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Monday, August 22, 2005

Prenatal Massage Oil

Emollients for preventing or minimizing stretch marks, such as oils and creams should be applied daily to the abdomen, breast, thigh, buttocks, and low back. The majority of stretching occurs in thelatter parts of pregnancy, however, it can be beneficial to nourish the skin in the earlier stages of pregnancy as well.

(Pregnant women should avoid using scented products or should use them very diluted...choose only natural, organic products while pregnant.)

Choose from rich carrier oils, such as Jojoba, Olive, Avocado, using them in combination or alone to massage the abdominal skin surface, breast, thighs, buttocks, and low back.

A favorite formula:

4 oz. Organic Sweet Almond Oil
4 oz. Avocado Oil
4 oz. Organic Jojoba Oil

***If essential oils are used, they should be in VERY diluted amounts 2-4 drops per ounce of carrier oil. If you do choose to use essential oils during pregnancy, please proceed with extreme caution.

"Calendula Caress" is a favorite among new moms as well.

Sweet Fennel

In Western and Eastern Herbalism Sweet Fennel is considered good for obstructions of the liver, spleen, and gallbladder, and for digestive complaints such as colic, indigestion, nausea, and flatulence.

Sweet Fennel has a very sweet, earthy, and slightly peppery scent.

Sweet Fennel blends well with Geranium, Lavender, Rose, and Sandalwood Essential Oils.

Recipe for a Colicky baby:

One teaspoon of Organic Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Olive, or Hazelnut Oil
One to two drops of Sweet Fennel Essential Oil
(Blended to be used as massage oil to be used on your baby's feet or as a massage oil or to be added to a bath.)

Test a small amount of this blend on the baby's skin before using.

* Sweet Fennel should not be used during pregnancy.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Sweet Fennel Essential Oil

New to Ananda is Sweet Fennel essential oil from Egypt. This rich, herbaceous and sweet oil is helpful for digestion and hormonal balance.

For digestion, a drop may be taken orally to help with overindulgence, acting as a stimlant to the digestive system and helping cleans the body of toxins.

Sweet Fennel oil is also indicated for premenopaus and menopaus-related problems. Sweet Fennel has been studied for its ability to promote estrogen production (though for this reason it should be avoided by women with estrogen-mediated breast cancer).

The essential oil is steam distilled from the crushed seeds of Sweet Fennel, a perennial herb which has been used for protection from witchcraft and evil spirits, as well and bringing strength and vitality. Click here to see more on our Sweet Fennel essential oil.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Balsam Fir Needle Oil

New to Ananda Apothecary is Balsam Fir Needle essential oil from Balsam Fir grown in Canada. This wonderful aromatic is uplifting to the mind and relaxing to the body. The aroma reminds many of Christmas time, as the Fir is brought to many households for decoration.

Noted as an analgesic and stimulant, like many of the needle oils Balsam Fir can be included in massage blends to help arthritic and stiff joints. Fir has also been used for bronchial conditions related to colds, and has been studied for its effect on clearing the air of germs and bacteria.

For more, see: Balsam Fir Needle Essential Oil


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