CHAMOMILE

There are mainly 2 different chamomiles used in aromatherapy: German or “blue” chamomile and Roman chamomile. German chamomile (Matricaria recutita): An annual aromatic plant, up to 60 cm high. It has a branching stem, feathery leaves and simple white flowers with a yellow center. It is native to Europe, but is now naturalized in NorthContinue reading “CHAMOMILE”

CARE: health-professionals and aromatherapy

Over the years I have held training courses and workshops on aromatherapy for health-professionals. Mind you, this is not “true” aromatherapy which is individual-based, but the essential oils can be useful in many different areas such as stress-management, care for the elderly, hospice, handicap, physiotherapy and much more. I create safe blends to be usedContinue reading “CARE: health-professionals and aromatherapy”

ROCK ROSE

Cistus, Labdanum (Cistus ladaniferus) A perennial shrub up to 3 metres high which grows wild in warm sheltered places on some mountainous Mediterranean islands and in the Middle East. The leaves are lance-shaped with white furry undersides, and the flowers are yellow with purple splashes at the center. The parts used for extraction are leavesContinue reading “ROCK ROSE”

THE BRAIN

Previously I have talked about how we react to scents and how essential oils can interact with us through the limbic system of the brain. We constantly program our brains (subconscious) with different information; the more emotional the information is, the stronger the programming. Every time we are subjected to an impulse we immediately goContinue reading “THE BRAIN”

IMORTELLE / EVERLASTING: Helichrysum Italicum

Immortelle or Everlasting is the popular name of the plant Helichrysum Italicum /H. augustifolium. One of the reasons for the name is that the flowers of the plant retain their color and shape after drying, making them a popular flower for long-lasting natural flower arrangements, also called eternelles. Helichrysum means Gold Sun in Greek, andContinue reading “IMORTELLE / EVERLASTING: Helichrysum Italicum”

AROMATHERAPY & ANIMALS

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 sadContinue reading “AROMATHERAPY & ANIMALS”

SCENTING WITH ESSENTIAL OILS – do you smell it?

The whole point to scenting with essential oils is because they are mood-enhancers and they will make a difference in how we feel, or perceive, our environment. In the early 90’s a study was made where essential oil of petit-grain (Citrus aurantium) and grapefruit (Citrus paradisii) were used to scent the air in an undergroundContinue reading “SCENTING WITH ESSENTIAL OILS – do you smell it?”

STRESS part 4

Stress eats us alive and we don’t even notice it. Our warning-systems have been working overtime for so long, we don’t hear them anymore. A stressed animal tends to move continuously and endlessly in the same pattern without too much awareness of its surroundings. People find this horrible to watch; at the zoo for example.Continue reading “STRESS part 4”

STRESS part 2

Here is an overview of what kind of problems stress might cause in an individual: Musculo-skeletal Pain/strain in back, shoulders, neck Muscle inflammation Posture-problems Headaches Digestive Heart-burn Ulcers Poor digestion Gastritis Pain Circulatory system Numbing/tingling in arms/legs Heart palpitations Shortness of breath Dizziness High blood pressure Emotional/Psychological Sleeping disorders Headaches Mood swings Anxiety Panic-attacks Depression*Continue reading “STRESS part 2”