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Feng Shui – Bay Essential Oil

Feng Shui – Bay Essential Oil

The ancient Greeks and Romans esteemed the bay laurel as a symbol of victory, status, wisdom, peace, and protection. A wonderful Feng Shui cure derived from this plant uses bay laurel essential oil. It has analgesic and anesthetic properties and can be used to fight cold and flu symptoms and as an expectorant. Just place a few drops into a diffuser and watch any congestion loosen up. Give a cold a knockout punch! …

Bay Leaf Essential Oil (1/3 oz)

Debra Mauldin, Certified Aromatherapist

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Top 5 Essential Oils for Healing with Aromatherapy

Top 5 Essential Oils for Healing with Aromatherapy

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Top 5 Essential Oils

If you’ve been with me for awhile, you know that aromatherapy and perfuming are high on my list of passions, which is why I want to share with you my top 5 essential oils for healing with aromatherapy.

Because essential oils come from plants, they carry the energetic properties of the plant they were extracted from. So when you work with these sacred tools, you’re layering the energy of the plant medicine with the magic of aromatherapy. For example, an oil like Patchouli, may be antibacterial, anti-fungal, and carry attraction and abundance energy.

At the same time that you are invoking these medicinal and metaphysical properties, you are also tapping into the response of the body to the aroma of the oil.

This is where the olfactory system, which is strongly linked to our deepest subconscious, comes in. We can literally tap into our deepest memories through the power of scent. If you’d like to learn more about the aromatherapy classes I teach, click here.

So now let’s explore the top 5 essential oils for healing with aromatherapy.

Lavender

No discussion on the benefits of essential oils can begin without first singing the praises of the versatile and wonderfully aromatic lavender. One of the most popular essential oils for aromatherapy, lavender has an amazing smell that is gentle enough for most, but which still packs a remarkably powerful punch. Lavender essential oil is extracted from the flowers of the plant and then steam distilled. Well known for its curative properties, including stress relief, this oil can be used in countless ways. The word lavender comes from the Latin ‘lavera’, which literally means to wash.

Lavender essential oil is famous for its calming and relaxing properties, but did you know it possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties? Lavender essential oil has been used to alleviate pain and swelling of achy joints and can ease sore muscles as well.

This is an ideal essential oil to use in your bathing rituals. Just a few drops in a warm bath will leave you feeling refreshed, energized, and ready for new challenges. Lavender essential oil is a favorite amongst massage therapists to help relax their clients. If you have trouble sleeping consider adding a little lavender to your diffuser, or feel free to anoint your pillow or headrest to encourage more restful sleep.

Peppermint

Did you smell that? Or rather, did you feel that? A naturally cooling agent, it only takes a quick whiff of peppermint to put the bounce back into your step. Peppermint essential oil is potent, so keep that in mind when you choose to work with it. The menthol component in peppermint can be an irritant for many people, and contact with the eyes should be strictly avoided. But it is this cooling effect which has made peppermint so valuable for aromatherapy and healing throughout the world.

A naturally occurring hybrid of spearmint and watermint, peppermint essential oil has a remarkably refreshing effect that can be effectively used to stimulate mental awareness and encourage alertness. It also boosts energy. Unlike lavender, peppermint essential oil is extracted before the plant actually blossoms, and is then steam distilled.

A favorite amongst the ancient Romans, who prized it for its welcoming aroma and medicinal properties, peppermint primarily works its magic by reducing inflammation. It brings relief from joint and muscle pain, dissolves headaches, and can also be used to help clear up various skin conditions. Nausea, gas, bloating, and other digestive issues respond amazingly to the cooling effects of peppermint. In fact, peppermint was used as far back as Ancient Egypt to aid with digestion.

Tea Tree

Tea tree is by far one of the most popular and effective essential oils for aromatherapy. A native of Australia, tea tree oil is famously known for its antimicrobial benefits. The local Aborigines used tea tree oil as an effective antiseptic for thousands of years before European contact, and legend has it that the name ‘tea tree’ actually came from the British explorer Captain Cook. Tea tree oil has a delightfully fresh, herbal aroma, and much like peppermint, this essential oil is very potent and contact with the eyes and mucous membranes should be avoided.

 

Tea tree essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the tree and steam distilled. There are so many ways to use this oil. Tea tree essential oil can be inhaled through a humidifier, but it can also be applied directly to the skin through a neutral lotion, oil, or cream which can then be massaged into the skin. Another wonderful way of benefitting from tea tree’s medicinal properties is to add a few drops to your warm bath and allow yourself to enjoy a nice, invigorating soak that will leave you deeply cleansed and feeling refreshed.

Eucalyptus

Another native of Australia, eucalyptus is a powerful essential oil with an incredibly recognizable scent. Known for its fresh and minty aroma, this essential oil is primarily used to treat respiratory diseases, but it also enhances concentration and focus. A powerful antimicrobial and autoimmune stimulant, eucalyptus is highly prized as an ingredient in decongestant chest rubs and many topical pain relievers.

Eucalyptus essential oil’s properties don’t stop there. It can also be used as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, decongestant, and as a diuretic. Much like peppermint, eucalyptus also has cooling properties which help it fight migraines and fevers. This cooling capability also relieves muscle aches and pains.

Eucalyptus essential oil can also be used to help treat colds and flus and nourish hair. If you’re under the weather, just a few drops of oil in your diffuser will help cleanse your body of the toxins which are making you feel sick. If you suffer from dandruff or an itchy scalp, feel free to rub some eucalyptus essential oil into your scalp to give your hair a rejuvenating moisturizing treatment.

Frankincense

Frankincense is one of the oldest and most useful essential oils in the world. Extracted from the resin of one of four species of the genus Boswellia, this essential oil is well-known as a traditional incense that can boast a range of amazing curative properties as well. In fact, its roots as a sacred incense are so deep that it has been used throughout history and across several cultures in numerous spiritual and religious ceremonies.

Frankincense has a unique aroma which is hard to describe in words. It is a perfect combination of woodsy, earthy, and citrus and it compliments almost every other essential oil you can think of. Frankincense essential oil can be used to boost low spirits, relieve stress, and to aid with digestion. It is also an anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. It is also known that frankincense oil can help minimize the appearance of scars and can be used to help minor wounds heal faster. Insect bites and other skin ailments respond very well to this ancient oil.

Enjoy exploring the magic of aromatherapy, dear ones.

 

New Heavenly French Lavender & more—15% off

These three new Amrita essential oils are worthy of your special notice! AND through March 31, 2017, take 15% off their price.
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  1. New heavenly French Lavender— USDA-certified organic AND wild-crafted. Dr Streicher writes, “This is the finest Lavender in the world. It can only be described as heavenly. Grown wild in the high regions of Provence, it is very difficult to procure.  After a long search we have located an exquisite oil.” French Lavender is the essential oil that launched modern Aromatherapy. Its elegant fragrance surrounds you with an aroma halo. A few drops on your pillowcase can help you sleep. A drop or two in Jojoba carrier oil can help with rheumatism.  Apply a drop or two directly to a cut, a burn, a bruise, or a bite. While supplies last.   
  2. USDA-certified organic Myrrh from Somalia—Everyone connects Myrrh to the Bible stories—Myrrh is a marvelous essential oil with a myriad of uses. PubMed cites 423 recent studies on Myrrh in modern medicine. Research ranges from chronic disease and cancer treatment to memory enhancement and wound healing. Traditionally Myrrh helps with chapped skin, for aromatherapy massage, to help with coughs and colds, to address thyroid problems, and for healing injuries. It is among the mild non-irritating oils and has anti-bacterial properties. It calms and uplifts.
  3. USDA-certified organic Siberian Fir from Bulgaria—This oil transports you to untouched forests. It rates high for both spiritual and physical characteristics. Bathe with it or diffuse it for stress or troubles and somehow problems are just more manageable. Siberian Fir boosts mental clarity. It’s good for chronic fatigue, pain and stiffness of muscles, arthritis, and respiratory problems.

Debra Mauldin, Certified Aromatherapist

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Feng Shui – Neroli Essential Oil

Feng Shui – Neroli Essential Oil

Neroli is a favorite scent derived from orange blossoms. Its light, sweet floral fragrance makes you feel like it’s spring no matter what the time of year. This essential oil has many healing benefits, too, including antibacterial, antiseptic, and carminative. But one of its powerhouse uses is as an aphrodisiac. Inhaling a few drops from a diffuser or from the skin increases libido and creates romantic feelings for those dreamy nights at home. …

Neroli Essential Oil (1/3 oz)

Neroli Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Citrus aurantium

Distillation Method: Steam distillation of the flowers.

Origin: Morocco

Very relaxing, helping to aid feelings of anxiety and apathy. Due to its calming effect may be beneficial to sexual problems. May aid symptoms of irritability and tearfulness.

Scent Characteristics: Light, sweet, floral scent with a hint of citrus.

Warning: Keep out of reach of children. Highly concentrated, dilute properly before use. Keep away from eyes & mucous membranes. Not for internal use.

Debra Mauldin, Certified Aromatherapist

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Lava Rock Amber Aromatherapy Necklace

Baltic Essentials

Lava Rock Amber Necklace Arthritis Carpal Tunnel Polished Cognac 19 Inch Teen or Adult Essential Oils Aromatherapy

Lava Rock Amber Necklace Arthritis Carpal Tunnel Polished Cognac 19 Inch Teen or Adult Essential Oils Aromatherapy

* Baltic Amber For adults: anti-inflammation: swelling, back ache, tooth ache, sciatica, hypothyroid, migraine, carpal tunnel, arthritis, and more.

* Lava Rock For essential oils – apply your favorite oils on the lava rock, the rocks are porous and absorb the oils.

What’s great about this necklace is it is a mix of 100% Baltic Amber (that’s the bead used for inflammation, carpal tunnel, swelling, arthritis, migraines, head aches, back aches, tooth pain, and more) & Essential Oil Lava Rocks.

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Cleansing the Lymphatic System

Signs of a Clogged Lymphatic System and 10 Ways to Cleanse It

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One of the crucial things when it comes to everyone’s health is removing the toxins from the body. There are a lot of systems, organs, and glands in the body which have a responsibility to ensure that the toxins are destroyed. But, a lot of them are clogged, and some of them don’t have a proper function at all. The lymphatic system is one of them which help in removing the toxins but doesn’t function properly in many people.

The lymphatic system consists of lymph nodes, glands, spleen, tonsils, and thymus gland. It is part of the circulatory and immune system. The functions of the lymph include:

  • Removing interstitial fluid from tissues
  • Absorbing and transporting fatty acids and fats from the digestive system
  • Transporting white blood cells from the lymph nodes into the bones
  • Transporting antigen-presenting cells to the lymph nodes.

 

There are many reasons for the improper function of the lymphatic system as nutrient deficiencies, high intake of processed foods, and lack of activity. These are the symptoms which suggest that you need to clean your lymphatic system:

  • Digestive disorders
  • Frequent headaches
  • Sinus infections
  • Excess weight
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Arthritis
  • Skin conditions
  • Unexplained injuries

In order to create flow, the lymphatic system needs the body’s breathing, movement, muscle action, and intestinal activity, because it doesn’t have its own active pumping system. We present you 10 ways which will help you to create flow in the lymphatic system, needed for the removal of body toxins.

  1. Exercise

The first thing that the healthy lymphatic system requires is a regular exercising. Start with some easier exercises, and every day try to increase their level of intensity. Rebounding on a small trampoline is one of the best exercises for the lymphatic system.

  1. Alternative treatments

One of the easiest ways for detoxification of the lymphatic system is a lymphatic drainage massage. It can boost the lymph circulation, and drain away the fluids, fat, and toxins from the cells. Another treatment which will help in the stimulation of the lymph flow and in the removal of the body toxins is acupuncture.

  1. Hot and cold showers

The blood vessels will be dilated by the hot water, while the cold water will shrivel them. The fluids that were staying in the body for a longer period of time will be forced out by this “pump” action. Pregnant women and people suffering from the cardiovascular disease should not do this therapy.

  1. Use dry brushing

Brush the dry skin, by making a circular movement with a brush, for 10 minutes. Then, you can take a shower. For better effects, combine the dry brushing with hot and cold shower.

  1. Drink clean water

It is recommended to consume water half of the body weight in ounces on a daily basis (160lbs=80 ounces of water). Also, you need to consume a few glasses of lemon water.

  1. Avoid wearing tight clothes

Wearing tight clothes can be harmful for the proper circulation in the lymphatic system as they cause blockages in the lymph system, resulting in accumulation of toxins.

  1. Breathe deeply

There are 3 times more lymph fluid in our body than blood and no organ for pumping it. You can do a pumping action which requires deep breathing. It will help the lymphatic system in the transportation of the toxins into the blood before the liver detoxifies them.

8. Eat foods that promote lymph flow

You can contribute to the health of the lymphatic system by eating raw foods and foods full of nutrients:

  • Low sugar fruits
  • Ground flaxseed
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Avocados
  • Chia
  • Almonds
  • Garlic
  • Cranberries
  • Walnuts
  • Brazil nuts
  1. Avoid foods that cause blockages to the lymphatic system

Avoid these foods in order to improve the health of your lymphatic system:

  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Conventional dairy
  • Processed foods
  • Soy
  • Sugar
  • Conventionally raised meat
  • Table salt

 

  1. Take herbs that stimulate lymph flow

Prepare teas with these herbs in order to improve the health of lymph:

  • Astragalus
  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Echinacea
  • Goldenseal
  • Pokeroot
  • Wild indigo root

Source: Best Healthy Guide

Use Aromatherapy to Cleanse the Lymphatic System

By: Debra Mauldin, Certified Aromatherapist

1 Lymphatic System

PROBLEMS

The Lymphatic System drains and disposes of toxic waste from ALL parts of the body. It also drains fluids from the body. Sluggish Lymph Circulation results in edema, fluid retention, especially in the ankles, and cellulite in the buttocks, hips, and thighs.

TREATMENT

Treatment is by massage and compress.

ESSENTIAL OILS

Problem – Stimulate the Lymphatic System
Essential Oils to Use – Fennel, Geranium, Juniper, and/or Rosemary

Problem – Cleansing the Body of Toxic Waste
Essential Oils to Use – Eucalyptus, Lemon, Pine, Tea Tree, and/or Thyme

Resource: ‘Aromatherapy Blends and Remedies’ by Franzesca Watson

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Study Shows How Smudging Does a Lot More Than “Clear Evil Spirits”

Study Shows How Smudging Does a Lot More Than “Clear Evil Spirits”
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Do you know about smudging and the benefits of smudging? In this article we will give you the back ground and why we should smudge our homes.

The practice of smudging dates back to prehistoric times, and is still very much in use today worldwide for cleansing everything from dwellings to human spirits. However recent research has shed light on the popularity of this activity, revealing that burning certain plant matter actually clears harmful bacteria.

All Western use of burning herbs and plants for spiritual purposes aside, the activity rests firmly in the sensibilities of ancient cultures in that, historically, smudging was believed to put forth the spirits of various ‘allies’ to provide ease and balance to an individual or group.

In this way, the practice was used to clear spiritual and emotional negativity that has built up in a body or a space.

Of course, there are skeptics who belittle the practice as unscientific and akin to magic. The practice has a negative association to a form of cultural imperialism, where traditions of dwindling indigenous populations are co-opted by the descendants of those who more-or-less conquered them.

The scientific paper entitled “Medicinal Smokes” and published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology focuses a scientific lens on the practice, which is becoming more and more widely practiced, despite skepticism.

It serves to play against the role that this activity has played in a culturally diverse range of religions and tribal beliefs.

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Smudge-PictureThe research study looked into herbal and non-herbal remedies that were administered by the burning of various matter.

The research included information from 50 countries over 5 continents and found that, predominantly, smoke administered medicinally is mostly used to aid lung, brain and skin function. In addition, it was revealed that passive fumes doubled as a sort of air purifier.

The purpose of the study was to see whether or not these medicinal smoke deliveries could be explored by western medicine, because “The advantages of smoke-based remedies are rapid delivery to the brain, more efficient absorption by the body and lower costs of production.”

A follow up paper published in the same periodical, “Medicinal smoke reduces airborne bacteria,” found that the research concluded that, in addition to health benefits, smudging was a powerful antiseptic.

“We have observed that 1 hour treatment of medicinal smoke emanated by burning wood and a mixture of odoriferous and medicinal herbs (havan sámagri=material used in oblation to fire all over India), on aerial bacterial population caused over 94% reduction of bacterial counts by 60 min and the ability of the smoke to purify or disinfect the air and to make the environment cleaner was maintained up to 24 hour in the closed room.

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smudging_featherAbsence of pathogenic bacteria Corynebacterium urealyticum, Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens, Enterobacter aerogenes (Klebsiella mobilis), Kocuria rosea, Pseudomonas syringae pv. persicae, Staphylococcus lentus, and Xanthomonas campestris pv. tardicrescens in the open room even after 30 days is indicative of the bactericidal potential of the medicinal smoke treatment.

We have demonstrated that using medicinal smoke it is possible to completely eliminate diverse plant and human pathogenic bacteria of the air within confined space.”

In short, burning medicinal herbs cleared airborne bacterial populations by 94%, and the space was still found to be disinfected a day later. What’s more, a month after smudging, much of the pathogens originally found were still undetectable.

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Buffalospirit-smudge_0This has profound implications, as modern air quality in the developed and undeveloped world is atrocious, containing up to 1800 bacterial typesmany of them pathogenic. With an increasing deadly array ofantibacterial-resistant strains, we’ll need all the help we can get.

Conventional methods of sterilization often employ chemical cocktails that are typically much less effective than purported. Smudging seems to be an effective alternative, while also being natural and safe to use.

In conclusion, the ancient practice of burning powerful herbal material may be much much more than just a primitive belief that we can simply disregard due to it being unscientific.

Of course, this should not take away from the properties of smudging in the area of energy system and soul cleansing and in the power of aromatherapy.

Thanks to thespiritscience where this article first appeared and to bestblender.
Read more at http://itsallabouti.info/study-shows-how-smudging-does-a-lot-more-than-clear-evil-spirits/#ZQsDdW0ZqBJgwGf1.99

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