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Birch Hill Happenings Aromatherapy, LLC Newsletter Vol 139

December 21, 2010

In this issue:

Physical Ailment

Oh Boy More Ice and Snow, Whoops! I just landed on my ?!?!

by Penny Keay

As I write we have yet another winter storm bearing down on us. This is going to be a winter to remember for years to come.

The bad weather isn’t just in one part of the country it appears to be ALL over the world!

The title of the article though is dealing with the fact that with all this bad wintery weather comes a whole new list of aches and pains. Muscles that have been unused for a couple months are now in action.

If you have been fortunate to be out working with the shovel or snow scoop you know exactly what I talking about.

Your arms, shoulder, back and legs are getting a lot of working out this year. After your ‘work out’ with the shovel you will likely enjoy a nice massage or hot bath.

There are several essential oils that help with these types of sore muscles. If you do not have to go back outdoors for several hours Peppermint mixed with Rosemary or Eucalyptus in a nice lotion base is comforting to your muscles before they really start to feel sore.

If you still have more shoveling to do, wait until you are done as the cool-hot feeling of Peppermint / Eucalyptus can make you feel colder or warmer than you really are and you may over heat or get chilled without realizing it. So save the Peppermint / Eucalyptus for after your all finished.

You may want to try one of our many different pre-mixed massage oils after you are done.

As for the hot bath, just enjoy any essential oil you like. Use caution if you want to use peppermint or other hot essential oil like ginger, black pepper in the bath as you don’t need to add but a drop or two.

The hot water along with the ‘heat’ of the oils can make your skin uncomfortable and could cause a heat induced rash to appear, (usually harmless but very uncomfortable).

Our Free & Easy Blend is great to sooth sore, tired muscles in the bath, but just a few drops – 4-6 is all that will be needed.

Don’t forget to add some Epsom Salts or other bath salt to the water. Epsom Salt is great for all muscles that have been worked hard or strained. Add some essential oils to make the bath more enjoyable while you soak the aches away.

I like to use our Calming blend to unwind mentally and physically in a hot bath. Everyone has their own choice of essential oils that help them to relax. Try a few different ones. Especially since winter looks like it is here to stay – at least for a few more months!

For help with an actual Fall or Slip on the ice (or elsewhere) please see our previous Newsletter with helpful information with recipes to help you heal quickly. Visit this page: for great suggestions of oils to help.

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Emotional Concern

Holiday Blues and Memories

by Penny Keay

As we enter another few days of intense Holiday celebrations many folks will suffer from the Holiday Blues.

We think back about the past and the good or bad times we had. Some folks wish things would be as it was in their childhood, back in the carefree days where all you thought about was the gifts under the tree and all those goodies your Mom or Grandmother made – like cookies and candies.

Yet others will have bad memories of terrible things that may have happened in the past around this time of the year.

In either case, there are essential oils that can help to enhance those wonderful memories of the past. And for those that have bad thoughts or memories – there are those essential oils that can help to relieve the anxieties and stress.

Better yet they can help you to train your brain with new and exciting essential oils you may not have experienced before to forget the bad times and create new and better ones. Try new blends with essential oils you know can help you feel better.

By all means bring back any fun and favorable memories you have had with essential oils.

Especially this time of year folks think about Cinnamon leaf, Clove bud and Orange. Yet for me as a child we smelled Allspice, Anise, Cardamom and Ginger. All used by my mother in baking.

Of course there is the unforgettable smell of Lutefisk and thankfully for everyone that is not an essential oil since it is the smell of fish and we all know that essential oils come from plants! (Don’t get confused with Essential FATTY ACIDS – the omegas 3, 6, & 9 as they do come from various fish oils)

During this time of year we like to diffuse Four Robbers blend. Not only does it fight all those viruses we can be exposed to as we gather with family and friends but it has the familiar cinnamon and clove smell we all enjoy. We may add a little more orange to it or diffuse other blends.

There are so many wonderful synergy blends to diffuse this time of year. There are many blends to help you feel cheerful and are uplifting.

Any single essential oil in the citrus family will usually brighten most folks. So try any of our blends that have Orange, Lemon, Lime or any favorite.

Some folks like the earthy smells like Vetiver, Patchouli, Sandalwood and Cedarwood. They help you to feel grounded and for many it makes them feel safe, secure and loved.

No matter what your feelings are this time of the year, if you don’t like the ones you are feeling, try diffusing different essential oils on different days and see how you feel. As always an essential oil that you really like to smell may be the one your body and mind need the most.

For more help with specific types of ‘blues’ such as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) or Depression please see several of our past Newsletters.

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Health and Beauty

Moisturize your Skin both in and out.

by Penny Keay

Not sure why winter has to be so tough on our skin. DRY, Dry, dry and more dry skin! Of course it’s probably more the case that the weather, heating and the fact that many of us drink less plain old water in the winter as the cooler temperatures usually disrupt our signals for thirst.

Even if you have normal, oily or dry skin naturally most of us will likely need to use moisturizers in the winter. The humidity level in many homes tends to be low because of the need for heating to keep us comfortable.

Although washing your hands less may help to preserve the oils on your hands. We never want to tell you to minimize hand washing any time (unless you are obsessive/compulsive) as with everyone being in closer contact, you will want to try to keep germs to a minimum that can cause the cold or flu.

What we do suggest is that you wash your hands, dry them with a towel then apply a moisturizer and let it dry or absorb into your skin before going out in the cold and frigid outdoors. This same advice is good for you after washing your face. Extreme changes in temperature of your skin can dry, irritate and chap them faster than you can imagine.

In cases of dry skin, we suggest a 2 step approach. First is to moisturize from within – drink plenty of liquids especially water. This helps your body to replenish what the skin needs without having to conserve what it needs for other body functions. Secondly, keep the moisture in by using oils and natural waxes to keep the water that is already in your skin from escaping.

First part is easy – just drink plenty of liquids. Water is best. Teas, sodas, coffee and even fruit and vegetable juices can be diuretics. So just drink plain water.

The second part can be a little more difficult for some folks, if their hands and face are being exposed to water, soap and detergents.

Secondly is to apply a lotion or oil to trap in the moisture or at least slow it down. One of the best oils is actually a liquid wax – namely Jojoba . It absorbs quickly into the skin and you only need a few drops!

There is another oil that many find helpful too. Camellia oilis this other good oil, again, only a few drops are needed. Either of these oils can be used alone or you can blend them together.

If you have special needs other than just dry skin you can easily blend essential oils into these. Or if you prefer you can add Jojoba or Camellia oil to your favorite lotion or cream . One to two tablespoons per 8 ounces of lotion and blend well.

Now onto a few suggestions of essential oils to add to your lotion, creams or oils:

For Normal skin

you can add your favorites. Skin friendly essential oils include; Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli , Rose Otto and Ylang Ylang.

For sensitive skin:

try a few drops of Roman Chamomile, Lavender or Helichrysum.

For extremely Dry skin:

In addition to any oils mentioned previously – Carrotseed, Cedarwood, Geranium , Lavender, Frankincense, Myrrh , Palmarosa, Sandalwood, Thyme linalool and Vetiver.

Also in Aromatherapy for Dummies by Kathi Keville suggests a small amount of Peppermint can sometimes stimulate your bodies own oil production. Erich Keller of Aromatherapy Handbook for Beauty, Hair and Skin Care states that may also help to stimulate or balance oil production by using a little Bergamot, Jasmine or Geranium,

For mature skin:

Carrotseed, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium , Helichrysum, Lavender, Myrrh, Neroli, Rose Otto and Rosemary

For those of you that have never tried our Sorbolene Cream as a base for your hand and body creams you may want to give it a try. Or try our Cream de La Creme (aka) Penny’s cream.

It works great on all skin types and can be used by Men as well as Women. It has a light floral scent due to the Rose Otto and Lavender I have blended into it. But it is a fantastic cream for prevention as well as help for dry chapped and sore skin.

In fact, we have several nursing homes that use it for bed sores.

Stay warm and cozy this winter and treat your skin with a little moisturizing inside and out!

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Recipes to try

A Wintery Warm Floral Blend for Relaxation

Vanilla – 5 drops
Rose Otto – 3 drops
Roman Chamomile, – 3 drops
Mandarin – 3 drops

Blend the above essential oils in an Glass bottle.

Use in any fan diffuser or add to 1 ounce of a carrier oil and use as a massage oil or perfume.

Body Oil for Dry Skin

Palmarosa – 6 drops
Frankincense – 4 drops
Myrrh – 4 drops
Patchouli – 2 drops
Rose Otto – 1 drop
Jojoba - 1 ounce
Camellia oil - 1 ounce

Blend essential oils in a PET plastic bottle then add the Jojoba and Camellia oil.

Blend well for 24 hours then apply a few drops morning and night to a clean face or other areas of the body that are exceptionally dry. This blend can be used more often as desired.

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© 2010, 2015 Penny Keay All rights reserved Worldwide.
Please do not use my information without my permission.

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