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Birch Hill Happenings Aromatherapy, LLC Newsletter Vol 78


In this issue:

Physical Ailment

Sore Throats

by Penny Keay

Mild to severe pain in the throat can make you feel miserable. Sore throats can be caused from bacterial infections, viral infections or other irritation from chemicals or dust.

Finding something to relieve the pain and irritation is welcome by all. Including those around you.

Determining the cause often helps with treatment. If due to an infection many essential oils fight both viral and bacterial infections.

If you are prone to Strep throat - you will want to seek the aid of a Physician especially with children.

Using the steam inhalation methods of diffusing essential oils is most helpful.

The essential oils of Lavender, Eucalyptus and Thyme are very comforting. All will help whether the infection is caused from bacteria or viruses.

Gargling with a drop or two of Eucalyptus in the water will help, but adding a drop of Thyme, although hot feeling, will help fight the infection if it is due to virus or bacteria.

You can use any of the Eucalyptus species. Some people prefer the milder Eucalyptus Radiata and Eucalyptus Citriodora over the Eucalyptus Globulus.

If the sore throat is caused by chemical or dust irritations, gargle with water to which you have added a couple drops of Lemon oil. This is most refreshing and soothing.

If your sore throat is caused by a Candida infection then you will want to use Tea Tree or Myrrh in your mouthwash. Both these oils are good for fungal infections.

When treating sore throats you will need to spray, steam or gargle every 2-3 hours as needed. Most sore throat treatment will give relief within a few minutes with sore throats disappearing within 24 hours.

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Emotional Concern

Jet Lag

by Penny Keay

Traveling can be very fun, but can be very stressful too. Disrupting your sleep patterns can turn what is supposed to be a fun vacation into nothing but misery. You're tired when you should be awake and awake when you want to be asleep.

Several essential oils can help you to relax and fall asleep more easily.

Lavender will definitely be welcome when it comes to the time of day you want to drift off to sleep.

Adding a few drops of Roman Chamomile or Geranium to a hot bath prior to retiring should also help.

But you might want to try Basil , Grapefruit , Juniper , Peppermint and Rosemary during the daytime to give you a boost of energy and mental alertness.

Any blend that has one or more of the above oils should help with the dragging feeling you might experience.

If you don't have time to find a blend you might want to Try some of our Revitalizing blend or Take Five blend to help rejuvenate you.

Try this Fatigue Relief massage blend in the morning to help get you moving. If possible have someone rub on your back, chest, legs, neck and shoulders.

Fatigue Relief massage blend

Peppermint - 6 drops
Rosemary - 5 drops
Grapefruit - 4 drops
Sunflower oil - 1 tablespoon

Mix all ingredients in a small bottle.

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Health and Beauty

Itchy skin

by Penny Keay

Anytime of the year your skin can develop itchiness. The cause can be the obvious of dry skin.

But there can be irritants from drying soaps, swimming pool water, insect bites, other skin injuries, or any type of fragranced product.

When we talk about fragranced products we are meaning products made with 'fragrance oils' - these man made scents are made out of petroleum distillated products and can be very irritating to the skin.

Rarely, are people irritated by 100% pure essential oils when used properly in personal care base products.

Essential oils known to help relieve itching include:

Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Peppermint, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Jasmine.

Lavender and Roman Chamomile may give the most relief.

Simple add a few drops to your favorite lotion base or you can apply 1 drop of each directly to the affected area if it is a small area.

Rub lightly and then leave the area alone.

Itching can propagate more itching so try to keep the area quite - Hands OFF!!

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Around the House and Garden

Refreshing Summer Blends!

by Penny Keay

The house can become very stale with the house a shut up in the summer heat.

There are summer blends that will help to freshen the air around you and at the same time help to kill the bacteria and molds that love the hot humid conditions.

Even though you have air conditioning your home can still be very vulnerable to invasion by both these nasties!

Since all essential oils have antibacterial and anti fungal properties of varying degrees you have many to choose from.

The Citrus oils are the most popular but you might want to try a blend of any of them with Lavender.

One blend that can be very refreshing is Geranium and add a little of any other floral scent to this and you can feel as though your flower garden has entered your home.

Opening a window in the evening and letting a little fresh air into the home, diffusing the summery blend and you will have a newly refreshed home.

Our Refreshing blend or our Geranium and Rose blend are both wonderful premixed blends.

Or try mixing your own blend for refreshing the air in the summertime.

Refreshing Mint Blend

Lime - 9 drops
Peppermint - 5 drops
Eucalyptus - 1 drop

Blend well in a amber bottle. Add to your diffuser - If you are using a fan type diffuser you will use all this on the pads.

If you are using a tea light candle style diffuser you will use 3-5 drops per 1/2 ounce of water added to the bowl.

The Scentball uses about 3-5 drops and adjust according to the size of the room.

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Recipes to try

Sore Throat Spray

1/2 cup Chamomile tea
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
Geranium - 2 drops
Lemon - 1 drop
Tea Tree - 1 drop
Pine - 1 drop

Brew the tea and strain well. It is very important that you strain the tea through a coffee filter to remove any pieces of herb or it may clog your spray nozzle.

Add the Vinegar and add the essential oil into the honey, then add to the tea mixture.

Shake well and add to a bottle with a spray nozzle.

Spray 1-2 times into the back of the throat. It is okay to swallow.

But you should try not to eat or drink for at least 15 minutes after a treatment.

Spray every 2-4 hours as needed.

For Jet Lag to help you drift off to sleep

Petitgrain - 5 drops
Rose - 5 drops
Myrtle - 3 drops
Vanilla - 2 drops
Sweet almond - 1 tablespoon

Blend together and either massage into the chest, back of neck and shoulders.

You can also add this blend to a tub of warm water and enjoy. If you use in the bath, please be careful as the almond oil can make the tub very slippery.

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Itchy Dry skin

Sandalwood - 10 drops
Rosewood - 10 drops
Lavender - 10 drops
Jojoba - 2 tablespoons

Mix well and apply as needed to the affected area. Again, rub in just until absorbed as excessive rubbing can propagate more itching.

The essential oils in this blend are great at healing the skin!

Refreshing Citrus Blend for Summer

Grapefruit - 10 drops Lemon - 10 drops Spearmint - 10 drops Mix well and add to your diffuser.

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© 2005, 2015, 2017 Penny Keay All rights reserved Worldwide.
Please do not use my information without my permission.

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