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Birch Hill Happenings Aromatherapy, LLC Newsletter Vol 7.5


In this issue:

Physical Ailment

Stress - the Physical side (Level 3)

by Penny Keay

This is Part 3 of our newsletters dealing with Stress.
See previous months issues if you missed Part 1 Click here
or Part 2 Click here

Here we are at Level 3. This is when chronic stress has become very serious. In this stage you are suffering from many physical ailments or complain constantly.

Constant sore throats, constant headaches, backaches, no energy, getting out of bed is extremely difficult due to lack of good quality sleep. You could be headed for a heart attack, stroke or other serious health crisis.

Your body is telling you - things have got to change. As time goes on your physical exhaustion will continue to weaken you physically and then mentally. You are Physically and Mentally exhausted. You have or are becoming ill due to adrenal burnout.

If you feel you are at this level, please see your physician. You may have some serious health issues you may need attended before you reach a crisis situation.

If your doctor gives you a go ahead do continue to use essential oils. Again, use the ones that you enjoy. And don't forget try a few new ones too.

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Emotional Concern

Stress - the Emotional side (Level 3)

by Penny Keay

Emotionally you are a wreck, you are depressed, withdrawn. You don't feel like you can carry on - every minute seems like hours. Nothing seems to make you happy.

If you are a perfectionist you can't get anything 'right'.

You are slowly withdrawing from people around you and shirking all kinds of responsibilities.

You appear to be giving up. You hate this feeling, you don't understand.

You want to make things the way they were, but not sure where to start.

You feel like crawling in a hole and want to stay there forever, away from everything.

Where to begin the healing process?

As hard as it may be, you need to carry on. You need to get up each day, put a smile on your face and continue on - one day at time. If one day seems too long, carry on for an hour - if that is too long, then for 10 minutes. Everyone can do anything for 5 or 10 minutes.

Do something each day just for yourself! This is important. You have to take back your life. Learn how to say "no" to others. For many of us this is hard to do, but do learn how to do it now.

Take a walk each day for at least 10 minutes - You don't need to walk for an hour, but 10-15 minutes will make a big difference. Outdoors if possible. Breathe deeply while you walk.

Set up new routines. Include time each day to meditate. This is a great time to use essential oils.

Get your diet in order.

Diet is what you eat. There are weight loss diets, or diets for specific health concerns. You are what you eat or don't eat! Evaluate what you are eating and make changes and improvements.

Get plenty of rest - sleep.

Drink lots of fresh water!

Do something fun!! Do it everyday!

Did I mention get plenty of rest?

This really is a big part of healing. Most people are extremely sleep deprived and this really doesn't help at all. You need to rest and give your body time to heal.

Even if you don't fall asleep, you should lie down and rest everyday for 20-30 minutes. Put your feet up, turn off the radio & television. Let your mind be clear of everything so it does not have to concentrate on anything. The best way to rest - climb into bed! Shut off the ringer's on the phones too!

If you feel you just can't cope anymore, please seek professional help.

A great book on the physical and emotional aspects of nervous exhaustion and adrenal burnout is a book by Jesse Lynn Hanley, MD - Tired of Being Tired.

This book is great especially for those who like to do what they can on their own. Most of us who are aromatherapy enthusiasts like to try to do things on our own.

In this book she explains all the levels of stress, leading all the way to nervous exhaustion and adrenal burnout. This book is excellent for those of you that want to try to treat yourself, especially in the early stages of stress. She has many great suggestions.

Again, and she says it in her book too, if you are in adrenal burnout please be in contact with your physician.

There are many, many essential oils that help you deal with stress. You have to choose the ones that make you feel the best. Or that are effective for the results you are trying to achieve, whether it be calming, relaxing, uplifting, or giving you mental alertness. Use them in the bath, or shower. Just use them around the home, office, or in your automobile.

Mix them in lotions, or make a massage oil. There are so many ways to use essential oils.

As always, we recommend you read about aromatherapy and the different applications and ways to use essential oils.

If you have a question, please feel free to e-mail us and we will try to make suggestions to help you along the journey to enjoy nature's beautiful scents to help you with your health needs, physically, emotionally and of course spiritually too!

We hope these articles about stress may have helped you or a loved one.

The main points we wanted to make is that Stress is around us all. The way you deal with it, can make a difference on how it will affect your life and those around you.

Essential oils can make a difference in your health, physically and emotionally. Using them can hopefully keep you on tract, so stress won't get to the point of a burnout.

There are volumes written about stress - it can be mild to serious.

Whatever stage you are in, essential oils can be used - at the very least, you can have something wonderful to smell that nature has made.

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Health and Beauty

Skin care for the Spring

by Penny Keay

Caring for your skin changes throughout the year as does the seasons.

The weather is in transition and this affects our skin the most.

Spring winds can cause damage to our skin. Just like the sun, wind can dry out and literally burn the skin.

Your daily skin care routine may or may not change. But you will need to consider the increased time you spend outdoors to help protect your skin from too much damage.

Be sure to cleanse your skin at the end of the day and apply moisturizers.

A great way to end the day after cleansing and toning is to apply a facial oil. There are many combinations of essential oils for different skin types.

These oils should be mixed in 2 ounces of Jojoba. Jojoba is quickly absorbed into the skin and leaves no oily residue. It is nourishing to you skin.

You can always add a little Rosehip seed oil to this blend for extra skin nourishment. Some women prefer to use Camellia oil as their facial oil or a blend of Camellia and another oil.

The following recipes can be mixed ahead of time and have a long shelf life. Use just enough to apply a thin layer. It should absorb within 10 minutes and not leave any residue. If it does, you have applied too much.

For Normal Skin

Lavender15 drops
Geranium - 8 drops
Rose - 4 drops
carrier oil or blend - 2 ounces

For Dry Skin

Sandalwood - 10 drops
Geranium - 7 drops
Ylang Ylang - 5 drops
Rosewood - 3 drops
carrier oil or blend - 2 ounces

For Oily Skin

Lemon - 15 drops
Cypress - 10 drops
carrier oil or blend 2 ounces

For Mature Skin

Lavender - 15 drops
Frankincense - 5 drops
Neroli - 5 drops
Carrot seed - 5 drops
carrier oil or blend - 2 ounces

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Around the House and Garden

Bug Repellents!

by Penny Keay

Warmer weather and bugs. They go hand in hand and more!

We are often asked this time of year for recipes for repelling bugs.

Several essential oils are excellent at repelling insects. The most common insect we wish to repel ? The pesky Mosquito! In several US States - they like to call them the "State Bird"!! Minnesota included.

One of the active ingredients in the natural or botanical repellents was listed as Lemon Eucalyptus.

If you wish to use Eucalyptus Lemon we recommend no more than a 2-3% dilution. You can mix it with plain distilled water, shake well, and spray on your skin and around your ankles, wrists, neck etc. Anywhere you know those pesty little bugs like to attack you!

Don't forget you can also mix Eucalyptus Lemon with any lotion so you can apply it to and soften your skin at the same time.

Some people prefer to mix with carrier oils - Sweet almond and Sunflower oils are excellent light oils to use. As is Fractionated coconut oil. Fractionated coconut oil is known for its ease in being able to be washed out of clothing.

Many other essential oils are known to be great at repelling insects.

Lavender, Geranium, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Sandalwood, Cedarwood and Pennyroyal. For another recipe for repelling more insects see our recipe section in this issue.

We now have available 2 premixed Insect repellants available on our site. Click here to learn more about them. Both insect repellents are proven to be very effective.

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Recipes to try

For Extreme Stress

Roman Chamomile - 25 drops
Clary Sage - 25 drops
Mandarin - 25 drops
Petitgrain - 25 drops
Spikenard -25 drops
Hazelnut oil -2 teaspoons

Mix all ingredients and apply a drop or two to the wrists, inside of elbows, on the temples and also rub a little on your solar plexus (this area is on your upper abdomen, just below the breast bone). Apply once or twice a day.

Positive Energy Blend

Lavender - 3 drops
Orange- 4 drops
Rose- 1-3 drops

Add to 2 ounces of distilled water and spritz often in the room you are working in.

Or use a diffuser of your choice or the Personal inhaler.

This is a very wonderful blend. You should adjust the amount of rose oil as some prefer less.

Blend just the essential oils in an amber bottle then add to the distilled water or if you want they can be added to a tub of warm water to sit and soak in.

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Bug Repellent

Thyme - 4 drops
Lemongrass- 8 drops
Lavender - 4 drops
Peppermint - 4 drops

Blend all essential oils in an amber bottle.

This mixture can be placed (a couple drops)on a tissue and placed near your bedside or other area you wish to have the bugs leave you alone. You can also mix 2 drops per teaspoon of a light carrier oil or blend and apply as a body rub.

Or add 5 drops to 2 teaspoons of vodka, once well blended add to 2 ounces distilled water and use as a spray.

Spring Skin care for Wrinkled skin

Fennel - 15 drops
Lavender 5 drops
Rose - 2 drops
Carrot seed- 2 drops
Jojoba - 1 1/2 ounces
Rosehip seed oil - 1/2 ounce

Mix well and apply to freshly cleansed skin. Apply a thin layer at bedtime.

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