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Birch Hill Happenings Aromatherapy, LLC Newsletter Vol. 6.7


In this issue:

Physical Ailment

Allergy - Hay Fever

by Penny Keay

Ka-chew! Allergies and the fall hay fever season will soon be here. Seasonal rhinitis can be a slight annoyance for some and a major health issue for others.

The best way of course is try to avoid the allergens. If it could only be that easy.

The other is to help build up your immune system so when the pollen is flying your immune system is ready.

Penny is troubled with Hay Fever due to Rag weed.

Starting in mid July she starts to diffuse or inhale Roman chamomile - just a drop a day. Continuing until the first of October.

This usually lessens the reaction.

Others find that a blend of Roman chamomile, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Lavender help give relief once you have a reaction.

Simply add a couple drops of Roman chamomile, Lemon and Lavender to your bath, and relax. (You can diffuse in the air too.)

If you prefer to use a rub, just blend the above with a tablespoon of a carrier oil and apply to your neck and chest. Adding a drop of Geranium works for others.

You'll need to experiment with different essential oils to find which one will work better for you. Try each one or blend for about 1 week before changing to another. Keep a journal and record what works. You'll want to remember for next year!

Once you are afflicted you can try treating with essential oils for symptomatic relief.

Peppermint will help to open stuffy noses, as will Eucalyptus.

Eucalyptus radiata is preferred over Eucalyptus globulus for upper respiratory concerns in children and the elderly.

Rosemary can be used if either of the Eucalyptus are too strong.

Placing a few drops of your favorite essential oil in a cool bowl of water, wringing a cool cloth and placing it on your fore head or over the bridge of your nose, and relaxing is very comforting also.

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Emotional Concern

Stimulating oils for Concentration

by Penny Keay

There are several situations where you may feel a need to increase your concentration.

Long lectures, important board meetings, seminars to name a few.

Have a busy afternoon at work? After lunch is another time when some folks have a tendency to become sleepy. You may want to try diffusing some oils in your personal work space.

Some businesses find diffusing essential oils in the office during the afternoon a very inexpensive, pleasant way to increase productivity Essential oils can be used safely during this time to stimulate your mind.

Simply diffuse a few oils throughout the room for everyone to enjoy or you may want to place on a tissue and sniff occasionally. Personal diffusers are available for use on your desk or near your work space.

Known stimulating essential oils include

Basil, Eucalyptus citriodora, Eucalyptus radiata, Grapefruit, Lemon, Patchouli, Peppermint, Ylang ylang and Rosemary.

A few more oils that work for a few or are added to blends include: Bergamot, Cypress, Coriander, Ginger, Geranium, Neroli, Palmarosa.

Again, Aromatherapy is not necessarily an exact science and what works for one person may not be the perfect oil for another.

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Health and Beauty


by Penny Keay

This Article has been updated and moved to it's new location. CLICK HERE

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Around the House and Garden

Bug Bites and Stings

by Penny Keay

Lavender to the rescue!!

Every summer time first aid kit should include Lavender. After cleaning the area with warm soapy water, rinsing and drying, apply a properly diluted blend of Lavender with a carrier oil of your choice (Sweet Almond or Fractionated Coconut oil) - drop directly to the insect bite.

Roman chamomile and Eucalyptus can also be substituted and used on the bite.


For more serious insect bites such as bee stings, remove the stinger first.

Then apply diluted Lavender, Roman chamomile or Eucalyptus.

Apply a cold compress over the affected area, changing frequently.

Do NOT use ice as you can cause damage to the skin if it accidentally becomes frozen.

If you or the person bitten are affected by severe allergic reactions to bee stings, seek immediate medical attention.

For gnat and chigger bites,

a mixture of 1 teaspoon cider vinegar and 3 drops thyme applied to the bite will give relief.

Some people get relief from the severe itching of all insect bites by applying a small amount of peppermint mixed with a carrier oil to the area.

You may have other oils that have helped you once you are bitten. If you would like to share please let us know.

Of course the best thing is to avoid getting bitten. Preventing bites by using essential oils and blends to repel those nasty encounters is a pleasant and simple thing to do.

One of our favorite BUG OFF recipes is:

Cajeput - 25 drops
Lemon 19 drops
Geranium - 19 drops
Cedarwood 13 drops
Almond Oil - 2 oz

Mix the essential oils in a PET Plastic bottle, then add the Almond Oil. Shake until well blended.

Apply a thin amount to exposed skin. Apply as needed.

Other essential oils for repelling that may work better for some include:

Lemongrass, Citronella, Thyme, Peppermint, Cedarwood, Geranium, and Sandalwood.

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Recipes to try

Concentration Blend

Lemon - 20 drops
Basil - 6 drops
Rosemary - 2 drops
Mix oils then diffuse into the air or use in a Personal inhaler.

Rejuvenating Food Bath

Myrtle - 4 drops
Spearmint - 4 drops
Grapefruit - 4 drops
Cajeput - 3 drops
Carrier oil such as (Almond, Hazelnut or Sesame)-1 teaspoon

Blend all oils and add to your basin of warm water, swirl around, then soak your feet and relax for at least 15 minutes!

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