an excellent ingredient for synergistic blends and as a fragrancing and flavoring agent.

How would you like to get rid of that nagging headache without taking over the counter medicines? All you need to do is inhale peppermint infused steam. Peppermint essential oil contains menthol, a compound that relaxes muscle spasms in the scalp and also calms pain nerves.  Breathing in the peppermint steam can open sinus blood vessels, improve drainage and also reduce painful pressure. All you need to do is mix 8 drops of peppermint essential into 4 cups of hot water, and then lean over the pot with a towel over your head and breathe deeply for 10 minutes.

You can have healthy teeth and gums without using commercial toothpaste that may contain harmful chemicals and preservatives. Many primitive societies had pearly white teeth and healthy gums without using toothpaste. They used certain sticks and rock salt to make a very effective dental cleanser. Essential oils can provide a natural alternative to commercial toothpastes, of course, it also helps if you steer clear of sweets!

You can make an effective tooth powder with the following ingredients:

  • 4 teaspoons green or white clay
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil

Mix the above ingredients well in a blender and store in a box. Dip your toothbrush into the powder and wet it with a tiny amount of water, then brush as usual.

Myrrh essential oil can be used to treat mouth problems and also to keep your gums healthy. Make a myrrh mouthwash  by adding 2 drops of myrrh essential to 1 tablespoon of vodka and mix well. Add only 2 drops of this to each glass of water you use to rinse the mouth.

Here is another tooth powder formula that also helps keep your teeth white:

  • 1 tablespoon ground, dried orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons ground, dried sage
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop peppermint essential oil

If you have gum problems, you can add 15 drops of tincture of myrrh (purchase at your drug store) into which you have added 1 drop of myrrh essential oil to your tooth powder recipe. Mix this well in a blender and store in a box. Use it the same way as the tooth powder recipe above and here’s to a naturally bright smile!

Babysitting for my daughter is something I gladly do whenever she has weekend classes to get continuing education points or to update her chiropractic license. The last time I went to her home to babysit, she was all stopped up and had a sore throat but she went to the class anyway because she felt she had to. Well, a couple of days after I got back home, I started sneezing and my throat felt scratchy so I knew she had passed her germs on to me.

I started to treat my cold symptoms right away by using essential oils to raise my immunity levels and also fight the cold virus. First, I swished  5 drops of tea tree essential oil, 2 drops of lavender essential oil, and 2 drops of thyme essential oil into my bath water. When I got out of the tub, I massaged my chest, neck and back with 2 drops of tea tree essential oil and 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil diluted in 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil and got directly into bed.

To dispel cold germs in the home, I use a diffuser in the living area and also spray the bedroom with thyme and lavender. For the spray, add 8 drops lavender and 6 drops thyme to 1 cup of distilled water in a plant spray bottle and simply spray the air. Drink plenty of liquids and make a special tea by using 1 drop of clove essential oil and 2 drops of lavender essential oil blended with 1 teaspoon of honey in a cup of hot water. Sip this drink slowly to sooth your throat and help ease your symptoms. Colds have to run their course but you will feel much better and the symptoms won’t last as long if you follow this regimen.

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May 2022