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Calming Blend for a diffuser

Posted on October 15, 2015 at 1:40 AM

Lavender - 18 drops

Rosewood- 15 drops*

Roman Chamomile - 12 drops 

Geranium - 12 drops 

Clary Sage - 10 drops 

Ylang Ylang - 10 drops

Marjoram - 8 drops

Combine all in a diffuser. Add water according to manufacturer's instructions.

* Rosewood remains on the endangered list. Here is an acceptable substitution:

  • equal parts of geranium and sandalwood
  • ho wood (Cinnamomum camphora)
  • coriander seed oil (Coriandrum sativum)

Essential Oils for Pain

Posted on May 23, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Using essential oils to address pain can be an effective method without putting chemicals through the digestive tract and liver. Applications of oils can be place at the site of pain and on corresponding refelxology points of the feet. Some oils may be applied directly while others require a carrier to avoid skin irriation. At the Center I create specialized blends for personal therapy use. However, if you are wanting to try a single oil or feel confident in choosing oils for blends here are a few specifically for pain management. Keep in mind when you blend oils some oils are more compatible with one another than others. Always verify your latin names match the bottle ingredient. There are many varieities within each plant family and not all have the same healing properties.

• Wintergreen: This oil has cortisone-like properties, making it naturally analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, and warming, among other qualities. It can be beneficial for arthritis, rheumatism, tendinitis, bone spurs, frozen shoulder, torn rotator cuff, cartilage injury and general pain or inflammation of the musclular and skeletal system.

• Camphor: Camphor is naturally pain-relieving and an anti-inflammatory. It has be found to be useful for arthritis, rheumatism, muscles aches and pains, sprains and even bruises.

• Peppermint: Peppermint is anti-inflammatory to damaged tissues and has a soothing and cooling affect that often helps arthritis and rheumatism. It's also said to be pain-relieving and antispasmodic, and beneficial for fatigue, cramps or Charley Horses, headaches and migraines, myelin sheath, osteoporosis, paralysis, sciatica, tennis elbow, and other areas of tendinitis.

• Blue Tansy: This oil is naturally pain-relieving and an anti-inflammatory. It may also help with low blood pressure, arthritis, and rheumatism.

• German Chamomile: It's been found to be pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory, and an antioxidant. It helps with congestion traditionally, and is found to support joint health and arthritis.

• Helichrysum: This oil is beneficial to the circulatory system, an imperative part of healing of the joints and muscles, found to be anti-catarrhal in nature, and a powerful anti-inflammatory. It's often used for sciatica, bruises of all kind (including to the bone), tendonitis, tissue pain and repair, detoxification, and more. Spiritually and emotionally it is said to help one release anger and move into growth and healing.

• Frankincense: This oil contains a multitude of healing properties and is a great addition (although pricy) to many essential oil blends. The properties include anticatarrhal, anticancer, antidepressant, anti-infection, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antitumor, expectorant, immune stimulant and sedative.

A few more for beginning detox use

Posted on March 15, 2015 at 8:55 PM

Mandarin oil

Mandarin oil is derived from mandarin oranges, thus the name. It has been shown to help with relaxing the nervous system (see part 1 sympathetic/parasympathetic info). Relaxing your physiological systems is one of the best things you can do to prepare the body for detoxification. It can also help to purify the blood and improve the circulatory system. Because it comes from mandarin oranges it has a nice citrusy aroma to it as well, and pleasurable as part of an aromatherapy program. It helps the liver function. As I have noted, the liver is the most important organ when it comes to detoxing the body. A liver that is not performing at its best has a domino effect on the rest of the body, and should get top priority with any detox plan.

Lemon oil

Lemons have long been known as having astringent properties. In the water & tea sections of this detox, several of the recipes included lemon. Some of the purported benefits of using lemon oil are that it can affect cancer tumors (only a single special hybrid, not grocery store variety), free up the lymphatic system and respiratory system, and can be used to reduce inflammation in the body. Consider adding lemon oil to your bath, aromatherapy regime, and detox drinks to reap the benefits of this oil.

Patchouli Oil

Patchouli oil comes from the patchouli plant linked to improving the mood, and some claim improves your sex drive. It’s one of the essential oils that isn’t typically in the spotlight, but has great benefits nonetheless. You can use it to detoxify both the body and the mind by taking a bath that has drops of patchouli oil added to it. If you want to benefit from its diuretic properties you’ll need to ingest it, which is easy enough by drinking a few drops in water or making a tea from it. 

Hyssop oil

Hyssop oil is a lesser-known essential oil but one that will likely grow in popularity as its benefits become clear. It is a member of the mint family, and has many of the same medicinal properties. Often it is used as an antispasmodic, sweat-inducer, and expectorant. With these effects is it easy to see the benefits if suffer colds, congestion, excess mucus, and bronchial spasms. It is often given to help treat digestive issues, and an improved digestion is important to detox the body. The digestive system is the most important part of the process because that’s what helps to eliminate the most toxins. If it grows sluggish then the body is at risk for many different diseases and conditions. Additional benefits of hyssop will be discussed in a future post. WARNING: As with all oils and herbs with diuretic properties, caution must be used! It is possible to overdo these natural tools of health and cause dehydration.

Basic 4 for beginning detox

Posted on March 15, 2015 at 8:50 PM

Peppermint oil

Peppermint oil can be used in the bath, can be consumed, and can be applied topically. If you want to drink it, you only need a few drops of it for it to be effective. You can add it to a detox smoothie or simply add it to water. Peppermint oil can also help you regain or maintain your concentration, and can soothe the digestive system. Peppermint oil is taken from the peppermint plant, which itself has been used medicinally for thousands of years. You’ll often find peppermint oil mixed with other essential oils in a detoxifying blend.

Juniper oil

Juniper oil comes from juniper berries, Juniper berries themselves are good for the body thanks to their antioxidants. They can also be used to aid in the digestive system, and can be used as a diuretic. Please make sure your oil comes from Juniperus communis as this variety is NOT toxic while other variants are toxic. Juniper oil can help relax the mind and get you to stop stressing out, and can help alleviate pain. As a diuretic it can help flush out toxins and excess water weight, including excessive amounts of sodium.

Grapefruit Oil

Did you know grapefruit produces an oil? It can help the body in numerous ways— not least of which is detoxing. It may be one of the most helpful oils you’re not using, and you don’t have to limit its use to a one-off detox program, you can use it daily to help keep yourself as healthy as can be. It’s been noted for helping to kill viruses within the body, as well as microbes within the body that can cause problems. It is also a diuretic, helping the body flush out waste and toxins.

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary may be in your herb collection in the kitchen, but the oil derived from this plant can help in your detox efforts. The benefits of rosemary affect your overall health and wellbeing. By taking the properties of rosemary and putting into an essential oil you’re able to get benefits like improved digestion, improved circulation, anti-inflammatory benefits, and diuretic properties. The benefits of this oil are extensive and will be addressed in a future post.