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Birch Hill Happenings Aromatherapy, LLC Newsletter Vol 77


In this issue:

Physical Ailment

Athlete‘s foot

by Penny Keay

This common skin fungal infection can be easily remedied with essential oils.

Tinea pedis is the medical term for Athlete‘s foot.

Unfortunately, Athlete‘s foot is highly contagious.

It can be picked up easily - even when walking across anyone's floor, barefoot of course. It is not uncommon for anyone to get a case of it every time you travel and stay in hotels. (Speaking from personal experience.) Or if you go to the gym or pool.

It is scaly, cracked skin, especially between the toes and it can be extremely itchy. Left untreated you could develop a bacterial infection - this would be much more serious.

To begin - you need to bath your feel daily. Use a soft cloth and wash between each and every toe. Use a mild soap. Rinse well and then dry them well too - make sure you dry between each toe!

Apply a drop of Tea Tree or Lavender that has been diluted in 1 teaspoon of Jojoba, Coconut or other carrier oil or lotion, between each toe.

I prefer using the Lavender as I don't care for the smell of Tea Tree.

You should apply this at least 3 times a day.

My usual routine is bathe feet at bedtime, dry and apply oils. I put a clean pair of socks in case I need to get up and walk around. (I don't need essential oils on the floors.)

I apply oils upon rising before putting on my shoes. And then one more application around 4-5 in the afternoon.

Do this for about 5-7 days and the Athlete‘s foot is normally all gone.

After you have applied the essential oils, you can either put some clean cotton socks on immediately or you can use Talc Powder or other powder (Do not use Cornstartch as this is food for most fungi) to help keep your feet dry during the day. Wearing cotton socks and changing them often will speed the healing process.

Most cases of Athlete‘s foot respond rather quickly to Tea Tree.

If you are one of the few, rare people that do not respond to Tea Tree or Lavender there are other stronger blends of essential oils you can try.

(Please use our search box to find other recipes we have for varous fungal and skin infections if those below don't work.

A simple foot powder to dust on your feet.

Rosemary - 5 drops
Tea Tree - 2 drops
Thyme - 2 drops
Place in 5 oz (weight) Talc Powder

Shake well, let sit for 24 hours, shake again then use daily on your feet.

Dust on feet after showering, don't forget to spread your toes.

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Emotional Concern

Calming Blends

by Penny Keay

Everyone likes to have some peace and quiet. When you can find a moment or two you want to have that wonderful feeling of calmness and to be calmed from within.

When we think of essential oils that produce calming affects we think of Lavender, but there are many other oils that will provide chemical changes and promoted calming feelings.

Several essential oils can slow brain wave patterns to produce sensations of relaxation. This mode of action is similar to sedative type drugs (only milder and with out any of the bad side effects).

Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Helichrysum, Lemon, Mandarin, Marjoram, Neroli, Ylang Ylang, Vetiver, Rose, Spikenard and Frankincense.

Creating a blend using up to 5 of these oils will help you feel calm and peaceful.

Several of these oils can help to produce a spiritual calmness. Vetiver, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Spikenard and Frankincense. Include these, especially if you wish to meditate.

A Calming Massage oil especially after a hard days work or work out at the gym.

Birch - 3 drops
Pine - 5 drops
Eucalyptus - 5 drops
Roman Chamomile - 3 drops
Sunflower oils - 2 ounces

Blend all together and shake well. Massage into stiff tired muscles and simple enjoy and relax.

A Calming Diffuser Blend

Lavender - 18 drops
Rosewood- 15 drops
Roman Chamomile - 12 drops
Geranium - 12 drops
Clary Sage - 10 drops
Ylang Ylang - 10 drops
Marjoram - 8 drops

Blend into a small glass container and shake well. Add to your favorite diffuser. Enjoy.

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Health and Beauty

Calluses and Corns

by Penny Keay

Hard, thickened skin on the surface of your hands, fingers and palms. Signs of someone doing hard manual labor.

Some folks, due to poorly fitting shoes develop calluses (on the bottom of the feet) and corns (on the tops of the toe joints).

Calluses are normally painless but they can be painful on the feet. Corns can be especially troublesome.

Keeping the skin on your hands and feet soft will help to treat these maladies.

An easy to make Corn and Callus blend

Lavender - 12 drops
Myrrh - 6 drops
Sweet almond - 2 ounces.

Mix in a bottle, shake well to mix.

Massage into the affected area to soften calluses and corns. Apply daily.

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Around the House and Garden

Fleas - How to keep them OFF your dog!

by Penny Keay

This time of year we get a lot of requests for using essential oils to help spare our pets of those nasty little pests - the fleas!

The recipes included here are for Dogs.

Essential oils should not be used on or near cats as they don't have the ability to process essential oils and eliminate them from their bodies.

A simple Flea collar for your dog. Take a small cotton rope and place 4 drops of Eucalyptus and 4 drops of Pennyroyal on the rope.

Wrap the rope inside a bandanna and tie loosely on your dogs neck.

Not only will this help repel fleas, it will make a fashion statement for your pet!!

Never put essential oils directly on your pet. Some can be very irritating to your dogs skin.

To make a simple bedding spray.

To 4 ounces of Linen Spray Base, add 10 drops Cedarwood and 10 drops Lavender.

Shake well before each use and Spray on bedding every 2-3 days.

Let dry before allowing pet back on the bedding.

If your dog is infested you can give them a safe flea bath by mixing 1 teaspoon Orange, essential oil into 1/2 cup unscented shampoo.

Stir and mix well. Shampoo your dog as you normally would.

Make sure you make a good lather.

Rinse your dog thoroughly as any shampoo left on the skin can be irritating.

This recipe will make enough for several shampooings.

Once your dog is dry, use the Homemade flea collar.

What about the house??

We suggest you vacuum your house thoroughly and get rid of the vacuum cleaning bag. Seal it up in another plastic bag.

Next sprinkle the following mixture of 1 cup table salt with 1 teaspoon Lavender Essential oil that has been mixed into the salt drop by drop - shake and mix well.

Let sit over night if possible. Then sprinkle this mixture under the couch and around the perimeter of the rooms, and especially in the corner of the house your pet spends time in. Work into the carpeting well.

We suggest you test this product first in a small area as some pets have a tendency to want to lick the salt up.

We don't want your pet to get sick from licking too much salt or by ingesting the essential oils.

The salt and the essential oil are both deterrents for the flea‘s life cycle.

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Recipes to try

Athlete‘s foot Bath

Tea Tree- 5 drops
Patchouli - 4 drops
Myrrh - 2 drops

Soak your feet in a small tub, where you have added the above oils. Let your feet soak for about 15 minutes.

Dry your feet well and then apply the following oil.

Athlete‘s foot relief oil

Tea Tree - 10 drops
Eucalyptus - 8 drops
Myrrh 6 drops
Thyme 6 drops
Sweet almond - 1 ounce
Tamanu - 1 ounce

Mix all the above ingredients in a clean bottle. Shake well before each use.

Apply between the toes too!

Use this blend before putting on your shoes.

Calming Perfume

Roman Chamomile - 3 drops
Ylang Ylang - 3 drops
Jasmine - 1 drop
Rose - 1 drops
Jojoba - 4 ml

Mix all together.

Can be worn as a personal fragrance perfume or just enjoy - inhaling it from the bottle or omit the Jojoba and use this blend in a Personal inhaler type diffuser.

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Another Flea Oil Blend for Dogs

Clary Sage - 4 drops
Citronella - 1 drop
Peppermint 7 drops
Lemon 3 drops
Sweet almond - 1 tablespoon

Mix well and apply several drops to the neck, chest, legs and base of the tail on your dog. You can also apply to the bandanna or a cotton collar.

Recipe from "Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals" by Kristen Leigh Bell.

Soften Corns and Calluses

Sweet almond or Sunflower oils - 2 tablespoons
Lavender- 20 drops
Carrot seed - 5 drops
Roman Chamomile - 10 drops

Mix in a bottle and apply several drops to the corn twice daily.

Remember to soak your feet and vigorously rub the corn and calluses after soaking to help remove any of the dead skin.

You may need to use a pumice stone to help remove some of the dead, thickened skin.

Continue to use the above blend, periodically, once you have the corn and/or calluses gone to help prevent them from returning.

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Please do not use my information without my permission.

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