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Birch Hill Happenings Aromatherapy, LLC Newsletter Vol 105

August 20, 2007

In this issue:
Bee Stings
Canker or mouth sores
Sweet Aromatic Waters
Recipes to Try

Physical Ailment

Bee Stings

by Penny Keay

Buzzzzzz, Zap! Owwwweeee!!! You’ve just been stung by a bee. What to do next? First remove the stinger if by chance it was left in your skin. A quick scraping against your skin with your finger nail should easily remove the stinger.

Next wash the area with soap and water and then apply a cold cloth with an ice cube inside. Hold in place for 10 minutes. Then apply 1 drop of Helichrysum and 1 drops of Lavender diluted in 20 drops of fractionated coconut oil to the stung area.

Apply more ice if you desire but for not longer than about 20 more minutes.

You can apply more Helichrysum and/or Lavender every 2-3 hours if needed but usually it is not necessary.

We have used Lavender on bee stings but one of our good Customers Kirsten sent us this great first aid tip. She was recently stung and said that within a few hours didn’t even realize she had been stung.

I have used diluted Lavender on bee stings and had really good results too. Not that I want to get stung again to try Kirsten’s remedy but next time I will definitely give it a try!

Be sure to use this same combination for any type of ‘sting’ whether it be from a bee, hornet or wasp.

If you have an allergy to bee stings, seek immediate medical attention, as in some folks stings can be life threatening.

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Emotional Concern


by Penny Keay

Acceptance can put on many faces. But in general being able to accept what ever is placed before you can be hard. Learning that you can’t always change things can be the hardest part of acceptance.

Accepting love, acceptance of your self and acceptance of change all bring about different emotional responses and unfortunately can cause other emotion feelings to erupt.

Dealing with each emotion can be a challenge too. The list of essential oils related to helping with acceptance typically are ones that will help you develop an inner peacefulness.

The following essential oils may help. Try one or two in a simple one to one ratio and see if you don’t feel better soon.

Rose, Melissa, Roman Chamomile, Cypress, Geranium, Petitgrain and and Helichrysum; Others include Frankincense, Grapefruit, Lavender, Pine needle, Peppermint and Lemon.

When you study the properties of the above oils you will see that many of them are calming and relaxation, yet others will be uplifting.

So depending on the acceptance situation you are dealing with you will need to select your essential oils that are in one group or another, or of course, blend one from each group.

Remember too, the essential oils that you enjoy are typically the ones that may bring about the emotional reaction, response you are in search of.

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Health and Beauty

Canker or mouth sores caused by a self inflicted injury

by Penny Keay

Have you ever bit the inside of your lip or cheek or jabbed the tooth brush into your gums? Next thing you know is you have a very painful sore.

Mouth injuries like these will typically heal rather quickly all by themselves but occasionally they will linger on for days. To help prevent that prolonged healing time you can do a couple simple little things to speed the process along.

First is to make a mix of Sea Salt about 1 heaping teaspoonful in about 2-3 ounces of warm (not hot) water. Swish a mouth full of this solution in your mouth for a about a half a minute.

YES it may sting on the sore area. You are rinsing away the excess saliva and letting the salt water do a type of disinfection.

Next blend the following essential oils together then add 2-3 drops to one ounce of warm water and swish or hold in your mouth for a minute or two before spitting it out. Try not to eat or drink anything for 20 or more minutes.

Self-inflicted mouth injury Blend.

Tea Tree– 10 drops
Myrrh – 5 drops
Lemon – 4 drops
Orange – 3 drops

Blend well in an amber bottle. Then place 2-3 drops in one ounce of warm water, Swish around mouth for a minute. Spit it out. Try not to eat or drink anything for 20 minutes or so.

Repeat the Salt rinse and essential oil mouth rinse several times a day, especially after eating. This should help heal the injury quickly.

If you see no improvement after 2 days, discontinue and seek medical attention. Other wise if you see improvement continue until completely healed.

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Around the House and Garden

Sweet Aromatic Waters

by Penny Keay

Many folks ask about floral waters and hydrosols. A True Hydrosol is the water left over from the distillation of the parts of the plants.

This distillation water will have minute amounts of the essential oil along with other aromatic particles. Floral waters or aromatic waters on the other hand typically are just essential oils and absolutes that are mixed with distilled water.

You can make your own aromatic water for use as a linen spray, room spray or some folks may spray on their clothing or hair.

Simply use about 100 ml of ‘distilled water’ and add upto 50-60 drops of your favorite essential oils. Blend this in a glass bottle.

Do not use plastic at this point. Shake this blend daily for about two weeks. Then filter through a dampened coffee filter or cheese cloth to help remove the residue of essential oils that may have accumulated. The spray will then be ready to use.

This aromatic spray is best if used up within 3 months. Keep refrigerated to help extend shelf life.

I recommend you start with a simple blend of Lavender and one other oil. Experiment and have fun!!

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Recipes to try

Alternative Bee Sting Oils

Roman Chamomile – 1 drop
Lavender– 1 drop

Apply to sting 3 times a day as needed.

Floral Aromatic Water Spray

4 ounces Distilled Water
Ylang Ylang – 50 drops
Geranium – 25 drops
Petitgrain and – 25 drops
The V'Nilla's – 20 drops
Coconut Emulsifier - 5 ml

Blend and shake well in a glass bottle for a couple weeks. Strain in a coffee filter or cheese cloth. Mix with emulsifier and then add 4 ounces of distilled water, shake well.

Use to Spray any room, linen etc. You can use this blend as soon as you have mixed it, but will improve with age.

Mint Aromatic Water Spray

4 ounces Distilled Water
Peppermint – 50 drops
Spearmint – 50 drops
Patchouli– 20 drops
Coconut Emulsifier - 5 ml

Blend and shake well in a glass bottle for a couple weeks. Strain in a coffee filter or cheese cloth. Mix with emulsifier and then add 4 ounces of distilled water, shake well.

Use to Spray any room, linen etc. You can use this blend as soon as you have mixed it, but will improve with age.

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Acceptance Blend

Lavender -10 drops
Orange – 10 drops
Cypress – 5 drops
Roman Chamomile – 5 drops

Blend all in an amber bottle. Then diffuse in any room diffuser.

Mouth Injury Blend

Peppermint – 3 drops
Bergamot – 3 drops
Tea Tree– 1 drop
Myrrh – 1 drop

Blend these essential oils together, then add 2 drops to 1 ounce of water that you have added 1 teaspoon of natural (raw) honey.

Stir well. Then swish and hold in your mouth for about 1 minute before spitting out.

Repeat 3 times a day, preferably after eating.

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