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Archive for October 2014

Why Using Melissa Essential Oil is Good for Health

Melissa essential oil is also known as balm, bee balm and lemon balm. It is extracted from Melissa officinalis that belongs to the Labiatae family. This organic product has many health benefits and owing to its various aromatherapy uses this oil is very popular all across the world. It helps people control palpitations and offers serenity of mind. 

Health Benefits

Some of the vital therapeutic properties of this particular aromatherapy oil include carminative, bacterial, diaphoretic, cordial, antidepressant, antispasmodic, tonic, stomachMelissa Essential Oilic, sedative, hypotensive, nervine and febrifuge. 

  1. Melissa is known for its anti-depressant features that help in calming the nerves. It can control feelings of hysteria and panic and also has a sedative effect. 
  2. It helps slow down the heartbeat and ease high blood pressure. It can also regulate and aid in the symptoms of menstruation. 
  3. This essential oil can support issues of the digestive system, such as dyspepsia, dysentery, flatulence, vomiting and nausea. 
  4. Gases that build up in the intestines can be forced out by its carminative properties. It is highly effectual in expelling gases by decreasing the tension in the abdominal muscles. It can relieve issues like cramping and bloating. 
  5. Melissa oil is effective on migraines and headaches related to common cold. It is also used to treat cold sores in the early stages.  
  6. Antibacterial properties of Melissa are found to be useful for reducing bacterial infections. 

Uses

This essential oil perfectly blends with Frankincense, Basil, Geranium, Rose, Lavender, Camomile, Ylang-Ylang oils. When blended in massage oil or in bath water, Melissa oil works wonders in treating stomach problems and fungal infections.  It may also ease stress, fever and headaches. You can also mix it with creams and lotions in order to treat wounds, improve blood circulation, and counteract hair loss.
 
This oil is non-toxic, but may cause irritations for people with very sensitive skin. You can buy aromatherapy books online and consult a therapist to know the best ways of using the oil. 

Healing Spirits Herb Farm Visit

Recently I had the opportunity to visit Healing Spirits Herb Farm with my aromatic sisters.  We are all certified aromatherapists that belong to the Alliance of International Aromatherpist (AIA).  Our New York group likes to partake in educational but fun activities to help further our knowledge in alternative ways to support health.  Many aromatherpist incorporate infused herbal oils when making blends.  It was suggested by one of our members that it is important to know why we are using these herbs.  As a result a field trip was organized for us to attend a day long workshop instructed by Mathias and Andrea Reisen.  They co-founded Healing Spirits Herb Farm and Education Center which is located in the Finger Lake Region of New York.

We started our day by going on an herbal walk of the farm.  Various herbs were identified and Mathias gave very good details concerning each plant.  When an herb was identified; he told us the best time to harvest, if it was a perennial or bi-annual and what parts of the plant is to be used for therapeutic purposes.  We started with learning about Angelica and finished off the walk learning about Sea Buckthorn. 

Once we made it back to the barn, which has been converted into a cozy shop and classroom we had the opportunity to sip on Birch Sweet Bark tea.  At this time Andrea allowed us to introduce ourselves and she proceeded to teach about various herbs.  Andrea also taught us how to make several skin care products which incorporated various herbs such as comfrey and lavender.  We had the opportunity to sample various herbal teas which are derived from the roots, leaf and flowers.  I learned so much about herbs that I have never heard of before such as Japanese Knotweed and Barberry.   

My group was also taken on a tour to view the green house.  This is where all of the herbs are dried on individual drying racks.  They gave us information on how to properly dry herbs.  It was amazing to see burdock drying on one of the racks.  As we returned to the front of the barn we got to see where the herbs are stored and packaged for sale.  I was truly impressed by the amount of herbal goodness that I was surrounded by.

As a bonus we were treated to a tasty lunch which consisted of a curried onions and garlic that was prepared for us by Mathias.  He was gracious enough to share the recipe.  We also sipped on ginger tea which was an added healthy bonus. 

I left the farm with a lot of valuable information to help me maintain a healthy lifestyle.  I am looking forward to the second part of our herbal workshop which should take place in the near future.  I am fortunate to be a part of a great organization and I am glad to have made the journey upstate to visit the farm.  I highly recommend a visit if you are in the Finger Lake Region of New York.

Aromatherapy Oils for the Freezing Winter Weather

Now that the winter is in full swing, we should not forget about the miseries that this chilly weather brings including cold feet, blocked noses, aching joints etc. You can protect yourself naturally with aromatic products and make this winter a real fun for your body as well as the mind.

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For Body and Hair

As a result of cold temperatures, lower humidity and high winds in the winter; you must have experienced your skin getting dried out fast. It can also become uncomfortable, itchy and absolutely irritating. It is vital to keep skin covered and away from the elements as much as possible. Although, it is not feasible always, a minor prevention goes a long way!

For Dryness

You can simply add some pure diluted essential oils to your daily skin care regime to help prevent dry skin this winter. Aromatic oils such as Lavender, Frankincense, Rosemary, Geranium and Sandalwood are outstanding to produce your own body oil or even add to your existing fragrance free body products.

For Chapped Skin

Cracked and chapped skin results from extremely dry skin and it can be very painful. Healing essential oils like Patchouli, Lavender and Chamomile can be helpful in hydrating the affected area and relieving the pain.  A blend can be added to your favorite cream or body butter.  You can refer to quality aromatherapy workshops online and learn how to make the dry skin recipe for the best effectiveness. The oil blend can also be stored in a bottle and carried with the winter kit while traveling.

Foot Care

Simple and soothing feet soak at night during the winter months will not only help fight fungus, but also rejuvenate tired, sore feet. Using essential oils is awesome, especially after a long day of snowboarding or skiing. A blend of black pepper, sweet marjoram and rosemary aromatherapy oils can quickly ease your tired feet back to normal. 

Natural Protection

Are you worried about keeping your skin soft and supple all through the freezing winter weather? Well, for this you should never forget that using carrier oils is one of the greatest ways. These protective natural oils can be used efficiently to look after your skin. The carrier oils are very easily absorbed and their fluid nature along with the texture has a natural affinity with the skin.  

How Bay Laurel Essential Oil Contributes to Health and Wellbeing

Bay Laurel oil is often called Laurel Leaf oil (Laurus nobilis). Bay leaves are used to add flavor to stews and to make essential oil that contain several healing properties. Bay Laurel is native to the Mediterranean region and it originates from a large evergreen tree. This organic oil is distilled from the leaf, occasionally with the berries. This essential oil has a spicy yet pungent fragrance.

Bay Laurel Essential Oil

Health Benefits of Laurel Leaf

Apart from being anti-bacterial, analgesic, antiseptic, anti-infectious, antispasmodic, stimulant, and diuretic, Bay Laurel is rich in many more significant therapeutic properties that:

  • Help in relieving rheumatic arthritis pain
  • Relieve pain during massages
  • Relieve stress
  • Boost memory
  • Aid in digestive problems
  • Offer relief for migraines
  • Supportive of  fevers

Uses

When it comes to making a blend using this aromatic oil for a particular health issue, you can be rest assured that it blends well with almost all other aromatherapy oils. Nonetheless, the best oils are Clary Sage, Cinnamon, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cypress, Frankincense, Lavender, Mandarin, Geranium, Ginger, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang, Orange and Pine.

It is important to combine this essential oil with a carrier oil when using it topically. It is best to use a one percent dilution to prevent skin sensitivity.  Quality aromatherapy consultation and education will help you have proper understanding of the list of carrier oils along with the benefits of aromatherapy, for your preferences.

If you want to use it while bathing, always remember to add it to the water with the addition of a carrier such as milk or sunflower oil and mix well. To experience the best efficacy in terms of the various health benefits of this natural oil, you are recommended to refer to effective aromatherapy classes online. It’s time to take the first step toward learning everything about pure aromatherapy oils and start to include them into your daily health care regimen for a healthier and happier life.

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