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Archive for January 2014

Effective Aromatherapy Treatment to Support Digestive Problems

Digestive woes such as stomach pains, intestinal gas and belching can be easily treated with aromatherapy. Massaging an essential oil on the stomach is good especially for people and fussy children who refuse to swallow medicine. In today’s hectic world you cannot ignore the role that stress plays as it can even impair digestion by restricting the flow of digestive juices and constrict tissues in the digestive tract. It is no wonder that many people experience a queasy stomach when dealing with stressful situations. Tension is also believed to contribute to digestive complaints including ulcers and colitis, nausea as well as most other digestive tract issues.

Aromatherapy Cures

At the first stage of digestion, when the brain gets the signal that food is coming, aromatics start working with an immediate response. As digestive juices are discharged in the mouth, stomach, and small intestine, the way for right assimilation is prepared.  To improve digestion, it is wise to add spices such as anise, basil, coriander, fennel, and caraway to your cooking, or drink a cup of chamomile tea, peppermint, thyme or lemon balm. Please keep in mind that the herb properties may differ in chemical makeup than the essential oil because of the process of extraction.  Quality Aromatherapy Classes Online offer valuable tips on the specialties of effective essential oils.

However, many books on aromatherapy describe many herbaceous plant as digestive stimulants, and according to researchers, most of these herbs actually relieve cramping while relaxing intestinal muscles. The slower pace of digestion then offers more time for food to be adequately digested. Thus, the same essential oil that enhances poor appetite also alleviates intestinal gas. These aromatics include ginger, peppermint, fennel, dill and coriander.

Essential Oil Specialties

Essential oils have some specialties:

Rosemary helps in treating poor food absorption, and peppermint heals irritable bowel symptom. Basil treats nausea resulting from radiation treatments or chemotherapy with better effect than conventional anti-nausea drugs. Lemongrass is applied in Brazil, the Caribbean and most of South East Asia to cure nervous digestion. This relaxing massage oil can help in quelling some of the cramps and aches caused by an upset stomach. For better digestion, use medicinal properties of essential oils including clary sage, black pepper, juniper berry, peppermint, lemongrass, rosemary and thyme. Chamomile oils also help in easing stomach pain and heartburn.

Learn More about Essential Oil Profiles

With premier Aromatherapy Classes Online, you will learn about various essential oils, how they work, what part aromatherapy play and how to use aromatics properly in treating common conditions. Aromatherapy can be used to treat various common medical conditions including asthma, depression and skin problems.

There are hundreds of time-tested and safe home remedies for treating a large variety of medical complaints on your own. Aromatherapy and herbal remedies can be quite similar, and these stem from related historic roots.

 

Pampering The Body Naturally Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pampering the body naturally challenge

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Remember to take care of your body and it only takes minutes per day.  Set up a routine and make sure you stick to it.

Yesterday we gave our feet a rest and today we are going to moisturize them.  I love shea butter because it is an excellent moisturizer.  I wear a lot of socks during the winter months which can cause extreme dryness.  A way to combat the abuse our feet are subjected to is to keep them clean and moisturized.   I love to make a night time moisture cream for my feet.  At night I try to stay away from stimulating oils, so I created an essential oil blend of vetiver, lavender and sweet orange.  I love Vetiver because it has anti-fungal and anti-septic properties.  It is also a grounding oil and I feel it is perfect as a part of a night time foot cream.  Lavender helps to relieve stress and has deodorant properties.  I added sweet orange to bring a little freshness to the blend and it also has anti-septic properties.

This recipe is simple.

In a double boiler add 2 tablespoons Shea butter and melt.
Remove from heat
Next add 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil (or carrier of choice) to melted shea butter.
stir and add
4 drops Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides)
3 drops Sweet orange (Citrus sinensis)
3 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)

Place in the refrigerator to allow to cool and to prevent graininess.  Use each night after your shower or bath.

 

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Learn How to Make Your Own Aromatic Bars

If you thought making an aromatic or an aromatherapy bar was not your cup of tea, well you were misinformed. Making a bar is as easy as baking an apple pie, and believe us or not, there are many good resources available online that would teach you how to make a bar in no time. Hence, if you are ready to learn, there are magical and quick ways to make soap, which would holistically cleanse and drive away your physical and mental ailments too. Take a look online and you would find various experts rendering instructions through portals, blogs and forums, and some of them have their own Aromatherapy Education Online sources for you to learn from too.

Aromatic Bars
Why make essential oil soaps?

Before you rush to the essentials store to buy your own ingredients, let us know what are these soaps used for, as well as the substances which would make the bar extra special.

  1. Aromatic oil, soaps and aromatherapy in short has been around and in use for many centuries. They help patients with well-being, stress issues, relaxation needs, healing and with upliftment of vibration energies. A mix of aromatherapy and with the right use of essential oils, many physical and mental conditions can be satisfactorily treated as well. Depression for example has taken a toll on many; hence the use of orange oil would help. Lavender on the other hand helps relax the body and mind, tensions and anxious pangs too. So you see, every oil has it’s own ways for you to benefit from.
  2. You could even have these oils added to your bath water for a soothing bathing experience. Some even run the oils on their wrists as well, or maybe dab a few drops on their kerchief and carry it on them for the day.

Please learn from experts about the nature and quality of the oil, and how much of it should be used for better output and effects. For this, the advice of a professional aromatherapist is always recommended and his words would take precedence over what you read here and anywhere online.

Start simple

Here is a simple glycerine soap recipe which can be made at home, no fuss involved. Ingredients;

  1. 4oz. bar of unscented clear glycerine soap
  2. A few drops of aromatic oil
  3. Two drops of food colouring

Method

  1. Melt the bar of glycerine and ensure it doesn’t get too hot in the double boiler.
  2. Add the essential oil, drop by drop along with the food colouring.
  3. Mix well and then pour it into a mould chosen by you, any shape you please.
  4. Keep it aside for cooling purposes.
  5. Remove it after forty minutes or so, mostly after an hour for the best output.
  6. Place it on an open rack for three to four hours and let it further cool down.

Now that you know making an aromatic or aromatherapy bar isn’t that tough, why don’t you start making simple ones like the recipe given starting today? You can get to know more through Aromatherapy Education Online.

Join a Workshop to Learn about Aromatic Oils and Essences

It is but a fact that aromatherapy has been around for more than a century, as a method of alternative treatment for various physical and mental issues. However, the use of essential oils or aromatic extracts when not done in the right quantities could pose more risks than benefits, say experts. This is why it is important to understand the nature and quality of the oil, the quantity in which it should be administered to the patient, the composition of each and which would be used to treat what as well. To gain answers and seek more help, it is advised to attend Aromatherapy Workshops, where one would learn the difference, especially about volatile, plain and ethereal oils too.

Aromatic Oils and Essences

The Extraction Method

There are various ways in which essential oils are extracted from their source, and each process should be learnt about as well. It is said that the electromagnetic fields of the oils are disrupted when unnatural ways are used for extraction, which then makes them less potent and redundant in most cases when put to test. Hence, at the workshops, one would learn more and discover how to choose the right oils, knowing the methods of extraction too.

Types of Extraction

  1. Expression is a method where the citrus peels are used for oil procurement, and the method is same as that of olive oil extraction. Large and heavy mechanical tools and equipment are used for the oil extraction and in some cases, cold pressed ways too. Both methods are important and cost effective as well.
  2. Distillation is another method of extraction, a commonly used method for substances such as lavender, peppermint and even from other herbs, such as eucalyptus.  Alembic is the distillation apparatus used for the process, and the raw plant's roots, leaves, wood, flowers and peels or even seeds are fed into the alembic for the needful to be done. Water is then added for oil extraction, and in a single distillation process which takes almost a day, the whole procedure is done.
  3. Flora-sols is another form of oil extraction where flora-sol acts as the refrigerant needed for the purpose. This refrigerant actually helps since it is eco-friendly and brings out the purest of oils. No foreign elements are involved in the extraction of oils using this method.

The Types and Benefits

  1. Essential oils are used for physical and mental conditions. Patients suffering from hysteria, hypertension, anxiety and depression find a lot of benefits using these.
  2. Beauty and cosmetic regimes are enhanced with the use of these substances.
  3. Religious organisations and institutions buy essential and aroma oils for various needs too

To ensure that you would be using the right aromatic and essential oils for the loved one's treatment at home or for a patient, learn first from an expert and then go ahead with your practice.

 

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