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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Using Essential Oils to Treat Candida Infection

Although candida treatment for men is typically the same as it is for women, it?s imperative that candida sufferers know there are other remedies for infections aside from topical creams. For instance, there are essential oils that can be used to effectively treat different forms of candida infections.

Essential oil is created from natural substances (typically plants and flowers). Essential oils have been used for centuries for perfume, aromatherapy, and for their healing properties. Essential oils are available at local health and nutrition stores; however, you will find that there are many to choose from, and not all are considered effective for treating candida.

Tea Tree Oil ? This essential oil is comprised of antiviral, antibiotic and antifungal properties. It is primarily for external use, and is applied as a topical ointment for small wounds. It is considered effective treatment for a number of candida infections including athlete?s foot, acne, and other fungal infections present on the skin.

Tea tree oil is considered a safe candida treatment for most people. However, although rare, skin irritation or rash may occur. Furthermore, tea tree oil is not recommended for pregnant women.

Eucalyptus ? This essential oil provides excellent support to the immune system, and can kill most staphylococcus bacteria, which is a bacterium that can combine with candida to create infections such as eczema. Eucaplytus provides the body with a cooling effect. It can be used topically to treat candida infections and is sometimes used in small amounts for oral supplements.

Eucalyptus is considered a safe external treatment. However, it can be extremely toxic if ingested. This is why only a small amount of eucalyptus is found in supplements. You should never ingest eucalyptus without first seeking the advice of a health care provider.

Rose Geranium oil? This oil has an antibacterial effect that has proven to be exceptionally effective as a candida treatment because of its ester content. It is an exceptional skin care product that promotes hygiene, and can be used topically as an antiseptic for fungal infections such as athlete?s foot. What makes rose geranium oil so unique is geranium can eliminate yeast without affecting natural bacterial flora. When ingested, geranium also helps stimulate liver and pancreas function, and can also sooth symptoms of breast pain in women during menses when applied topically.

This essential oil is considered safe to use and may only cause minor side effects such as skin irritation for those with sensitive skin. However, geranium oil is not recommended for pregnant women as it is known to balance the hormonal system.

Oregano Oil ? This oil is recognized for its aggressive antifungal properties and can effectively take care of stubborn candida fungal infections such as athlete?s foot, nail fungus and fungal infections of the scalp. Oregano oil can be used both internally and externally as a candida treatment.

Oregano oil also as anti-inflammatory properties and can effectively relieve pain when applied topically, as it penetrates deep into damaged skin to provide relief. This oil is considered safe and side effects are extremely rare. Oreagano oil can cause a skin irritation or rash when applied topically in those who are allergic or have sensitive skin.

Two other essential oils that are recognized for their antifungal properties and may be effective at treating candida include patchouli and myrrh.

Before taking essential oils to treat candida infections, you should consult your health care provider to make sure the oils you are considering are safe for you to take. This is especially true if you are pregnant or have any current or pre-existing health problems. In addition, you should follow all directions on products, and speak to a professional herbalist to find out what the best methods for applying and ingesting these oils are for candida treatment.

Grab your free copy of Jane Symms' brand new Candida & Yeast Infection Newsletter - Overflowing with easy to implement methods to help you discover more about albicans candida symptom and for information on anti candida diet please visit Naturally Eliminating Candida.

Essential Oil Diffuser Types

One way to make a room fragrant is with the use of an aromatherapy diffuser. Diffusion is the process by which scents are emitted into the air and subsequently inhaled. In other words, it serves as an air freshener (and can serve a great many therapeutic benefits as well!)

You may say, ?why not just use the air sprays you can buy at any drug or grocery store?? Well, you could, but since those products usually contain synthetic materials, you wouldn?t get the benefits associated with using pure essential oils.

Inhaling essential oils is believed to offer both physical and psychological benefits. As scents are inhaled, the smell travels across the olfactory nerves located inside the nose and then up into the part of the brain that controls our moods, our memories and our ability to learn. This area is called the Limbic System and when stimulated releases endorphins, neurotransmitters and other 'feel-good' chemicals. The aroma of a natural essential oil triggers this reaction.

The naturally occurring chemicals in essential oil are drawn into the lungs and can supply a physical benefit, as well. Depending on which essential oils you use, inhaling them can enable you to:

  • Relieve headache pain
  • Relieve nasal congestion
  • Relieve cough
  • Combat nausea and vomiting
  • Combat insomnia
  • Relieve depression and uplift your spirit
  • Remain alert
  • Enhance your libido

There are several types of aromatherapy diffuser devices on the market such as:

  • Electric fan diffusers
  • Candle diffusers
  • Nebulizers
  • Reed diffuser
  • Lamp rings

Cold Air Electric Nebulizers - A nebulizing aromatherapy oil diffuser is a device that breaks down essential oils into smaller molecules before dispersing them into the air. These smaller molecules are more easily absorbed by the lungs creating a greater therapeutic benefit than the other diffusion methods. A nebulizer is made up of a base that contains the motor, and a glass piece that holds the oils. (See these at Ananda Apothecary here.)

Warming Diffusers - Warming diffusers plug into any wall outlet, and evaporate the essential oil from a cotton pad. These are wonderful, inexpensive ways to enjoy the aromamatic effects of essential oils. (See these at Ananda Apothecary here.)

Electric Fan Diffuser - This method of diffusion uses a fan to blow the essential oils into the air. The essential oils are usually placed on a tray or pad within the unit and then plugged in to a power supply to allow the fan to blow the scent into the air. Traveling? No electrical outlet readily available? Try the battery operated aromatherapy fan diffuser!

Candle Diffusers - A candle aromatherapy diffuser uses a ceramic or metal bowl to hold the essential oil while a tea light or some other type of candle is used to gently heat the aromatherapy oil. The heat causes the oil to slowly evaporate into the air.

Reed Diffuser ? Reed diffusers are becoming more popular because they are asthetically pleasing. In reed diffusion, essential oil is poured into a bottle; reeds, which look like little sticks, are then inserted into the top of the bottle. The reeds become moist, absorbing the essential oils and emitting scent throughout your room. Occasionally turning the reeds refreshes the scent. The scent from a reed diffuser can last for several months.

Daphne Nelson is an aromatherapy enthusiast and owner a website dedicated to providing quality information on the benefits of aromatherapy and essential oils.

Diffusing Essential Oils

In learning to use an aromatherapy diffuser it is important to first understand the theory behind diffusion. This is the process of dispersing essential oils so that the aroma will fill an area with fragrance. There are many different techniques that can be utilized for this purpose. While simple methods do exist for diffusing essential oils in a room without using a special tool, there are also many different aromatherapy diffuser devices that can be used for more elaborate diffusion.

One of the easiest aromatherapy diffusers to utilize is simple facial tissue. By placing a few drops of essential oil of your choice on a tissue and then placing it in the room, you can quickly and easily create a wonderful fragrance in your environment. It should be noted that while this method is very easy to use and be used practically anywhere, this method will only emit a slight amount of fragrance. If you want something more noticeable, it will be necessary to utilize a more elaborate aromatherapy diffuser.

A steam aromatherapy diffuser can also be utilized place a couple of cups of boiled water and adding several drops of the essential oil of your choice into the water. This method can be used for a variety of purposes, such as freshening a room or treating a cold. Eucalyptus and Rosemary essential oils are commonly used for this purpose. There are some disadvantages to this method; however. For example, while the aroma is diffused quickly, it does not last particularly long.

Candles also prove to be wonderful aromatherapy diffusers. For this technique any candle will work. Simply light it and allow it to burn for a few minutes and then extinguish it. Place a single drop of essential oil on the melted wax and light the candle once again. The only problem with this method is that you must be extremely careful because many aromatherapy essential oils are flammable. You must make sure the oil is placed on the wax and not the wick of the candle.

There are also numerous aromatherapy diffuser products currently on the market that are quite safe and provide long lasting fragrance. One very simple aromatherapy diffuser product currently on the market is a lamp ring. These rings can be placed directly on a light bulb to hold essential oil. The heat from the light bulb will heat the oil and diffuse the scent into the room.

A cold-air nebulizer is also a good choice if you are looking for an aromatherapy diffuser that will provide a lot of therapeutic benefit in a larger space. These diffusers can output large concetrations of a pure essential oil mist. Because they do not heat the oils, they provide the most true-to-life aroma of the oil. There are also 'plug-in' warming diffusers that provide a lower concentration of oil by gently warming a pad saturated with essetial oil. They will provide the aromatic enjoyment of an oil, but not at the 'therapeutic' concentration of a cold-air nebulizing diffuser.

Toby Russell brings through his site useful, relevant help & advice for those seeking a better understanding of the health benefits of the use of essential oils and aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy diffusers can be found at the Ananda Apothecary here: Aromatherapy Diffusers.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Making Sachets of Potpourri with Essential Oils

Do you have potpourri and essential oils coming out your ears? If so, you may want to consider using them to make simple sachets as gifts. Sachets are great for tucking into bureau drawers to make your clothing smell wonderful and also can be used in closets.

To make a sachet, you will need muslin, ribbon, and some potpourri. Cut a four inch by eight inch piece of muslin. Fold it in half with the right sides together so that you make a four inch by four inch piece. Sew the two side edges and turn the muslin sack right side out.

Next, fill the sack two thirds of the way with your potpourri. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils. Then, gather the top edges of your sack and tie them off with the ribbon. If you will be giving the sachets to people who will be hanging them in closets, make a hanging loop in the ribbon. Otherwise, make a pretty bow. Add decorative elements such as fabric flowers, buttons, or bits of lace to dress up your sachets.

If you want to make the sachets a bit fancier, you can use decorative cotton fabrics or even lace to make your sacks instead of using simple muslin.

For a fun variation on the sachet, make scented kitchen hot pads as gifts. You can use store bought hot pads or make your own. If you use store bought hot pads, open a few inches on one seam and add a few drops of essential oil or herbs and spices like cinnamon or nutmeg. Then, sew the seam back up. When a hot plate of food or a cup of tea sits on the hot pad, the warmth will release the scent.

Whether you make sachets or hot pads as gifts, you will be able to give useful presents that smell fabulous.

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Essential oils that make wonderful aromas for potpourri are wild Lavender oil, Cedarwood oil, Ylang Ylang oil, and Rose oil. Of course, there are many, many oils available, and you can create any combination of scents you like! Be creative and have fun!

Treating Hemorrhoids with Essential Oils and a Sitz Bath

Preparing a Sitz Bath Using Juniper Berry and Lavender Essential oils:

If you have swollen hemorrhoids, a sitz bath can help you reduce them and speed your recover. Fill a tub with warm or hot water. Use the temperature that will not irritate your hemorrhoids. Fill it so water reaches your hips or stomach, 6-8 inches. Then add 22 drops of juniper (about 1 milliliter) and 22 of lavender essential oils into the bath.

Stir in the oils with your hand and then sit in the bath with your knee raised for 10-15 minutes three times a day. This position helps to bring more blood into your hemorrhoid area, which brings in more nutrients and to pulls out toxic waste. After 15 minutes, take a shower with water as cold as you can take.

After this sitz bath and shower, you can use one of the herbal paste or ointments directly on your hemorrhoids and leave it on over night.

Sitz bath using Shepherd?s Purse (a commonly available herb):

The herb Shepherd?s Purse can be used in sitz bath. This herb is useful in treating hemorrhoids by reducing internal and external bleeding, reducing blood pressure, relieving hemorrhoids, repairing wounds, and reducing prolapsed rectum.

Here?s how to use it: Place 1 oz of shepherd?s purse in two quarts of distilled water and let it sit for 12 hours. In the morning or evening, boil this mixture for 2-3 minutes and then strain it. Pour the liquid into a sitz tub or into a full bathtub. Stay in the tub for around 20 minutes and do this 2-3 times a day. After the sitz bath take a cold shower to stimulate blood circulation in the hemorrhoid area.

Witch Hazel and a Basin

Prepare a small tub, container or basin that you can sit in and add some warm distilled water. Add 1/4 cup of witch hazel liquid to the water. Sit in the small tub as long as you can and do it as often as you can. This will relieve your hemorrhoids in 3 to 4 days. 0r, you can freeze witch hazel into small ice cube, then wrap them with cheesecloth and press them against your hemorrhoids for 10-15 minutes every hour. This will reduce the pain and swelling of your hemorrhoids.

Use the sitz bath only for the time you need to eliminate or get relief from your hemorrhoids. Remember that using herbs longer than necessary can cause the condition you're trying to eliminate.

Author's Bio:
Rudy Silva has a Physics degree from the University of San Jose California and is a Natural Nutritionist. He writes a newsletter called "" and he has written an ebook called "How to Relieve Your Constipation with 77 Natural Remedies." You can get more information on this ebook and more hemorrhoid remedies at this site.

Resources: Pure essential oils of wildcrafted Juniper Berry and wildcrafted Lavender are available from The Ananda Apothecary. See our main essential oils page to locate these oils on our site.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Flower Essences for Women's Health and Healing

Many folks have heard of the famous 'Rescue Remedy', a blend of flower essences designed to reduce the stress of the user in tense or traumatic situations - and this formula works wonders for many people. Beyond this remedy, popular knowledge of flower essences is somewhat limited. The scope of flower essence therapy is actually extremely wide, with remedies addressing a great variety of psychological, emotional and spiritual states. Here we'll have a look at flower essences addressing 'conditions' shared by many women - remedies that may help you become more comfortable with your feminine 'power' and help you truely shine within and without!

First, a little primer on flower essences - What are they and how do they work? Imagine the brilliance of a fresh flower in bloom; it's lovely colors and vibrancy. Each flower has it own vibration, so to speak. The size, the shape, the color, the season in which it blooms, how often and for how long, etc. (Here, to get a little more esoteric, western science and eastern philosophy consider that all matter is pure energy - we simply perceive it as solid. One form of matter is distinguished from another by the vibrational pattern of the energy, which holds true when comparing one flower to another). A flower essence is really specially prepared sun flower tea. Water, it turns out, is very 'imprintable' with vibration, and thus can store the vibrational pattern of a flower. What does this mean for us humans? Well, each emotional or psychological pattern has a unique vibration, too. Flower essences have the ability to help us transform emotional or psychological patterns that may be holding us back or making us unhappy, into new, healthy patterns of living by infusing our energy with the beauty and energy of a particular flower (or flowers) suited to our condition. Here are a few essences which may help the divine feminine in reaching it's potential within you.

Alpine Lily Flower Essence: This remedy can support the acceptance of the female body, allowing the spirited female soul to truely inhabit their earthly body. Through signals from our culture or from their family, women may be uncomfortable with their bodies, perhaps rejecting the strictly feminine aspects as 'wrong' or 'bad'. This can lead to inner conflict, emotional distress, and eventually in the physical manifestation of a disease. Alpine Lily strengthens the confidence of the feminine spirit in the female body, allowing a blossoming of feminine radiance in this earthly incarnation.

Pomegranate Flower Essence: This remedy supports the expression of warm hearted feminine creativity at home or in the world. It has been used as an important remedy for nearly all 'women's issues', clearing negative emotions. This clearing can have dramatic effects where health issues are involved, as we now know the emotional state is closely tied to physical health. Pomegranate is also used as an aphrodisiac for women, alleviating insecurity related to one's sexual self. This allows confident connection to the sexual chakra, allowing freedom of expression through this channel. Pomegranate is thought to accentuate all aspects of femininity; visualizing feminine confidence may be useful when taking the essence to reveal it's full effect.

Hibiscus Flower Essence: Hibiscus can support return to a healthy state of heart and mind for women who have been sexually traumatized. It may also be of great benefit to the modern woman who has consciously or unconsciously absorbed the negative impressions of dehumanized sexuality. The flower is a great expression of beauty - the essence brings a flowing warmth through the body and soul, particularly healing to repressed or damaged sexual psychology.

Beech Flower Essence: One of the original 38 flower essences developed by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930's, Beech supports tolerance and acceptance of others by allowing one's own self-confidence to unfold. Often, if one has grown up in an environment of criticism and harsh expectation they feel inwardly vulnerable and insecure. This is often expressed later in life through harsh speech and criticism of others. Beech can also lessen the oversensitivity someone growing up in such an environment may have, tending to continue being overcritical of themselves - as above, this in turn will lessen reflecting this onto others.

Sunflower Flower Essence: Sunflower may bring a bright, strong sense of individuality, and allow this individual persona to shine forth in the world. It is often used as a remedy where the relationship with the father figure in one's life has been difficult, resulting in a repression of one's joy and light. Sunflower will also bring balance where insecurity instead manifests through self-glory and aggrandizement. Here, sunflower brings out the quality of warmth and loving compassion. In general, sunflower heals a woman's distortion's or disturbances in their relationship to the masculine, often associated with a conflicted relationship with their father in childhood.

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