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Birch Hill Happenings Aromatherapy, LLC Newsletter Vol 140

January 20, 2011

In this issue:
Health Conditions and EO’s

Physical Ailment

Soft Beautiful Feet

by Penny Keay

Winter, summer, any season can take its toll on your feet. Having soft touchable skin on your feet is something not everyone is privileged to have, but you can, with daily foot care.

Many people spend hours a day standing on their feet, walking or running. Too many people have ill fitting shoes and before you know it the skin on the ‘rubbed’ areas will develop corns and calluses. Wearing nylon or polyester based fabric can make it worse (cotton is best.)

These extra hardened areas of skin on your feet don’t need to happen. But you need to take care of your feet daily. Not just when you have developed these often times painful foot problems.

Treat your self to a daily or every other day Foot Spa! Simply add some bath salt blend, Epsom salt or Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking soda) to a basin of very warm water. Add some essential oils, Sweet Almond OR Sunflower oil, swish around, sit back and enjoy for 15-20 minutes.

Rinse your feet and dry them well. Apply more oils or lotion or cream. These help to keep the moisture in the layers of skin.

If your skin has become exceptionally callused you may find it will take several weeks for your skin on the feet to become soft and supple. Don’t forget to use a nice terry cloth to wash your feet well and if needed use a pumice stone to remove excessive dead cells.

No one has to have ‘ugly’ feet. You can have beautiful soft feet you can be proud to show off come summer!


Epsom Salt – ¼ cup
Baking Soda – ¼ cup
Peppermint – 1 drop
Geranium – 1 drop
Rosemary– 1 drop
Sweet Almond OR Sunflower oil – 1 teaspoon
Basin of Very Warm Water

Add all ingredients from above, swish around to dissolve the salts. Soak your feet for 15-20 minutes. Rinse, and dry your feet well. Apply lotion or cream once your feet have dried a bit. Put on some soft cotton socks.

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Emotional Concern

Mood Swings and Moodiness

by Penny Keay

One minute everything is fine, the next it is not. You are happy, then you are sad or mad.

Most people can handle these types of mood swings easily. Yet others seem to become more irritated as the day continues. The worst (or best) is people around you will also be affected by your ‘swings’.

There can be many factors affecting us that can cause these mood swings. This time of year in the northern hemisphere we have less sunshine and more cloud filled days. This lack of sun affects some people and “cabin fever” can make anyone miserable.

Women and Teenagers seem to be able to ‘swing’ their moods as quickly as a light turning on and off. It can make it hard to know how to act and react around people whose moods change easily and quickly.

Mood swings and moodiness are most associated with a woman’s menstrual cycle. And for teenage girls (and boys too), their hormones are fluctuating so much they may have a difficult time understanding all the changes happening to them physically and emotionally.

When you are happy, essential oils are just wonderful to smell, but when you are having a difficult day you may want to reach for and smell some of your favorite essential oils. Everyone has their favorite or favorites.

Essential oils that may be helpful if you are experiencing a very ‘moody’ type day is to start with any of your favorites.

If you don’t necessarily have a favorite then the following list can give you suggestions of essential oils that may help to balance things so you can have a ‘normal’ day:

Angelica seed, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Coriander, Cypress, Eucalyptus citriodora, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Patchouli, Rosewood, Ylang-Ylang* (has been known to cause the giggles)

Special note for anyone:

if you suffer with mood swings that are getting worse and cannot be controlled please seek advice from your Health care provider. Essential oils can help but you may still need additional counseling.

I Don’t Know if I Should Laugh or Cry Blend

a special blend for those days when you need some control over your emotions.

Ylang-Ylang – 10 drops
Coriander – 8 drops
Roman Chamomile – 6 drops

Blend these essential oils in a glass bottle. Then add to any diffuser. If you have a lot of ‘mood swings’ throughout the day, you may want to ‘wear’ this blend every day.

Try applying it to a Terra Cotta Pendants or in other Jewelry (aromatherapy bracelet or Beaded Aromatherapy Necklace Jewelry or Brass and Pewter lockets).

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Health Conditions and EO’s that might help

More Lists of Helpful Essential oils.

by Penny Keay

Here is our Continuing series of lists of essential oil that may help with various ailments, emotions and more.

The essential oils are not listed in any particular order (other than alphabetical) and there still may be other essential oils that work just for you. Remember what works for one person may not work the same for someone else.

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 - please find out, don’t self diagnose. ( “*” most commonly used for this condition)


- Angelica, Black Spruce, Blue Tansy, Carrotseed, Clary Sage, German Chamomile*, Roman Chamomile*, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Frankincense, Galbanum, Helichrysum*, Juniper, Lavender*, Lemongrass, Litsea Cubeba, Myrrh*, Petitgrain, Rose*, Sandalwood Tarragon, Tea Tree, Yarrow*, Ylang-ylang,

Appetite Stimulant

– Any of the citrus oils can stimulate appetite. Grapefruit has been known to both stimulate in some folks, yet for the most part it suppresses appetite. Bergamot, Black Pepper*, Coriander, Lime, Sage. If you lack the desire to eat, try diffusing essential oils that make you feel happy. Often times feeling happy will stimulate your need to eat.

Backache after Hard Work

– Bay Laurel, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Clove bud, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Juniper berry, Lavender, Marjoram, Peppermint, Rosemary (See also previous Newsletter 137 for Muscular Aches and Pains)


– Black pepper, Blue Tansy, German Chamomile*, Roman Chamomile Clove bud, Geranium, Ginger, Helichrysum*, Lavender*, Hyssop*, Lemongrass*, Marjoram, Peppermint*, Rosemary, Yarrow*


– Basil, Roman chamomile, Cypress*, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon*, Lemongrass, Myrtle*, Orange*, Peppermint, Rose*, Rosemary*, Spearmint, Thyme


–Spasm Type and General Type – Basil, Bay Laurel, Black Pepper, Cajeput, Camphor, Cardamom, Cedarwood, German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile, Coriander, Cypress, Eucalyptus*, Fennel, Frankincense, Ginger, Helichrysum, Hyssop*, Juniper, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Myrrh, Myrtle, Neroli, Peppermint*, Pine, Ravensara, Ravintsara*, Rosemary, Spearmint, Spruce needle, Thyme


– Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Cypress, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Melissa*, Neroli *, Nutmeg, Rose*, Tangerine, Sage, Sweet Marjoram, Sandalwood, Spikenard, Vanilla


– Bergamot, Cedarwood, Roman Chamomile, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender*, Litsea Cubeba, Neroli*, Marjoram, Orange, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang-ylang,

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Recipes to try


Mandarin – 15 drops
Tangerine – 10 drops
Lemon– 10 drops
Valerian - 2 to 5 drops

Blend the essential oils together in a glass bottle. Start by adding the least amount of Valerian in the blend. Try this first.

Valerian is a very strong smelling essential oil and it works very well to help you drift off to sleep.

If you feel you need it stronger then add additional drops of Valerian but realize you may not need it.

Place a few drops on a Terra Cotta Discor use a any fan style diffuser .

Anti-Grumpy Blend

Lavender– 15 drops
Cypress– 15 drops
Coriander – 15 drops
Ylang-Ylang – 15 drops

I always loved the little ‘ditty’ – “I didn’t wake up Grumpy this morning – I let her/him sleep in!”

Well, with this blend you can get “Grumpy” up and running with energy to spare! And they’ll do it with a ‘smile’ on their face.

Blend the essential oils in a glass bottle. Diffuse in any fan diffuser . This blend can be used in a bath too to lift your mood. Add 6-8 drops to an average size tub.

Don’t have a bathtub or prefer showers? Apply 30 drops to a Terra Cotta Disc and let soak in the terra cotta.

Then take this in the shower, set it on the floor where the water from the shower head can hit it. Let the shower stall fill with the scent for a minute or two. Enjoy!

NASTY Gym Clothes Bag Spray

All Purpose Spray cleaner – 8 ounces
Cinnamon leaf - 1 mL
Lemon– 1 mL
Pine needle – 1 mL
Thyme linalool – 1mL
Oregano– 1 mL
Polysorbate 20 – 1 teaspoonful.

Blend the essential oils together then add to the Polysorbate 20 . Mix well, then add this to the All Purpose Cleaner base.

Shake well. Spray the inside of the Gym clothes Bag with a light mist. Let dry!

Ta Da! It’ll help kill the germs that make all those odors. (Of course, if you can get it away from your Sports enthusiast long enough to launder it would be great – in the mean time – enjoy the spray!

Dry Skin Cream Recipe for Hands & Feet

Sorbolene Cream – 2 ounces
Roman Chamomile - 2 drops vCarrotseed – 2 drops
Neroli – 1 drop
Rose Otto – 1 drop

Place the Sorbolene Cream in a small bowl. Make a small depression in the middle of the cream.

Then add the drops of essential oil to the depression. Slowly mix the essential oils into the cream until well blended.

Ideally, mixing these together 24 hours prior to use will give the essential oils a better chance of melding with the cream.

Apply a small amount to face, hands and feet as needed. You only need a small Pea-sized amount for hands or feet and most likely even less for facial applications.

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© 2010, 2015, 2017 Penny Keay All rights reserved Worldwide.
Please do not use my information without my permission.

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