Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
Ginger is a potent circulatory stimulant with warming properties. It also helps to improve liver function. Ginger has a spicy, warm scent.
Marjoram has potent sedative properties and is an excellent muscle relaxant that eases uterine cramps. It also has mild laxative action and helps to relieve constipation when used as an abdominal massage oil. Marjoram has a spicy, herbaceous, slightly sweet fragrance.
Rose is gentle and relaxing, and helps to ease physical and emotional tension. It has mild hormone-balancing properties and is considered to be a uterine tonic. Rose has a deep, sweet, floral fragrance.
Aromatherapy Massage Oil for Fibroids
10 drops ginger essential oil
10 drops rose essential oil
2 ounces almond oil
1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil
Pour oils into a dark-glass bottle. Store tightly capped in a cool, dark place, and shake well before using. Use as a massage oil over the abdomen and lower back.
Lavender has soothing and healing properties and relieves itching and inflammation. Although gentle, it is a potent antimicrobial. It has a sweet, floral, herbaceous fragrance.
Tea tree has powerful antiseptic properties and kills a wide variety of infectious microorganisms. Always dilute tea tree oil before using it on tender mucous membranes such as the vagina. Tea tree oil has a pungent medicinal scent reminiscent of eucalyptus.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
7 drops sandalwood essential oil
5 drops juniper essential oil
1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil
Combine oils and store in a dark glass bottle. Use as a massage oil over the abdomen and lower back.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Aromatherapy Bath for UTIs
2 cups Epsom. salts
1 cup baking soda
6 drops sandalwood essential oil
4 drops juniper essential oil
Fill bathtub with comfortably hot water, adding Epsom salts and baking soda while the tub is filling. Add sandalwood and juniper essential oils just before entering the tub: Soak for 15 to 20 minutes.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
6 drops marjoram essential oil
8 drops lavender essential oil
6 drops ginger essential oil
1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil
Combine oils in a dark-glass bottle and shake well. Store tightly in a cool, dark place,
Hot baths are wonderful for relaxing the body and mind and easing cramps. Add ten drops of lavender and four drops of marjom essential oils to a bathtub of comfortably hot water and soak for 20 minutes. For additional muscle-relaxing properties, add two cups of Epsom salts, which are rich in magnesium, a natural muscle-relaxing mineral. Hot sitz baths are also excellent for relieving uterine cramps. Add five drops of lavender essential oil and two drops of marjoram essential oil to the sitz bath desired.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Use this PMS-relief massage oil as often as you desire. You can use it in massage treatments or apply a small amount after bathing as an all-over body moisturizer. You can also use essential oils in baths to ease PMS discomfort. Add four drops of clary sage or rose geranium and eight drops of lavender essential oils to a bathtub of comfortably warm water. Soak for 20 minutes, allowing yourself time to deeply relax and to enjoy the benefits of the essential oils on your body and your mind.
2 ounces almond oil
8 drops clary sage essential oil
16 drops lavender essential oil
½ teaspoon vitamin E oil
Mix oils together, shake well, and store in a tightly capped dark-glass bottle in a cool, dark place
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Essential oils get absorbed into our body and exert an influence on it. The residue gets dispersed from the body naturally. They can also affect our mind and emotions. They enter the body in three ways: by inhalation, absorption and consumption.
From the chemist's point of view, essential oils are a mixture of organic compounds viz., ketones, terpenes, esters, alcohol, aldehyde and hundreds of other molecules which are extremely difficult to classify, as they are small and complex. The essential oils' molecules are small. They penetrate human skin easily and enter the blood stream directly and finally get flushed out through our elementary system.
A concentrate of essential oils is not greasy; it is more like water in texture and evaporates quickly. Some of them are light liquid insoluble in water and evaporate instantly when exposed to air. It would take 100 kg of lavender to yield 3 kg of lavender oil; one would need 8 million jasmine flowers to yield barely 1 kg of jasmine oil.
Some of these aroma oils are very expensive. They are extracted using maceration. The purification process called defleurage is employed, and in some cases fat is used instead of oil. Then this process, called enfleurage, is used for final purification.