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Archive for October 2013

Essential Oils for Treating Headaches

Minor headaches might appear to be not so painful when compared to several other diseases that plague human beings. However, a long- drawn one can actually mess up your entire day and leave you in a very bad mood. The worst part of these headaches is that they arise for a number of reasons and often bother you at the time when you are least expecting them. While there is no possible cure for headache, the medicines that offer quick relief are considered quite harmful for frequent consumption. Aromatherapy and the essential oils, on the other hand, offer solution to this problem just like it relieves stress and treats many other diseases that are otherwise difficult curing. Although an aromatherapy consultation is must for anyone using essential oils, here is an overview of some of the aromatic oils that work best for headaches.

Essential Oils for Treating Headaches

The Different Types of Aromatic Oils

It is the ingredients of the oils that ensure a proper treatment of the different types of headaches.

  • To begin with, Eucalyptus essential oil has a magical solution to the ones resulting from sinus. The oil comprises of Cineole, which is an Oxide and the latter acts as both expectorant as well as anti-inflammatory.
  • The Helichrysum essential oil works equally well for treating these aches because it is an exceptionally powerful anti-inflammatory.
  • Lavender essential oil contains considerably large amounts of esters, which automatically calls for its sedative and anti-inflammatory properties. This particular aromatic item reduces the intensity of your pain to a great extent and within very less time.
  • Peppermint aromatic oil consists of menthol, which is known to create a soothing and relaxing effect. Tension headaches are best treated by this particular oil.
  • Last but not the least, spearmint oil with its highest content of mint and carvone is the best medicine for headache. A blend of spearmint and peppermint oil is often recommended for reducing the pain.

While the above given list puts forward the different solutions that can be considered useful for treating headaches, it is essential to know the right process of using them to make the most out of these products. It is the blend and the manner of massaging the solution on the forehead that determines the ultimate result or the effectiveness with which you get relieved from the pain. It is here that the importance of detailed aromatherapy consultation with the best of the professionals in the field is established.

Palo Santo (Holy Wood) Essential Oil

Latin Name: Bursera graveolens

 

Family:  Burseaceae

 

Extraction Method: Steam distilled using wood

 

Aroma:  Warm and resinous

Bursera graveolens which is known in Spanish as palo santo is a tree that grows on the coast of South America.  The meaning of palo santo in Spanish is Holy wood.  This tree belongs to the burseraceae family.  This family also includes frankincense and myrrh which might explain why they blend so well together.  These three essential oils have very different chemical properties but their synergies are a perfect match. 

 

Palo santo is derived from the wood but it is usually sustainably harvested.  Those that harvest the wood only collect the trunks and branches that have fallen naturally from the tree.  This allows the tree to continue to grow undisturbed while it grants us its fallen gifts which provide an amazing host of supportive energetic properties.

 

Holy Wood is such an appropriate interpretation because this oil is so emotionally cleansing.  It supports healing by quieting mental activity and may bring the user of the oil a sense of peace.  Palo Santo also grants a person inner unity and soothes overthinking.  Palo Santo has been traditionally used to address panic attacks and anxiety because it aids in calming the mind therefore provides protection.  The wood of Palo Santo has been burned in many ceremonies due to its spiritual purifying properties.  The shavings of the wood can be burned similar to incense.   It is used to clear “bad energy”. 

 

The particular batch of palo santo that I currently have contains a high amount of d-limonene.   Some of the therapeutic properties of d-limonene are analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, immunostimulant and antioxidant.  This oil would be beneficial in a blend to support colds and join pain  from tight muscles.  It also would be an effective choice as part of a skin care blend because of its antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory components.

 

Resources

Componenet Database @ Aromahead http://components.aromahead.com/

Wikipedia, The Free encyclopedia  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bursera_graveolens

*Please note:  This information is not to replace physician advice or to be used as treatment or diagnose of a disease.

Green Cleaning The Aromatic Way (Essential Oil Online Workshop)

Disinfecting with the use of cleaning products is a necessary task that should be done frequently to help maintain a healthful condition in your home or workplace.  Unfortunately many commercial cleaning products may present several health and environmental concerns.  If you look at the label on your cleaning products you will find that many are classified as hazards.  When you spray or use some of these hazardous cleaners you are releasing it into the air and therefore breathing it in.  So why not expose yourself to a more natural and healthier alternative?  

Aromatherapy Oasis is offering an aromatic solution.  You can learn to make your own cleaning products using simple ingredients and essential oils. Essential oils possess many anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and antimicrobal properties.  For example oils high in geraniol showed antimicrobal activity in a test conducted against bacteria and fungi.  Here is the summary of the study.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23214265.  I would also like to share another abstract of a test which was conducted using five aromatic constituents of essential oils.  

Abstract

Five aromatic constituents of essential oils (cineole, citral, geraniol, linalool and menthol) were tested for antimicrobial activity against eighteen bacteria (including Gram-positive cocci and rods, and Gram-negative rods) and twelve fungi (three yeast-like and nine filamentous). In terms of antibacterial activity linalool was the most effective and inhibited seventeen bacteria, followed by cineole, geraniol (each of which inhibited sixteen bacteria), menthol and citral aromatic compounds, which inhibited fifteen and fourteen bacteria, respectively. Against fungi the citral and geraniol oils were the most effective (inhibiting all twelve fungi), followed by linalool (inhibiting ten fungi), cineole and menthol (each of which inhibited seven fungi) compounds.

For this workshop you will use nine different essential oils.  You will be able to recreate these products on your own.  Don't forget they make excellents gifts.  So give the first gift to yourself and learn to maintain health in a more natural way.  You will have private acces to the course for four weeks.  You will immediately be emailed a pdf of the manual and later you will recieve your sign in information to access the class.  You can sign up here to attend this online class. 

 

 

Cost of course $39.99

 

 

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