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Birch Hill Happenings Aromatherapy, LLC Newsletter Vol 84


In this issue:

Physical Ailment

Earaches and Hearing Loss

by Penny Keay

Earaches can be external, involving just the ear and ear canal or they can be internal, involving the middle and inner ear.

Infections involving the outer ear and canal can be self-treated with the use of essential oils but the more serious type of infections involving the middle or inner ear need medical attention. Outer ear infections can be either fungal or bacterial.

Essential oils can still be helpful for middle and inner ear infections but you should seek help from your doctor, especially if you are unsure what type of infection is causing your pain and inflammations.

If you have a perforated ear drum you could do more damage than good by self treatment. Please see your doctor.

If you have an ear infection essential oils that relieve inflammation and pain such as Lavender, Tea Tree and Roman Chamomile are very helpful.

For an easy to make ear oil

Lavender - 8 drops
Tea Tree - 8 drops
2 tablespoon Olive or Sweet almond oil
You can add up to 4 drops Roman Chamomile too if desired.

Blend well and then rub a little of this oil blend around the outside of your ear and also down the side of your neck.

You can use the same blend on children but for children under 5 years old, cut the essential oil amounts in half.

For infants use only 1 drop each of Lavender and 1 drop of Tea Tree with the 1 tablespoon of carrier oil.

Do not put this or any medication in your childs ear canal without the permission from an licensed medical practitioner.

If your ear infection is due to a cold or flu - that is causing congestion of your upper respiratory tract, you might get relief by using essential oils for congestion and just breathing them in.

Peppermint, Eucalyptus and others will help to relieve congestion.

Sometimes chronic ear infections can lead to hearing loss. Also as everyone ages there can be loss of hearing.

We are often asked for recipes for use to see if essential oils can help with hearing loss.

There are two recipes we have that folks tell us has given them some results to varying degrees.

Recipe 1

Cypress - 10 drops
Helichrysum - 10 drops
Marjoram - 10 drops
Roman Chamomile - 10 drops
Carrier oil such as Olive oil or Sweet almond - 1 ounce

Blend all essential oils and add to the carrier oil. Then apply a few drops around and behind the ear and down on to the neck around the ear.

Apply 2-4 times a day until improvement. You may need to use for up to 10 days.

Another recipe

Helichrysum - 10 drops
Rosemary - 3 drops
Marjoram - 15 drops
Roman Chamomile - 10 drops
Carrier oil such as Olive oil or Sweet almond - 1 ounce

The main essential oils used to treat ear problems such as infection and inflammation are:

Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Tea Tree, Helichrysum, Eucalyptus, Marjoram, Rosemary, Juniper.

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Emotional Concern


by Penny Keay

Restless and you want to relax. This is the perfect time to use essential oils to help you relax.

Lavender is often considered the number one essential oil for relaxation but there are several others when used alone or blended give you a more relaxation atmosphere.

Roman Chamomile is used a lot, especially around children and babies. It's smell is not overpowering, but very soft and soothing.

A simple blend for relaxation is

Lavender - 5 drops
Roman Chamomile - 2 drops
Ylang Ylang - 1 drop

Once blended, simply diffuse using your favorite diffuser. The quantity in this recipe is for a small room. You can easily make more to have blended for more than one time. Remember to label your bottle!

If you have been very physically active and would like to relax mixing a few essential oils from this group and adding a few to the bath or shower should help you to relax.

Rosemary, Roman Chamomile, Bergamot , Marjoram, Lavender, Geranium , Fennel, Thyme (especially if exposed to others who are ill around you).

If you have been busy working and it has been more mental or emotional then to the above essential oils you may want to add one of these Sandalwood, Basil, Helichrysum, Cardamom, Patchouli, Palmarosa, Vetiver and Rose Otto.

A couple more helpful recipes for relaxation -

Neroli - 3 drops
Mandarin - 8 drops
Ylang Ylang - 3 drops

Blend well and diffuse.

Another recipe

Bergamot 10 drops
Rose Otto - 2 drops
Roman Chamomile - 3 drops

Blend well and diffuse

Both of the above recipes can be added to 2 ounces of distilled water, shake well and use in a spray bottle for a room freshener.

Here is a wonderful Bath blend for relaxation

Lavender - 3 drops
Basil - 2 drops
Marjoram - 2 drops
Fennel 1 drop
Vetiver - 1 drop

Add to a warm bath, soak for 10 minutes or more. Repeat as needed!!

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Health and Beauty


by Penny Keay

What is Psoriasis? It is caused by a rapid growth of skin cells that tend to pile up on the skin.

The rate of growth is so rapid that the body can not keep up with the normal rate of shedding of the cells.

This then results in the silvery scales of psoriasis. Psoriasis can be hereditary.

Other health problems can be linked to psoriasis such as poor protein digestion and impaired bowel and liver functions.

Outside factors such as stress can also cause outbreaks. There are other factors that can cause outbreaks too.

According to the Encyclopedia of Natural medicine some other things you can do to help are: Increase your Omega 3 Fatty acids and Vitamin D by exposure to sunlight.

Using Ultraviolet lights will also help. Small amounts of natural sunlight or use of tanning beds may also help.

Aromatherapy can help too. Using essential oils to reduce stress, combat bacterial infections and in skin care.

As for what essential oils that are beneficial:

Lavender, Roman Chamomile and Neroli. Not only are they good from the emotional aspect they are also good for the skin and psoriasis.

Psoriasis recipe

Put 8 drops Lavender
5 drops Roman Chamomile
1 drop of Neroli
2 ounces Sorbolene Cream.

Blend well. Apply as needed.

For a soothing bath try

2 cups Dead sea salts
Bergamot - 4 drops
Roman Chamomile - 2 drops
Helichrysum - 2 drops
Tea Tree- 2 drops

Add all ingredients to a bathtub then soak for 30 minutes. Repeat several times a week until skin improves.

If you are going to be in the sun within 4 hours of using this bath, then omit the Bergamot as bergamot is a photo sensitive oil and can cause unpleasant colorations to your skin if exposed to the sun.

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Around the House and Garden

Plant companions

by Penny Keay

Did you know that your house plants can benefit from the use of Essential oils?

Especially during this time of the year they can be more stressed due to fluctuations in air temperatures, humidity levels and low levels of natural light.

Simply add a few drops of Lavender or Thyme to your watering can. Remember more is not better. Just a drop or two to a couple of quarts is all that is needed.

Just like people plants get chemical imbalances and can benefit from the use of essential oils.

Any hydrosol, the true water left over from the distillation process can be used as a plant spray. They are quite safe to use, but can and should be diluted before using in the watering can.

Oh and don't forget, it is very important to talk to your plants, for sure when watering them. Daily if possible. It is proven that plants, like humans and animals thrive and grow more when talked to daily.

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Recipes to try

Ear Infections

Lavender - 2 drops
Tea Tree - 3 drops
Thyme 1 drop
1 teaspoon Sweet almond oil

Blend well, soak a cotton ball in this and use as an ear plug. Massage some of the oil around the outer ear and down the neck. Apply a warm compress if that gives more relief.

Lets Slow down and Relax

For your diffuser
Lavender - 6 drops
Ylang Ylang - 5 drops
Sandalwood - 3 drops
Marjoram- 3 drops

Blend these well and add to any diffuser. Or if you prefer you can add to a hot bath and just sit and relax!!

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Psoriasis blend for use on the scalp

Cider Vinegar - 4 teaspoons
1 1/2 ounces distilled or boiled water
Lavender -15 drops
Cajeput - 5 drops

Add the vinegar to a small bottle, add the essential oils and shake well. Then add the distilled/boiled water.

After you have washed your hair and scalp Apply some to your scalp. Leave on for a few minutes then rinse again. You can use several times a week for best results.

Garden Pest All Purpose Spray

Garlic cloves - 5
Water 1 cup
Cayenne Powder 1/2 teaspoon
Peppermint - 25 drops
Rosemary- 25 drops
Organic Dish soap - 1/2 teaspoon

Put the garlic, cayenne and water in a blender. Run until well blended. Then strain through a fine strainer, then through a coffee filter. You don't want any chunks in your final product

Add the essential oils and soap, stir well. Then put this solution in your sprayer and head out to the garden. Spray plants that appear to be infested with pests or as a general all purpose spray to avoid problems.

Keep any left over spray in a cool place.

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