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How to use Oregano essential oil

How to use Oregano essential oil

Oregano essential oil. Your mind might go directly to Italian food when you think of oregano. But the herb and the concentrated essential oil have a wide variety of uses and benefits. Around here, whenever we feel a cold coming on, we place one drop of our oregano oil into a cup of our Cold n Flu tea and that seems to really help with the oncoming illness.

Botanically known as Origanum vulgare, oregano is a flowering plant from the same family as mint. While you certainly won’t have enough to make your own essential oil (unless you are going to plant acres and acres of it,) oregano is also really easy to grow. We keep it in the little herb garden in the front of our little cottage temple.

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Some use it in carrier oils and lotion as a anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. Others find it useful for the presence of staph on the skin and use it in soaps, body washes, and hand soap. We even tried a drop of it in coconut oil when trying oil pulling, a method where you place a teaspoon of coconut oil in the mouth and swish continuously to cleanse the teeth. It seemed to work pretty well, although oregano oil can be fairly strong and left a strong tingling on the lips.

LATIN NAME:
Origanum Vulgare
ORIGIN:
Europe, Egypt, Spain
MIND:
Stimulating, Strengthening
BODY:
Antibacterial, Influenza, Antiviral
SPIRIT:
Purification, Cleansing

In aromatherapy, people choose oregano oil to breathe in for colds and respiratory relief.

The magical correspondences of oregano are: associated with the planet Mercury and the sign of Taurus; corresponds with the Hearth chakra; and is used to spell work to keep away troublesome people, for protection, and for psychic dreams and good health. Also for spiritual purification and cleansing.

 

How Essential Oils are Made

How Essential Oils are Made

essential oil still
The following article is an excerpt from the book – ESSENTIAL OILS AND AROMATHERAPY: HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR BEAUTY, HEALTH, AND SPIRITUALITY by Gregory Lee White. Available on Amazon in print edition and on Kindle.

DISTILLATION
Many of the most common essential oils are steam distilled. It is the same process you see in the movies of people making moonshine. Sometimes the big copper coil and all are used. The plant matter, which may consist of flowers, roots, leaves, and more, is placed in the distillation apparatus with water (also known as an alembic vessel or simply a “still”) where the water and plant matter are heated. The plant material releases aromatic material as the steam forces the essential oils in the plants to burst open and escape, evaporating into the steam. The temperature of the steam is carefully controlled – just enough to force the plant material to let go of the essential oil, yet not so hot it would burn the plant material or the essential oil.

The steam containing the essential oils passes through a cooling chamber, causing condensation. The collecting tube is often coiled and is housed within an outer container through which the cool water flows. This allows the fluid to condense and drip into the collector. In the collector, the essential oil separates from the hydrosol or aqueous portion. Distillation may take anywhere from a couple of hours to nearly twenty hours, depending on the plant matter being distilled.

This is where hydrosols come from. They are literally the water used in the distillation process.

EXPRESSION
This is also known as cold pressing. Most citrus peel oils are expressed mechanically, or cold pressed (similar to olive oil extraction). Due to the relatively large quantities of oil in citrus peel and low cost to grow and harvest raw materials, citrus-fruit oils are cheaper than most other essential oils. You can actually squeeze essential oil out when you peel an orange or a lemon. No heat source is needed for this extraction method, which is why it is called “cold pressing.” While today large machines do all the pressing, in early times the rinds were hand squeezed onto sponges in order to collect the precious oils.

ENFLEURAGE
This is an older method not frequently used today. In cold enfleurage, a large framed plate of glass, called a chassis, smeared with a layer of animal fat (usually lard or tallow) is allowed to set. Most oils collected with this method are flowers. Petals or whole flowers placed on the fat diffuse their scent into the fat over the course of 1-3 days. The spent flowers are replaced with fresh ones until the fat has reached a desired degree of fragrance. This procedure was developed in southern France in the 19th century for the production of high-grade concentrates. In hot enfleurage, solid fats are heated and botanical matter stirred into the fat. Spent botanicals are repeatedly strained from the fat and replaced with fresh material until the fat is saturated with fragrance. This method is the oldest known procedure for preserving plant fragrance substances. Jasmine was commonly a popular flower that went through the enfleurage process.

SOLVENT EXTRACTED
Solvent extracted is almost exactly how it sounds. This is how absolutes are made. Flowers are covered with a solvent (hexane, for example) which extracts the essential oil from the flowers/plants. Solvent extraction does not always have to mean the solvent was unnatural. Sometimes solid oils, fats, or carbon dioxide are used (think high-tech-enfleurage). The primary reason for using this method is for flowers that are too delicate to be steam distilled. Jasmine Absolute is made using the solvent extraction method.

INFUSED OIL
There have been many times over the years that I have encountered people that tell me they make their own essential oils. I immediately ask them if they own a farm, because distilling essential oils takes an enormous amount of plant matter. When the answer is no, I ask them about the process – only to find that they are actually making infused oils. I can remember back many years ago when I tried this and thought I was making my own essential oils. I took the peel of several oranges and packed a canning jar full then poured sweet almond oil over the peels, capped it, and allowed it to sit for two weeks. The result was sweet, orange-smelling oil. However, when I purchased my first essential oil book some weeks later I discovered that my jar of citrusy oil was far from being an actual essential oil. This is how we learn: experimentation and research.

Infused oils involve taking plants and allowing them to soak in carrier oil, usually a liquid vegetable oil, for an extended period, giving the plant time to release its properties into the base. Most of the time, the method is to leave the jar sitting in the sunlight (such as a windowsill) so that the carrier oil will be heated gently and naturally, which encourages the plant matter to release more of its precious oils.
While it may not be an essential oil, this is still an excellent way to make your own herbal-based massage oils. The key to success is absolutely cleanliness. The jars should first be sterilized (a dishwasher will do) then thoroughly dried. There should be absolutely no water, not even a drop, left inside your glass jar because water will be the foundation for the growth of bacteria.

If using fresh herbs from your garden, wash them to get rid of any dirt or bugs, and allow them to dry completely. I don’t mean turning them into a dried herb – just the process of getting all water off of the plant. If this means putting your project off until the next day, so be it. Knowing this, you may want to cut your plants and rinse them the day before you plan your infusion project. You can speed up the process by blotting the plants with paper towels.
When your plants/herbs are completely dry, you want to bruise them – meaning, you’re going to pinch or rub the leaves slightly to help bring some of the essential oils out. Some people go a step further and chop the herbs. Then, pack your jar at least half-way with the herb (almost all the way to the top is best) and cover with your carrier oil. Fill the jar with oil as far as you can. Leaving a lot of airspace at the top gives more chance for mold to occur.
Olive oil is a popular choice but many people also choose: canola oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, or even common vegetable oil. You may also use more exotic oils, such as sweet almond or grapeseed oil. Just be sure not to choose oils that become rancid easily, especially if you are going to place your infusion in a sunny windowsill.
Cap the jar tightly and gently shake or swirl the contents each day.

I never use the sunlight method when I infuse oils. I prefer to place the jars in a dark, room-temperature spot for about two weeks. There are many who feel that the addition of sunlight does more harm than good to the integrity of your base oil. Furthermore, the sunlight and heat can cause condensation in the jar. Usually, the darkroom method will give you a lighter colored finished product.

After the herbs have steeped for a few weeks, strain the contents through cheesecloth several times so that no plant matter remains in the carrier oil. Bottle and store away from light. The product should be good for at least six months, although I have seen some infused oils last for a couple of years. At this point, you may also choose to add vitamin E to the oil by breaking open several capsules and spilling their contents into your infused oil, which will help with rancidity. If you have chosen oils that tend to go rancid more quickly than others do, you may choose to store your finished product in the refrigerator.

Where to buy essential oils in Nashville

Where To Buy Essential Oils in Nashville TN

Our aromatherapy shop has the largest variety of essential oils in Nashville carrying over sixty different essential oils. We purchase our essential oils in bulk from reputable suppliers who buy directly from the farms that harvest the plants and distill the oils. When they arrive to us, we bottle them in half ounce bottle and place our oil resistant aromagregory labels.affordable pure essential oils

This is why our essential oils are more affordable than other companies. We do not multi level market our oils, so there is no need to inflate the prices in order to profit. The oils are made around the world, shipped to our supplier, shipped straight to our Nashville workshop, then head right over to the shelves in our Nashville store.

For example, our lavender oil is only $11.00 per bottle. Eucalyptus is just $7.50. Peppermint is only $9.00

In the past few years, we have expanded our line to over 100 different essential oils and blends. We also carry a full line of essential oil diffusers, carrying cases, aromatherapy lockets, and empty bottles for your own aromatherapy creations.

Co-Owner, Gregory White, is the author of ESSENTIAL OILS AND AROMATHERAPY: HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR BEAUTY, HEALTH, AND SPIRITUALITY. Owners, Gregory White and Roy Hamilton, are both certified aromatherapists and the company, aromaG’s Botanica – the aromagregory co.  is a business member of NAHA (the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy).


Our store is also a soap shop, tea and herb shop, and a full metaphysical shop. Store hours are: aromaG’s Botanica – the aromagregory co.

615-360-8089 (retail store phone)
Store Location:
223 Donelson Pike, Nashville, TN 37214
Mon – Saturday 10 – 7:00
Sundays 12 – 7:00

Driving directions found at the bottom of every page on our website.

come by our store, located in the Donelson area of Nashville, for all your essential oil and aromatherapy needs. We’re always excited to talk about aromatherapy!

Young Living – DoTerra – Aromagregory essential oils

Time and time again I am faced with DoTerra or Young Living distributors who come into our shop and turn their noses up when they see the price of our essential oils.  I have spent the last 13 years (as of this writing) learning about, researching, handling and using essential oils.  I am a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, having to learn not only about essential oils and their properties (as well as do case studies on actual clients) but also about anatomy, physiology and how essential oils interact with the anatomy.

The last time I encountered a DoTerra rep, I asked them, “Where did you learn about essential oils?”  Their answer: DoTerra and ONLY DoTerra. They had done no outside research on their own about essential oils and prior to selling them for this multi level marketing company, had no prior experience or knowledge of essential oils. I asked if they had any books by other authors about essential oils. They did not.

The only thing they could continue repeating was that DoTerra essential oils were superior because they are certified therapeutic grade essential oils.

“Do you realize that in the United States that essential oils are not regulated and certified by anyone? There is no regulatory board and certification board,” I said.

“That’s not true,” the DoTerra sales rep insisted. “DoTerra essential oils are certified therapeutic grade!”

So, ARE DoTerra essential oils certified?  Yes, they are — BY DoTerra themselves! The term certified therapeutic grade is a term that was trademarked by DoTerra. They even tell you this term means nothing and there is no regulations in place on their own website:

 Furthermore, there are no current regulatory standards for the descriptive use of the “therapeutic grade” for products labeled as essential oils. The CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® mark represents dōTERRA’s own internal standards for sourcing and testing 100% pure aromatic botanical extracts using independent laboratory analysis.

So, by the “own internal standards” which basically means they regulate themselves.

So, WHY the price difference when it comes to DoTerra and Young Living essential oils versus our own Aromagregory essential oils?

We are NOT a MLM (multi level marketing) company! In order to be profitable, MLM companies must increase the price of a product greatly so they have room to wholesale to reps and wholesale again to the reps below them.

Example:  I want to start selling oranges. They cost me 50 cents each. To make a living, I am going to sell them to you for $1.00 each.

Enter the MLM company wanting to sell oranges.  They pay 50 cents for the orange. But, they want YOU and your friends below you to sell them, so they’re going to give you 25% off the retail price of the orange.  Then give you MORE is you sign up others to sell below you. How will they profit? Sell the oranges for $4.00 instead of $1.00.  How will they get away with this?  Easy – claim they are better than an orange in the world, superior in every way.  They even go a step further and call their orange “certified tastiest and healthiest”!  And the people wanting to make 25% of $4.00 believe it and spread the word to anyone who will listen.

Our aromagregory essential oils come from a respected essential oils supplier that buys directly from farms. The oils do go through the GC (Gas Chromatography) test and are 100% PURE essential oils. They have 25 years combined experience in the field of essential oils and, yes, have a PHD chemist consultant as well as a full time PHD staffer.

So, once again, WHY are our oils so much less expensive than the MLM companies? We buy great oils, bottle and label them and sell them directly to our customers — we don’t hire an army to sell the product and keep our profit up by tripling the retail price.

Gregory

Aromatherapy Massage – A General overview

by Fred Quaye

The benefits of massage are known to all and sundry. They include relaxation, the improvement of blood circulation, relief of stress and pressure, lessening the effects of muscle tension, and the enhancement of both the physiological and emotional states. Of course it is necessary to include the use of the essential oils. They are known to soothe the body and mind. This is mainly the point of aromatherapy massage. It employs essential oils which are added into the base oil. When used, they are easily absorbed deep into the skin wherein they directly go towards the bloodstream. They may also enter the body when they get inhaled through the nose.

A Point Gets Strengthened

The advantages of massage are popularly known by many. Aromatherapy itself somehow strengthens the fact that massage can truly be therapeutic. The oils that are used are great additions to the effect that it poses. The aromatherapy techniques can either be done by a masseur or by an aroma therapist. Whichever is the case, you have two options too. It is either you go to a spa clinic or the specialist visits you at home.

Getting into Your Choices

The services of the aroma therapist or massage therapist always involve giving you the chance to select the essential oils or blends to be used on you. They can also blend the essential oils as per your request and they may give you what remains so you can bring it home. If you will be seeking this type of massage because you have some problems, then the practitioner will have to use a special mix to help alleviate your worries.

Aromatherapy at Home

The massage itself can be done even within the confines of your home. In fact, the massage oil can simply be prepared. If the oil is to be used to an adult, add 20 up to 25 drops of the essential oil for every two ounce of the base oil. If the oil is for a child, just add 10 up to 12 drops of the essential oil. If a baby is to be massaged, put on 5 up to 6 drops. It is as simple as that!

Available Aromatherapy Materials

Aromatherapy products are sold everywhere. Several companies are manufacturing them nowadays. After all, they are known for their pain relief, cleansing, and healing process advantages both for the mind and the body. There are also a variety of uses to which it applies. The medical arena sees it essential for lifting the depressive mood of the cancer patients. Athletes also enjoy the benefit of such in soothing their tensed muscles. At the same time, it energizes the body.

As you shop around, you will find different products being sold in the market. You will see the aromatherapy components contained in lotions, massage oils, conditioners, shampoos, candles, air diffusers, air fresheners, baby lotions, warm oil burners, laundry products, bath beads, bath salts, shower tablets, and the plug ins. There are products that are meant for both the adults and the children.

Most of the aromatherapy massage produces are safe to use. However, it is still necessary to consult your doctor prior to using any of the products in case you suffer from some special medical circumstances. You may also get in touch with a herbalist for more information on the use of the A General Overview on Aromatherapy Massage

The benefits of massage are known to all and sundry. They include relaxation, the improvement of blood circulation, relief of stress and pressure, lessening the effects of muscle tension, and the enhancement of both the physiological and emotional states. Of course it is necessary to include the use of the essential oils. They are known to soothe the body and mind. This is mainly the point of aromatherapy massage. It employs essential oils which are added into the base oil. When used, they are easily absorbed deep into the skin wherein they directly go towards the bloodstream. They may also enter the body when they get inhaled through the nose.

A Point Gets Strengthened

The advantages of massage are popularly known by many. Aromatherapy itself somehow strengthens the fact that massage can truly be therapeutic. The oils that are used are great additions to the effect that it poses. The aromatherapy techniques can either be done by a masseur or by an aromatherapist. Whichever is the case, you have two options too. It is either you go to a spa clinic or the specialist visits you at home.

Getting into Your Choices

The services of the aromatherapist or massage therapist always involve giving you the chance to select the essential oils or blends to be used on you. They can also blend the essential oils as per your request and they may give you what remains so you can bring it home. If you will be seeking this type of massage because you have some problems, then the practitioner will have to use a special mix to help alleviate your worries.

Aromatherapy at Home

The massage itself can be done even within the confines of your home. In fact, the massage oil can simply be prepared. If the oil is to be used to an adult, add 20 up to 25 drops of the essential oil for every two ounce of the base oil. If the oil is for a child, just add 10 up to 12 drops of the essential oil. If a baby is to be massaged, put on 5 up to 6 drops. It is as simple as that!

Available Aromatherapy Materials

Aromatherapy products are sold everywhere. Several companies are manufacturing them nowadays. After all, they are known for their pain relief, cleansing, and healing process advantages both for the mind and the body. There are also a variety of uses to which it applies. The medical arena sees it essential for lifting the depressive mood of the cancer patients. Athletes also enjoy the benefit of such in soothing their tensed muscles. At the same time, it energizes the body.

As you shop around, you will find different products being sold in the market. You will see the aromatherapy components contained in lotions, massage oils, conditioners, shampoos, candles, air diffusers, air fresheners, baby lotions, warm oil burners, laundry products, bath beads, bath salts, shower tablets, and the plug ins. There are products that are meant for both the adults and the children.

Most of the aromatherapy massage produces are safe to use. However, it is still necessary to consult your doctor prior to using any of the products in case you suffer from some special medical circumstances. You may also get in touch with a herbalist for more information on the use of the essential plant and root extracts. essential plant and root extracts.

About The Author

Fred is a network engineer and currently researching on the benefits of full body massage.


The author invites you to visit:
http://www.massage4ever.com

original article source – articlecity.com

How to raise your vibration by using Color Therapy and Aromatherapy

by Marlene Mitchell
Colors of flower reflects in the color of essential oils. As plants derive energy from the sun’s component rays which contain all the colors of a rainbow, they offer a special method of absorbing color vibrations into our system. Unlike synthetic substances, which have no vital force contained in them, essential oils are filled with living, pulsating vibrations. This is why aromatherapy, like color therapy, forms a part of “vibrational medicine” – a form of medicine that uses the powerful vibrations of the electromagnetic spectrum. As I have been researching Aromatherapy and Color Therapy for years I have learned how they both work harmoniously together and blend to create a desired effect.

To create a perfect blend of Aromatherapy with the color vibration you can blend a complementary color pair such as yellow and violet, or pink and green. You can also use color as a guide to using essential oils, by mixing those with similar or complementary colors.

Orange skin tonic:

Put 16 drops of orange essential oil and 4 drops of neroli into ½ cup/4 fl. Oz/100 ml orange flower water. Use as a cleanser, as required. Do not use if pregnant. Do not go out into the sun for at least 72 hours.

Yellow/Violet Healing Balm For Acne and Spots

Mix two drops of lemon essential oil and one drop of lavender essential oil with 6 drops of evening primrose oil. Spread onto the affected area morning and evening. Do not go out into the sun for at least 72 hours. Do not use if pregnant.

Violet Tonic For Blemished Skin

Put 12 drops of lavender into ½ cup/4 fl. Oz/100 ml of lavender water, and use to cleanse the affected area. Do not use if pregnant.

Yellow//Red Cellulite Bath Mix

Mix into 2 Tablespoons/30 ml. Of Almond Oil 2 drops of lemon and one drop of sandalwood essential oil . Add to the bath as required.

White – Cajeput

Red – Sandalwood

Orange – Orange, Mandarin, Cinnamon, Carrot Seed Oil, Neroli,

Gold – Patchouli

Yellow – Citronella, Lemongrass, Evening Primrose Oil, Lemon, Camphor.

Olive Green – Essential oils made from herbs, Himalaya Pine.

Emerald Green – Rosemary, Scotch Pine, Basil, Peppermint.

Pink – Geranium

Saphire Blue – Myrrh, Tea Tree, Roman Chamomile

Royal Blue – German Chamomile

Violet – Violet, Rose, Rose Geranium, Lavender, Juniper

Deep Magenta – Frankincense, Clary Sage,

VIBRATIONAL ENERGY

Subtle energy is produced by our body’s energy anatomy, also referred to as our subtle anatomy. The body is surrounded by a vibrational field that is commonly referred to as the aura. The aura is an electromagnetic force field that surrounds all living things in both the animal and plant kingdom and interpenetrates the physical body.

The force field shields and protects the body. Perhaps you can sometimes see a light around a person’s head or you may sense somebody’s mood. If so, you may be becoming aware of the human energy field that people call the Aura. The colors of the aura are a good indicator of the personality, health and spirituality. The aura is multi-colored and flows and moves with you, changing color with your moods, feelings and spiritual condition.

Disease and illness are physical disorders which have their roots in being blocked or stuck in energy flow of the body–or in some cases, too free a flow, most often in or near vital organs. The flow is blocked, or stuck, or unbalanced, as a result of thought, which eventually works through the physical body as a pain or as an organic disturbance of some kind. This is the true nature of disease and illnesses and disorders to which humankind is prone. The release of the healing powers within oneself depends upon this particular cleansing process which can be cleansed using aromatherapy and color therapy.

AROMATHERAPY

Essential oils are derived from grasses, buds, peels, branches, needles, bark, leaves, seeds, berries, flowers, roots, fruits, woods, herbs, spices. Carriers, which carry the essential oils throughout the body and bloodstream are oils are derived from nuts, plants, fruit kernels, beeswax, flowers, flower seeds, fruit seeds, plant seeds, vegetables, herbs. These have thicker consistency so that they can carry the essential oils throughout the body. Aromatherapy promotes health of body, peacefulness of mind, helps the negative emotions to rest and by working in conjunction with the olfactory system, helps a person get in touch with their true selves.

Essential oils are gaining acceptance as a leading choice in home care. Many chiropractors value essential oils with amazing results in chiropractic treatments. Scents that activate the brain’s emotional centre and redefining psychology. Practitioners of traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine have valued essential oils for thousands of years. More and more medical doctors are valuing the clinical benefits of essential oils. Aromatherapy is now being used as an adjunct to core professions such as nursing, geriatrics, rehabilitation work, counseling, and physiotherapy. Used with naturopaths, hospice, hospitals, Special Needs, working in the travel-leisure industry at spas, resorts, retreats and cruise ships, health centers. Aromatherapy is used in methods such as massage, sitz baths, compresses, baths, perfumes, infusions, facial care, hair care. They can be used by human and animal alike. Do not use essential oils on cats or small animals.

The known physical and psychological effects of essential oils are often indicators of their subtle properties. For example, rosemary promotes mental clarity and relieves mental fatigue. On a subtle level, rosemary has an affinity with the sixth energy center (Third Eye), and is used to promote clear thoughts and insight. On a physical level juniper is cleansing and antiseptic. On a subtle level, it is used to cleanse a room of negativity, and to detoxify the subtle bodies.

THE PATCH TEST

If you are unsure of how your skin will react to an essential oil, apply one drop of the oil to some carrier oil to the inside of your wrist or forearm. Check the spot for any itching, redness, burning or irritation after a few hours. Or if needed to be applied before a massage a couple of minutes. If you have very delicate skin and wish to be extremely careful, you can cover the spot with a Band-Aid and leave it for 24 hours. You could also use these same procedures for carriers.

COLOR THERAPY

Color therapy is being used for Special Needs children in Special Needs centers. Color therapy is being used for children who have learning disabilities. A special colored filter chosen by the individual child and placed over their reading material helps a child learn more. Yellow is the most popular color. Dr. Phil had mentioned that using a blue light at bedtime helps to calm children to sleep and relax and has been used to calm children with Attention Deficit Disorder.

Color is the tiny visible portion of the vast spectrum of electromagnetic energy which is one of the fundamental forces of the universe. Light functions at the subatomic (quantum) level of matter as well as filling the whole space (as microwave background radiation – -an echo of the Big Bang of cosmic creation). All life on earth depends on the nutritious energy of light from the sun, which is conveniently stripped of dangerous levels of ultraviolet radiation by the earth’s atmosphere. Light, as bio-photons, is also working within the body’s cells as communication, and outside the body to infuse the auric field. An individual’s life and psychology is symbolically related to colors and the colors occur in the aura. You may be ‘seeing red’ or ‘feeling blue.’ You may be ‘in the dark’(depressed) or fired with enthusiasm, bright spark. Growing spiritual awareness is linked with pale hues and the golden-white light that unifies all colors and represents the unity or Source of all.

You can apply color by putting a colored light bulb in a lamp and shining it on yourself, or, you can breathe color in, or you can visualize it. You can also put a color filter around a glass of water and let the sun shine on it for a couple of hours to create solarized water. You can purchase colored filters from stage lighting companies. Then the water will have the vibration of whatever color filter you put around the glass. Your whole system would then partake and benefit from the color effects. You might apply color therapy using a swing arm lamp. You then can cut out two cardboard squares with a giant square in the middle of each square. You need two pieces of this. You then tape these two pieces together. Leave an opening to slide in your colored filters between the two cardboard pieces. Then you Velcro the square to the base of your swing arm lamp. You then can either use colored light bulbs. These you can purchase from a lamp company or hardware store. Or you can use colored filters. Once you do this, you shine the light on a body part or you shine it systemically. This means, you shine the light all over the front or back of your body for an hour at a time. Some systems of Chroma Therapy (Color Therapy) teach that you should not shine violet light on the face. You should leave an hour or two in between different color treatments. You should also do a muscle test or dowse to see if the color is correct to use for that length of time. A person who is not comfortable under a certain color should not use that color for a lamp treatment. If you like a color, it is good for you. If you have a neutral reaction to a color, you likely don’t need that color. You can use this type of therapy at night for your tonations (This means color treatment) if you get a light timer so that the light can be timed to go off at intervals. Each of the colors has a different effect on the body, yet they are all interrelated. They all work together to relie!

ve, cleanse, build and heal. There are no dangerous side effects at any time. It would be better for a person to be unclothed. But if that person feels uncomfortable being unclothed.

Then wearing white cotton underwear would be a great idea as the light can penetrate through white material especially if it is natural as the skin can breathe.

Treatments may be taken at any time before eating, but wait for two hours or more after a meal. If indigestion occurs, however, yellow may be used at that time. Normal light in the room will not interfere with the effect of the color, but do not use in the direct sunlight or other strong lights. It will dissipate the strength of the color.

Have the room warm enough to prevent a chill. Since it is the effect of the color and not the heat, the lamp may be four to eight feet away from the body. It is best to be in a reclining position or sitting. The swivel on the lamp allows proper exposure on different areas.

Clothing makes a difference to a light treatment. You wear a color of clothing that is agreeable. The light will penetrate your clothes giving you a tonation. This is like shining a light on yourself through the color of your clothing. However, certain fibres with heavily saturated colors resist and diffuse the light. White cotton is the best of the fibres because it is natural and it doesn’t obstruct the light. This is called a tonation.

You can visualize or imagine the color you need or breathe in the colors that you need. Contemplating on a color either in your mind or by keeping your attention focused on something of the color you want to work with can be valuable . A more intellectual form of color meditation is to assemble your thoughts about a given color either just letting the associations flow or even writing them down.

Vegetable food coloring can be used in bath water to give your self a luxurious color bath. You can colored salt or baking soda to make a parable easily dispersed color bath salt. Perhaps you’d enjoy a color bath combined with some favourite water proof stones and perhaps some herbs or scented oils. Add Rose colored and aqua colored baths if you have a bathtub (its on the list of home improvements.)

Purple and dark blue should only be used for a short time ten to twenty minutes at most, as they can be depressing if overused. Orange is very invigorating and deep clear greens are very restful. You can add flower petals to the bath. Be careful that the bath water is not too hot as this can destroy the properties of the flowers like roses.

Art can be used in color healing, painting or drawing with the colors you feel are needed is a valuable and expressive way to integrate color healing into your life. Color can be gazed at, you can get a swatch of a color or gemstones or candles to look at it or use objects of that color. Just walking in nature and looking at flowers is one way to bring in color . Study the artwork of the artist you enjoy and explore the effects that the artists color choices have on your emotions and sense of well being.

You can use colored food. This is called the rainbow diet. If you have been too depressed and you need to be uplifted, you can use the warm colors to heal. If you have been too stimulated and you need to calm down, you can use the cool colors to cool yourself down. These are some ways to use color in your daily life.

The bottom line of this article is whether you use essential oils in massage or in an aromatic bath, you are using the color frequencies that relate to their qualities and therapeutic actions and vibrations.

To your health,

Marlene Mitchell

About The Author

Marlene M. Mitchell is a Certified Aromatherapy Teacher and Certified Color Therapist. Marlene Mitchell is a Certified Aromatherapy Teacher and the Director of Aromatherapy International Certified Institute. Marlene is a Chairperson for National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. She also has her school approved by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. Also she has these Certified Aromatherapy Programs approved by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario for CEU’s. Marlene is also a Certified Adults Facilitator who has graduated from an extensive program. She also is a Certified Online Teacher who has graduated from an extensive program. Marlene is currently teaching Complimentary Therapy workshops in her Institute as well at the Ottawa/Carleton School Board in Ottawa, Ontario as well as St. Lawrence College in Brockville and Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada. Marlene has done this for over 10 years. Marlene also teaches General Interest workshops online for Ontario Learn. http://OntarioLearn.com is a consortium of 22 Ontario Community Colleges who have partnered to develop and deliver on-line courses. Through this she teaches courses on Aromatherapy, Color Therapy, Color Psychology, Crystals, Gemstones, Vibrational Healing, Flower Essences, Subtle Aromatherapy.

To learn more visit her website: http://www.aromatherapyinstitute.com She has posted more articles and information here. Her email address is aromatherapyinstitute@sympatico.ca

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Essential Oils at a Glance

by Sheryl Joaquin

The word “Aromatherapy” comes from two words: “Aroma” meaning fragrance and “Therapy” meaning treatment. Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile liquid plant materials known as essential oils or organic oils and other scented compounds from plants for the purpose of affecting a person’s mood or health. It is a healing art based in nature and it affects the whole person-mind, body and spirit. Complete or holistic healing is ever-increasingly utilized today in every modern society. Aromatherapy is a fast growing therapy in holistic medicine. As far back as 18,000 B.C., flowers, plants, and their essences were used for healing, relaxation and energizing. Aromatherapy was used by the most ancient civilizations: Egypt, China and India, and is reputed to be at least 6000 years old.

Aromatherapy is an art as well as science of using aromatic substances usually essential oils to cure common ailments. It is also popular as a stress reliever.

Pure essential oils have an immediate impact on our sense of smell. When essential oils are inhaled, olfactory receptor cells are stimulated and the impulse is transmitted to the emotional center of the brain, i.e. limbic system. These oils are also called fragrance oils or perfume oils. The limbic system is connected to areas of the brain linked to memory, breathing and blood circulation as well as the endocrine glands which regulate hormone levels in the body. The properties of the oil, the fragrance and its effects determine stimulation of these systems. When used in massage, essential oils are not only inhaled, but absorbed through the skin as well. They penetrate the tissues and find their way into the bloodstream where they are transported to the organs and systems of the body.

Essential oils have differing rates of absorption, generally between 20 minutes and 2 hours, so it is probably best not to bathe or shower directly following a massage to ensure maximum effectiveness.

People with certain chronic illnesses or conditions should not use aromatherapy without first consulting a doctor. These illnesses and conditions include:

-Lung conditions such as asthma, respiratory allergies or chronic lung disease. Aromatic Oils may cause airway spasms.

-Skin allergies. Some oils may cause skin irritation, especially in the membranes of the eyes, nose and mouth.

-Pregnancy. Pregnant women should not use aromatherapy. Some Natural Herbal oils (such as juniper, rosemary and sage) may cause uterine contractions.

An essential oil is a liquid that is generally distilled (most frequently by steam or water) from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots or other elements of a plant. Essential oils, contrary to the use of the word “oil” are not really oily-feeling at all. Most essential oils are clear but some oils such as patchouli, orange and lemongrass are amber or yellow in color. These extracted oils contain the true essence of the plant it was derived from. Essential oils are highly concentrated in nature.

Like essential oils, absolute oils or Plant Extract Oils are highly aromatic liquids extracted from plants. Absolutes, however, are extracted in a complex manner that requires the use of chemical solvents that are later removed during the final stages of production. Sometimes, the hot steam or water used to distill an essential oil does not extract much natural oil from the plant or harms the precious natural oil. The solvent extraction methods are often used in these cases.

As a rule, absolute oils are more concentrated than their essential oil cousins. A very trace amount of solvent can remain in the final absolute. This indeed is a disadvantage to using absolutes as aromatherapy focuses on the use of pure and herbal plant extract matter. Although the amount of remaining solvent is minimal, absolutes are used in true aromatherapy with care, respect and knowledge. Essential oils should never be taken internally by anyone who is not trained, educated and experienced at doing so. Absolutes should never be taken internally by anyone because of that small amount of trace solvent that may remain.

Carrier oils also referred to as base oils or vegetable oils are used to dilute essential oils, CO2s and absolutes before applying to the skin. They carry the essential oil onto the skin. Different carrier oils offer different properties and the choice of carrier oil can depend on the therapeutic benefit being sought. These are generally cold-pressed vegetable oils derived from the fatty portions of the plant. Unlike essential oils that evaporate and have a concentrated aroma, carrier oils do not evaporate or impart their aroma as strongly as essential oils. Examples of carrier oils are sweet almond, apricot kernel, grape seed, avocado, peanut, olive, pecan, macadamia nut, sesame, evening primrose, walnut and wheat germ.

Essential oils do not go rancid. Carrier oils, however, can go rancid. Carrier oils that you purchase should be natural and unadulterated. Exceptions include buying carrier oils that have natural vitamin E added. Vitamin E acts as a natural preservative.

The world over, aromatherapy is becoming big business in beauty and health spas, fragrance and cosmetic industries. Some use pure essential oils; others sneak in the cheaper, synthetic copies but only pure essential oils can produce genuine results.

About The Author

Sheryl Joaquin is handling Marketing Department in a trading company SunImpex, situated in Dubai. Our website http://www.sunimpex.biz offers exclusive information regarding various essential oils.

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Essential Oil benefits

ESSENTIAL OIL BENEFITS – basic list of essential oils and their benefits

One of the greatest treats in soap making is experimenting with
combinations of essential oils. Unlike fragrance oils, which are usually
chemically manufactured scents, essential oils are very potent. Each oil,
like the plants they are derived from, are different in their basic makeup
which is why there is such a difference in price among the oils. Essential
oils can begin (at wholesale pricing) from the neighborhood of $12 per
pound all the way up to $1300 per pound (and more).

Many people have asked whether the aromatherapy benefits
survive the soap making process. To my knowledge, as of this writing,
that research has not been done. Chemically, many of them most likely
do, to a degree.

I do believe the emotional benefits of the oils come through in
soap. Smelling them activates the olfactory system and can bring about a
shift in emotions. Mints have the ability to wake you up, Citrus oils are
cheering, Lavender seems to relax you, etc.

You will have to decide for yourself which oils you would like to
use according to their safety precautions. Using essential oils in soap is
definitely a manner of “diluting” an oil. Furthermore, the soap is rinsed
off in the bath or shower — unlike a massage where the essential oils are
rubbed into the skin via a carrier oil and left on the skin until the next
bath time.

The essential oils listed below is meant for
information purposes regarding the way essential oils are currently being
used. If you have any concerns, feel free to consult a physician before
using a specific oil. It is probably always a good idea to listen to the
advice of the pregnancy precautions.

Anise – (pimpinella anisum)
Sweet, licorice like scent often used during the hunting season to mask
the human scent. Also applied to bait to attract fish. Cheering, euphoric,
energizing, sense enhancing, antibacterical, coughs, deodorant,
menopause. Parts used: seed pod. Dilute well before use. Do not use
during pregnancy.

Bergamot – (citrus bergamia)
Citrusy, fresh, woodsy scent. Cheering, concentration, aggression,
confidence, grief, nervous tension and stress. Said to help with the stress
of Parkinson’s Disease and PMS moodiness. Good for withdrawals. Parts
used: peel of fruit. Phototoxic. Do not expose applied area of skin to
direct sunlight or tanning bed for 24 hours.

Cedarwood – (cedrus atlantica)
Dry, sweet, woodsy balsamic scent. Balancing, grounding and
strengthening. Often used to promote self-control and to balance
spirituality. Possible uses: acne, dry hair, rheumatism, oily skin, immunity
booster. Parts used: wood. Avoid during pregnancy. May irritate extra
sensitive skin.

Cinnamon Leaf – (cinnamomum zeylancium)
Hot, spicy scent — richer in aroma than ground cinnamon. Invigorating,
refreshing, warming, aphrodisiac properties. Often used by those with
low blood pressure. Good for exhaustion & fatigue. Antifungal. Parts
used: leaf. Avoid if you have high blood pressure. Dilute well before use.

Citronella – (cymbopogon nardus)
Slightly fruity, fresh, lemony scent. An oil that is known to be refreshing,
stimulating, soothing & vitalizing. Most popular for being a powerful
insect repellent. Antiseptic properties, good when you have a cold. Parts
used: grass. Avoid during pregnancy.

Clary Sage – (salvia sclarea)
Earthy, herbaceous & slightly fruity scent. Known as the “woman’s oil.”
Good for use as an antidepressant, for PMS and Menopause. Also good
for fatigue, fear & stress. Is often used to help promote vivid dreaming.
Parts used: flowering tops, herb. Avoid with a history of breast or
ovarian cysts or estrogen-dependent cancer. Do not overuse while
drinking alcohol.

Clove Bud – (eugenia caryophyllata)
Spicy, warming, rich but slightly bitter scent. Possible uses: memory loss,
stimulating, energizing, warming. Also known for use as an antiseptic, for
sprains, strains and is often used (in part) by dentists for toothache. Parts
used: flower buds. A possible mucous membrane irritant. Not to be used
by alcoholics, haemophiliacs or those with prostate cancer.

Eucalyptus – (eucalyptus globulus)
Clean, fresh, medicinal scent. A balancing, cooling & stimulating oil often
used with colds, coughs, muscular fatigue & sinusitis. Also helpful when
you have bronchitis, the flu or slight fever. Parts used: leaves & twigs.
Avoid with a history of epilepsy or if you have using homeopathic
remedies. Do NOT take internally — toxic.

Fir Needle – (Abies alba)
Woody, earthy, fresh scent. Known for stimulating circulation. Often
used for muscle pain, arthritis & rheumatism as well as elevating the
emotions and helping with stress. Parts used: leaves (needles), twigs.
Dilute well before use.

Frankincense – (Boswellia carterii)
Spicy, woody, fruity & fresh smell. For the mind, frankincense is often
used for anxiety, exhaustion and for focus. Reported to help with scars
and wrinkles. Has been used in history for blessing and consecration.
Parts used: resin. Avoid during pregnancy. Regarded as generally safe.

Geranium – (Pelargonium graveolens)
Floral but sweet smell with fruity undertones. Often used for nerves,
stress and for relaxed, intense focus (such as self-hypnosis). Has been
known to calm those who suffer from Alzheimer’s and Muscular
Dystrophy. Parts used: flowers, leaves, stalks. Avoid if a history of
estrogen-dependant cancer or hypoglycemia.

Ginger – (Zingiber officinale)
Smoky, spicy, woody scent. For the mind, used for memory loss and to
anchor the emotions. Good for nausea, motion sickness, aches & sprains
and the nausea associated with migraine headaches. Parts used: roots
(stems). May irritate extra-sensitive skin. Dilute well before use.

Jasmine Absolute – (Jasminum officinalis)
Exotic, floral, rich, sweet scent. Used often in the perfume industry. Has
relaxing, sedative properties and is said to be an aphrodisiac. Also good
as an antidepressant, for PMS & Menopause. Parts used: flowers Avoid
during pregnancy. Extended use has narcotic-like properties.

Juniper Berry – (juniperus communis)
Crisp, sweet & herbaceous with a fruity note. Often used for gout, jet lag
and hangovers as well as for memory loss, clearing the mind and
exhaustion. Said to have detoxifying and toning properties. Parts used:
berries Avoid during pregnancy. Avoid if a history of kidney disease or
high blood pressure.

Lavender – (lavandula officinalis)
Floral, fresh, light, herbaceous scent. Is said to bring about love and
peace. Good for insect bites, to calm the nerves, help with sleeping —
soothing & relaxing. Also good for burns, bruises, itching and headaches.
Parts used: flowering tops. Avoid during first trimester of pregnancy.

Lemon – (citrus limonum)
Rich, fresh smell similar to fresh lemon rinds. Used to uplift the spirits as
it is balancing, cheering and refreshing. Often used to reduce warts, for
fainting and hayfever. Good ingredient in cleaning and dish washing.
Parts used: peel of fruit. Phototoxic. Do not expose applied area of skin
to direct sunlight or tanning bed for 24 hours.

Lemon Eucalyptus – (eucalyptus citriodora)
Sweet, lemony smell with a woody note. Known to be calming and
purifying. Reported by the CDC to be a good, natural substitution for
DEET in combating mosquitoes. Contains some of the same properties
as regular eucalyptus. Parts used: leaves, twigs. Dilute before use.

Lemongrass – (cymbopogon citratus)
Fresh, lemony, grassy scent. For the mind, used for irritability, mental
fatigue, stress & nervous exhaustion. Often used as a mild insect
repellent, for light cases of athlete’s foot and reported to be good for
cellulite. Parts used: grass, leaves. Avoid during pregnancy or a history of
high blood pressure.

Lime – (citrus aurantifolia)
Green, fresh, citrusy, sweet scent. Stimulating, uplifting & cheering, lime
is know for helping raise the spirits and makes a good antidepressant.
Good for skin toning as an astringent and is said to help with dandruff.
Parts used: peel of fruit. Mildly phototoxic. Try to avoid direct exposure
to sunlight where lime has been used on the skin.

Palmarosa – (cymbopogon martini)
A floral, grassy, rose-like scent. Good for creativity, aggression & anxiety.
Said to work quite well for wrinkles, dermatitis, hair loss & PMS
symptoms. Associated with healing and love. Parts used: whole plant
Avoid with a history of high blood pressure.

Patchouli – (pogostemon cablin)
Rich, earthy, woody aroma. Known as a general aphrodisiac. Good for
relaxation as well as concentration. Said to be good for wrinkles, acne,
dandruff and athlete’s foot. Best known as the incense commonly used in
the 1960’s. Parts used: leaves Generally regarded as safe. Do not take
internally.

Peppermint – (mentha piperita)
Minty, strong peppermint candy smell. Cooling, refreshing, revitalizing
and stimulating. Is good for headaches, nausea & jet lag. Mixed in base
oils or lotions, is good for muscular aches and rheumatoid arthritis. Parts
used: whole plant Avoid during pregnancy or a history of high blood
pressure. Use in small amounts. Avoid contact with eyes.

Pink Grapefruit – (citrus paradisi)
Citrusy scent, similar to a grapefruit rind. A good uplifting oil — good
for concentration and to promote happy thoughts. Reported to be good
for migraines, hangovers, PMS symptoms & hair loss as well as being
antibacterial. Parts used: peel of fruit. Phototoxic. Avoid contact with the
sun or tanning beds after using oil on skin.

Rosemary – (rosmarinus officinalis)
Sweet, fresh, herb-like, medicinal scent. Good for grief and fatigue as
well as clearing out the mind. Often used as an antiviral, a decongestant
and for muscular aches. Also known as an immunity stimulant. Parts
used: leaves. Avoid during pregnancy or a history of high blood pressure
or epilepsy.

Rosewood – (aniba rosaeodora)
Sweet, woody and fruity with a floral scent. Good for mild cases of
depression and clearing out confusion. Often used for headaches, PMS,
scars, sensitive skin and stretch marks. Parts used: wood, twigs. Generally
regarded as safe. Do not take internally.

Sandalwood – (santalum album)
Woodsy, balsamic, deep perfume-like scent. Used to center the thoughts
and also used in meditation and as an aphrodisiac. Known for being used
for wrinkles, chapped skin, dry hair and dandruff. Parts used: wood. Do
not take internally.

Spearmint – (mentha spicata)
Fresh, minty, sweet smell — less potent than peppermint. Often used for
sniffing during times of morning sickness. Also good for stimulating and
reviving as well as asthma, headache and nausea. Parts used: leaves. Use
in small amounts. Large amounts may irritate mucous membranes.

Sweet Orange – (citrus sinensis)
Citrusy, sweet, strong scent like orange peels. Good antidepressant and
uplifting oil. Has been used for drug withdrawal symptoms, stress and for
its slight sedative properties. Often associated with joy, luck and money.
Parts used: peel of fruit. Avoid use in sun. May irritate sensitive skin if
not diluted properly.

Tangerine – (citrus reticulata)
Bright, deep citrusy smell like tangerine peels. Relaxing, cheering &
soothing. Astringent, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Antidepressant. Parts
used: peel of fruit. Avoid use in sun. May irritate sensitive skin if not
diluted properly.

Tea Tree – (melaleuca alternifolia)
An herbaceous, green, earthy scent — slightly medicinal. The scent has
cleansing and cooling properties. Has been used for centuries for burns,
bug bites, scrapes and cuts. Also good for athlete’s foot, blisters, boils
and sunburns. Parts used: leaves, twigs. Do not take internally. Can be
used neat (undiluted) in small amounts on many people. Test patch first.

Ylang-Ylang – (cananga odorata)
Floral, slightly fruity, delicate, perfume-like scent. Promotes euphoria,
relaxation and is often thought of as an aphrodisiac. Lowers blood
pressure. Good for its sedative properties and for shock. Parts used:
flowers. Avoid if a history of apnea or low blood pressure.

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