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Birch Hill Happenings Aromatherapy, LLC Newsletter Vol 112

April 9, 2008

In this issue:

Physical Ailment

Analgesia – Pain relief to the rescue!

by Penny Keay

Talking about Pain! Pain can be caused from injuries to inflammation to unknown reasons.

It can involve the skin, muscles, bones and deep tissues. Pain can vary from mild to severe. A dull ache to sharp stabbing attacks. It can be constant or cyclic or worse yet chronic. Mostly you want relief.

Several essential oils have pain relieving properties. Determining the cause of the pain is very helpful and often time necessary before you start using essential oils.

As an example, you don’t want to use a deep penetrating heating oil on the pain of a burn. Is the pain on the surface of the skin? Is it deep in the muscles, from a bruise, infection or what is the cause?

Once you know the cause then you can pick or select a few essential oils that will more than likely help with your type of pain.

The oils listed in each category below are not listed in any particular order, as different essential oils will work better on individuals to varying degrees and you may need to experiment to find the right combination of essential oils that will work for you.

General analgesic essential oils include:

The Chamomiles, both Roman and German, Clove bud, Eucalyptus globulus, Helichrysum, Bay laurel, Juniper berry, Black Pepper, Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Niaouli, Peppermint, Spearmint, Oregano and Thyme

These are the most commonly used although there are probably over two dozen more that have analgesic properties and may work better for some folks.

If the pain is from inflammation the following essential oils may be more beneficial:

Basil, Yarrow, Helichrysum, Lavender, German Chamomile, Fennel, Myrrh, Frankincense, Rose, Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Blue Tansy.

Pain caused by an infection,

You will need to look for specific essential oils for the type of infection. See our previous Newsletters, Health and Beauty Index or Recipes Index for help on specific types of infection. If you cannot find any article to address your situation, PLEASE e-mail us and we will try to give you a few suggestions.

For common muscular pain due to overwork or arthritic joint pain try a blend of

Peppermint, Eucalyptus globulus and Rosemary in a fixed or carrier oil of your choice. These three oils are very good at providing deep penetrating pain relief into muscles and joints.

If you prefer you we have this blend already for use in our Joint Rub Massage oil. Or our Sports and More Synergy Blend where you can make your own massage oil, lotion or cream

For the pain from simple (first degree) burns, including sun burn:

Use Lavender and Helichrysum as needed. Blend about 15 drops Lavender to 5 drops Helichrysum or use Helichrysum 10% in Jojoba with Lavender added. This not only helps with the pain of the burn but the skin healing properties will help the skin tissues heal more quickly.

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Emotional Concern


by Penny Keay

This is not just for children, but adults too.

The days activities are often replayed throughout the night and many children and adults will replay the ‘almost’ mishaps or confrontations of the day with the worse outcomes.

Hence, the night mare or night terror where often times your dream is replacing the person with an angry animal or maybe even the same person resulting in very scary scenarios.

Nightmares can take on many ‘faces” that are not pleasant and can keep you from falling asleep again.

If a child or you have a problem falling asleep after a bad dream you can try using a little Frankincense, Melissa and Roman Chamomile along with the old standby Lavender.

Just apply a few drops to the pillows on either end and then flip the pillow upside down. As you drift off to sleep the essential oils should help you to relax and calm down for a better rest of the night sleep.

If repeated bad dreams seem to be a problem try this great recipe from our recipe files and most recently published in our Aromatherapy tip of the week

“Sweet Dreams” - a pillow spray

15 ml of distilled water
2 drops of Lavender
1 drop Roman Chamomile
1 drop Orange
1 dropYlang Ylang
5 drops Emulsifier (optional - mix with the essential oil prior to adding the distilled water)

Put the essential oils and the optional emulisifier in a 2 ounce PET plastic bottle. Blend well, then add the 15 ml (1 Tablespoon) distilled water.

Shake well and spritz on pillow cases. Let dry. (This recipe can be made to fit a 2 ounce bottle - just multiply all the ingredients by 4).

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Health and Beauty

Face Scrubs

by Penny Keay

Spring is just around the corner and you want your face to glow.

To do this you need to remove the dead skin cells that may have accumulated over the winter months. You will need to do a little exfoliation.

Make a simple face scrub using ground oatmeal – put it in the blender and grind into a fine powder. Or you can also use brown sugar for the exfoliating material.

In a bowl put 1 tablespoon of either the fine oatmeal or the brown sugar. To this add 1 tablespoon of carrier oil.

Some favorites include Sunflower oil, Jojoba or Sweet almond.

Stir this mixture together then add one or two drops of Geranium oil. Geranium is great for small blemishes and helps to heal them quickly.

Another option if you have problems with acne is to put 1-2 drops of our Fresh Face Blend, in this face scrub. Or if you have problems with wrinkles you can use our Smooth & Soft Blend.

Once blended apply a small amount to your face and GENTLY smooth over face avoiding the eyes and eyelids.

Set the timer or watch the clock as you do not want to rub any longer than about 30-45 seconds. This will be long enough.

Next using warm water rinse your face until all the ‘scrub’ has been rinsed off. Pat your face dry. If you want you can use a toner or astringent after you have patted your face dry.

The easiest and simplest to make toner is to add a few drops of the essential oils or blend you used in your scrub to 4 ounces of distilled water.

Shake the mixture well, then apply with a cotton pad. Again pat dry. Your face should feel soft, smooth and moisturized. You can add more moisturizers if you want, but you may feel you won’t need them.

Please realize that often times folks that have not used scrubs on their face may experience a few days where the skin actually appears worse, this should change after a couple facial scrubs.

Remember – scrubs should only be used every 2-4 days and not every day. After a few facial scrubs you should be able to just do it once a week and not have any problems with outbreaks.

If you do not see improvement in your skin or should a rash develop discontinue use.

Glowing spring days and glowing faces made for pretty smiles and wonderful days! Happy Spring!

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Around the House and Garden

The Flying Pests

by Penny Keay

You’re sitting outdoors in the wonderful springtime air and ‘youch!’ something has just attacked you!

Yep, you got it! Those pesky flying bugs have once again arrived to begin their feeding frenzies. And what is on the menu? You of course!

Mosquitoes and other biting flies quickly appear once the outside temperature rise above 50 degrees and before long they are looking for their first meal. Since no one likes to be bitten you can use essential oils to deter these pests.

If you want to use something outside on your patio and deck, using a mixture of Lemongrass and Citronella in a sprayer may be the most beneficial.

Mix a several drops of both of these with an Emulsifier and then add to our linen spray base or distilled water. Shake well and spray the cushions and other areas around the patio. Be sure to test spray on a hidden area of your fabrics to make sure the blend causes no damage to fabric or colors.

Remember essential oils do not last for more a few hours so you will need to reapply as needed. If the temperatures are warm or if it is breezy you may need to apply even more often.

Just remember essential oils are nature made and will not harm the environment.

For your own self, there are many insect repellent recipes available and of course we have three available ready made that work great.

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Recipes to try

Pain Relief for Bruises and to help reduce swelling

Lavender - 15 drops
Juniper berry – 10 drops
Sweet Marjoram – 10 drops
Helichrysum – 5 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 painful area for 15-20 minutes. Repeat every few hours as needed. OR

Mix the above essential oil blend in 2 ounces of fractionated coconut oil and apply several drops to the bruised area. Apply using light pressure only - as you do not want to cause further tissue damage.

Nice Face Cream

Sandalwood or our The S'WOODS – 15 drops
Neroli – 12 drops
Petitgrain and – 5 drops
Sorbolene Cream – 2 ounces
Jojoba – 1 ounce

Blend the essential oils in an amber glass bottle. Mix the Sorbolene Cream with the Jojoba in a small bowl. Once mixed add the essential oils to this cream/jojoba mix. Still well. Let blend for a day or two. Apply a small pea sized amount to a clean face once daily.

If you feel the smell is too strong, divide the amount of essential oils in half.

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Lets get back to sleep Massage Lotion

Sweet Marjoram – 25 drops
Amyris – 25 drops
Mandarin – 25 drops
Massage lotion – 2 ounces

Blend the above essential oils in an amber glass bottle. Then add the essential oils to 2 ounces of unscented massage lotion. Blend well, then massage your shoulders, neck and back.

Household Fly Spray

Eucalyptus globulus – 40 drops
Lemon – 20 drops
Peppermint – 20 drops
Emulsifier – 1/2 teaspoon
Distilled water - 4ounces OR
4 ounces Linen spray OR
4 ounces of White distilled vinegar
PET plastic spray bottle

Blend essential oils well in PET plastic spray bottle then add 1/2 teaspoon e Emulsifier. Mix thoroughly. Then add the distilled water (or Linen Spray or white vinegar) and shake well. Spray around the room.

Before spraying on fabrics do a test spray to make sure the fabric and colors are not affected by the Spray mixture.

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© 2008, 2015, 2017 Penny Keay All rights reserved Worldwide.
Please do not use my information without my permission.

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