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Birch Hill Happenings Aromatherapy, LLC Newsletter Vol 110

February 14, 2008

In this issue:
PHYSICAL
EMOTIONAL
BEAUTY
HOUSE & GARDEN
RECIPES to Try

Physical Ailment

Itchy, Itchy, Scratchy, Scratchy

by Penny Keay

It starts out with a little skin tickle. Scratch!

Then proceeds to be a little bit more irritation. Scratch, Scratch!

Now it is down right bugging you. Scratch, SCRATCH, SCRATCH!!!!!!!!

It won’t go away. Next thing you know you have a rash or raised red wheals just from scratching so much. You need relief!

For instant relief you can try applying a cold compress with a few drops of any one of the following essential oils added to the water basin you are dipping the cloth used for the compress:

Lavender, Roman Chamomile, German Chamomile , Bergamot , Eucalyptus citriodora, Melissa, Peppermint, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Tea Tree, Neroli, Rose and Jasmine.

Now to really help with the itchiness you need to determine exactly what the underlying cause is.

Is it from dry skin? Insect bites? Fabric texture? Skin infection? Chemical sensitive to laundry soaps or to your bath bars? Or did you recently have an injury or bruising to this area.

If the itchiness is from dry skin, you should use some moisturizing lotions and creams. You can add essential oils to them to help with the itching too. Dry skin is quite common in the winter months. Lavender and Rose would be good choices.

Insect bites? Well, determine what kind of bug has bitten you is most important. If it is a mosquito or biting fly, you can apply a drop or two of Lavender mixed with Jojoba and applied directly to the bite.

But if it is something more serious like a spider, you will need to consult a medical practioner as some spider bites can be very bad. Tissue damage from some spider bites can be life threatening. (not all but a few can).

Fleas, bed bugs and other creepy crawlies like lice may need to be dealt with before you can actually get relief from the itching.

Did you get a tear or scratch to your skin? Itching in this case can be to a mild infection to just a normal reaction of the body while it prepares to heal the area.

Apply appropriate essential oils to help the wound heal quickly. (See previous issues that deal with such types of injuries).

Other skin infections such as yeast or athlete’s foot fungal infections can be extremely itchy.

Again, you need to determine the cause and then use the appropriate essential oils. Again, many of these have been addressed in previous newsletters. Tea Tree is commonly used but others may work better.

If the fabric is causing the itch, simply remove that article of clothing. Some people still have access to real honest to goodness wool and yes wool will make your skin itch!

Laundry soaps with artificial fragrance oils and fabric softeners can cause skin to be itchy too. You may need to rinse your laundry a second time or try to find another product to use.

One problem with itching is that it propagates more itching and scratching. So if possible you need to leave the area alone as continued scratching will only make things worse!

You can also try our Allergy Tamer blend blend mixed with a carrier oil such as Jojoba, or other good for the skin oil with tissue damage such as Hazelnut oil or Rosehipseed oil.

Just be sure to blend it and use sparingly. A little goes a long way. Mix about 15 drops of Allergy Tamer blend to 1 tablespoon of the carrier oil, blend well and apply a few drops to the affected area. Spread evenly but do not continue to rub as rubbing will make it itch worse. Reapply every few hours as needed.

Hope you get some relief and the itchy, itchy, scratchy, scratchy simply goes away FAST!!

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Emotional Concern

Love is in the air!

by Penny Keay

Spring is just around the corner and that means that Love is in the Air! Well, maybe not, but it truly is the time of the year when Love seems to get ignited for young and old alike.

New found love or rekindling old love is fun to do with the use of essential oils. There are many ways to spark a romantic evening but one of the subtle ways that will often bring lasting memories is association with your senses – sight, touch and lovely smells.

Set the atmosphere by diffusing a few exotic essential oils. (Suggestion: Use an tart/oil warmer with a soy tart in it so you don’t have worry about it burning dry.)

If it is a lady preparing for her gentleman you will want to diffuse floral scents (or if you know he likes something – definitely diffuse that). If it is a man preparing for his lady, he might want to diffuse the more earthy scents like Vetiver, Sandalwood, Patchouli along with her favorite scents.

Now I’m sure you wondered why I made the above statement. Well, to attract a man – a woman wears floral scents – why because men are the ones that really like those and men wear earthy scents as – well, you got it, because women like those scents. I know it is opposite of what you think it should be – but think about it just a little.

Don’t get me wrong, Men and Women love wearing the scents they have chosen, but it really is the opposite sex you are trying to attract.

Essential oils that are exotic include Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Neroli and Rose. Sandalwood, Vetiver and Patchouli along with several others that will appeal to many. If you enjoy an oil then by all means diffuse it when you are in the mood for love.

A loving massage is often in order on a romantic night. Try this simple massage blend that is usually acceptable to both partners.

Loving Massage Blend for a romantic evening for two.

To two ounces of sunflower oil add
Cedarwood – 5 drops
Sandalwood – 3 drops
Jasmine – 3 drops
Orange, sweet – 3 drops
Ylang Ylang – 1 drop
Rose – 1 drop

Blend together and enjoy as you give each other a loving massage.

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Health and Beauty

Warts – those ugly little skin growths

by Penny Keay

Just about everyone you talk to has had a wart at one time or another. These fleshy raised areas of tissue are caused by a virus. They typically are not a serious thing, more unsightly and a nuisance that anything else.

But occasionally you may have one or your child may have them. Warts are very common in some children.

If left alone, they will usually go away on their own with time. But like most of us, we can start picking at them. They can become infected and actually spread.

The virus that causes them is contagious in varying degrees to others, usually by using the same towels to dry hands or stepping on the same shower mats.

Most common warts, the ones found on fingers, hands, toes and feet can be around for anywhere from 6 months to a couple of years, depending on the persons immune system. To battle this virus you might want to try a few essential oils to try to shorten this amount of time.

Some of the most common essential oils used against the common wart are:

Tea Tree, Thyme, Clove bud, Oregano, Geranium, Lemon, Lavender, Cypress, Bergamot (Bergamot FCF should be used on any skin that may be exposed to sunlight), Rosemary, and Juniper berry.

There are several essential oils you can apply to the wart and the skin around the wart to help hasten the disappearance. Essential oils will not make the wart fall off. It will help the bodies defenses to rid the body of the virus causing the wart.

We have read that you can apply a drop of essential oil to a band aid and then place the band aid over the wart. Do this daily. Although we don’t advocate the use of essential oils this way, we do know of folks that say it works. Would we try it? Not without the essential oils being diluted first.

The problem with the above method is you might be wearing a band aid for a long time and over time the band aid sticking to the skin can cause its own problems. Plus trapping essential oils next to the skin can cause other skin irritations. Essential oils are strong and prolonged contact undiluted can be more detrimental than helpful.

The better solution is to soak your hand or affected area in warm water for 10 minutes or so (taking a nightly bath will usually suffice) . You can add some essential oils to the bath if you wish – use which ever ones you enjoy for bathing.

They should not be some of the ones listed for warts. The stronger oils like Thyme Oregano and Clove bud can be very irritating to the skin in a bath. But once the bath is done apply the following blend that has been mixed with a carrier oil to the area on and around the wart.

Dry the skin well by patting it before applying this blend. Then apply a drop or two of the carrier oil mixed blend to the wart. Apply daily for up to 10 days. Then discontinue for 1 week. Repeat for another 10 days and off for 1 week. If you do not see any difference in the wart, essential oils may not work for you.

Wart Blend

Thyme – 8 drops
Lavender – 5 drops
Tea Tree – 5 drops
Clove bud – 3 drops
Oregano – 2 drops
Jojoba 1 tablespoon

Blend essential oils together in a one ounce amber bottle. Then add 1 tablespoon Jojoba. Shake to blend. Then apply one drop to the wart. Let soak in.

You do not need to cover this with a band aid as the Jojoba should soak into the wart and surrounding skin with in a minute or two. If it doesn’t, then wipe the excess oil away.

Repeat 2-4 times daily. Use for 10 days then discontinue for 1 week. Repeat applying for 10 days, and discontinue for 1 week.

If at anytime you develop sensitivity or additional irritation you should discontinue and seek out other methods to help with your warts.

Essential oils do not work for everyone with warts. DO NOT use essential oils on the genital area or near your eyes. If you have genital warts please see your medical practioner.

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Around the House and Garden

Did you have Fish tonight?

by Penny Keay

Here it is just after supper and some friends call and want to come over to play cards or watch a movie or what have you. But oh my, you fixed your famous fried fish for your family tonight and boy does the house smell like fish!!

Quick – grab your essential oils, mix some in a little Emulsifier and add some distilled water. Shake the spray bottle and quickly spritz the air around the WHOLE house. Because if you don’t, every one will still know you cooked fish for supper!!

Best scents to help cover fishy smells – Lemon and other citrus blends. Rosemary and Lavender work too but Lemon and Lime are my favorite essential oils of choice to rid the area of cooking odors.

After a few minutes, you should re-spray the rooms. Then light or plug in an oil warmer with a soy wax tart in it and diffuse any other blend you choose. Wax tarts can be used for hours and you don’t need to worry about the diffuser burning dry.

Oh, PS Don’t forget to take out the trash and wash or dispose of all the other ‘fishy’ smelling dishes or you know what might creep back into the kitchen – yep – that fishy smell once again!!

Note: I don’t want to offend anyone thinking that fish are the only smelly food you can cook but to me it’s right up there. Other smelly foods – Liver and onions, burnt popcorn just to name a couple others!

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Recipes to try

Anti-Itch Lotion

Lavender – 15 drops
Roman Chamomile – 10 drops
German Chamomile – 5 drops
Peppermint – 3 drops

Blend the above essential oils in an Amber glass bottle. Then add to 2 ounces of unscented lotion Blend well, then apply to itchy area as needed. Rub in lightly so as not to increase the itchiness.


After the Fish has been cooked Room Freshener

Lemon – 20 drops
Bergamot – 10 drops
Grapefruit – 10 drops
Emulsifier – ¼ teaspoon
Distilled water - 8 ounces
PET plastic spray top bottle

Blend essential oils well in PET plastic bottle then add ¼ teaspoon Emulsifier . Mix thoroughly. Then add the distilled water and shake well. Spray around the room.

Keep unused Spray in the Refrigerator for future use! This room freshener can be used for any tough odor – not just Fish!!

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The Sensual Bath

Sandalwood or our S'WOODS blend – 3 drops
Rosewood - 2 drops
Ylang Ylang – 2 drops
Patchouli – 1 drop
Neroli – 1 drop

Fill the tub with warm water. Swirl water and add the essential oils. Close the door for 5 minutes and let the oils permeate the room. Play some soft music. Enjoy a wonderful bath together.


Itch Relief if due to mild Fungal infection

Lavender - 15 drops
Tea Tree – 15 drops

Blend essential oils in an amber bottle. Place several drops in a cool basin of water and using a soft cloth apply the compress to the itchy area for 15-20 minutes. Repeat every few hours as needed.


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