I went to Sweden over the weekend to celebrate my daughters graduation. This event is always outdoors, which is fine when (if) the sun is shining – it wasn’t. At least the rain stopped in time. In cold, drizzly and gray weather I have stood outdoors dressed in a pretty summer-dress with only a thin jacket and a scarf – an entire day til late night. To make matters worse I slept by a wide-open window 2 nights in a row and then took the horror-flight (Skavsta-Hahn) home. Of course the week-end was party-time and I didn’t eat/sleep/exercise properly…but I had lots of wine and champagne! Once home my throat felt the way a bull-frog sounds and a cough had started. My head was aching, I had a fever, everything hurt – especially my throat – and I was exhausted.
Beautiful Stockholm…see how cold it was!
Immediate thing to do (should actually have been started already at first sign): Gurgle with Tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia). This oil is amazing on bacteria; you know when you have this disgusting taste in your throat/mouth? That’s bacteria, and if you start tea tree at the first tiny sign, it might not even break out! Then I went to bed and slept 16 hours.
I was so ill I couldn’t do more than the gurgling, and this is the problem with aromatherapy; it takes effort. When you feel horrid, you don’t have the energy to do anything except sleep and if you don’t have anybody to care for you, it’s easier to take an aspirin and hope for the best. Once I had slept I felt a little better; head-ache gone at least. I have a blend of pure essential oils that I use for colds; they can be mixed in oil or cream to be rubbed on chest and neck or used for inhalation. This is as close to simple as you can get with aromatherapy, and, trust me, it is a lot more effective over time than aspirin.
- Thyme ct thymol / red thyme (thymus officinalis ct thymol) 20 drops
- Benzoin (styrax benzoin) 15 drops
- Eucalyptus (eucalyptus globulus) 20 drops
- Lavender (lavandula augustifolia) 20 drops
- Lemon (citrus limon) 20 drops
This makes about 5 ml of pure essential oil. Store it cool and dark and it will keep for up to two (2) years. Mix 5-8 drops in 10ml (2 teaspoons) of cold-pressed vegetable oil for a rub. Use pure for inhalation. If you are really weak; stick to the gurgling of tea tree and sniff out of the cold-blend bottle. A blended veg. oil for rubbing will not keep for so long, so you need to make that up when needed.
Yesterday (day 2) I stayed in bed and did the gurgling + inhaling. Coughed a lot. Today my nose is a bit runny and I sneeze. Cough is almost gone, throat-ache as well. Am up and working. Tomorrow I will be back on track. The first days you can apply oils (gurgle, rub, inhale) once an hour until the mounting of symptoms stop (usually after day 1). Then continue with treatment 3-5 times/day until well. Stay warm and sweat a lot, that always help. Do not shower or get cold.
Posted in Aromatherapy, medicine, Wellness
Tagged bacteria, benazoin, cold, coughs, essential oils, fever, head-ache, inhalation, lavender, lemon, rub, sneeze, tea tree, thyme
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Skin Acid Mantle – sound familiar? It should, it is the largest and first protection we have. SAM is a layer of bacteria that covers our entire body. There are plenty of different bacteria, all specialists in their fields. For example, we have the little guy (the lash-sweeper) who comes out and cleans our lashes during the night, leaving the waste in the inner corner of our eyes…ever wonder how it got there?
These bacteria create a protective barrier against the surroundings. They are really tiny, much tinier than pathological (disease) bacteria, like a small roman army they let nothing pass. Each persons SAM is as individual as a fingerprint. When we are newly born, we have not yet developed our SAM, but it develops quickly:
- Baby 1 day old: 6 000 bacteria/square centimeter
- Baby 9 days old: 80 000 b./sq.cm
- Baby 1 month old: 3 million b./sq.cm which is a normal SAM.
The SAM needs to be protected and fed to stay healthy. Damaging agents are anything that dries out the skin or in any way has a to low or high pH. (applied on the skin):
- Too much water
To stay healthy we need to feed our SAM:
- Fats, essential fatty acids as in vegetable oils. The oils have to be cold-pressed and fresh, otherwise the essential fatty acids are all destroyed and the product filled with free radicals (BAD for the skin/body).
- pH-friendly substances; hydrosols, essential oils, macerations, herbs, clays, waxes…
The more chemical stuff there is in your skin-care, the more you are destroying your SAM. When you have the “squeeky” clean feeling it means that your SAM is seriously destroyed and the skin dried-out, resulting in…
- Pathological bacteria enters and the result can be non-hormonal acne and clogged pores.
- The skin might overproduce sebum, giving the impression of oily skin.
- Fine lines and wrinkles, premature aging of skin.
So lets look at the babies: When I read the labels of baby-products, they are full of chemicals, mineral oil, soaps, synthetic perfumes and conserving agents – all the stuff that seriously damages the SAM. And this on little babies that don’t even have fully developed SAM’s. No wonder that skin-disease, eczema and allergies are increasing in children! (and adults too).
In Ayur Veda babies are cleaned with an oil-infused dough-ball (whole-wheat flower mixed with water and almond oil) every day for the first 6 days, from the 7th day the babies are massaged with this dough-ball until they are one month old and massage with the hands (and oil) commences.
If you are interested in some more info about SAM, check here.
Posted in Skincare
Tagged Ayur Veda, babies, Babies & Children, bacteria, damage, dough-ball, dry skin, essential oils, health, hydrosols, macerations, oily skin, protection, skin acid mantle, skin-care, vegetable oils
Autumn 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
- Inhalation; Eucalytpus 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)
- 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:
Posted in Aromatherapy, Babies & Children
Tagged antibiotics, Aromatherapy, autumn, Babies & Children, bacteria, bath, cold, essential oils, fever, flu, immune-system, inhalation, virus
I get a lot of questions about animals and how I treat them. The first and main reason I even came to Luxembourg was because of horses and treating them; mainly one big very sad horse. Animals are individuals with very diverse personalities; some are pushy and some are shy – like the big sad horse; he is gorgeous with the step of an Olympic winner, but he is shy and insecure, and not very smart. He will never become the great competition horse he was meant to be. The pressure on him to succeed was so great that he became unreliable to handle, always ready to run away. He also had problems with the ligaments in one leg. With treatment (essential oils) and training à la Anna he became the nicest horse that even the smallest child could handle and his leg healed and stayed strong. But each time he went to competition he was a bundle of nerves. So in the end was acceptance from the very nice owners; they learned to just love their big wonderful horse and allow him to be part of the family.
Very often there is a communication-problem; things are expected and the animal can not deliver for different reasons. Sometimes the animal can be helped to develop the skills needed, sometimes it is just not there…it is the “wrong” individual. It is like asking an immensely shy person to speak to a large audience; they would rather die. Sometimes this skill can be trained, but not always.
Essential oils work with our emotions, memories, learning patterns and hormones, this makes them very powerful tools in any kind of healing or development. They transgress all existing barriers by going straight to the core of the individual.
With animals I usually work either with emotional imbalances or with obvious physical problems such as wounds, sprains etc. When there is an emotional imbalance or trauma I usually also do some ground-work and I train the owner and animal in communication so there is a lasting balance. For the owner this takes some work, thought, learning and energy. The ones who are prepared to do this end up with good results and lots of happiness with their animal.
Where there are physical problems I use the essential oils pharmaceutical; I check their chemistry and use them from that physical point of view. Essential oils used in this way is powerful medicine, and today research is being done on certain essential oils to see if they can be used on antibiotic-resistant bacteria-strains.
Posted in Animals, Aromatherapy
Tagged Animals, antibiotic, Aromatherapy, bacteria, chemistry, emotion, fear, horses, insecurity, molecules, pressure, training, trauma