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What Is Aromatherapy and How Does It Work?

What Is Aromatherapy and How Does It Work?


Aromatherapy is a popular form of alternative medicine, or holistic healing. It is exactly as the name implies – the use of fragrance to remedy an ailment. While the term aromatherapy only dates back to the early 20th century, the practice of using plant extract as medicine comes from ancient Chinese, Indian, and Middle Eastern cultures. Aromatherapy cannot cure the advanced stages of disease, but rather, can work as an aid to relieve daily aches and pains, or as preventative medicine to deter serious illness.

An essential oil is an organic compound extracted from a botanical source through cold pressing or through a steam process. There are thousands of different essential oils – just about as many oils as there are plants on the earth. This botanical nectar can be extracted from leaves, tree bark, herbs, flowers, fruit peels, seeds, roots, or even a blade of grass. And each one serves a unique therapeutic purpose.

How to Use Essential Oils

Part of what makes aromatherapy so effective and popular is its versatility. This practice can take many forms, and is therefore suitable to almost any lifestyle. You can benefit from aromatherapy in any of the following ways:

Add a few drops of essential oil to a spray bottle full of filtered water. Spritz this mixture into any space as an air freshener, or onto any surface (clothes, sofa, carpet) to revitalize and freshen.

  •      Add a few drops to an unscented candle, just around the wick (only when extinguished). The candle will burn with the scent of the oil.
  •      Apply a few drops directly to the skin. This can be done to treat an ailment, such as a rash, bug bite, or small cut, or to place at designated pressure points, such as the temples and wrists. (Beware which oil you’re using, and that it is safe for direct skin contact. Some essential oils are too abrasive and must be cut with a carrier oil to be applied to the skin.)
  •      Add a few drops to water, tea, or even alcoholic beverages to add natural delicious flavor and reap the benefits of the plant medicine. (Only ingest essential oils if they are certified food grade and safe for ingesting.)
  •      Add a few drops to an oil diffuser to freshen the air in your home, office, car, or other space.
  •      Add a few drops to the bathtub to bathe in. This creates direct on-skin therapy, while also steaming the scent into the air.
  •   Place a drop or two on your pillowcase before bed to aid peaceful sleep.
  •      Place a few drops in a handkerchief to take with you on the go and breathe in whenever needed.
  •      Add the proper quantity to your own Ayurvedic products, like lotions, soaps, toothpaste, and perfumes.
  •      Use in potions and elixirs for ritual, ceremony, meditation, and other magical work. Many essential oil fragrances have been used to induce deeper meditation, and even astral travel, for centuries.The Many Uses for Essential Oils

    The uses for aromatherapy are practically endless. Today and across history, essential oils have been used as disinfectant (antibacterial/antiseptic); treatment for bug bites, eczema, acne, and other skin irritations; bug repellent; air freshener; an aid for deeper meditation, shamanic journey, and astral travel; adding flavor to water and other beverages (only food grade); relief of upset stomach, nausea, vertigo, and headaches; allergy relief; emotional energizer or calmer, libido booster, and stress reliever; treatment to increase circulation in the physical body; and much, much, much more.

    You can combine various complimentary essential oils to receive greater and wider benefit from your use. It is common to use pre-made blends (blended and sold as-is by the manufacturer) to target a certain overall illness or emotional block. For instance, a happiness blend might contain a combination of lively citrus oils and floral oils to elevate your mood. A breathing blend might contain eucalyptus, peppermint, and melaleuca. It is also possible to craft your own blends, and there are many essential oils texts and online sources where you can find recipes.

    Essential Oil Dangers

    There are certain precautions to take when using essential oils. One of the simplest ways to use them properly and safely is to have adequate storage and heed shelf life. Most essential oils last one to three years when stored appropriately. A glass bottle (tainted dark amber or cobalt blue) is the ideal type of storage, and always kept out of direct sunlight. However, when cut with carrier oils, the shelf life of the essential oil may shorten.

    Always do sufficient research on dosage and ratios when ingesting essential oils, cutting with carrier oils, or using in Ayurveda. Beware of your personal health concerns and any contraindications. Certain oils are dangerous for people with blood pressure conditions, epilepsy, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and so forth. Some essential oils are dangerous for personal at-home use across the board, and should never be used for aromatherapy.

    See below for a list of contraindicated oils.

    Health Condition/Use Contraindicated Essential Oils
    Low Blood Pressure lavender, garlic, clary sage,  lemon, marjoram, ylang ylang
    High Blood Pressure sage, thyme, eucalyptus, rosemary, ginger, cypress, rose
    Pregnancy sage, thyme, eucalyptus, rosemary, ginger, cypress, rose, cinnamon, peppermint, clary sage, basil, fennel, jasmine, marjoram, juniper,  oregano, myrrh, pennyroyal
    Breast Feeding jasmine, sage, parsley, mint
    Epilepsy wormwood, sage, rosemary, fennel, hyssop
    Alcohol Consumption clary sage, vertivert
    Skin Contact fennel, oregano, pine, clove, clover, cinnamon bark, cassia, elecampane, costus
    Generally Hazardous camphor, horseradish, mugwort, mustard, sassafras, savin, wintergreen, thuja, tansy, plicata,Jaborandi leaf, Boldo leaf, calamus, almond

    **Love Note: The above contraindications are not based in scientific research, but rather accepted as general practice and established guidelines. This chart is not a comprehensive list of all essential oil contraindications.

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March 2017 Virgo Full Moon: Unlocking a Head Over Heart Matter

March 2017 Virgo Full Moon: Unlocking a Head Over Heart Matter

Full Moon Artwork by HolgaJen

Full Moon Artwork by HolgaJen

The March 2017 Virgo Full Moon story will peak on March 12th, 2017.

When it does, as well as the days preceding it, a head over heart matter will take center stage. That’s what happens when the signs of Virgo and Pisces get in the astrological ring together. Sometimes our hearts want what our heads are telling us is never going to happen.   It’s a balancing act that is tough to master but one that arrives fast and furiously this month.

Many people don’t realize that there are always two signs in play at the time of the Full Moon. Each month the signs take turns coming up head to head with their polar opposite. They come with their own personal baggage and always seem to have a hard time seeing eye to eye. They are opposites, after all, and believe in two totally different things!

Here’s an excerpt from Member Horoscopes surrounding the details of this March 2017 Virgo Full Moon:

The truth behind the façade is that opposites need each other and attract the quickest. One of the secrets of the laws of attraction is that people we attract to most, are indeed our polar opposite. It’s like our souls know what we’re missing. Our opposite completes us in ways that we never could. We hate them but love them at the same time.

Each time a Full Moon comes around, we get a chance to encounter two totally different energies and balance things out again.

Full Moons are a perfect time to get in touch with something we might be missing —including an awareness factor.

Our ability to see things in full focus is always higher during Full Moon moments. It’s important to be mindful of the energies in play – in order to make good use of them.

The signs of Virgo (head/logical realm) and Pisces (heart/feelings realm) will be trying to find a balance.

Virgo is the realm of logic, organization, precision and details.  It’s great at noticing the details and getting things organized to a T.  Pisces, on the other hand, cares a lot less about the details and loves swimming in a ton of feelings and letting her creative energy flow.  It’s great at lending a helping hand, coming to the rescue of someone in need and finding beauty in imperfection.

The energy of this Full moon is going to captivate the essence of both signs and push us to find the right balance in our own lives.  Some of us might be more inclined to jump over to the logical realm because it’s easier to do the practical thing.  While others will have a hard time pushing those darn feelings aside and get pulled into doing what their heart wants.

I’ll be honest and share that the scales are going to be a little (well really A LOT) out of whack.

The reason behind that is because there is going to be a heck of a lot more Pisces going on than Virgo. There will be 4 bodies (3 planets and 1 asteroid) in Pisces. Virgo is only getting the Moon’s love. But the Moon is getting a ton of support out of powerhouse Pluto while all those Pisces planets are emotionally vulnerable.

Some other things to consider ….

The Wounded Healer, Chiron, will also be VERY influential during this Full Moon.  Chiron is an asteroid who symbolizes our deepest hurts as well as the scars that have healed them.  Issues of the past may resurface and need to be addressed again. This is especially this case when it comes to relationships of the past.

Communications could also be tested as we see our way through.

Mercury, the planet that likes to have his say, is going to be tested by the Moon as well. There is a struggle to communicate our feelings in a way that makes sense.
With Venus in the throws of her retrograde, I have no doubt that some of us out there are going through some relationship drama. This Full Moon could mark an important awareness time in where things stand.

Feng Shui – Davana

Feng Shui – Davana

You don’t have to travel to India to enjoy one of the most healing essential oils we have. Davana, derived from the blossoms of a plant often used as an offering to Shiva, has antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, and disinfectant properties. Inhaling a few drops from the skin or a diffuser provides your body with the strength it needs to heal cysts and fight off viruses, as well as easing stress and depression, while enhancing relaxation. …

Eden Mystic Wind Essence Oil

Mystic Wind Essence Oil

The woodiness of Cedarwood, Frankincense, Silver Fir, Juniper, and Sandalwood blended with light florals of Jasmine, Rose, Lavender and Ylang Ylang, and a hint of ginger to give you the sensation of walking through the forest on a cool breezy day. Use Mystic Wind as a base for body care or as a natural perfume – enjoyed by men and women alike. Packaged in elegant, 8.5 ml glass bottles.

  • 100% Pure and Natural Ingredients
  • 79% Organic Ingredients
  • 20% Essential Oils in a Carrier Oil Base

Ingredients: Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Oil *, Cedrus deodora (Himalayan Cedarwood) Oil, Cedrus atlantica (Atlas Cedarwood) Oil *, Myroxylon pereirae (Balsam of Peru) Oil, Santalum spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) Extract, Abies alba (Silver Fir) Oil *, Juniperus recurva (Juniper) Oil, Cupressus sempervirens (Cypress Leaf ) Oil *, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil *, Jasminum grandiflorum (Jasmine) Extract, Rosa damascena (Rose) Extract, Zingiber officinale (Ginger) Extract, Cistus ladaniferus (Rock Rose) Extract, Aquilaria agallocha (Agarwood) Extract, Oleum succini (Amber Resin) Oil, Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla) Extract, Santalum austrocaledonicum (Sandalwood) Extract, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Extract *, Nardostachys grandiflora (Spikenard) Oil, Commiphora myrrha (Myrrh) Oil, Artemisia pallens (Davana) Oil, Cyperus scariosus (Nagarmotha) Oil, Vetiveria zizanioides (Vetiver) Oil *, Liquidambar styraciflua (Liquidambar) Oil, Elettaria cardamomum (Cardamom) Extract, Piper nigrum (Black Pepper) Oil, Santalum spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) Oil.

*Organic Ingredients

Eden Amber Essence Oil

Amber Essence Oil

Amber Essence Oil has a full-bodied and deep resin-like aroma with intense earthy undertones. It contains rare Amber oil made from ancient fossilized tree resin, along with precious Agarwood CO2 for an earthy, grounded scent. It includes an array of oils, and this blend may be used to calm the mind, as a natural perfume, to fragrance your own massage or body products, or as a base for your own blends. Packaged in elegant, 8.5 ml glass bottles.

  • 100% Pure and Natural Ingredients
  • 90% Organic Ingredients
  • 12% Essential Oils in a Carrier Oil Base

Ingredients: Cistus ladaniferus (Rock Rose) Extract, Aquilaria agallocha (Agarwood) Extract, Oleum succini (Amber Resin) Oil, Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla) Extract, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Oil *, Santalum austrocaledonicum (Sandalwood) Extract, Boswellia serrata (Frankincense) Extract, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Nardostachys grandiflora (Spikenard) Oil, Commiphora myrrha (Myrrh) Oil, Artemisia pallens (Davana) Oil, Cyperus scariosus (Nagarmotha) Oil, Vetiveria zizanioides (Vetiver) Oil *, Liquidambar styraciflua (Liquidambar) Oil, Cedrus deodora (Himalayan Cedarwood) Oil, Cedrus atlantica (Atlas Cedarwood) Oil *, Elettaria cardamomum (Cardamom) Extract, Piper nigrum (Black Pepper) Oil, Zingiber officinale (Ginger) Extract.

* Organic Ingredients

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