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Birch Hill Happenings Aromatherapy, LLC Newsletter Vol 141

February 17, 2011

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Health Conditions

Physical Ailment

And you Thought Flu Season was Over … What can you do to Prevent the Flu and a have Strong Immune system?

by Penny Keay

The Flu Season isn’t over yet!

Last week on a Morning National News Segment they were talking about this year’s influenza outbreak. Everyone is always so prepared in the fall but as they stated the Peak of the Flu season is really in February!

So just when you thought it was okay to let up on diffusing some of the ‘flu’ fighter essential oils you really shouldn’t stop now. Remember prevention is still your best defense.

Since most people want to use some type of prevention or a preventative approach you’ll want to start with the most basic prevention.

1. Remind yourself and your family to wash your hands often and avoid touching your face and eyes especially when you are near people that are ill. I know some folks don’t think this matters but I’m still a firm believer that you should wash your hands. Just plain soap and water is fine.

2. Eat nourishing foods, drink lots of good old plain water, get plenty of rest and exercise daily, outdoors if possible.

3. Avoiding ill people if at all possible and if not, use essential oils to help you keep your immune system strong to help fight off those nasty germs.

If you were going to diffuse only one essential oil during flu season what would it be?

Members of the Eucalyptus family! If you have been exposed or feel as though you may be afflicted with the first signs of a cold or flu Eucalyptus might be your first line of defense.

Eucalyptus can help once you have been affected too. Taking a hot shower and letting the steamy essential oil filled air may help give you the added relief you need before things get worse.

You may also want to diffuse a little Ravensara, Niaouli and/or Bay laurel, as these oils according to Kurt Schnaubelt in his book Medical Aromatherapy , may help with viral infections.

Other essential oils found to have antiviral properties as found in several of our reference resources include (not listed in any particular order):

Bay laurel, Black Pepper, Cajeput Cinnamon, Clove bud, Cypress, Eucalyptus globulus, Hyssop, Lavender, Litsea cubeba, Neroli, Niaouli, Oregano, Pennyroyal, Peppermint, Ravensara, Ravintsara, Rosemary, Tea tree, Sandalwood, Thyme, Pine, and Sweet marjoram.

Our personal preference is using our Pure Cleansing Blend or our Four Robbers Blends.

Pure Cleansing is a blend of Eucalyptus, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Cinnamon and Thyme. Four Robbers Blends has Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Rosemary as its main listing of essential oils.

These have helped us fend off the flu, colds and other symptoms many times over during the past few years. And recently we have started adding Ravintsara to our list of needed oils once we have been affected.

Just like everyone else we get exposed to sick folks and we too get the flu or colds viruses.

If we feel like we were getting ill after being exposed to those around us that were, we begin using our essential oils and typically only feel a little ill for a day or so. Unlike those around us that were out sick (down in bed) for several days to a week.

This happened several times while we were out in the working world. Al worked both in a hospital and a very large university. I worked the reception desk of a very busy Veterinary Clinic.

Do we ever get sick? Well, Yes and No! Most of the time we have felt a little under the weather for a day or two.

Like we said, we would diffuse our Pure Cleansing Blend or our Four Robbers Blends every day and often times make a foot rub using one of these blends mixed with a little carrier oil. This blend was applied to the bottom of our feet at bed time (socks worn through the night as carrier oils can stain the carpeting or make hard floors very slippery!)

These blends of essential oils are our first defense against the flu. You might want to think about having these handy too.

There are several essential oils that may be helpful and give you comforting relief if you or your family should be inflicted by the flu or a cold.

One of the ways essential oils may help is by giving you a little relief of the unpleasant symptoms of the common cold and flu: Congestion, chills, aches, pains including headaches, sore throats, and fevers.

Once you have any of the above symptoms you should be able to find essential oils that will help you feel more comfortable and speed you along at recovery. Please use our Search box and type in the symptom – you will find articles that will have helpful essential oil suggested for that ailment.

Helping you to have a Strong Immune System

Always scary, would be an epidemic of a very fast moving virus. The best advice here is to avoid those that have become ill. Hopefully they will stay home and away from the public eye.

Always diffuse essential oils in the air in your home (or office) during a flu or cold outbreak. This is a very good way to prevent you from getting ill.

Once you have symptoms, treat them as desired and selectively with essential oils. Do not overuse essential oils. Stop using essential oils once you are well. Typically, using them should shorten the duration of your illness if you have a fairly strong immune system to begin with.

This is related to fending off the daily bombardment we all experience from all those germs.

When you have a strong immune system, you are less likely to get ill or if you do get caught off guard your body will be able to easily defend itself.

Bacteria and germs are not always the enemy. We all have a certain amount of bacteria on our skin and in our digestive systems.

They are necessary for us to survive. They are the friendly bacteria.

Our body needs them to help us digest our foods, for our body to assimilate the nutrients in our foods. Most bacteria on the skin are harmless. Of course, we all get exposed to some really nasty germs too.

We have been asked many times about taking essential oils internally to help build the immune system. Well, frankly, ingesting essential oils is not ever recommended.

Essential oils are strong concentrated chemicals and ingesting them is usually not beneficial They can be very damaging to the lining of your esophagus and stomach. Not to mention they can be fatal in large quantities (and not so large too).

Essential oils can’t tell what are bad germs and bacteria and what are good. In your intestinal tract essential oils will destroy and kill off all bacteria. And for those not familiar – you need the good bacteria in your ‘guts’. That is one way your body has a good strong immune system.

The most beneficial way for you to get the most from your essential oils is by smelling them. Hence, the term Aroma therapy.

When you diffuse essential oil into the air you will inhale and breathe them in. They go directly to the lungs. There they are quickly absorbed into the blood stream as they cross the airway/capillary system.

From there the molecules of essential oils are transported throughout the body and into each and every cell.

Since it only takes a few minutes for blood to circulate throughout the whole body, the essential oils you have just inhaled will be throughout your entire body within a few minutes.

When you ingest oils, not only will your stomach acids destroy much of the essential oil, but the oil can also damage your stomach and intestinal linings.

Ingesting oils could take as long as 30 minutes to an hour to attempt to help, that is if they are not destroyed first. Also since they are strong, any essential oil constituents that do survive may actually destroy some of the beneficial bacteria, etc found in our intestines.

So please do not ingest essential oils. This includes placing essential oils in gelatin capsules. This is very dangerous.

Essential oils should only be ingested IF prescribed by a Physician and only a Physician!!

What about gargling? Mouth rinses?

This on the other hand is almost as beneficial as inhaling. The mucous membranes in your mouth can absorb essential oils into the blood stream also.

When you are using an essential oil in a mouth wash or gargle, you will not swallow the mixture, just swish it around and spit it out. Also you will never ever use more than a drop or 2 per 3-4 ounces of water for this type of rinse. Sometimes it may be only one drop in 8 ounces of water!

Again, even though a mouth rinse may be beneficial for mouth sores and sore throats, it should not be an everyday occurrence as we have stated before, inhalation is the preferred method of using essential oils.

What about massage oils?

Won't they help? Yes, using essential oils in a massage blend or rub is very helpful.

The essential oils will be absorbed slowly and over a several hours period of time. I like to say it is our 'time released' method of aromatherapy.

Plus a massage can make you feel so much better too.

The skin is the largest organ of the body, and some essential oils constituents can penetrate the layers of the skin and be absorbed into the blood stream. When we add them to carrier oils and lotions, they absorb more slowly and safely.

With a few exceptions, essential oils should always be diluted into a carrier oil or lotion before being applied to the skin. Some oils can cause a sensitive skin reaction, which should pass quickly once removed. Some oils contain very strong chemicals constituents and if used undiluted can actually cause damage.

Now onto essential oils that may actually help build the immune system.

The first group of essential oils are thought to increase the activity in different parts of your immune system.

Those included in this group are

Bay laurel, Cinnamon leaf, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Oregano and Sage.

These essential oils for the most part are fairly strong and are suggested to be used when you have been exposed to viruses or other disease producing organisms.

This next group of essential oils are actually the oils that may help your body build up your immune system. They keep your white blood cells in production according to Kathi Keville' book Aromatherapy for Dummies.

Included in this group are Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Pine Sandalwood, Tea Tree Thyme and Vetiver. Kathi states that essential oils work with the body to fight infection and to help it heal itself.

When dealing with a lot of stress the top immune stimulating essential oils according to Valerie Ann Worwood are Geranium, Lavender and Rosemary, Tea tree.

These oils are wonderful and gentle enough for daily use. Diffusing these or blends incorporating these oils will be a pleasant way to help you help yourself and your family very happy AND healthy.

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Emotional Concern

Spring is Coming!!

by Penny Keay

Aren’t you excited? Winter is on the downward swing and Spring is just around the corner.

Oops! Wait a minute. Was that just a dream? You look outdoors and it just snowed another ?!?!? inches!

Like most of the North American continent this winter is the stormiest in many record books. And like everyone else all we can do is wait for the Snow to melt and the flood waters to recede.

I know, it makes us all a little depressed as we really are thinking about spring and getting outdoors again doing some of our favorite activities. Hiking, biking, gardening and just being outdoors.

So what can we do in the meantime? Well, if you are sitting down enjoying your latest magazine or flipping through that seed catalog or just reading a book try diffusing some of your favorite essential oils. Not only will they make your time more enjoyable they might help make you feel like it already is spring.

Try diffusing a floral or a citrus. Shut your eyes, lay back and drift off to a summer time park. Of course if you really are feeling sad or blue you might want to try some energizing blends that have mint or other herbal scents.

Below is a list of essential oils that have uplifting properties, some of them may be your favorites. Diffuse them during this time of the year to brighten your day and your spirits.

When you need a little uplifting - first smell your favorites or try any of these either singly or blend 2-3 together and make your own special blends:

Bergamot, Cajeput, Geranium, Jasmine, Melissa, Mandarin, Neroli, Petitgrain, Rose, Roman Chamomile, Black Pepper, Ginger, Juniper berry, Lavender, Lemongrass and Sandalwood.

For those that don’t want to use single essential oils try some of our synergy blends:

Citrus Blend, Mint Energizing blend, Invigorating, Elation blend, Enlighten blend, Inspiration blend, Full of Life, Refreshing blend, Revitalizing blend or any of those that you might just enjoy. Calming blend although not necessarily made to be uplifting smells so wonderful (it’s our best seller) you might enjoy it and that in itself will be a wonderful and welcome delight!

Just remember winter doesn’t last forever and before you know it you’ll really start to feel like spring is just around the corner. For now – just sit back, close your eyes and smell those wonderful scents and dream of summer – okay - Spring is First!

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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)


Anise, Black Pepper, Cajeput, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Ginger, Hyssop, Lavandin, Lavender, Lemongrass, Sweet Marjoram, Myrrh, Niaouli, Peppermint, Pennyroyal, Petitgrain, Pine, Ravensara, Ravintsara, Rosemary ct Verbenone, Sage, Spearmint, Thyme, Caution: in some people essential oils and fragrances can trigger an acute reaction. Please proceed with caution.


Cajeput *, Geranium, German Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Myrrh, Tea Tree*, Thyme*,

Burns – Minor only:

Cajeput, German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile, Helichrysum*, Lavender*, Niaouli*, Neroli, Rose*, Tea Tree,

Cold Sores:

Bergamot, Cajeput, Camphor, German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile*, Eucalyptus Geranium, Helichrysum,h Lavender*, Melissa*, Myrrh, Niaouli, Peppermint, Ravensara*, Rose*, Sage *, Tea tree


Bergamot FCF only, Carrotseed, Cedarwood, German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile, Helichrysum, Hyssop, Juniper berry, Lavender *, Myrrh, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rose*, Black Spruce, Tea Tree,


– there are many different types of headaches not all of these will work for every type. You need to determine what type of headache you are having to find the right oil for your situation: German Chamomile, Cajeput, Clary sage,, Coriander, Cumin, Eucalyptus, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Melissa, Oregano, Peppermint*, Petitgrain, Rose, Rosemary*, Spearmint, Spikenard


Bay laurel, Black Pepper, Cajeput, Camphor, Cinnamon leaf, Clove bud, Cypress, Eucalyptus **, Fir needle , hyssop , Juniper berry, Lavender Litsea cubeba, Myrtle, neroli, Niaouli, Oregano , pennyroyal, peppermint, Ravensara*, Ravintsara*, rosemary, tea tree, sandalwood, thyme, pine, and sweet marjoram.

Insect bites:

Cajeput, German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile, Eucalyptus * Helichrysum, Lavender *, Peppermint*, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Tea tree*

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Recipes to try

Soak your Flu away Bath Blend

Ravintsara – 15 drops
Spruce needle – 10 drops
Eucalyptus Radiata – 10 drops
Frankincense – 5 drops

Blend the essential oils in a glass bottle. Then add 5-8 drops to your bath tub as it is filling.

Sit back and relax. This should be enough for you to take 4 baths. Alternately use 2-3 drops in a bowl of hot water and inhale.

Gargle for the First Sign of a Cold or Flu

Thyme – 1 drop
Oregano – 1 drop To 8 oz of warm water add the above essential oils, stir well.

Before gargling with this essential oil water blend, rinse your mouth with a Warm Salt water solution.

This helps to clear away excess saliva. Then gargle and rinse you mouth several times. Repeat every 2-3 hours.

Immune Building Diffuser Blend

Lemon– 30 drops
Ravensara– 20 drops
Thyme – 10 drops
Oregano – 5 drops
Frankincense – 5 drops

Blend these essential oils in a glass bottle.

Then diffuse using your preferred method; Fan Diffusers, Tart and Oil warmers, Scentballs or Jewelry.

“Spring is Coming” Blend

Geranium – 10 drops
Nutmeg– 8 drops
Neroli – 5 drops

Blend these in a glass bottle.

Then diffuser using your preferred method; Fan Diffusers, Tart and Oil warmers, Scentballs or Jewelry.

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© 2011, 2015, 2017 Penny Keay All rights reserved Worldwide.
Please do not use my information without my permission.

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