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Birch Hill Happenings Aromatherapy, LLC Newsletter Vol 7.1


In this issue:

Physical Ailment

Feeling Cold?

by Penny Keay

This month I decided to talk about being cold and how to warm up.

Can you tell we live in Minnesota?

Sometimes after you have been outdoors - such as when you are running errands - in and out of stores and your auto, when you arrive home, you feel chilled.

Common sense should tell you that if you are feeling chilly, you should either turn up the thermostat or add another layer of clothing.

But what if you still feel cold to the bone. What should you do?

Well there are a few simple things you can be try.


Drink something hot. Coffee, Tea, Hot cocoa, Broth. Al and I like all the fore mentioned.


Put something on your feet! Often times if your feet are cold, so is the rest of you. For some folks, slippers will be all they need, others need to put on a couple pair of socks and their shoes! I wear my shoes all the time and am rarely cold. I know folks that run around (in their houses in Minnesota) and complain about being cold and lo and behold they are running around stocking footed!


And for the Aromatherapy enthusiast - Soak you feet in a tub of warm water with essential oils added to help increase the circulation!

Don't let the water get to hot and soak for no more than about 20-30 minutes. When you are done, dry your feet well, apply some lotion and then put on your socks, shoes or slippers.


If this doesn't do the trick you may want to try a soaking bath. Again with essential oils added to the tub. Fill the tub full of comfortably warm water and soak, Add more hot water as needed. Again, you shouldn't need to soak more than 30 minutes.

Again, dry yourself well, apply some lotion and get dressed. You should feel nice and warm by now!

Here are a couple recipes of oils to try for soaking your feet.

Foot Soak

Lemon - 10 drops
Geranium - 6 drops
Rosemary - 4 drops
Blend these in an amber bottle.

Then add 3-4 drops to a basin of hot water, large enough to soak you feet in comfortably or add up to 10 drops in a full tub of water.

Here is a recipe for the bath.

This helps to increase your whole bodies circulation.

Warm up Bath

Cypress - 2 drops
Juniper berry - 2 drops
Peppermint - 2 drops
Pine - 2 drops
Rosemary - 2 drops

Add the oils to a bathtub filled with warm water, and Soak and Enjoy!


In Northern Minnesota there are a lot of Scandinavian descended folks and they all enjoy Saunas.

What a great way to warm up and stimulate your circulation! But there are special warnings about using Essential oils in the Sauna or Steam bath.

These types of baths can be great but only Eucalyptus, Tea Tree or Pine essential oils should be used.

Only these oils should be used in saunas as they enter the body by inhalation and exit by perspiration, all the while detoxifying and cleansing the body.

To use add 2 drops to 2 1/2 cups of water - shake well and add to the heat source as needed.

If you choose to use other essentials oils please read to make sure they can be used in such situations.

Because of all the steam, some essentials oils can cause lung/airway irritations or skin irritations.

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Emotional Concern


by Penny Keay

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Health and Beauty

Tired, Swollen feet and Legs

by Penny Keay

Working all day, cleaning the house, taking care of kids, or any number of things and by the end of the day your legs are totally exhausted.

Treat yourself to a 20 minute foot soak and leg massage.

Try the following blend to relax and relieve the tired feeling you have in your legs. This blend will also help if your feet tend to swell also.

Add the following oils to a basin or tub of warm water. Be sure to add some Epson salts or other bath salt to help with the swelling too!

Lemon - 2 drops
Cypress - 1 drop
Juniper berry 1 drop

After soaking for 15-20 minutes, dry you feet well and elevate your feet and legs, for the next 15 -20 minutes just lay there and relax.

If possible elevate your feet and legs about 6-8 inches higher than your heart. This helps reduce the swelling and will make you legs feel rejuvenated.

No time for a soak and a resting period??

Try this blend mixed in Lotion or a light carrier oil such as Sunflower.

Lavender - 12 drops
Cypress - 5 drops
Lemongrass - 4 drops
Grapefruit - 4 drops

Mix in 2 tablespoons lotion or oil . Apply a small amount to your legs and massage with strokes going towards your heart.

This will encourage proper blood drainage and will help to decrease swelling.

You can use this daily. Lotions will absorb more readily and make dressing easier after applying.

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Around the House and Garden

Cleaning the Refrigerator and Freezer

by Penny Keay

This is something everyone dreads but of course it needs to be done periodically.

Unexpectedly, about 2 weeks before Christmas, our freezer was accidentally unplugged while moving some boxes.

Oh boy, what a mess to clean up!! This is not what I had planned for a Saturday evening.

But none the less it had to be done.

Luckily, we had discovered the incident before the meats inside had thawed. Unfortunately, a majority of my fruits had thawed and the juices ran - EVERY WHERE!!

After unloading everything, we decided to give the Freezer a thorough wash down. After everything was out and the rest of the freezer was thawed too, I wiped everything down with a solution of water and a few drops of Lemon oil.

This alone helped to freshen the interior. You can use this or any citrus oil or citrus blend to your liking.

Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Lime, or Bergamot are all commonly used to deodorize.

You can use these to freshen the exterior too, as they are excellent at disinfecting too!

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Recipes to try

Kitchen Sanitizer

Lemon - 50 drops
Grapefruit - 40 drops
Lime - 40 drops
Tea Tree - 20 drops
Emulsifier - 1 tablespoon
All Purpose Cleaner Spray Base- 4 oz

Place essential oils in a bottle. Mix in the Emulsifier. Then add the All Purpose Cleaner Spray Base. Use a Mist Sprayer. Shake well before and during use.

Warming Massage blend especially good for sore Joints as in Arthritis

Roman Chamomile - 6 drops
Marjoram - 4 drops
Coriander - 3 drops
Rosemary - 3 drops
Black Pepper - 1 drop
Ginger - 1 drop
2 ounces of Carrier Oil of your choice.

Blend well in a Plastic or glass bottle. Massage daily into legs, knees or other sore joints.

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