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Birch Hill Happenings Aromatherapy, LLC Newsletter Vol 99

March 2007

In this issue:

Physical Ailment

Eczema - Atopic dermatitis

by Penny Keay

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Emotional Concern

Mental Fatigue – slow my mind down please!

by Penny Keay

There can be many causes of Mental Fatigue. Typically it will first be triggered by physical stress and fatigue. Pretty soon you are unable to concentrate and your mind wanders.

You cannot or are unable to focus on your project or job. You begin to feel depressed and are tired much of the time. Falling asleep is difficult. Even though you cannot focus your mind won’t shut down when it is time to rest.

Using essential oils to help stimulate your concentration and memory are most helpful at this time. Several essential oils may give you a little physical and mental pick me up too.

Some of the best essential oils for mental fatigue are Basil, Rosemary, and Peppermint. Any stimulating essential oil will be helpful but should not be overused.

The best treatment for mental fatigue is to try to get physical rest. Essential oils that are relaxing and calming are best used to help you fall asleep and get the real rest you need.

Try this stimulating blend

Rosemary – 3 drops
Basil – 2 drops
Juniper berry 1 drop
Peppermint – 1 drop

Blend well in an amber bottle then use a few drops in the shower or put in a personal Personal inhaler and inhale as needed.

Essential oils to help with mental fatigue include

Basil, cardamom, Peppermint, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Coriander, Eucalyptus globulus, Ginger, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Juniper berry, Orange, Palmarosa, Thyme, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang, Rosemary, Lavender, Neroli, Petitgrain and Lemon

Any essential oil that makes you feel good are the ones you should use.

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Health and Beauty

Soft and Smooth Lips

by Penny Keay

Nothing is nicer to kiss or see as a smile then nice soft, smooth lips. Wintertime air or any time weather can leave our lips cracked, sore and dry.

Prevention is definitely a must to keep your lips soft. Something very simple is to apply a little bit of Jojoba regularly to your lips.

To make this more readily available than carrying a large bottle of Jojoba simple put some Jojoba in one of our roll-on perfume bottles. These bottles are very versatile with the roller.

They are easily filled with Jojoba and you can add just a drop or two of Peppermint, spearmint or any of the citrus oils.

Although if you are going to be outdoors you should avoid using any citrus oils as they can cause a photo-sensitive reaction.

If your lips have become chapped you might want to add one or two of the following essential oils to your Jojoba. Roman or German Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood, Neroli or Eucalyptus globulus.

Remember only add a drop or two per 10ml of Jojoba.

Of course, you will need to try to not lick your lips too.

Before I forget, chapped dry lips are often a sign that you need to get a drink of water. You are probably dehydrated and don’t realize it.

I always get chapped lips when we are out for a day of shopping because I usually forget to take a bottle of water along with me!!

If you want to make a protective lip gloss you can make a simple gloss using

Beeswax Pearls– 1 tablespoon and 1 tablespoon Sweet almond oil.

Melt and stir these together in a hot water bath. Do not heat these over direct heat or flame.

Once the beeswax has melted add the Sweet almond oil and add 5-10 drops of Jojoba, 3 drops of Carrotseed oil and upto 6 drops total of 2-3 different essential oils.

Good oils for this recipe are listed above. Remember only 6 drops total.

Pour into a small jar and let cool. Use as needed on your lips.

You can use the above base gloss, plain too without any essential oils added.

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Around the House and Garden

Freshen Closets and Wardrobes

by Penny Keay

This time of year the closets and dressers start to take on new odors of their own. Some may not be as pleasant as we would like.

Of course, you see the commercial where they are spraying some odor beater to eliminate the odors.

Well, if you read the label closely on that product and have allergies to corn you will need to avoid it as it has corn based ingredients and of course some other unnatural stuff too.

Personally, using essential oils is natural and a much more pleasant way to deal with odors. There are many great essential oils you can use. Lavender is probably the most favorite of everyone.

But if you like the smell of cedar chests and closets and don’t have one, simply place several drops of Cedarwood on a Terra Cotta Disc or other passive type diffuser.

The simplest form of a diffuser for a closet is to place several drops on a cotton ball and pin it to a hanger.

The Terra Cotta Pendants work great for hanging in closets. You can use them as jewelry as they were meant to be used but they can also be used as a decorative diffuser to hang in your closet or wardrobe.

Although you can use any single oil in the closet you probably would be happier with a blend that has a base note oil as part of the blend. Base notes are known to have lasting power especially when mixed with your lighter oils. The lighter oils will also last longer.

Some of the better known base notes are Cedarwood, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Vetiver.

Simply mix your other essential oils with one or more of these then drop onto your passive diffuser. Let it soak in and place in your closet.

It should last a couple weeks or so but that depends on the size of your closet, how often you are in and out of it and the temperatures where you live.

Experimenting here is fun. You can try different combinations and find the ones you enjoy the most.

If you have a moth problem you’ll want to use essential oils to keep those little pests out of the closet.

Other oils to try include:

Lavender, Geranium, Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus lemon, Cajeput, Clove bud, Bay laurel, Peppermint, Patchouli, Pine needle, Sandalwood, Citronella and Lemongrass.

Please note: these essential oils will not kill any of the pests, just repel them. If you desire to actually destroy these pests, you should call an exterminator.

Have fun and I know you’ll have the best smelling closets, wardrobes and dressers than anyone in your neighborhood!!!

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Recipes to try

Cool Compress for Eczema

Roman Chamomile – 3 drops
Lavender - 3 drops
Rose Otto – 1 drop
Neroli – 1 drop

Mix all essential oils together. Then add 1-3 drops in a small basin of water.

If the body part affected is a small area, submerse in water.

If not, use a soft cloth, wet it, wring it out and apply to the area.

Since eczema affected skin is often very warm to the touch this should give some relief.

Mental Fatigue Diffuser Blend

Grapefruit – 5 drops
Peppermint – 3 drops
Rosemary – 3 drops

Mix in an amber bottle, then put several drops on a pad of a fan diffuser . Can also be mixed with 4 ounces of distilled water and used as a room spray as needed.

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Another Mental Fatigue Diffuser or Personal inhaler Blend

Basil – 15 drops
Lemon – 15 drops
Rosemary – 15 drops

Mix in an amber bottle, then put several drops on a pad of a fan diffuser . Or place several drops in a Personal inhalerand inhale as needed.

Citrus-Mint Body Splash

Orange – 10 drops
Mandarin – 10 drops
Lemon – 6 drops
Grapefruit – 6 drops
Peppermint – 5 drops

Blend the essential oils together in an amber bottle. Next in an 8 ounce PET plastic bottles put 2 ml of Emulsifier then add the essential oils. Mix (shake) very well.

Then add 2 ounces of white vinegar and again shake very well. Then fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water. Shake well before use. Splash this on after your shower. It is very invigorating and should help energize you throughout your day!

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