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.
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Tagged bacteria, benazoin, cold, coughs, essential oils, fever, head-ache, inhalation, lavender, lemon, rub, sneeze, tea tree, thyme
We all get them; mood-swings. They usually kick in when we least of all expect it, and isn’t it strange that they only go in one direction…down? Or maybe we do have positive mood-swings, sudden bursts of inexplicable joy and happiness – of course we do, but they aren’t a problem, they are pure bliss. But the other ones; irritation, sadness, anger, impatience….the nasty lot, when they kick in it can get really bad, not only for ourselves but also for those around us. This way of using oils is a for temporary measures – mood-swings – if the situation doesn’t change and the mood doesn’t “swing back”, you should see a certified aromatherapist for more profound help.
Here is a short list of oils to help you through those bad times:
- PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) and other hormonal issues (women): Geranium (pelargonium graveolens), Clary Sage (salvia sclarea).
- Anger and frustration: Ylang-Ylang (cananga odorata complet), Petit grain (citrus aurantium), Patchouli (pogostemon cablin)
- Sad and gloomy: Bergamott (citrus bergamia), Orange (citrus sinensis), Mandarine (citrus reticulata).
- Sluggish and slow: Rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis), Lemongrass (cymbopogon citratus), Peppermint (mentha piperita), May Chang (litsea cubeba).
- Cold and lonely: Cinnamon (cinnamomum zeylanicum), Marjoram (origanum majorana).
- Insecurity: Rosewood (aniba rosaeodora), Lavender (lavandula augustifolia/officinalis), Roman Chamomile (chamaemelum nobile)
- Anxiety, nervousness: Frankincense (boswellia carterii), Neroli (citrus aurantium var amara), Vetiver (vetiveria zizanoides)
There are so many useful oils for each description, the list goes on and on. These are a few of the most common oils that are also quite versatile, therefor making them a good buy for your home aromatherapy kit. Try the oils to find the one that fits you the best.
The best way to use essential oils for mood is by inhalation: Place 1-2 drops on a handkerchief and inhale deeply as needed. You can carry it with you during the day. When home, bathing is a wonderful way of relieving emotional imbalances. Make sure you rest after the bath.
Note: Cinnamon has a high content of phenols which makes it irritating to the skin. It should always be used in dilution (except in inhalation)
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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:
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Tagged antibiotics, Aromatherapy, autumn, Babies & Children, bacteria, bath, cold, essential oils, fever, flu, immune-system, inhalation, virus
There are plenty of stuff for which you can use essential oils in a very easy way. First of all I need to point out: Essential oils should never be used undiluted on skin, so don’t try these tips with any other oils than those I tell you about. Make sure to keep them away from eyes, so wash your hands when you have been touching essential oils. (don’t want to accidentally rub them in your eyes – that really hurts and can cause severe problems.)
Do not use essential oils on children unless you have first spoken to an aromatherapist.
Make sure the materials you have are good quality, otherwise you will not get the results you want.
There are 3 oils which can be used undiluted on skin for specific problems; Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia), Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) and Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus). Vegetable oils for mixing the essential oils in should always be cold-pressed.
- Fresh small wounds and bi-stings: 1-2 drops of Lavender directly on the area. Cover with a band-aid or compress. Or put 1 drop on the band-aid and put on. Warning: If this process is repeated too often, or during some time there is a risk that the wound grows bigger. Lavender is an essential oil, and they are very strong. This is a one-time acute treatment. After that Lavender must be diluted in vegetable oil or cream for ointment: 5 dr. of lavender to 1 tablespoon (15 ml) oil/cream.
- Burns: Cool the area with cold water and Aloe Vera, put 1-2 drops of Lavender on the burn and cover with ice-bag until heat is gone. When cooled down, use an ointment of 5 dr. Lavender in 1 tablespoon Aloe Vera gel. Tips: Make sure you have an Aloe Vera plant in your house. When needed, you cut a piece of the leaf and rub the gel onto the wound. Aloe plants are hardy and easy to keep.
- Sunburn: Rub Aloe Vera (fresh or gel) onto the burn and let it dry. Then anoint with 5 dr Lavender in 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
- Infected small wounds with pus: One drop of Tea tree on a band-aid or compress. Leave it on the wound for min. one day. If still infected with pus, repeat the treatment. Tea tree is amazing at “pulling out” the pus from a wound. Once the pus is gone, use a lavender ointment for healing.
- Acne: Dilute Tea tree in water; 2-5 drops to 1 tablespoon (15 ml). Shake and use cotton-wool to wash the face with the tea-tree-water. This can be done as often as you wish during the day. Note: Do not use pure tea tree since it will irritate the skin and worsen the condition. When acutely infected pus-filled acne, dab on pure tea tree with the help of a moist q-tip.
- Colds, sore throat: Gurgle with Tea tree or Eucalyptus; 2 drops in some tepid water. Gurgle at least 1 min. Repeat 3 times/day. When acute stage up to 5 times/day. Rub lavender oil into the base of your skull. Rub 1 drop neat eucalyptus oil into the sole of each foot 2-3 times/day. Use Eucalyptus as an inhalation to clear airways. ( 3 drops in a basin of hot water, cover head and basin with a towel and breath deeply, keep eyes closed. NOTE: Not for asthma sufferers) Make an ointment of 2-5 drops Eucalyptus in vegetable oil or cream and rub on chest, throat and upper back.
- Headaches: Lavender and/or Eucalyptus rubbed into the base of the skull and the temples.
- Tiredness: Eucalyptus on a tissue for inhalation or as a room-scent.
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Tagged acne, Aromatherapy, burns, colds, essential oils, eucalyptus, gurgle, headache, inhalation, lavender, ointment, tea tree, vegetable oil, wounds