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Birch Hill Happenings Aromatherapy, LLC Newsletter Vol 116

Aug 14, 2008

In this issue:

Physical Ailment

To Smell or Not to Smell (or don’t or can’t smell)

by Penny Keay

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Emotional Concern

Daydreaming is fun in its proper place!

by Penny Keay

Daydreams! Just lay back and let your mind wander. Think about all your hopes and dreams of things to come, like vacation, your retirement and just other things besides work!

What a fun way to escape to another ‘world’ without leaving this planet.

To me, daydreaming is a type of simple meditation. When you can’t go off by yourself for a half hour or more of true meditation, at least you can drift your mind to a little bit of emotional sanctuary for a few minutes. Relaxing and releasing your mind to start refreshed again in a few minutes.

Daydreaming can be fun and a wonderful form of relaxation. Not a problem if you have the time.

But what if you are a child in school and you are getting caught? Many a parent has been called on this vary thing. Little Johnny or Mary has once again been caught not paying attention to the lessons be taught. They have been caught day dreaming once again.

There are several things you can do. Essential oils to help get them back on track and concentrating on the tasks at hand are simple to use. In fact, we have several school teachers now implementing essential oils into their class rooms.

Some teachers are using them not only to freshen the air and prevent colds, etc from spreading, but also to help the attentiveness and concentration levels of their students.

The afternoon sleepiness that plagues adults also pertains to children. Energizing essential oils and those to help focus are most beneficial.

For your child using a Terra Cotta Pendants is the simplest form of diffusing essential oils close to your child so as to not bother others in the room. There are other methods that can also be used, too.

The Terra Cotta Pendant is very discreet and most kids love wearing their birth signs or one of many other designs. Inexpensive and safe to use, most schools don’t have a problem with children wearing a necklace – especially when tucked inside their clothing.

Now that you have the mode of delivery what do we suggest to use on them? To help with Concentration, oils like Lemon, Basil and Rosemary quickly come to mind. Peppermint or Spearmint blended with any of the citrus oils like Grapefruit, Orange or Tangerine are outstanding to help uplift and awaken those suffering from the afternoon sleepiness.

Several of the Eucalyptus oils mixed with various oils will help to. To bring a sense of euphoria and sense of well being a blend of Ylang Ylang and Bergamot can be very enlivening.

If your child has had problems being ‘caught’ in the past, now is the time to find a few essential oils or blends to use to hopefully avoid the calls from the teacher.

And for you teachers – don’t forget you can use oils in your classrooms too to help you to have better attentive students and a happier, healthy room overall. And if you can’t diffuse it throughout the room, place a simple passive style diffuser on your desk to help calm you or keep you just as attentive!!

OK, now it’s back to Day Dreaming as an adult – Let’s see here – soon it’s time for vacation, hmmm, what essential oils do I want to take along with me to do all that day dreaming in the sun, hmmmm,

Oh yeah, a little Meditation blend or Take Five blend or Calming blend or Relaxing blend or maybe just plain Lavender. . . .

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Health and Beauty


by Penny Keay

To have young vibrant skin, to help smooth out rough and callused areas and to just make your skin feel soft and refreshed you will need to exfoliate.

Exfoliate – simply means to remove a couple of the outer layers of your skin, the dead cells. Exfoliation helps to gently remove dead skin cells that can often cause blackheads, blemishes, dryness and wrinkles.

When you gently exfoliate you bring circulation to your skin and it gives your face that wonderful healthy glow we all desire.

There are many different materials you can use to make face scrubs. Some of the most common ones include: oatmeal, cornmeal, almonds meal, and other ground grains and even crushed walnut shells. Sugar and salt scrubs can also be used, with salt scrubs best avoided on the face, but okay for the rest of the body.

If you have sensitive skin, using oatmeal is the safest, but if you should have problems with that you will have to forego exfoliation.

To make a simple exfoliating scrub for your face simply mix any fixed oil such as avocado or sweet almond with some sugar or brown sugar. Stir until well moistened. To this add a drop or two of your favorite essential oils.

Then simply take a small amount in your hand or finger tips and rub for about a minute on your face. Do not rub hard. You will feel the grains of sugar roll around your face. After a minute of scrubbing you will want to start rinsing your face with several splashes of tepid water.

Next using a plain unscented bar of real soap applied to your hands, smooth over every area of your face and neck that you applied the scrub. You don’t want to leave any sugar or the oil residue on your skin. Rinse thoroughly with clean water.

Follow up using a facial toner and / or an astringent to help tighten any pores that have been opened, cleaned and exfoliated.

Let this dry and apply a small amount of your favorite moisturizing lotion.

Your face and neck will Thank you for it. You will magically see the glow appear to your now exfoliated and softened skin!

Don’t forget, you can exfoliate your whole body. Again you can use any of the above mentioned scrubs. For your entire body, making a scrub from sugar or salt is easy and any mess is kept to a minimum in your shower.

Exfoliating scrubs in a bath tub are not recommended as the oils in the mix can make the tub extremely slippery not to mention leave a nasty bathtub ring! And do use caution when in the shower too!

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Around the House and Garden

Spider, Spider, go away!

by Penny Keay

This suggestion and recommendation comes from one of our customers.

She tells us that she was once plagued by a variety of spiders that had invaded her home. She had tried many methods to get rid of them but to no avail, the spiders prevailed.

Someone had told her to use Pennyroyal essential oil placed on cotton balls near the areas she had been seeing webs and spiders.

She was persistent and put the Pennyroyal on the cotton balls. Although she did not tell us how long it took but she was so happy to report to us that she no longer sees any spiders or their webs anywhere in her home!

For those of you unfamiliar with Pennyroyal essential oil botanical name is Mentha pulegium. The oil is distilled from the flowering herb.

It has a minty-herblike scent. It is often used by dog owners to help repel fleas. (Note- it will not kill fleas only repels them.)

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Recipes to try

Basic Skin Scrub

Oatmeal, quick cooking (but not cooked) - 2 teaspoons
Honey – 2 teaspoons
Lavender – 1 drop
Geranium – 1 drop
Jojoba – 1 teaspoon

Mix all together and use as a facial scrub. It is best to use after you have removed makeup and before using toners or astringents. Apply a moisturizing lotion after toning or using astringent.

Memory blend to help you Stay Focused

Lemon – 8 drops
Rosemary– 8 drops
Sage – 2 drops
Clove bud – 1 drop

Blend all in an amber bottle. Then apply 1-2 drops on a Terra Cotta Pendants. This blend is best used near yourself. Not recommended for a room diffusion.

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Toner for use on Oily Skin

Geranium – 2 drops
Ylang Ylang – 2 drops
Lemon – 1 drop
Distilled water – 8 oz

Blend the essential oils together, then add to Distilled water. Shake well, apply with a cotton ball or pad. Use for toning after you have thoroughly cleansed and rinsed your face.

Keep the Pests Away Idea!!

Cedarwood – 3 ml
Pennyroyal – 3 ml
Peppermint – 3 ml
Lavender Sachets – several

Blend the essential oils together in an amber bottle. Take the Lavender Sachets and place them in a glass jar after applying several drops – 5-8 of the above blend on the out covering. Keep tightly sealed for at least 24 hours.

Then strategically place the Sachets anywhere you know ‘pests’ such as mice and other insects like to enter your home. Reapply to the sachets every 2-3 weeks as needed, and follow the above steps.

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