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Birch Hill Happenings Aromatherapy, LLC Newsletter Vol 137

October 14, 2010

In this issue:
For Beginners to the Advanced - using Essential oils in Aromatherapy

Physical Ailment & Emotional

Health Conditions and EO’s that might help

by Penny Keay

We get requests and comments all the time from our Customers asking why we don’t list the health concerns next to the essential oils and blends that we sell as a guide to what the oils can be used to ‘treat’.

We would love to be able to do that but we are restricted by regulations set forth by the FDA and the Cosmetic industry along with other agencies that prohibit this.

So instead you have signed up to get our Newsletters, Aromatherapy Tips and Our Recipe Files notices to help further your knowledge about all the things essential oils can be used for.

We are only allowed to make suggestions or else we would be ‘prescribing’ and since we aren’t licensed medical practitioners we can only make suggestions.

Also since each essential oil can be used for so many, many conditions we don’t want someone thinking that for example only Peppermint is great for congestion or nausea or headaches.

The list of conditions and ailments that Peppermint can be used to help is very long. Likewise there are many, many other essential oils that may work better for your situation.

We prefer to take a health concern and list many different essential oils that have been traditionally used or folks have used and found gives them help.

Remember every “body” may need different blends or combinations of essential oils. What works for one person may not work for the next. Or then again it may work for many, many folks.

So for the next few issues we will have a new Section to give you “Lists” of essential oils that may help a given ailment or condition. Will they work for you? We can’t tell you that.

Again, they are suggestions of essential oils that have been used traditionally (like hundreds of years), used by aromatherapy practitioners, massage therapists and others in alternative and complimentary health care and by folks that have seen results.

We hope you will like this new Segment. We hope to enter a “new section into our website” where this list will be available as a “Quick Help” section.

If you have ailments or conditions you would like to see included in this New Section, please send us your ideas. We appreciate the help and hope to make this a comprehensive list to “help you help yourself!” (Remember it will take us a while to get this section built, but eventually we will have it done and it will be wonderful!)

The essential oils are not listed in any particular order. Remember what works for one person may not work the same for someone else.

And you would use them by Inhalation, Massage, Bath, Compress etc. Depending on the ailment or condition would depend on the method of application. Before using any essential oil for any condition make sure to consult with your licensed medical practioner. If you are not sure what your problem is find out, don’t self diagnose.

Acne & Rosacea:

Tea tree, Geranium, Chamomiles (German & Roman), Bergamot, Frankincense, Cypress, Clary sage, Juniper Berry, Rose Geranium, Lavender, Palmarosa, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Angelica Seed, Allspice, Anise, Clove Bud, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Cajeput, Lemon, Juniper berry, Lemongrass, Rosewood, Thyme, Ylang-ylang, Vetiver, Petitgrain, Basil, Yarrow, Myrrh, Eucalyptus radiata, Fennel, Neroli, Sweet Orange, Galbanum

Anti-Bacterial Action for General use (specific bacteria will be addressed later):

Lavender, Thyme, Oregano, Basil, Cinnamon leaf, Clove bud, Rosemary, Eucalyptus oils - including globulus, Eucalyptus citriodora, Cajuput, Chamomiles, Citronella, Peppermint, Tea tree, Litsea Cubeba, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper berry, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Neroli, Orange, Palmarosa, Pine, Rose, Sage, Cassia, Camphor, Niaouli, Grapefruit

Anxiety :

Any oil the individual loves plus and also any of the following, Neroli, Roman Chamomile, Clary sage, Bergamot, Frankincense, Melissa, Rose Otto, Basil, Bay laurel, Cedarwood, Coriander, Cypress, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Sweet Marjoram, Mandarin, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Rose absolute, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang-Ylang, Amyris, Valerian, Helichrysum, Spearmint, Tangerine, Pine Needle,

Bronchitis as the active infection:

Eucalyptus globulus, Cajuput, Niaouli, Hyssop, Camphor, Fir Needle, Peppermint, Pennyroyal, Frankincense, Cinnamon leaf, Cassia, Cedarwood, Litsea Cubeba, Hyssop, Juniper Berry, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Sweet Marjoram, Myrrh, Neroli, Black Pepper, Pine Needle, Thyme, Tea tree, Myrtle, Helichrysum, Cypress, Fennel, Clove bud, Angelica, Elemi, Galbanum, Sweet Orange, Sandalwood, Sweet Marjoram, Nutmeg


Basil, Bergamot, Cajuput, Cypress, Geranium, Roman Chamomile, Lime, Peppermint, Rosemary, Black Pepper, Lavender, Ylang-Ylang, Vetiver, Ravensara, Juniper Berry, Pennyroyal, Neroli,

Mental Sluggishness:

Rosemary, Cardamom, Coriander, Peppermint, Litsea Cubeba, Lavender, Lemon, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lemon, Lime, Pennyroyal, Petitgrain, Pine Needle, Nutmeg, Clove Bud, Bay Laurel, Rose, Basil, Cypress, Palmarosa, Ginger, Black Pepper, Spearmint, Neroli,

Muscular Aches & Pains:

Eucalyptus Globulus, Peppermint, Helichrysum, Bay Laurel, Cajuput, Camphor, Cinnamon Leaf, Clove Bud, Coriander, Tarragon, Roman & German Chamomile, Litsea Cubeba, Cypress, Ginger, Sweet Marjoram, Nutmeg, Black Pepper, Hyssop, Jasmine, Juniper berry, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Pine Needle, Rosemary, Sage, Cedarwood, Silver Fir, Thyme, Amyris, Geranium, Grapefruit, Vetiver

Skin Damage:

German and Roman Chamomile, Helichrysum, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Carrotseed, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus citriodora, Hyssop,

Sore Throat:

German Chamomile, Myrrh, Eucalyptus (any), Thyme, Oregano, Lavender, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Sweet Marjoram, Frankincense, Neroli, Sandalwood, Pine Needle, Fir Needle, Spruce Needle, Tea Tree, Geranium, Cypress, Cajeput, Hyssop, Ginger, Lemon

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For Beginners to the Advanced - using Essential oils in Aromatherapy

How can Essential Oils Help me with my health?

by Penny Keay

For those beginning using essential oils and others that have been using them for awhile, I thought I’d just give you a few advantages for using these wonderful natural gifts.

In this day and age of rising health care costs and everything else costing more, employers discontinuing or lessening their benefits and dropping health insurance, you may want to consider using essential oils even more than you did before for your everyday health care needs.

When you have minor ailments such as colds, headaches, sore muscles and feel you may be able to take care of yourself without consulting a physician. You may choose to use one or more beneficial essential oils. They can be inhaled, massaged or just diffused into the room.

Many essential oils can provide a natural alternative to over the counter drugs. Essential oils work quickly and if needed can be used along with other medications.

There are very few contraindications with essential oils. The main contraindication is if you are sensitive or allergic to the smell or when applied to the skin. But again, these are very rare.

Essential oils enter the bodies respiratory and circulatory systems and can get ‘right to work’ on your affliction. Likewise, they can leave the body just as quickly after they have done their job!

One of the best advantages of essential oils when used for health care is they have very few, if any of those nasty side effects so often seen in over the counter or prescription drugs. (Just listen to any of the drug advertising – sure makes me want to stay away from them.)

They help to balance your body. Not only do they help your physically, they help you mentally, emotionally, to help create a normal healthy balance throughout your body. For some folks the spiritual aspect of using natures’ gifts gives them an even greater sense of peace and wellbeing.

Essential oils are inexpensive when compared to many over the counter or prescription medications. Remember you use a drop or two not a whole bottle of pills to get results that may be the same or better. And the results may also be quicker and safer.

Special NOTE:

For those of you on prescription medications – do not quit those without first consulting your physician for a weaning off program - never quit long term prescription medications ‘cold turkey’.

Carrying a small bottle or an inhaler filled with essential oils is easy and simple to use.

Another advantage to essential oils vs the ‘others’ is you won’t need to wait to use them after or before you eat, you don’t need water to use them (unless you are taking a bath or steam bath).

You don’t have to take them on a set schedule you can use them when you need them and when you want to use them. It is rare to overdose on them (although you could if you use them too heavily.)

Essential oils are so versatile you can use them in your home, garden, office and auto. You can share them with friends, give as gifts, become creative – blend your own bath blends, skin blends and natural perfumes, just to name a few things you can do.

Now you tell me what over the counter medication can be used in such a variety of ways and be used all the time, giving you benefits to your health continually? And better yet, smell so wonderful?

Need I say more to the wonderful advantages to using essential oils? Probably not. I’m sure, if you haven’t already, you will soon discover more ways that you can use essential oils in your life and for your health care.

The list of ailments and health concerns you can use essential oils as an alternative or complimentary to your existing health care is very large. We have several Aromatherapy Practitioners manuals and books that list hundreds of conditions where essential oils and blends may be applicable.

The Main advantages list consists of the following – realize this is a very brief list – the complete list is very long!

A quick example listed in parenthesis :

• Natural alternative too many over the counter medications (Use Lavender or Roman Chamomile for drifting off to sleep)

• Safer to use with little to no side effects when used according to safe and correct application methods. (Just follow the guidelines)

• Enter the body quickly to give relief, leaves quickly too (Simply breathe in – breathe out)

• Works with the body, not against it. (And so pleasantly too!)

• Inexpensive and compact to carry and use. (A Personal inhaler, a Pendants or just the bottle of essential oils)

• Can be used with other medications (Again just inhale – you don’t stop using perfume or toothpaste when you take other medications do you? Essential oils are used in those products too)

• Have many benefits -physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritual. (Help sore muscles, reduce stress, and help you meditate)

• Can be used whenever, wherever and how ever long you choose (Remember that Personal inhaler, or a Terra Cotta Disc or how about some room tart warmers)

• And last but not least – Most all of them Smell Wonderful! (Lavender, Orange, Mandarin, Rose and oh so many more.)

Although you still need to use essential oils safely, the few disadvantages are far outweighed by the wonderful list of advantages they provide.

Enjoy the wonderful gift of essential oils nature has given us for use in our health and wellbeing!

For help with specific ailments or conditions both physically and emotionally please enter a few ‘keywords’ in our “Search Box” at the top of many of our pages.

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How Much Essential Oil to do I use making my Personalized products and Gifts?

by Penny Keay

I know it is Mid October but before long you will be busy making those personal gifts we all like to make for our friends and relatives.

Again, it is a wonderful and fun way to introduce them to essential oils. Soon they will see why you enjoy the wonderful benefits these precious oils provide. And you get to have fun along the way too.

We are often asked how much essential oil to add to unscented lotions, shampoos, and massage oils. Also about how much to add to other liquids where they are applied to the body or used into the air (Spray misting).

The general rule of thumb in aromatherapy is to use a 2% dilution of essential oils when added to any finished product that is to be applied to the skin. Of course there are exceptions.

The simple thing to remember about adding essential oil to your final product is if the final product is going to remain on the skin or will it be washed off.

Any essential oils in the blend should be about a 1- 2% dilution or less if it will be left on the skin such as in a lotion or cream or body spray. If used on a baby or the elderly reduce the dilution to .5% to 1%.

If your blend is going to be used in a product that will be washed off or rinsed away, you can blend it stronger – up to a 5-10% dilution.

Products that are washed off or rinsed away include: Shampoos, Hair Conditioners, & Shower gel. Again, though if you are using it on a child less then 5 years or the elderly reduce the dilution to 2-5%.

Lotions or products used on and left on the skin such as toners and massage oils should only be blended in a 1- 2% dilution, again less if used on babies or the elderly.

Here are some general guidelines that are easier than having to do the percentage calculations. Remember these are guidelines and usually will give your finished product a nice scent.

Although the particular essential oils used in the blend may need to be adjusted. Some essential oils such as Peppermint are very strong and you may only need a drop or two to make a wonderful smelling blend. Others are much softer and may end up being the bulk of the percentage of your blend.

The suggested amounts of essential oils to use in most base products are:

• Mixed with Massage oils

– 6 drops per ounce of carrier base. This is about 1% dilution - you can triple the drops per ounce to make a 3% dilution but do be careful as 3% is a fairly strong blend for a general massage.

• Shampoo, Conditioner or Shower Gel

– 10-12 drops per ounce of product base. Because this will be ‘washed’ off you will see that you can increase the amount of essential oils used in these types of products.

• Mixed with Lotions and creams

- 6 drops per ounce of carrier base. This is about 1% dilution and makes a nice light scent because this is something that is left on. Remember use less if for babies or the elderly

• Added to Distilled water, toner or astringent bases

for use on the skin of the face – 2-3 drops per ounce of liquid.

You don’t want this to be very strong as these are typically left on until your face dries. And too much oil that close to your nose may be over powering. (This might be too strong for some folks – you might only need 1 drop per ounce)

• Used in a Facial Steam

– no more than 5 drops to 2 cups of hot water.

• Room spray

– added to distilled water or our Room spray base – Varies with the essential oils used but not unusual to be as high as 50 or more drops per 4 ounces of water. Make sure you use an emulsifier to help keep your essential oils in suspension in water based liquids.

• Linen spray

– added to distilled water or Linen Spray base – Again, since this is usually a bed pillow or bed sheet you will want to keep the dilution or concentration lower. You don’t want to have the scent too strong for sleeping. Use about 10-12 drops per ounce of liquid.

• Body spray

– Keep the percentage to 1%. Use only 20-24 drops per 4 ounces of liquid base.

• Bath salts

– very popular this time of year. Again this one is figured a little different – it is based on the Per Bath amount. Most folks add about ½- 1 cup of bath salt blend to the tub.

You have to make sure your directions are clear to the recipient of your bath salts especially if you are making them a ‘jar’ full of Bath Salts.

The rule is that in a bath tub you should use no more than a combined total of 8 drops of essential oils to the tub. If they are to add ½ cup of Bath salt then your blend should contain 8 drops of essential oils.

But if you want them to use 1 cup of bath salts then the Bath Salt needs to again be blended so that the 1 cup of bath salts would contain just 8 drops of essential oils.

Personally I like more Salt in my Tub – since we have an extra large tub and to stay within the recommended guidelines I use my Bath Salt Base blend (it’s just a wonderful blend of Sea Salt, Epsom salt and Sodium bicarbonate) and just add upto the 8 drops of pure essential oils to my tub.

My favorite: Calming Blend of course. Unless I’m under the weather – then it’s 4 drops of Four Robbers blend and 4 drops of Pure Cleansing blend in a nice hot tub!

Hope this will help you decide on how much to use in your blends. As always, if you should develop any kind of irritation, then you should discontinue use and reformulate your recipe for next time.

Also for beginners - start with a little – just a couple drops of essential oils and only add more to your blends as needed. You can always add more to a formulation but it’s really tough to take it out!

Last but not least – WRITE YOUR FORMULATIONS down!! This is a must so you don’t have to repeat your experimentations later! Happy Blending!

For more recipes – see our Recipes Files or page through the Book - "Aromatherapy Recipes using Pure Essential oils Volume 1” by Penny Keay

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Recipes to try

Let’s Get Busy – a Stimulating Blend

Spruce needle – 10 drops
Lime– 10 drops
Frankincense – 10 drops

Blend in a glass bottle. Then use in a Personal inhaler or diffuse in the room. This blend is good to help you be more productive and creative.

Need to get Some Rest Blend

Mandarin – 15 drops
Ylang-Ylang – 10 drops
Sandalwood – 5 drops
Amyris – 5 drops

Blend in a glass bottle then use in a Terra Cotta Disc placed near the head of your bed. This can be used in a relaxing bath, just put 6-8 drops in the tub as it is filling. Don’t forget to add some Bath Salts too.

Think Clearly – Refreshing Room Spray

Peppermint – 20 drops
Spruce needle – 20 drops
Eucalyptus citriodora – 5 drops
Lime– 5 drops
Rosemary– 5 drops
Polysorbate 20 emulsifier – 1 teaspoonful
Room Spray Base or Distilled water – 2 oz

Blend essential oils in a 100 ml Glass Beaker then add the emulsifier. Stir and blend well.

Then add your Room spray or distilled water. Stir again well then pour into your Spray or misting bottle. Shake well before spraying the room.

It Smells like Autumn

Cassia – 3 drops
Clove bud – 1 drop
Orange – 3 drops
Tangerine – 2 drops

Blend in a glass bottle and diffuse in a Ceramic Tealight diffusersor other Tea light diffuser.

Remember to use a soy wax tart in your diffuser to keep your essential oils from burning and to protect your tealight diffuser from breakage.

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Please do not use my information without my permission.

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