Archive for May, 2012

Rosemary essential oil is a great one to use during your morning shower because it is a mental and physical stimulant and also during a relaxing bath after a long strenuous day because it is an excellent treatment for all muscular conditions. Rosemary has antiseptic properties and is often used to treat muscular sprains, rheumatism, arthritis, depression, fatigue, memory loss, migraine headaches, coughs, flu, and diabetes. It is also used in beauty treatments, hair care products, and acne preparations.

Several years ago, I went to a conference in Nashville and we stayed at the Opryland Hotel – that place is huge – and at the end of the day my feet were aching terribly. I massaged a mixture of rosemary and grapeseed oil on my feet after my shower and my roommate asked what the wonderful scent was. I’m not crazy about the scent although it is not unpleasant, but for my tired aching feet, rosemary essential oil is priceless!


Eucalyptus essential oil, from the eucalyptus tree originally native to Australia, has been used for centuries to treat chest and other respiratory problems. It is a very versatile oil that is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic, diuretic, analgesic, and deodorizing. Research has proven eucalyptus has antiviral properties as well.

You probably know about its effectiveness against coughs and colds because several over the counter cold medications list eucalyptus as an ingredient, including many cough drops. It is similarly effective in the treatment of cystitis and sunburn and can be used as an insect repellent for humans and pets.


If you are new to the world of aromatherapy, you may be astonished to learn there are over 300 essential oils from which to choose. Wouldn’t that be mind-boggling to have to check through that many essential oils and their properties to find one to help your symptoms? Well, you won’t need to do that because I am giving you information on the top ten essential oils as compiled by NAHA or the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy as well as some ways to use them to good advantage.

Today’s basic essential care oil is lavender. Lavender is relaxing, and also useful in skin care and for treating wounds and burns. It helps to balance hormones in women and is good for balancing the skin. Lavender can be both relaxing and uplifting, as well as antidepressant. If you have only one essential oil in your home, this is the one I suggest you keep available.

 


Many people are now using essential oils in their home because they know that essential oils are the powerful medicines nature created to keep us healthy instead of the high priced chemically enhanced products we get from the drug store. If you want to start using natural essential oils in your home medicine cabinet as a natural alternative to chemicals, the ones I suggest for your basic essential care kit are lavender, tea tree, peppermint, chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium, rosemary, thyme, lemon, and clove. These essential oils are chosen for their medical properties first and second for their ability to take care of a broad range of health problems. For the next few days, I will discuss particular essential oils that everyone should have in their home’s essential care kit.

Peppermint has been used by different cultures (Egyptians, Chinese, and American Indians) for thousands of years because of its healthful properties. It is a superb digestive, it helps the respiratory system and promotes circulation, it is an anti-inflammatory and it is an antiseptic. These qualities make peppermint oil an excellent choice to use in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence, bad breath, headaches and migraines, skin irritations, toothache, and fatigue. Peppermint oil is very strong so if you’re going to rub it on your skin, always use a carrier oil and do not ingest it.

I have put one drop of peppermint oil in my green tea when I didn’t have any peppermint tea bags and I liked it just as well as the tea bag but it might be something you have to work up to. I’ve used it many times for upset stomach too but I never take it neat, always mixed in water or tea. Lastly, if you put 5 drops of peppermint oil on a cottonball and put it in strategic places in your home, it can help to keep pests like mice, fleas, and ants away. Talk about a versatile essential oil!


What is Aromatherapy

Author: Dr. Larita
05/14/2012

Aromatherapy is the use of natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance mental and physical well-being. Many believe that inhaling essential oils stimulates brain function and that when they are absorbed through the skin and travel through the bloodstream, they promote physical healing.
Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine and it is used in a variety of ways, including pain relief, mood enhancement and increased cognitive function.
There are a over 300 essential oils available, each with its own healing properties but it would be expensive to start off with that many. If you want to start your own aromatherapy pharmacy, I suggest the following oils because of their medicinal properties and their ability to deal with a wide number of ailments.
  • Lavender – burns, cuts, eczema, headaches, infections, arthritis
  • Tea Tree – fungal infections, viral and bacterial infections, colds, flu, warts, acne
  • Peppermint – inflammation, nausea, indigestion, fevers, flatulence, headaches, arthritis
  • Chamomile – nerves, migraine, acne, inflammation, insomnia, menstrual problems
  • Eucalyptus – sore throat, coughs, bronchitis, sinusitis, skin infections, aches and pains
  • Geranium – depression, menstrual problems, diarrhea, diabetes, sores, neuralgia, sore throats
  • Rosemary – gout, headaches, fatigue, muscular aches and pains, skin infections, dandruff, sprains
  • Thyme – bacterial infections, urinary infections, rheumatism, viral infections, lethargy, sores
  • Lemon – sore throat, nervous conditions, blood pressure, digestive problems, antiseptic
  • Clove – nausea, flatulence, bronchitis, arthritis, toothache, diarrhea, infections, antiseptic


Sebaceous glands are microscopic glands in the skin that secrete an oily or waxy matter, called sebum, which lubricates the skin and hair of mammals. Sebaceous glands in humans are found mainly on the face and scalp but  you will also find them in other areas of the body as well,  except for the palms of our hands and the soles of our feet.

When sebum gets blocked in a duct that has no surface opening, a hard white lump (milia) appears. Milia, commonly called whiteheads, are usually found on dry skin but they can also appear after some type of damage has been done to the skin. If you have had whiteheads for some time, they will need to be removed by a beautician or a dermatologist. However, you can break up recently formed milia by massage.

Use the following essential oils:

  • Bergamot– 5 drops
  • Thyme – 5 drops
  • Almond oil or jojoba oil  – 1 tablespoon

Use a very small amount of the above essential oil mixture to massage the whiteheads twice a day, in the morning and at night. This will help the milia to be reabsorbed by the body.


Aromatherapy Massage 2

Author: Dr. Larita
05/01/2012

We are continuing our discussion of  using massage as a valuable method of applying essential oils to aid in the aromatherapy healing process. In previous blogs, we have discussed which essential oils to use for sore or fatigued muscles (see Essential Oil Muscle Relief). You can always look at the archived blogs if you have any questions. Now, let’s look at what kind of aromatherapy massage (aromassage) to use for different parts of the body.

  • Shoulders – aromassage into the shoulder muscles with both effleurage and petrissage movements. Make firm strokes from the shoulder to the neck and back again using thumbs and palms.
  • Arms – aromassage up towards the armpit, using effleurage or petrissage on the fatty or muscular areas only.
  • Back – Use firm or gentle effleurage or petrissage but do not massage over the vertebrae. Start from the lower part of the back and with both hands stroke all the way to the shoulders. Slide your hands over the shoulders and then return down the sides of the back. Repeat these strokes as many times as you like, the longer you aromassage, the more relaxing it is.
  • Abdomen – only use circular movements on the abdomen and move in a clockwise direction. Effleurage is the best method to use on the abdomen.
  • Legs – use effleurage to aromassage the legs and always move upwards. You can use petrissage on the fatty or muscular areas only but not over varicosed areas.
  • Women’s reproductive problems– aromassage using effleurage movements beginning at the lower back and sliding over the hips. Then slide each hand over the abdomen separately and repeat the whole process.
  • Feet – aromasssage from the toes to the heel with the thumbs under the foot and the fingers on top.

All massage should flow as the blood does, toward the heart. After an aerobic workout, aromassage is useful to release toxins and keep your muscles supple.


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