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Birch Hill Happenings Aromatherapy, LLC Newsletter Vol 117

September 10, 2008

In this issue:

Physical Ailment


by Penny Keay

Sore Throats and Tonsillitis season is once again here. Although a Sore Throat may not be tonsillitis, tonsillitis is definitely a sore throat.

Tonsillitis can be caused by viruses or bacteria that results in swelling, pain and sometimes even little white patches of pus will develop on the tonsils. Some tonsillitis can be a strep throat (Streptococcus bacteria) but not always.

In any case, tonsillitis is painful with the swelling and inflammation. Making it difficult to swallow, eat, drink and talk.

Although tonsillitis can be acute, often times it is a sub-acute or chronic condition that will plague children and adults for years until they have them surgically removed or their immune system finally becomes strong enough for tonsillitis to become a thing of the past.

Using essential oils can of course help you build a stronger immune system (Please see the following article in a previous newsletter

Essential oils that may help with the swelling, pain and inflammation include:

Lavender, Thyme linalool, Ginger, German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile, Tea Tree, Lemon, Cypress, Helichrysum and Oregano.

For some folks Eucalyptus globulus, Cinnamon, and Myrrh are oils that can also help. Myrrh especially may be helpful when mixed with warm water and used as a gargle.

Valerie Ann Worwood has a tonsillitis recipe that may be very effective. As found in her book Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child she suggests you mix the following essential oils together to make a Tonsillitis Blend and then use it in a variety of ways.

Her recipe is as follows:

Lavender- 10 drops
Tea Tree -15 drops
Ginger -5 drops
Lemon -2 drops.

Blend together and keep in an amber bottle.

To use add 4 drops to a bowl of warm water and soak a soft cloth that is able to be placed on the throat area. Squeeze it out well before placing on the neck/throat. Do this a couple times a day.

OR mix 5 drops with 2 teaspoons of carrier oil such as Sunflower oiland apply a small amount to the throat, upper chest and back.

We have found that making a mouth rinse/gargle and using that every couple of hours is wonderful for use by older children and adults but do not give or try to use mouth rinses or gargles with children under 10 or 12 years of age.

Mouth Rinse or Gargle for Sore Throats

2 -3 oz warm water
1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar (Use the real thing - not distilled vinegar made to look like Apple Cider Vinegar – you will have to read the label closely
˝ teaspoon Sea Salt
Myrrh – 2 drops
Oregano -1 drop
OR Thyme – 1 drop

Blend together and rinse the mouth. Gargle if you can. It will feel like it is burning – especially to tender sore throats. But after the initial mouth rinse, you should be able to gargle at least once.

I know, first hand, this treatment is uncomfortable to use, but from experience it works great and stops many a viral illness in its tracts!!

I’ve used this mouth rinse/gargle at the first sign of any sore throat especially during cold and flu season. I alternate each gargle recipe. One time I use Oregano, next time Thyme.

And I mix it fresh each time I gargle. (You could try adding a teaspoon of honey but to be honest I don’t think it would make it taste any better.)

Anyway, Repeat every 2 hours. This works and typically if you start at the first sign of a sore throat or tonsil inflammation you will nip it in the bud and the duration of your ailment will be greatly reduced to a day or two rather than a week to 10 days.

Quick action when you are a frequent victim of tonsillitis will often time be the best prevention you can do.

As an addition to helping you fend off the bacteria or virus that has attacked diffusing Four Robbers blend or Pure Cleansing blend will also help you to feel better faster.

Diffuse in any room you are in and especially for an hour before you head off to bed. You don’t need to diffuse it continually in your bedroom. Just for an hour prior to bedtime so it can penetrate the air you will be breathing while you sleep.

Hope you feel better real soon if you are under the weather due to tonsillitis.

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Emotional Concern

Consoling Use of Essential Oils During times of Sadness when you have lost a Pet

by Penny Keay

Losing a pet is never an easy time. Sadness and sorrow may overcome you emotionally as you feel your sense of loss of your little companion.

Whenever you lose a pet you will still need to go through the grieving process as you do with the loss of a person.

Typically this process is much quicker and soon you will feel like yourself again. But to help you for the first day or so, you may want to use a few essential oils that will be uplifting and to help you with the sadness.

Essential oils that may help you will include those for grieving, but typically energizing and uplifting scents may provide you with the most benefit.

If you have a favorite essential oil or blend, by all means inhaling a few drops of that should make you feel better.

Otherwise some essential oils that are uplifting include:

Rose, Neroli, Grapefruit, Petitgrain, Jasmine, Mandarin, Orange, Ylang-Ylang, Clary Sage, Melissa, Bergamot, Cypress, Vanilla, Roman Chamomile and Nutmeg.

Or try making a blend using 1-4 of these oils and diffusing is one of the best ways to use these.

Your sense of loss and sadness for a pet should not last more than a few days to at most a week. If you are having a more than normal length of time handling this loss, do seek counseling from a qualified grief person.

They are usually available through your local hospital or medical center. Occasionally you may find someone in your veterinary office that has also been trained to help with the loss of a pet.

Penny’s Note: This article was inspired for writing as we recently experienced the loss of our little Yorkie, Ruby. She was with us for the last 12 of her 14 years (adopted at 2 years). Although we have had many pets in our lives, it is never easy to lose one. Fortunately we still have her sister Pearl who is in very good health considering she is also 14 years old.

Working in the Veterinary field for 35 years I helped many folks and consoled many during their loss of their little fur children.

As stated above, if your grief and sadness is excessive or lasts longer than a few days, please seek professional counseling.

Although rare, sometimes there are other underlying emotional problems that can be triggered by the loss of a pet that may require intervention.

In the meantime, using uplifting energizing essential oils will help you through those first few days of loss.

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Health and Beauty

Fall Skin Care

by Penny Keay

Summer is over and your skin care regimen may need a new plan. Cooler temps and fewer hours of sunlight can change our daily routines. We may not be outdoors as much and most of us won’t be spending hours at the lake, ocean or pools.

Many of us will not be using as much lotions or sun protection as we did during the summer. And soon your sun glow tan will be replaced by having to use foundation and makeup.

During the summer, while spending extra hours in the sun and wind, our skin will naturally increase the production of oils to help retain moisture.

Not a problem during the summer as we will perspire more and normally will cleanse our face and skin more often just to feel refreshed.

But now it is fall, the temperatures are cooler and we probably won’t be sweating near as much, but our body and skin forget and it just keeps pumping out all that skin oil.

So even if you don’t normally have oily skin, all of sudden fall arrives and you feel you have enough skin oil to fry an egg or two!! Not to mention all the hormonal changes women go through each month to add to this!

Of course with the extra oil you are now more apt to develop and experience more blemishes. How to avoid all these problems? Now, more than ever you will need to clean your face.

There are many ways to clean your face. Just using plain soap and water will work fine for most, but if you wear makeup and face powder you will most likely want to use a lotion or cream to help remove it and follow with a facial toner and an astringent.

Once or twice a week you may want to give your face an extra cleaning by using an exfoliant. Brown sugar scrubs or scrubs that use any number of abrasives (oatmeal, fine ground almonds and the list goes on). These all will remove excessive dead skin cells and make your face feel smooth and clean.

The most important factor is to use a toner and an astringent. These help to ensure your face is not only clean but the astringent helps to tighten and close the pores that now will realize it’s time to slow down production.

You can add a few essential oils to help heal any blemishes quickly and to continue to help your skin stay healthy looking.

Several essential oils can be helpful for use with excessive oily skin:

Lemon, Peppermint, Lavender, Juniper berry, Sage, Thyme, Geranium and Tea Tree. Rosemary, Rose, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Ylang-Ylang, Cedarwood and Cypress are also helpful.

To help balance oil production try the following blend added to either the Facial Moisturizing toner base and/or the Facial astringent base .

To each 2 ounces of either add upto but do not exceed 12 drops of the following blend or mix the recipe and add to 8 ounces for a one time mixing.

Daily Skin Balancer Blend for Oily to Normal Skin types.

Geranium – 10 drops
Lemon - 10 drops
Juniper berry – 8 drops
Rosemary – 2 drops
Tea Tree – 2 drops

Mix these essential oils together and add 12 drops per 2 oz of distilled water.

Now, realize you may still need to use a moisturizing lotion or apply a small amount of Jojoba to your face.

Even though it is producing a lot of oil your skin may still benefit from additional moisturizing.

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Around the House and Garden

Scent for your carpets

by Penny Keay

Ever notice how when cooler temperatures arrive some smells come out to haunt you. I know it’s been a busy summer and you haven’t even started your fall house cleaning. And well that old carpet needs shampooing and oh, you just don’t have the time.

At the very least you can sprinkle some baking soda with your favorite essential oils added to it. Simply put 1 cup of Baking Soda in a glass jar. Add up to 45-50 drops of your favorite essential oils or blend.

Shake well and let sit overnight. The next day, sprinkle over your carpeting. Let set on the carpet for a minimum of 30 minutes but no longer than 2 hours. Then vacuum as usual.

A quick blend that I enjoy is just using equal portions of Peppermint and Grapefruit. Light, minty and refreshingly sweet.


Orange – 25 drops
Lavender – 15 drops
Clove bud – 5 drops
Cinnamon – 5 drops
Baking Soda – 1 cup

Blend all ingredients together in a glass jar let sit overnight, sprinkle on carpet, let sit for 30 minutes and vacuum.

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Recipes to try

Another Mouth rinse and Gargle for tonsillitis

2 oz warm water
2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
1-2 teaspoons honey
Ginger – 3 drops
Lemon essential oil – 3 drops (or 2-3 teaspoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice not from a bottle but fresh from a fresh lemon).

Stir together until honey is dissolved and gargle and rinse your mouth several times. Again, do not attempt to use a mouth rinse or gargle with children under 10-12 years of age. Repeat as needed – about every 2 hours.

STINK BUSTER for Carpets

Eucalyptus globulus – 15 drops
Lavender – 10 drops
Lemongrass – 10 drops
1 cup Baking Soda

Blend all ingredients together in a glass jar let sit overnight, sprinkle on carpet, let sit for 30 minutes and vacuum.

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Uplifting Blend

Bergamot FCF – 6 drops
Lime – 6 drops
Ylang-Ylang – 2 drops
Geranium – 1 drops

Blend the essential oils together, then diffuse a few drops in the air using any diffuser or use in a Personal inhaleror on a necklace.

Moisturizing oil for Oily skin

Lavender – 4 drops
Tea Tree – 3 drops
Lemon - 2 drops
Ylang-Ylang – 2 drops
Geranium – 1 drop
Rosewood – 1 drop.
Jojoba – 1 oz

Blend essential oils together in a 2 oz PET plastic bottle, then add the Jojoba.

Gently mix and apply only one or two drops to a thoroughly cleansed and toned face.

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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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