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Birch Hill Happenings Aromatherapy, LLC Newsletter Vol 81


In this issue:

Physical Ailment

Catarrh - Another name for Congestion?

by Penny Keay

Aromatherapy is used for different conditions - one of which is Catarrh. Catarrh is inflammation of the nasal, sinus and upper respiratory passages. Using another more common term - Congestion.

Congestion may include formation of mucus but can be due to swelling and inflammation of the tissues lining the nasal and sinuses.

Aromatherapy is often used to help relieve congestion due to rhinitis, sinusitis, the common cold, influenza, hay fever just to name a few.

The simplest way to help relieve is to add a drop or two of known essential oils to relieve congestion to a cotton ball or tissue and breathe in.

Some prefer to do a steam treatment by filling a bowl with hot water and draping a towel over the bowl. Add a few drops of essential oil and inhale for several minutes.

For some using a nasal inhaler with a few drops added is more discreet especially, if you have to go out in public and want to have something to use that is quick and easy.

Eucalyptus is very well known to help with congestion. But other oils may help include Cajuput, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Peppermint, Pine, Ravensara, Rosemary, Tea Tree and Thyme.

Try this blend in the diffuser.

Eucalyptus radiata - 20 drops
Lavender - 20 drops.

You can use this blend in any diffuser - if you want to use all night use in a fan diffuser such as the Tru Melange, Spa Scenter or Fan Fuser.

In the Personal inhaler put Rosemary 2 drops and Peppermint 1 drop. Inhale as needed.

A Chest Rub for Catarrh

2 ounces carrier oil
Eucalyptus - 20 drops
Basil - 5 drops
Peppermint - 5 drops
Cedarwood - 5 drops

Blend essential oils then add the carrier oil - Sweet almond or Sunflower oil are excellent choices. Rub on the upper chest, neck and on your back (if you have help).

After you have rubbed these areas, cup your hands over your nose and mouth and inhale the remnants of the essential oils left on your hands for a few breaths.

Use this 2-3 times daily as needed.

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Emotional Concern


by Penny Keay

Irritability can be caused from any number of things that happen throughout the day or night. Little things just bug you and make you "crabby". You become edgy, and feel like nothing is going right and then it's like the straw that broke the camels back.

Often times, lack of sleep, or getting out of the wrong side of the bed sets the stage for being irritable all day. But don't fear, you have the power to change your own mood. Essential oils can help along the way.

Several oils are known to help take the edge off of irritability.

Cypress, Coriander, Litsea Cubeba, Neroli, Ylang Ylang, Melissa, Lavender and Roman Chamomile.

Using any of these oils singly or blending a few together will often lighten the mood and situation.

Most of these oils are known as euphoric, or good feeling oils so using them can help uplift your mood and although they won't remove the source of irritation, they may help you look at the situation in a different light!

Try a blend of

Ylang Ylang - 15 drops
Coriander - 10 drops
Roman Chamomile - 5 drops

Blend well and use in the diffuser or mix several drops in 1 ounce of a massage oil and enjoy a massage. This blend can also be added to the bath (use 5-6 drops in the tub).

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Health and Beauty

Diaper Rash

by Penny Keay

Every baby or young child at one time or another can develop diaper rash.

Diaper rash is nothing more than a type of dermatitis on the buttocks. To help prevent diaper rash, cleaning the bottom is important between every diaper change.

Prevention of course is the best medicine. Try to change the diapers as soon as possible when wet or soiled. Clean the area well and apply a light layer of a diaper rash oil or cream.

A very easy diaper oil is

Lavender - 10 drops
Roman Chamomile - 1 drop
Sweet almond - 2 ounces.

Blend well and apply a light amount on the babies’ bottom.

Amie, a new mother asked me to blend this cream for her newborn baby. She says it works great for preventing diaper rashes and if the baby does get one, it will heal quickly.

Amie's Baby Cream

Sorbolene Cream - 4 ounces
Apricot kernal Oil - 1 1/2 ounces
Roman Chamomile - 6 drops
Lavender - 9 drops
Tea Tree- 2 drops
Rose Otto - 2 drops

Blend this well and use a small amount between each diaper change or after bath time.

Amie also says they use this same recipe in a Nursing Home she worked at prior to becoming a full time mother. She says this works great on bedsores and other rashes the elderly or infirm develop.

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Around the House and Garden

Sanitizing the Mattress

by Penny Keay

Several times a year - (okay about four times a year) - I like to strip down my beds, and thoroughly clean everything.

The mattress and foundation get a good vacuuming and then I spray them down with a blend of essential oils mixed into distilled water.

After spraying them, let them dry for an hour or two before putting the sheets and blankets, etc. back on.

The blends I use help with any undesirables, like dust mites and all kinds of bacteria, etc. Of course I like the smell of the blends too.

This is a strong Sanitizer and works well to disinfect your mattresses.

Mattress Sanitizer

Peppermint - 50 drops
Eucalyptus - 10 drops
Oregano - 10 drops
Pine - 5 drops
2 ounces of water or All Purpose Spray Cleaner.

Shake well before and during the spraying process. This will make enough to spray the mattress and foundation.

Your bedroom may smell very strong, so you may want to open a window after you are finished or close the door and let this blend sanitizes the whole room.

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Recipes to try

Inhalation for Catarrh

Rosemary Verbenone - 20 drops
Eucalyptus - 5 drops
Peppermint - 1 drop

Blend all in a amber bottle and use a drop or two in a Personal inhaler or on a tissue. Breath in several times a day.

Diaper Rash Powder

Lavender - 5 drops
Cornstarch - 2 tablespoons.

Place the Lavender on a small piece of cloth or cotton ball and place in a small jar of cornstarch. Shake well and let blend for 24 hours.

Use this as needed at each diaper change. Do not shake this on. Use a small cloth or tissue to lightly rub on to the diaper area.

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Irritability Blend

Coriander - 10 drops
Cypress - 10 drops
Lavender - 10 drops

Blend in an amber bottle. Diffuse in any diffuser as you feel is necessary to help your feelings of irritability.

Another Mattress Sanitizer

Spearmint - 50 drops
Thyme - 15 drops
Lemon - 10 drops
2 ounces Linen Spray or All Purpose Spray Cleaner

Shake and blend well. Spray on mattresses and foundations. Let dry thoroughly before putting on the bedding. About 1- 2 hours drying time.

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