Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy

Scent is the most enduring of our senses. It has the power to transform our emotions, and heal our bodies. It can take us to another place and time.

Aromatherapy, began with the Egyptians, who used the method of infusion to extract the oils from aromatic plants which were used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes as well as embalming. The ancient Chinese civilizations were also using some form of aromatics. The Greeks, found that the fragrance of some flowers was stimulating while others had relaxing properties. The use of olive oil as the base oil absorbed the aroma from the herbs or flowers and the perfumed oil was then used for both cosmetic and medicinal purposes. The Romans  became well known for scented baths followed by massage with aromatic oils.

With the decline of the Roman Empire, the use of aromatics faded and the knowledge of their use was virtually lost in Europe during the dark ages. If not for the Monasteries using plants from herbal gardens to produce infused oils, herbal teas and medicines, .the art may  have been lost forever.

At the time of the plague and during the Middle Ages, it was discovered that certain aromatic derivatives helped to prevent the spread of infection, and others, such as cedar and pine, were burnt to fumigate homes and streets.

The Arabs initiated a method of extraction known as distillation, and study of the therapeutic use of plants once again became popular. The knowledge of distillation was spread during the Crusades, and the lost process was once again returned to Europe.

When the conquistadors invaded South America  more medicinal plants and aromatic oils were discovered.

Native American Indians were using aromatic oils and producing their own herbal remedies.

it was not until the 19th century that scientists in Europe and Great Britain began researching the effects of essential oils on humans. It was French chemist, Rene Maurice Gattefosse who discovered the healing powers of lavender oil after burning his hand in his laboratory. In 1937 and the term “Aromatherapy” was born.

 

WHAT IS AROMATHERAPY?

Therapies and medicines that were once viewed as alternative and cloaked in skepticism have now become part of modern day society, providing additional help to conventional medicine. Aromatherapy is an example of a complementary therapy, which is widely practiced today.

Scientific research has been, and continues to be performed which verifies not only the emotional but the physical benefits that aromatherapy provides.

Virtually all of the bath and body care products we use contain some form of essential oils – the basis of Aromatherapy. You may be practicing aromatherapy without knowing it, by the burning of scented candles or by walking through a fragrant garden.

Essential oils are the highly concentrated essences of aromatic plants. Aromatherapy is the art of using these oils to promote healing of the body and the mind.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Each of the essential oils used in Aromatherapy can be used either alone or in combinations to create a desired effect. Before using essential oils as part of an Aromatherapy treatment, it is important to understand the effect that the oil(s) have, and how it work

The oils are found in different parts of the plants. The methods used to extract the oil are time consuming and expensive and require a high degree of expertise. It takes in excess of 220 pounds of rose petals to produce only 4 or 5 teaspoons full of oil.

Due to the large quantity of plant material required, pure essential oils are expensive, but they are highly effective – only a few drops at a time are required to achieve the desired effect. Synthetic oils are available at a lesser price, but they do not have the healing power of the natural oils.

Essential oils have an immediate impact on our sense of smell, also known as “olfaction”. When essential oils are inhaled, olfactory receptor cells are stimulated and the impulse is transmitted to the emotional center of the brain, or “limbic system”.

The limbic system is connected to areas of the brain linked to memory, breathing, and blood circulation, as well as the endocrine glands which regulate hormone levels in the body. The properties of the oil, the fragrance and its effects, determine stimulation of these systems.

When used in massage, essential oils are not only inhaled, but absorbed through the skin as well. They penetrate the tissues and into the bloodstream.

Essential oils have differing rates of absorption, generally between 20 minutes and 2 hours, so it is probably best not to bathe or shower directly following a massage to ensure maximum effectiveness.

WHAT TYPES OF OILS ARE THERE?

There are 38 common essential oil and literally thousands of combinations derived from these.

Basil , Juniper, Bergamot, Lavender, Black Pepper, Lemon , Cajeput, Lemongrass , Cardamom Marjoram,  Chamomile, Melissa, Lemon balm, Citronella, Myrrh, Cedarwood,  Neroli, Clary,  Sage, Orange,  Clove,  Patchouli, Cypress,  Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Petit, Grain, Fennel,  Pine, Frankincense, Rose, Geranium, Rosemary, Ginger, Sandalwood, Grapefruit, Tea Tree, Hyssop Thyme. Jasmine, Vetiver & Ylang Ylang Essential oils are often described by their “note”. The three categories of classification are top note, middle note and base note, and these terms relate to the rate at which they evaporate – or how long the fragrance will last.

Top Notes are the most stimulating and uplifting oils. They are strongly scented, but the perfume lasts only for approximately 3 – 24 hours.

Examples of Top note oils are:

basil, bergamot, clary, sage, coriander, eucalyptus, lemongrass, neroli, peppermint, sage  & thyme.

Middle Notes are the next longest lasting, at about 2 – 3 days, and affect the metabolic and body functions. The perfume is less potent than that of top note oils.

Examples of Middle note oils are: balm, chamomile, fennel, geranium, hyssop, juniper, lavender & rosemary

Base Notes are the slowest oils to evaporate, lasting up to one week. They have a sweet, soothing scent and a relaxing, comforting effect on the body.

Examples of Base note oils are: cedarwood, clove, frankincense, ginger, jasmine, rose & sandalwood

HOW DO THOSE MAKE ESSENTIAL OILS?

To create a balanced perfume, a combination of all three notes will produce the best results. It is important to state that when making Aromatherapy blends, there are no fixed rules. The more familiar you become with the fragrances and their effects, the easier it will be to create combinations that are right for you!

Needless to say we can’t cover these all, however  we will take some of the more common ones and  tell you  which other oils combine well with  them and what they are used for .

Basel  Combines well with: Citrus oils, Frankincense, Geranium  

Properties:

Analgesic, Antidepressant, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Uplifting

Uses:

Bronchitis, Colds, Constipation, Insect Bites, Mental Fatigue, Migraine, Nervous Tension, Rheumatism, Sinus Congestion

Chamomile

Effects: Soothing, Relaxing

Combines well with: Bergamot, Geranium, Lavender

Properties: Analgesic, Antibacterial, Antiseptic, Digestive Stimulant

Uses: Acne, Blisters, Boils, Depression, Digestive Problems, Gout, Headaches, Indigestion, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Neuralgia, Nervous Tension, (anxiety, fear) Rheumatism, Skin Conditions (dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis)

Jasmine

Effects: Soothing, Relaxing

Combines well with: Chamomile, Citrus oils, Rose

Properties:  Antidepressant, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Expectorant

Uses: Anxiety, Catarrh, Cough, Headache, Lack of Confidence, Laryngitis, Mental Tension, Sensitive or dry skin

Lavender

Effects: Calming, Therapeutic

Combines well with: Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium

Properties:

Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Diuretic, Insecticide, Sedative

Uses: Acne, Anxiety, Bronchitis, Burns, Catarrh,  Circulatory Problems, Colds, Dandruff, Eczema, Flu Headaches, Insect Bites, Insomnia, Muscle Aches and Pains, PMS Symptoms, Psoriasis, Rheumatism, Sinusitis, Skin Problems, Sunburn, Tension, Throat Infection, Wounds and Sores

Some oils do have contra indications. It’s a good idea to do some research. There is an excellent web site you can visit for more information. http://www.aworldofaromatherapy.com/essential-oils-atoz.htm

HAH Dani

Animal Lessons – August 3 through August 10

8/4
GREAT HORNED OWL

IF GREAT HORNED OWL APPEARS: Be more insistent that others treat you with the kind of respect you deserve
CALL ON GREAT HORNED OWL WHEN: You are in a situation that requires you to be assertive and speak up for yourself

8/5
MEERKAT

IF MEERKAT APPEARS: Trust that others who love you and care about you are always watching out for you
CALL ON MEERKAT WHEN: You’ve been working too much and need to get out into the sunshine

8/6
BUFFALO

IF BUFFALO APPEARS: Stop feeling sorry for yourself and instead be aware of, and grateful for, the extraordinary number of resources available to you
CALL ON BUFFALO WHEN: You want to restore your faith in the abundance and plenty of life available to you

8/7
PLATYPUS

IF PLATYPUS APPEARS: The situation requires you to have absolute faith in the process and work with it, going with the flow and working with it, neither resisting nor being passive and non-responsive
CALL ON PLATYPUS WHEN: You are trying to make sense of something that seems rather odd or strange – you may need to accept that it just IS

8/8
WASP

IF WASP APPEARS: Time to lead with your heart and not your head
CALL ON WASP WHEN: You’ve been wishing or dreaming about something and now want to work toward its manifestation

8/9
CAMEL

IF CAMEL APPEARS: The road ahead will be difficult and you won’t have a lot of support, yet you must take it with complete trust that you have everything you need within you and that you will succeed
CALL ON CAMEL WHEN: You aare feeling lost and discouraged and need the strength to endure and the faith to know that everything will turn out all right

8/10
HYENA

IF HYENA APPEARS: Be extra sensitive and attentive to the words you choose and how you express then, as whatever you verbalize right now will be amplified considerably
CALL ON HYENA WHEN: You need a good laugh to lift your spirits
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Animal Lessons – July 21 through July 27

7/21
BADGER
IF BADGER APPEARS: Stop always depending on others and then resenting them when they don’t come through, learn to trust that you have the capability to be self-reliant
CALL ON BADGER WHEN: You are put in a position of increased responsibility and need support for this new position

7/22
MONKEY
IF MONKEY APPEARS: It is especially important to make your communication as clear, congruent, and distinct now, conveyed through woords, body language, and actions
CALL MONKEY ON WHEN: You need a dose of ingenuity and innovation to tackle the situation before you

7/23
MUSK OX (OX)
IF MUSK OX APPEARS: You are discovering a primal strength and fortitude inside you that is increasingly available to you for your protection
CALL MUSK OX ON WHEN: You are in an environment that is physically or emotionally challenging

7/24
CONDOR (VULTURE. BUZZARD)
IF CONDOR APPEARS: In spite of the dire circumstances you find yourself in or the losses you’ve sustained, you’ll eventually find the gifts in this experience that may not be immediately apparent
CALL CONDOR ON WHEN: You feel that you are in a mess emotionally, physically, or spiritually, and want to clean things up

7/25
JELLYFISH

IF JELLYFISH APPEARS: Practice the art of nonresistance, going with the currents and movements of life rather than fighting them
CALL ON JELLYFISH WHEN: You are involved in a conflict with someone where there seems to be no resolution because each of you is being stubborn and intractable

7/26
MOUSE

IF MOUSE APPEARS: Pay close attention to details – you may be missing something that is obvious and right in front of you
CALL ON MOUSE WHEN: You feel overwhelmed and disorganized and want to get things in some kind of order

7/27
RACCOON

IF RACCOON APPEARS: Instead of being goal-oriented, this is a time to indulge your curiosity in open-ended exploration
CALL ON RACCOON WHEN: An upcoming event calls for you to “put on a face” in order to feel more comfortable mixing with others

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Animal Lessons – July14 Through July 20

7/14
CROW
IF CROW APPEARS: You are on the verge of manifesting, understanding and taking ownership of your power
CALL ON CROW WHEN: You need help in understanding how and when to use and not use your power

7/15
LYNX
IF LYNX APPEARS: Take the time to acknowledge others’ hidden talents and abilities that they don’t recognize, and encourage them to bring out these gifts
CALL LYNX ON WHEN: You are aware that you need to do less talking and more listening

7/16
AARDVARK
IF AARDVARK APPEARS: This isn’t the time to be social, but rather a time for quiet and solitude
CALL ON AARDVARK WHEN: You are trying to unearth some information which may be important in helping you resolve some questions you’ve been dealing with

7/17
HORSE
IF HORSE APPEARS: You are much more powerful than you think you are, call on that strong warrior energy but balance it with sensitivity, patience and compassion
CALL ON HORSE WHEN: You feel you are being held back by external circumstances or by conditioned beliefs about your supposed limitations

7/18
GIRAFFE

IF GIRAFFE APPEARS: You are likely to have to stretch beyond your usual limits, but you will reach your goals
CALL GIRAFFE ON WHEN: You are feeling stagnant and complacent and have lost sight of where you are going in life

7/19
SANDPIPER

IF SANDPIPER APPEARS: Do whatever you need to do to stay grounded, especially during emotionally challenging times
CALL ON SANDPIPER WHEN: You are going through a very emotional time and want to stay centered throughout the process

7/20
FROG

IF FROG APPEARS: Time to do a personal inventory and remove anything from your life physical/spiritual/intellectual/emotional that has the potential to be toxic to you
CALL ON FROG WHEN: it’s time to clease your life of people, places and things that no longer fit in with your present lifestyle and who you are
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Animal Lessons – July 7 through July 13

7/7
KINKAJOU
IF KINKAJOU APPEARS: Remain calm and be aware of overreacting to others if/when they may say or do something you don’t agree with
CALL ON KINKAJOU WHEN: You’ve recently bought or received an item that appears to be complicated and will need a learning curve to put together or use

7/8
SKUNK
IF SKUNK APPEARS: Make your self-respect and dignity your top priority, and give the same respect to others
CALL ON SKUNK WHEN: Your self respect and self-esteem have hit a low and you want to regain good feelings about yourself

7/9
CHEETAH
IF CHEETAH APPEARS: Don’t get caught up in the trap of rigid thinking and acting, but remain flexible and willing to change course quickly as the situation changes
CALL ON CHEETAH WHEN: You are in a situation that requires you to think and respond quickly in order to adapt to a rapidly changing set of circumstances that are unfolding

7/10
ELK
IF ELK APPEARS: Your inner child really needs a lot of nurturing and protecting right now
CALL ON ELK WHEN: You are overly concerned with members of the opposite sex and need the type of validation that only comes from same sex friendships

7/11
OSPREY

IF OSPREY APPEARS: Once you’ve taken a good look at all the possibilities and one grabs your attention dive in and go for it
CALL ON OSPREY WHEN: You are ready for an intimate relationship and want to attract the best mater for you at this time

7/12
TIGER

IF TIGER APPEARS: Create a sacred space in your home and is completely yours, one where others may enter only with your permission, and take the time to enjoy the solitude in this space
CALL ON TIGER WHEN: You want to accomplish something very important to you and only need to remain persistent and steadfast in your quest to make it happen

7/13
DOVE

IF DOVE APPEARS: It’s important to nurture YOURSELF with loving care
CALL ON DOVE WHEN: Someone close to you has recently died and you want to find some comfort and somehow connect with the person’s spirit

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Animal Lessons June 30 thru July 6

6/30
BUTTERFLY
IF BUTTERFLY APPEARS: Get ready for a big change, one where an old habit, way of thinking, or lifestyle is going out, and a new way of being is emerging
CALL ON BUTTERFLY WHEN: You want encouragement to more freely express the love yu feel to those around you

7/1
KITE
IF KITE APPEARS: The next few days will require adaptability and flexibility on your part as you make your way through any twists and turns your life takes
CALL ON KITE WHEN: You are having trouble adjusting and adapting to a situation

7/2
LIZARD
IF LIZARD APPEARS: the situation calls for quiet and stillness until it is time to make your move, but when you do, you need to do it swiftly and efficiently
CALL ON LIZARD WHEN: You are obsessing about your past, a past situation, or an old part of yourself that is no longer useful, and you want to detach and release it

7/3
DEER
IF DEER APPEARS: More than every you need to trust your gut instinct
CALL ON DEER WHEN: You need help in a situation where extra vigilance and sensitivity is called for in order to avoid any harmful consequences

7/4
SWALLOW
IF SWALLOW APPEARS: It’s best to keep some distance from, or let go of completely, the pesky people in your life
CALL ON SWALLOW WHEN: There are lots of little irritations that are bugging you and you want relief from them

7/5
PYTHON

IF PYTHON APPEARS: You are about to shed something that has outgrown its usefulness and purpose
CALL ON PYTHON WHEN: You are going through any kind of difficult changes in your life

7/6
ECHIDNA

IF ECHIDNA APPEARS: Be more discerning about letting others into your personal space, but don’t keep everyone at a distance in order to do so
CALL ON ECHIDNA WHEN: You feel the need for gentle but effective protection

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