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Birch Hill Happenings Aromatherapy, LLC Newsletter Vol 115

July 8, 2008

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

Physical Ailment

Stiff Necks or Acute wry neck (Torticollis)

by Penny Keay

Just when I didn’t need it, I woke up this morning and my neck muscles began to spasm!

I knew exactly what was happening as it happens to me way too often. All being a result of a head, neck and shoulder injury when I was a teenager.

Yikes! This is very painful and makes it difficult for me to lift my head up and once I do have it up, I can barely turn my head from side to side. It is usually held off to the side and you definitely can tell there is a problem.

First thing I do (well, actually Alan does) is reach for the Peppermint and Rosemary mixed with a little carrier oil. I have to relieve a little bit of the pain or I will have a very awful day.

Al rubs it in my neck and upper shoulder area; I then decide if cold or heat feels better. Each time for me is different – I think it depends on the weather outside as to what feels better to me. I apply cold or heat packs to the area.

Usually, for me a little heat feels the best. (See our new Aroma Pillows as these work great for necks and shoulders and can be used cold or heated)

Not sure if you have ever experienced this or not. For me and others it can take several days for the stiffness, pain and soreness to release enough for me to go to my chiropractor.

So, in the mean time I use essential oils that can penetrate the muscle layers and give me some relief.

There are plenty of essential oils that can be helpful.

The first suggestions would be heating and analgesic oils:

Peppermint, Rosemary, Clove bud, Ginger, Black Pepper and Juniper berry. Mixing several of these together and then adding to a carrier oil and use for massaging this area gives the best relief for me. Actually at first I just rub a little on, no deep massage as it is too painful.

We have our new Peppermint and Rosemary Roll-on Blend made for rolling on this type of area, or for use if you should have a lot of tension in your neck that is giving you a headache. Other premade massage blends we have that may work for you include our Joint Rub, Back Rub, Muscle Relaxing, Muscle Rub, Muscle Warm Massage and Dar’s Massage oil.

If you can tolerate going to a massage therapists, be sure to request or ask them to use one of the above blends on your painful muscles or if they have a blend that has helped using any of the above mentioned essential oils.

Hope your neck feels better soon too!

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Emotional Concern

Self Esteem

by Penny Keay

Wow! Is this a major concern in both your emotional and physical health.

So many people both young and old have problems with self esteem and self image. They may feel they have no self worth that they can’t contribute to the world, their neighborhood or their family. Boy, are they very, very wrong.

Most people and especially for teenagers need to look at the positive side of our lives. Not just the negative and often time trivial aspects.

Too often we look at celebrities and sports figures and think we want what they have, but when it really comes down to it, we wouldn’t be happy with the way they live.

So, first thing when you wake up in the morning is to put a SMILE on your face. Starting the day with a smile will send chemical mood elevators throughout your body. To give you an extra boost, inhale a few whiffs of your favorite essential oil or oils.

Realize the choices of essential oils may change from time to time. You may like Citrus smells Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon Or more floral smells Geranium, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang or Rose (although I caution the use of the smell of roses as often times you may associate this with sad times such as the loss of a loved ones funeral).

Others love to smell minty smells – Peppermint and Spearmint can easily elevate your mood. Yet others love the earthy smells of Patchouli, Vetiver, Sandalwood and Cedarwood. Find a single oil or two or a synergy blend you love that brings a smile to your face.

Next think of something you can do - just for today - to help someone else. Now, this someone could be a family member, a neighbor, a co-worker or a stranger.

This small task can be something as simple as opening up a door when someone has their hands full of groceries or laundry. Or help someone clean up the kitchen, etc. without being asked to do so. You need to think conscientiously about what you might do, or maybe you have done in the past.

Now, write this down. Write all the good things you do down. Also, write down other things you could do. Can you grow vegetables, flowers? Paint, draw? Do you read books?

Usually you can find things and they only need be a few that you can do that maybe you can help others learn too. While you are writing your lists – inhale your essential oils. This is a conditioning exercise to help your brains ‘lock and key’ system to be triggered by good feelings.

Self image and self esteem is looking at yourself and find all the GOOD things you can do, not only for yourself but to help those around you.

If you just sit around all day watching TV or playing video games you probably will have very low esteem as you aren’t contributing to society. BUT you have control to change it all.

So, back to the daily ‘do good’ task. After a week or two, add more tasks where you help others. Then when you have a whole list you can look back at it and say – Hey, I really am making a difference, I really do matter. And SMILE.

Many of you may know that Alan and I were involved in the Boy Scouts of America for 15 years. In scouting as each boy finishes one rank and is moving to the next – he has to go through a Board of Review. Sort of like an interview of his scouting experience so far and how he plans on proceeding.

Well, one of my questions I loved to ask because it is part of the scouting slogan was did you “Do a Good Turn Daily”. So I would ask them during their review, what was their Good turn for the day.

Some grasped the concept really quickly; others made it way to difficult.

My point was that ‘doing a good turn’ each day didn’t have to be some spectacular event. It could be something as simple as opening a door for someone. When so many of them paused for over a minute, I would let them off the hook and explain that it’s all the little things you do each day, that you may not even realize, that make you feel better about yourself, especially when you are helping others.

So for you and your teens, help them to learn about doing a ‘good turn daily’. Reach out and do something for someone else. Write it down and soon you will see – you do have worth, and you will in turn feel good about yourself.

When ever you are feeling down, simply, put a smile on your face and smell some of your favorite essential oils, do a little something for someone else. Soon you will feel better about yourself and know you can make a difference.

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Health and Beauty

Sunburned Lips and Skin

by Penny Keay

Another fun day at the beach or out in the garden or just plain out in the sun with skin exposed!

Even before you get home you have little ones (or yourself) complaining about the burning of the skin. The lips are feeling a little chapped too.

Number one essential oil for burns of any kind has always been Lavender. It gives quick relief from pain and helps to heal the skin quickly.

Depending on the severity of the sunburn, you can use lavender mixed with Jojoba or other carrier oils applied to the area as often as needed.

Mixing in distilled water works too, but avoid mixing with alcohol of any kind as alcohol is too drying, not to mention damaging to the delicate skin once it has been burned.

Other essential oils that can give relief include:

Roman Chamomile, Helichrysum, Geranium and Peppermint (limit this one).

If you are always on the go and all those headed for the beach pack this wonderful blend into your beach bag.

Sun Relief Spray

Lavender – 20 drops
Coconut Emulsifier – 20 drops
Body Spray Base– 2 ounces

Blend the Lavender with the Coconut Emulsifier, shake well. Then add the Body Spray base and shake well before spraying on the affected areas. You can spray this as often as necessary. Once mixed keep in your refrigerator or cooler.

Lip soother

Lavender – 3 drops
Roman Chamomile – 2 drops
Macadamia nut oil – 10 ml
roll-on perfume bottles.

Blend the essential oils with the Macadamia nut oil and pour into a roll-on perfume and lip bottle. Apply to your lips as needed.

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Around the House and Garden

Hot Baths, Whirlpools, Hot Tubs and Jacuzzi’s

by Penny Keay

Many of you know Al and I have been remodeling our home. Well, this past week we finally finished the new bathroom!! Oh Yeah!! A wonderful big double sized corner tub. While our tub is not a whirlpool or hot tub – no pumps or jets, it is just a big soaking tub we thoroughly enjoy adding essential oils to our bathing time.

Adding essential oils to any big tub is certainly most enjoyable. And when you add some essential oils to a hot tub when you have friends and guests can make the event even more memorable and enjoyable.

There are several blends that will make your time in the hot tub energizing, relaxing, or romantic. You can of course, use just single oils too!!

A Relaxing Blend for a hot tub for 4-5 people

Spruce needle – 5 drops
The V'nilla's blend – 4 drops
Lemongrass – 4 drops
Cedarwood – 2 drops
Coconut Emulsifier – 1 ml (20 drops)

Blend all in a PET plastic bottle then add about half to your hot tub. Add the remaining amount after 30 minutes, if desired.

Energizing Blend for the Hot tub (Will make enough for several uses)

Peppermint – 20 drops
Lavender – 20 drops
Cedarwood – 20 drops
Spruce needle – 10 drops
Eucalyptus globulus – 10 drops
Coconut Emulsifier – 1 teaspoonful

Blend all in a PET plastic bottle then add 3-4 drops per person to your hot tub. Add more if desired after 30 minutes.

In a whirlpool hot tub that holds many people use no more than 3 drops of essential oil per person capacity. In other words if your hot tub can hold 6 people use no more than 18 drops total.

We suggest you really start out with about half that amount and add more as necessary. You can always add more after 30 – 60 minutes.

Of course, if your hot tub is out doors and the wind is blowing you might need to add more oil sooner than you think. Use caution when ever you use oils in heated water, as the warm water increases the absorption rate both through inhalation and the skin.

Before using essential oils in your hot tub or Jacuzzi check with the manufacturers warranty as you don’t want to void your service contract unnecessarily.

Although we are suggesting you use small amounts of essential oils, some can still do damage to pump and hose parts.

Also, another warning

Do not use any of the skin sensitizing oils or those that are photo toxic/sensitive if your party will be during sunlight hours. You don’t want your guests or yourself to have any reaction.

If someone does have a reaction, have them shower with a mild soap and cool water. Do not let them reenter the hot tub.

If they feel light headed or develop other signs of getting too much essential oils or heat, (not only from breathing essential oils, but because of the heat of the water), take them to an area where they can get fresh, cooler air.

So, When 's the next Party??

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Recipes to try

Quick and Easy Muscle Rub for Spasms

Peppermint – 5 drops
Rosemary – 5 drops
Black Pepper – 5 drops
Ginger – 5 drops
Juniper berry – 5 drops
Fractionated Coconut oil - 1 tablespoon

Blend all essential oils and carrier oil in a PET plastic bottle and apply several drops to the affected muscle. Massage in lightly.

Note: This is very highly concentrated (8-10%) and is for short term use only on the few muscles affected. Rub a few drops onto extremely sore muscles, and then follow the rest of the massage with plain Fractionated coconut oil with no additional essential oils added.

If you want to use as an over all massage oil you must dilute the essential oils listed above in 2 ounces of fractionated coconut oil.


Romantic Hot Tub Blend

Ylang Ylang Extra – 10 drops
The S'WOODS – or Sandalwood, India – 10 drops
Rosewood– 5 drops
Neroli – 5 drops
Coconut Emulsifier – 45 drops

Blend all together in a PET plastic bottle . Then add 3-6 drops to your hot tub. Since it most likely is only you and your best friend – start out with fewer drops of essential oils added to your tub.

Enjoy the moment – light a few candles too and play a little soft music.

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Personally Yours Self Esteem Inhalation Blend

Ylang Ylang Extra – 10 drops
The S'WOODS – 15 drops
Bergamot - 5 drops
Cedarwood – 3 drops

Blend the above oils in an amber bottle. Then place several drops in a Personal inhaler(we suggest the stylish sealed metal one as you will most likely be using this blend whenever you are feeling a little low – so you’ll want to carry something a little nicer than a plain plastic one, but the plastic ones will work fine too.).

You should smell this blend first thing in the morning to help brighten your day right at the start!! Then throughout the day as you feel is necessary!


Cool it Spray for Children and Adults (after being in the sun for way too long!)

Lavender – 15 drops
Roman Chamomile – 5 drops
Helichrysum – 3 drops
Peppermint – 1 drop
Coconut Emulsifier – 25 drops
Body Spray Base– 4 ounces.

Blend the essential oils with the Coconut Emulsifier and then add to the Body Spray base. Shake well and spray on the skin as needed. Keep refrigerated until ready to be used. Use within 1-2 months of blending.


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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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