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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Calendula Oil in Calendula Caress

Calendula essential oil is a soothing therapeutic oil distilled from pot marigold. Its uses are varied -- from soothing minor skin disorders like pimples and dry chapped lips to curing snakebite. Calendula's medicinal properties have been explored for centuries. It was discovered that a great deal of calendula's effectiveness lies in its antioxidant properties.

As an antioxidant, calendula extracts protect the body from damage caused by an immuno-suppressing function called oxidation. Calendula essential oil has been proven to aid in wound healing. Combined with olive oil, it becomes an excellent salve even for serious burns, bruises and cuts.

Can the Oil be Used for Psioriasis?

Psoriasis is an extremely difficult skin disease to treat. It is a dermal infection characterized by inflamed lesions on the skin covered by a silvery white scale. Psoriasis may be noncontagious, but it could also be deadly, especially if left untreated. Studies show that an estimated four hundred people die of psoriasis-related diseases every year in the United States alone. Occurrences of psoriasis are most common among Caucasian females, and rare among those with darker skin. Often, psoriasis strikes at an advanced age, and there are indications that it may be a genetic disease.

How can calendula essential oil help in treating this disease? This oil's antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties may be the answer. Calendula could ease the inflammation of the lesions and slow the spread of the disease. Related to this, calendula extracts are used as additives in antiseptic mouthwashes and gargles that treat and prevent mouth sores. Calendula extracts have also been proven to help in treating hemorrhoids.

Other Properties of Calendula Oil

There is almost no way to get 100% pure marigold calendula essential oil. This makes calendula essential oil an infusion and not a pure extract. Nonetheless, the warm golden oil is said to be completely non-toxic and highly effective in treating nearly every sort of skin disorder. Oil distilled from various breeds of calendula may vary in efficiency, but in general marigold calendula is recognized to be the most therapeutic kind.

Calendula essential oil is a popular element of an aromatherapy massage. Aside from its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to help heal wounds, it refreshes and regenerates the skin. Some recipes use calendula essential oil to treat dermatitis, sore feet, ringworm, and diaper rash! It is something that seems so innocuous, but has such a lot of diverse uses.

J. Martin is the webmaster of the Aromatherapy Spot, your source for information on aromatherapy. This article came from the aromatherapy essential oils section of the site.

Calendula oil is available at Ananda Apothecary here: Calendula Caress Essential Oil and Flower Essence Blend

Sunday, September 25, 2005

The Fire Element

Chakra: Ten petal Manipurna (lustrous gem) chakra

Animal: Dragon

Dynamic: Yang, active, masculine.

Color: Yellow

Emotion: Anger, passion.

Sense: Sight.

Taste: Pungent.

Energetics: Overcomes inertia; moves upward. Transforms and transmutes raw material into energy, light, power, and warmth.

Lessons: Wemust align ourselves with the Divine. "Personal will must not be inconsiderate, manipulative, abusive, or selfish." (Dr. Farida Sharan). Transformation and change are a natural part of evolution.

Positive earth energy: Fire is used for transformation, healthy digestion, excellent sight, willpower, accomplishing goals and directing vision.

Imbalanced fire energy and challenges: Anger, jealousy, power strugles, manipulation, domination. Too much is destructive. Too little creates apathy.

Healing of fire energy: Saunas, sun bathing, sweat lodges, nutrition, exercise, moxibustion, heat treatments, fasting, and massage. Positive fire energy allows for joy, laughter, and creative transformation.

Location in body: Digestive organs.
Imbalances can be factors in digestive difficulties, heart attacks, diabetes, heat and energy imbalances. Excess can cause liver and gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, and stomach problems. Shortage creates an inability to digest food, a dampness, cold, general apathy and lack of energy. Absence of passion. And an inability to transforma and change.

Fire essential oil recipe:
Orange (6 drops)
Rosemary (3 drops)
Black pepper (2 drops)
Marjoram (1 drop)
Basil (1 drop)
Lime (1 drop)
Cinnamon (1 drop)

The Water Element

Chakra: Six petaled Svadhisthana (sweetness) chakra

Animal: Whales

Dynamic: Yin, feminine, receptive.

Color: Orange

Emotion: Desire, repulsion, attachment, flow.

Sense: Taste

Taste: Salty

Energetics: Movement towards or away from something or someone. Wave motion. Based on attraction or repulsion. Creates an effect of action or inaction.

Lessons: We must learn to flow with the natural rythms of the Universe. We learn to adapt and adjust and transform as we follow the natural flow along the path of least resistance.

Positive water energy: Loving sexuality that allows for true expression of deep emotions and feelings. The ability to nurture oneself and others through touch, warmth, grace, understanding, and love.

Imbalanced water energy and challenges: Lust and other out of balance emotions that ignore the needs of others; ignores social boundaries; is never satiated. Lack of emotion that is caused by either repression, suppresion, or denial of basic goodness.

Healing of water energy: Contact with the oceans, waterfalls, streams, rivers, and moon energy. Baths, showers, enemas, cleansing, liquid fasts, emotional healing.

Location in body: Reproductive organs, urinary tract organs and glands, bodily fluids. An excess of the water element can cause water retention, perspiration, urinary tract challenges. A shortage of the water element can cause dryness, thinness, dark scanty urine, a lack of perspiration, and a sense of lack.

Water essential oil recipe:
Geranium (6 drops)
Sandalwood (4 drops)
German Chamomile (2 drops)
Roman Chamomile (2 drops)
Ylang Ylang (2 drops)

Spike Lavender Essential Oil

Ananda Aromatherapy has added Spike Lavender to its essential oil line. With similar medicinal properties as True Lavender but without the demand from the perfume industry, Spike is offered at a lower price. Our Spike Lavender originates from Spain, the plant's native region.

It is a bit more herbaceous in aroma, like Lavender crossed with Sage. It may be in fact a stronger anticeptic, and a bit more stimulating than true Lavender as well. It certainly commands a place in the Aromatherapy home medicine kit for its wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties.

Suitable for use in a diffuser, Spike Lavender may be helpful particularly with upper resperatory infections when inhaled.

Read more about Spike Lavender essential oil here.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

The Earth Element

Chakra: Four petaled Muladhara root chakra.

Animal: Elephant

Dynamic: Yang, active, masculine, richness.

Color: Red

Emotion: Fear, anxiety, panic, worry, terror, instability.

Sense: Smell

Taste: Sweet

Energetics: Grounding, heavy, supportive, stable, disciplined, crystalizing, downward.

Lessons: Gounding, manifesting, limiting.

Positive earth energy: Health, abundance, prosperity, strength, security,

Imbalanced earth energy and challenges: Fear, clinging, possesive, insecure, survival without rigidity.

Location in body: Sacrum, bones, coccyx, adrenals, sciatic nerve, legs, perineum, large intestines. An imbalance in Earth energy can lead to weak bones, adrenal problems, shaking and a loss of balance. An excess can lead to kidney or gall stones, constipation, arterial hardening, bone &/or spine problems, sciatica, tension in musculature.

Healing of earth energy: Contact with the earth; grounding exercises, mountains, minerals, nurtrients, forward folds and Hatha Yoga, Exhaling. Eating cooked root vegetables and other mineral rich naturally sweet earth foods.

Earth oil recipe:
Cedar (4 drops)
Vanilla (4 drops)
Juniper (4 drops)
Frankincene (2 drops)
Jasmine (2 drops)
Orange (2 drops)
Vetiver (1 drop)

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Aromatherapy for Pets

Pets can enjoy the therapeutic effects of aromatherapy as much as humans can. Aside from possibly eliminating bad odors and giving your pet a pleasant perfume, essential oils also serve many practical functions such as boosting your pet's immune system, fighting off bacteria and viruses, preventing the growth of yeasts and molds and repelling insects.

Aromatherapy is used by enthusiasts, groomers and pet salons to trea mild ailments such as skin inflammations, itchy skin ear infections, rashes, bad breath, flatulence and motions sickness. Psychologically, certain oils also have a calming or relaxing effect on animals. For example lavender oil not only helps kitties repel insects but it also makes them feel sleepy or content. Roman chamomile can be used to treat an ear infection as well as soothe the nerves of a dog in pain.

Essential oils are also frequently used as home remedies. However before you attempt to use aromatherapy on your own pets, keep in mind that essential oils are always diluted before they are applied to a pet's skin or sprayed on their coat. Almond oil, olive oil and jojoba oil are common base oils to which a few drops of the essential oil is added. Usually all that is needed is about one ounce of the base oil combined with two to three drops of the essential oil.

Essential oils can also be diluted in a spray bottle and misted onto the pet or the pet's bedding. You can simply dilute a few drops in distilled water or you can use water and a mixture of aloe, witch hazel or cider vinegar. The traditional recommendation is to use 20 to 30 drops of oil per eight ounces of liquid. Any less might not be effective and any more might be toxic to the pet.

Oils can also be diluted in vodka or brandy and dabbed on the bottom of the pet's paws or on an acupressure point such as the tips of the ears. This is the technique to use if you are dealing with a panicky pet. Never feed your pet alcohol or essential oil directly.

Essential oils are also effective flea and tick repellents and are nearly as effective as sprays and powders that contain a lot of toxic chemicals. Oils such as peppermint, citronella, lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, geranium, bay and myrrh have been components of herbal flea sprays and flea collars for many years. You can easily make your own flea and tick spray by combining about 25 drops of any of these oils into eight ounces of water. Shake the mixture well and spray it on your pet, being careful to shield its eyes from mist. This mixture can also be sprayed anywhere that you suspect there may be a breeding bug infestation.

When using essential oils it is also essential for you to remember that a dog or cat's sense of smell is much more acute than our own. Signs that an aromatherapy treatment is too overwhelming for your pet are tearing eyes, sneezing, pacing or whining. Cats may lick themselves excessively and dogs may rub their head on the ground in order to escape the smell. Many pets also have allergies to essential oils. For instance, chamomile is related to the ragweed plant, which is a common allergen for both pets and humans. This is why it is so important to use a mild solution at first and use your powers of observation the first few times you use an essential oil mixture on a pet.

******* (c) 2005 Liz Santher - All Rights Reserved

Liz Santher is a aromatherapy enthusiast and freelance author. *******

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Aromatherapy Candles - How to Select the Right Scent

Feel sad, tired, or a little bit stressed? Something as simple as an aromatherapy candle could help you relax and feel happier. But not all scented candles have this effect. Let's find out how to select an aromatherapy candle that can lift your mood.

When you burn an aromatherapy candle, it releases small quantities of essential oils. The chemicals penetrate your body and effect your brain in a certain way. Of course an aromatherapy candle can't cure severe depression or anxiety, but it definitely can help you to relax after a busy day at work.

Not all scented candles have a therapeutic effect. For the proper effect, only quality essential oils should be used. Essential oils are derived from plants and herbs. An aromatherapy candle should have display a label that reads "pure essential oils"

Top quality scented aromatherapy candles are made from soy wax or bees wax, not paraffin, which is the material most commonly used in cheap scented candles. It has several disadvantages - being petroleum based it releases harmful soot, which leaves ugly, dark spots on your furniture and is harmful when you inhale it. So it doesn't make much sense to add quality natural essential oils to candles made of paraffin. Look for soy aromatherapy candles.

Which scent gives what effect?

For mental alertness and improved memory Ginger essential oils are known to promote courage, confidence, to clear the head and improve memory. So if you have a load of work or study in front of you, a ginger scented aromatic candle is a good choice. Ginger scent also helpful if you feel purposelessness, confused, or lacking direction.

Relaxation Lavender is one of the most popular scents used in aromatherapy, and for good reason - lavender will help you to relax, feel peaceful, and feel comfortable. It soothes both body and soul. Another scent for relaxation is tangerine, which not only helps you to let go of your troubles but also energizes you and makes you feel happier.

Fight anxiety Bergamot, lavender and sandalwood are said to help, if you are having anxiety attacks

Aromatherapy Candles - How to Select the Right Scent by Tanya Turner

To combat stress If stress is a constant part of your life, try to burn a chamomile, lavender or sandalwood scented candle. They produce a calming effect

For a happy mood If you are feeling sad for no apparent reason, a bergamot scented candle can lift your mood. Bergamot has many effects - it helps you to calm down, relax and feel happy.

An aromatherapy candle can make you feel happier in many ways. The essential oils not only interact with your body, but seeing a warm and peaceful candle and inhaling a pleasant smell also has a positive psychological effect. Give yourself a treat.

Tanya Turner is a candle-making expert and a founder of, where you can find information about all types of candles, how to make them and where to get best aromatherapy candles

Aromatherapy Candles

Aromatherapy Candles - Do You Know How to Use These 14 Key Essential Oils? by Justine van Zyl

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years, largely for medicinal purposes. Although the medical emphasis started to decline about 100 years ago, aromatherapists stayed focussed and have been studying the effect of essential oils on the body and brain for hundreds of years.

Although the cosmetic and perfume industries had become the major users of essential oils as mainstream medical interest declined, the pendulum started to swing back in 1928, when René-Maurice Cattefossé first used the term aromatherapy. Other pioneers helped foster renewed focus on essential oils, and there is now greater interest than ever in their use for cosmetic, therapeutic and spiritual purposes. Today's aromatherapists can call on at least 90 essential oils, which can be used either singly or combined. Naturally, in this modern age, they are cautious in their recommendations and claims - but they themselves are convinced believers.

Aromatherapy Fragranced Candles

Candle makers have recognised this renewed interest, and provide a wide range of products for those who want to combine a love of candles with an interest in aromatherapy. Obviously, the candles do not give as intense an effect as the direct application of an essential oil, but instead provide a more subtle influence. As they burn the candles release a continuous stream of vaporized essential oils into the air, which you absorb as you breathe. First they stimulate the olfactory nerves that lead from the nose to the brain, and then they enter the bloodstream and travel throughout the body. And depending on what you want to achieve, there is probably an oil that will do just what you want it to.

The Abbreviated List

A list of 90 different oils is a bit much for a non-expert to absorb, so here is an abbreviated guide to some of the more common oils, and their associated recommendations:
  1. Bergamot - extracted from a citrus fruit. Used to fight depression, and reduce stress and fatigue.
  2. Chamomile - calming, refreshing, antiseptic.
  3. Eucalyptus - stimulant, antiseptic. Recommended for treating coughs and colds. Used as insecticide and germicide.
  4. Geranium - good for the skin, recommended for depression. Found in window boxes (particularly in Europe), it is a good household insecticide.
  5. Jasmine - anti-depressant, antiseptic. Used to overcome anxiety and depression.
  6. Lavender - the world's most common essential oil, used since the Middle Ages. Relaxes, calms, antiseptic.
  7. Neem - extracted from an Indian tree and is used primarily in health and beauty products. Said to be anti- almost everything - antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal and antihistamine, among others. One of the major essential oils.
  8. Neroli - derived from orange blossoms. Said to be calming and good for treating insomnia.
  9. Orange - another product from the orange tree, this time pressed from the skin of the fruit. Relaxes and calms, and is often mixed with other oils.
  10. Oregano - another of the majors, with just as many "antis" in its list of properties as Neem oil.
  11. Rose - pricey, as all who encounter it in skincare products will know. Also an antiseptic and anti-depressant.
  12. Rosemary - physical and mental stimulant, but also very relaxing at the end of a stressful day.
  13. Tea Tree - derived from an Australian tree, it has a wide range of uses, and at one stage was even in military first-aid kits. Another of the major essential oils.
  14. Ylang Ylang - very fragrant, relieves pain, eases anxiety, aphrodisiac.

Even Aromatherapy Soy Candles

These, and many others, are available in a wide range that includes aromatherapy soy candles. Of course, sampling this list might lead to a storage area loaded with a large variety of candles. But when it comes to aromatherapy candles, can you really have too much of a good thing?

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

How Perfumes Make You Sexy

How Perfumes Make You Sexy by Janice Wee

What attracts you to the opposite sex?

What makes a guy and a girl fall in love?

Is it the way they look?

Things they have in common?

A special connection?

Or is it the way they smell to each other?

Actually, the way you smell plays an important part in the mating game. It is true in the animal world. Like it or not, it is also true among people.

Ever heard about pheromones?

That is the secret of sexual attraction.

In the animal world, pheromones attract member the opposite sex irresistably when the animal is in heat. Think about the female cat who attracts male cats in droves, who fight over her when she is in heat.

Among insects, a starving cockroach on the verge of dying from hunger would rather follow the source of pheromones with the hope of mating, rather than go for the food that would save his life.

Humans are not spared from the effects of pheromones either. That fuzzy feeling a woman gets near the presence of her special guy could well be due to pheromones. Likewise, men are attracted to a woman, by her looks, her personality, and the pheromones she produces.

Everyone has a million apocrine glands whose sole function is to produce a smell. These only become active upon puberty. Upon sexual maturity. A sex scent, if you will.

Did you know that in certain parts of the world, during village dances, girls would hold slices of apple in their armpits while they dance. Then, they would offer the sweat soaked apples to the guys they fancy.

Perfumes as we know them were first used by Egyptians to embalm the dead bodies of mummies. Later, perfumes were used before sex. To get both parties in a more romantic mood.

Jasmine, patchouli, sandalwood, rose, ylang ylang and a number of other aromatherapy oils used in perfumery are known for their aphrodisiac properties.

I remember reading an amusing incident about a guy who used sandalwood as a sore throat remedy. It has an interesting side effect. It increased his libido significantly. That means sandalwood perfumes do make you sexier.

Patchouli has a sweet, very strong, musky scent that is considered very sexy. On its own, it is the kind of scent you either love or hate, as it can be overpowering, but when blended into a perfume with other notes, it gives the perfume a sexier feel.

Ylang ylang has a strong, womanly scent. Ylang ylang can be overpowering but when used lightly or in blends, it is said to put one in a romantic mood. Ylang ylang perfumes are ideal for that romantic night out.

Jasmine perfume has a very sensual fragrance. Jasmine essential oil itself exerts an effect on a female hormones. It is used in aromatherapy to balance hormones and to boost confidence. Jasmine is popular in perfumes as it has a strong erogenous effect on people.

Then there is musk which on its own, is a potent masculine scent. With other scents, it might be barely detectable yet it gives the perfume bouquet an air of mystery. Even the lightest, most flowery perfumes contain a trace of musk.

Perfumes are often used like pheromones, for that aphrodisiac effect. Look at all the perfume ads. They usually center around romance, or seduction.

Going a step further, perfumes also make you feel good about yourself. Many women buy perfumes for the sheer beauty of the fragrances. Perfumes can make you smell wonderful. They can make your shower a luxurious experience. You set out to face the world, knowing you smell simply fabulous and that gives you that confidence which is really sexy.

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