Monthly Archives: October 2009

ESSENTIAL OIL & SCENT HISTORY part 1

incenseThe history of essential oils is exciting, romantic and mind-boggling. The stories are everywhere; the whole bible is full of allusions to essential oils. What makes it so exciting is that this part of history is continuously here and now. Each time I smell an oil, I am smelling the whole stretch of history…I am actually part of it, and what the oil does to me, it has done to every person since the dawn of time! And knowing the oils gives me insight to why some oils were used in specific situations. Mind-boggling!

The word Perfume is derived from the Latin per fumum, meaning through smoke. Early man found that certain herbs gave a rich-scenting and healing smoke when placed on the fire. These plants were, naturally, special gifts from the Gods. Bad smells, such as rot and decay, were dangerous to health, so early man learned, by using the sense of smell, what was good and what was bad. I believe these early learnings have become part of a human hereditary trait; every person recognizes the smell of rot and bacteria infestation, even if they never smelled it before.

Queen Hatsheput templeEGYPT:

The Egyptians are the best-known when it comes to the use of aromatic substances. There are ample records on papyrus-rolls dating back to 1700 B.C of how they were used. Wealthy people wore perfumed wax-cones on their heads to melt during the day and infuse them in scent. (We need to remember that these times were stinky. People and their waste is smelly business.) The whole embalming-process was done with essential oils, resins and other scented substances. The process could take up to 6 months and would cost a fortune. This was done for royalty and very wealthy individuals. The “quickie-embalmings” for the not-so-wealthy would take as little as a day. When Tutankhamons grave was opened in the 1920:s (after being sealed for more than 2000 years) small pots were found with solidified scented matter, with the scent still discernible to the nose. Analysis showed it to be wax infused with Frankincense (boswellia carterii) and Myrrh (commiphora myrrha)

The Egyptian temples were in fact laboratories for the priests who were the connectors to God. Only the priests had the knowledge of how to create medicines and holy potions. There are records of medicine for hay-fever, youth-elixirs, and potions to prevent pregnancy. Each hour of the day had a special perfume. In Heliopolis, the city of the Sun-God Ra, Frankincense was burned at sunrise, Myrrh (commiphora myrrha) at noon and Kyphi at sunset. Kyphi is one of the first documented perfumes in history. There are 16 ingredients of which 12 are identified: Calmus, Cassia, Cinnamon, Cyperus, Frankincense, Hina, Juniper, Mastic, Myrrh, Saffron, Spikenard and Turpentine.

Kyphi

Each God had its own scent and the statues in the temples were anointed every day. Osiris had Marjoram (origanum majorana) and Ra had Frankincense.

Scented herbs, spices, flowers, barks, woods and resins were imported from Malaysia, China and India. Frankincense resin came from the Arabic peninsula. The resin comes from a small desert-tree and is to this day collected by nomadic tribes. At the time only  certain tribes knew where to find it and how to get it, and this made Frankincense a very valuable substance, even more valuable than gold.

frankincense resin

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WATER – a response

WaterI had a request to write more on the topic “water as a medium” so I have spent a couple of days in research trying to find something to interest the person who asked.  I might not always agree with everything I find, but I do believe in information and that every-one makes their own decision in what to believe. Everything interests me and with time all my questions are usually answered. Nobody in the entire world has all the answers and I think that keeping an open mind is the way forward. I do not speak of religion ever, nor do I speak from religious belief. I speak of a global community, of humanity – whatever religious beliefs there might be. On a cellular level we are all the same. 🙂

“The cell is immortal. It is merely the fluid in which it floats which degenerates. Renew this fluid at intervals, give the cell something on which to feed and, so far as we know, the pulsation of life may go on forever…” When cells’ health is compromised because the fluid surrounding them is not conducive for life because of various causes including high acidity etc., they either mutate or die. Once the cell death rate exceeds the birth rate, any individual’s body experiences accelerated aging. Among the many factors that affect aging, diet is the most important, and the foundation of a good diet is water. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2003 was given to Peter Agre and Roderick MacKinnon for pioneering discoveries concerning water and ion channels of cells, the mechanism that explains how water flows from and into cells. These discoveries contributed to fundamental chemical knowledge of how cells function.” ( By Jaime Zaragoza, “Water for thought”) For the whole article, check out this link:

http://www.whatthebleep.com/herald10/health.shtml)

This, I believe, is the basic idea of water as a medium. Since water is the single most important life-keeping substance for us as living beings, wouldn’t it make sense that the quality of the water is important? We all know that we get sick, and even die, from polluted water. But what if the water is polluted in a different way? In a way that can’t be measured?….Yet. I have a friend who at one point started praying to her food and drink before she took it; her health improved immensely, she seemed to rejuvenate and grow younger, stronger and fitter. Of course the quality of her nutrition is the best, and she lives her life in accordance to health.

watercrystal after prayerDr. Masaru Emoto

Considering that water is the single largest part of our bodies make-up, responsible for cellular communication and health, wouldn’t it make sense to believe that our thought-patterns integrate with our bodies? If we constantly think negatively about ourselves, are we poisoning ourselves? Returning to the photos of water crystals by Dr. Masaru Emoto:

emoto water-crystal hatewater crystal “hate”

Emoto-Water-Crystal-for-Global-Love-Day-07water crystal “love”

Much discussion surrounds the work of Dr. Masuru Emoto. The scientific world – rightly – state that his work is not scientific, but also that it can not be refuted.

“As published on the website of the Institute of Noetic Sciences on May 25, 2004, Mr. Nash states that the team “did not find sufficient evidence to refute or accept Emoto’s hypothesis that thought influences water crystalformation.”


Quartz_CrystalCrystal water is often used to promote health; You place a crystal in a jug of spring- or filtered- water and leave it overnight. This will promote health to all living; yourself, your animals and your plants. I made an experiment many years ago; I divided a plant in two parts, planting them in separate pots and setting them side by side in a window. One of the plants was given crystal water, the other spring water from our private well. There was a clear difference in how quickly they healed and grew, the crystal-water plant being much stronger all along.

Homeopathy (Dr. Samuel Hahnemann 1796) is created on the principal of water as a medium.  The more you potentize (dilute) it, the more powerful it gets. (The idea of the smallest part of the body – the cell) Homeopathy has never been accepted by the scientific world, but stays to this day a much-used and constantly growing form of alternative medicine. In Germany homeopathic remedies are sold in pharmacies.

As I said before; I do not allow science alone to dictate what I should believe. I love science and I love when a belief becomes scientific fact. But belief is the key, the vital point that make things happen. Poor is the world without belief. And maybe, yes maybe, it is all make-believe…who cares? Why should that even be important – if it works?

Now to something funny apropos diet:cartoon ekorre

SCENTED JEWELLERY

Since the earliest times scents have been worn by people. The Egyptians made scented wax-cones that were placed on the head. During the day the wax melted from the heat of sun and body, to imbue the wearer with its scent. During the plague, the “bird-masks” were invented to be worn by doctors as protection against airborne bacteria. In the beak was placed  a material infused in a blend of essential oils that would filter, and kill, bacteria.

Bird-mask ancient doctor

These masks later became the “prototype” for the well-known Venetian carnival-mask. (right)Venetian carnival bird-mask

Through the centuries jewelery has been designed to hold scents in different ways, usually in compartments such as lockers, spheres and other figures.

This beautiful bracelet is made to carry your favorite scent, be it an essential oil, a blend thereof or a perfume.  The scent is infused in material that is put in the locker. Designer Cathy Gins creates these fabulous jewels. You can read her profile and check out her jewelery on this site.

http://aromawear.com/discover.htm

Aromawear

Or this gorgeous necklace…

enchanted-01

Or maybe a card-case…

gold-case-lrg

AUTUMN COLD

autumn coldAutumn is here; beautiful, sunny and cold. Everybody goes back to work or school after holidays, the chill in the air isn’t bad enough to make us dress warmly, virus and bacteria have a field-day and we get ill….every year at this time.

Aromatherapy can help you through these colds and flu’s very effectively, but you need to work a bit on it. First of all you need to boost your immune-system; eat healthy foods, lots of veggies and fruits, (there is a reason they are all ripe now…) if needed, take a vitamin-supplement. Drink herbal and green teas. Pay attention to all “drainers”: coffee, sugary foods, sodas, pre-packaged foods and alcohol. Make sure you come out a while every day for some fresh air and light.

Useful essential oils: (Following tips are for older children, min. 12 yrs, and adults.)

  • Lavender (lavandula augusifolia) all-round booster
  • Lemon (citrus limon) immune-stimulant
  • Eucalyptus (eucalyptus globulus) mucolytic (phlegm in the airways)
  • Thyme ( thymus vulgaris) careful since it is strongly irritating to skin and mucous membranes. Antibiotic.
  • Marjoram (origanum majorana) deeply warming to the respiratory system. (dry, deep coughs)
  • Tea Tree (melaleuca alternifolia) anti-bacterial
  • Ginger (zingiber officinalis) boosts the immune-system
  • Pine (pinus sylvestris) antiseptic in the respiratory-system

At the first sign of cold or sniffles:

  • Take a warm bath with 10 drops of essential oil mixed in a base (non-perfumed soap, vegetable oil, cream or lotion) to mix it with the water. Use thyme, ginger and marjoram together for a warming effect.  If you don’t have a bathtub, do a foot-bath in a basin; it warms up the whole body; 4-6 dr. essential oil in a base.
  • Gurgle with Tea-tree; 1-2 dr. in lukewarm water, swish it and gurgle.  2-3 times/day
  • InhalationEucalytpus  and thyme; 1dr. with warm water in an inhalator, repeat 3 times or 3 dr. with warm water in a basin. Close your eyes and inhale deeply; NOT for people suffering from asthma. 2-3 times/day.
  • Oil-blend for rubbing on to chest, neck, shoulders and upper back. Blend 5-10 dr. essential oil in  15ml (1 tablespoon ) vegetable oil or non-perfumed cream/lotion.  Lavender, eucalyptus, thyme and marjoram make a warming and relaxing blend. Rub into your skin 2-3 times/day or as necessary.
  • Air-freshener: A blend of lemon and pine helps clear the air of bacteria. Use in a fan or mixed with water in a spray. If heated, the oils loose much of their anti-bacterial power.
  • Take extra vitamin C and Echinacea.
  • Fever; Stay warm, rest a lot, bring a hot bottle to bed. Sweating and some fever is the body’s way of killing bacteria and virus. Unless fever reaches high levels (39-40 degree celsius), don’t try to bring it down. Fever also helps you sleep. Try to refrain from taking antibiotics and other medication, since it is hard work for the body to break it down, often the result is a depleted immune-system and weakened liver function, leaving you wide open for disease.

SMALL CHILDREN; 3-12 yrs. (For babies always contact a certified aromatherapist)

Useful oils:

  • Lavender (lavandula augustifolia)
  • Lemon (citrus limon)
  • Eucalyptus (eucalyptus globulus)
  • Rosewood (aniba roseaodora) immune-stimulant
  • Tea Tree (melaleuca alternifolia)
  • Marjoram (origanum majorana) deeply warming and relaxing

DOSAGES: (Always lower dosage with younger age.)

  • Bath: 2-5 dr./bath. Foot-bath: 1-3 dr./bath. Lavender, rosewood, eucalyptus, lemon
  • Gurgle (only older children) 1 dr/ water. Tea tree
  • Inhalation; 1-2 drops in a basin, 1 dr in an inhalator, no repetition.  Lemon, Eucalyputs.
  • Oil-rub: 2-5 dr essential oil in 15ml (1 tablespoon) vegetable oil, non-perfumed cream or lotion. Rosewood, lavender, marjoram, eucalyptus.
  • Fever & heat: Same as for adults. The more a child sweats and sleeps, the faster it will heal. Just pay attention that the fever does not go too high. Medication to lower fever often functions activating on a child, they get active and restless. This slows down the healing big time, and once the medication wears off, they are often worse than before. So try to stay away from medication for children.

NOTE:  Antibiotics kill bacteria only, not virus. So without a lab-test you don’t know if your cold is from virus or bacteria. Antibiotics kill the good bacteria in your (among others) digestive system, is one of the biggest causes of rampant Candida Albicaans, and lowers your immune-system. Over-use of antibiotics also lead to resistance to the drug, making it use-less once you really need it. Now there are also antibiotic-resistant bacteria due to over-use.  My belief is to save antibiotics for the really big and heavy diseases.

Enjoyable things also help speedy recovery, so enjoy:

THE VOICE OF REASON

childrenWhy is it that children’s reasoning cut through all excuses with razor-sharp logic? Why is it that if we give children a chance to speak, and truly listen to them, that we become flustered and insecure?

I have 4 children, I have spent their lives listening to them. Many times did I have to excuse my actions and words, admitting that I was wrong. So often golden nuggets of wisdom fell from their innocent lips…the wise ones. Watch this video and enjoy truth in its simplest form…

WE ARE ALL ONE

I found this film (and site) today and it gives some food for thought. Yes, we all know it, but I think we can do with constant reminders as we loose ourselves in our comfortable lives. Here is a link to the site:

www.weareallone-support.org

“Every day that you don’t do what’s right is a day that you lost an option. And you are loosing options every day” (taken from the narrative)

“Everybody should be their own leader. In other words – do your thinking for yourself”

Narrator: Indigenous Native American Prophecy, 0:00 – 1:22 Red Crow Westerman. 1:33 – 9:53 Oren Lyons.

HOW DO I KNOW…?

A lady asked me a very important question; “How do I know that I am on the right track?” (the “right track” being whatever you are undertaking at the time.)

Yes, isn’t that always the question? how do I know? We want clear-cut answers all the time; a sort of step-by-step blueprint to life. That would be so easy and we would never need to worry or bother about much – but this is not the point. The point is to learn, experience and understand a bigger picture…the bigger picture being the Self. Everything we undertake comes to a point where it meets with adversity, sometimes over and over again, but who-ever said it would be easy? If something is difficult, chances are that we abandon it…never reaping the rewards of reaching our goals. Look at the video above…all successes that started out in a struggle to reach their goals. If we are not prepared to fight for what we want, the risk is that we will never have it.

Set-backs are learning processes, not defeat.

There is no way of knowing exactly if you are on the right track. Usually the question itself spells out fear and disbelief. Since we know that this is a programmed response to anything new, we need to step away from the negative thought-patterns and look from another view-point. There are some key-points:

  • Is it joyful and exciting?
  • Do you believe in it?
  • Are you getting some results, even though they might be small?
  • When you meditate, can you clearly visualize your goal?
  • Does it give a meaning to you?
  • What are you prepared to give up?

Why would this not be the “right way”? Because it is about you? Do you believe it would be okay for somebody else? Do you put less belief in yourself than in your environment? and if that is the case…Why? Maybe this is the biggest problem of all; our lack of self-esteem.

self-esteem

Everything starts in the Self, it is the birth-place of reality.

So:

  • Be good to yourself
  • Meditate and breath
  • Visualize and make it as real as possible – if you want to achieve, you’ve got to believe.
  • Talk to somebody who will support you
  • Keep a diary, write down your goals and wishes
  • Always see set-backs as something to learn from
  • Show people who you are, don’t wait for them to tell you.

And now for a little laugh…