RESEARCH: Are all aromatherapy products the same?
Lots of candles and body washes are labeled “aromatherapy” but it is important to distinguish ‘chemically scented’ items and true ‘aromatherapy.’ The difference lies in that aromatherapy oils are distilled from a botanical source like a leaf or flower. The essence that results is called essential oil. It is pure and unadulterated. Often individuals have allergic or asthmatic reactions to adulterated oils (and chemically derived scents) because proteins have been added to the oils to thin them out allowing companies to get more bang for their buck. It is these proteins that encourage the reactions to occur.
(My Aromatherapy Certification Class this past week went very well. I have loads of great information which I will add to my website as time allows. I plan to continue my studies with an advanced class coming up this fall! I am looking forward to that since I have had so much success personally using essential oils in our home. It will be nice to have such training to share with others.)
OIL ESSENTIALS: Peppermint
BOTANICAL NAME: Mentha piperita
JUST A FEW OF MANY USES:
-Headaches – Rub a drop on temples, forehead, over sinuses, and on back of neck.
-Fever – Rub several drops bottoms of the feet.
-Kill aphids – Add 4-5 drops to 4 ounces of water and spray plants.
I have found that rubbing peppermint oil on sore areas of my head has done wonders in shortening the duration of my migraines. I massage the area lightly, place 1 drop of Thieves Essential Oil blend on the roof of my mouth, and lay still with an ice pack for about 20 minutes. Often this keeps me from resorting to taking an Excedrin!
I used this oil aromatically while in massage school when studying and taking tests. The scent is energizing.
Lastly, I use this oil topically on sore muscles. I massage several drops into a muscle for great smelling pain relief.
* Uses have not been evaluated by the FDA. Product is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.
* Should not be added to bath water as it will cause the body to chill.
MODALITY MINUTE: What exactly is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the use of scents for therapeutic purposes. Essential oils stimulate the limbic system which is the seat of emotion, memory, and instinct. They do this due to their molecular size which enables them to cross the blood brain barrier – something very few things can do. The naturally occurring compositions of different essential oils have different healing effects.
What aromatherapy could do for you:
– Headaches, PMS, stress, colds and flu – customized blends are available. Schedule a consultation and take home your customized blend that day.
– Watch for a brand new set of classes that will teach about essential oil properties and allow time to use the oil in creating a project.
GENTLE REMINDERS: Tea Tree Oil Can Reduce the Pain of Insect Bites
Keep tea tree essential oil on hand for summertime insect bites like fire ants and mosquitoes. The essential oil from this papery barked tree contains a chemical all its own called terpene-4-ol. This makes tea tree a highly effective anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal.
Bet you didn’t know…that the tea tree got its name when a sailor who was singing the praises of a medicine brewed for him from its leaves. He said the ‘tea’ from that ‘tree’ cured his intestinal issues!
One day I’ll have to tell you about my “fire ant incident!!”
THE MAILBAG: “I have a really sore neck. Will craniosacral help?”
Craniosacral is a gentle modality good for any type of soreness as well as for overall health. If neck pain is a direct result of whiplash, a fall, or a repetitive motion injury craniosacral can really help. Keep in mind that different people need different amounts of treatment to feel better. 3-4 sessions would be appropriate to start.
Injuries accumulate in the body. Just because you were hit by a motorcycle and thrown off you bike when you were 9, had a rafting accident back in college, and slipped during your last rock climbing outing doesn’t mean those injuries are not affecting you today. External healing may have occurred but internally your fascia and body tissue have remained twisted and tight. And NOW your neck is hurting. It could very well be related to past trauma.
Often times neck pain leads to headaches and poor posture so get checked out by a doc and then evaluate for yourself how you will pursue treatment. And consider craniosacral therapy. It may very well be what your body was needing all these years.
Have a question about massage? Send it along and I will answer it in the next newsletter.