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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Treating Headaches with Essential Oils

If you are looking for a natural headache relief, you can consider aromatherapy as an option. This form of relief option will be useful especially if you have to deal with chronic headaches or migraines as a part of your ongoing life. You can avoid adverse side effects when you reduce your reliance on drugs for headache relief.

Aromatherapy is an ancient healing method of using essential oils. These oils come from plants with healing properties. Essential oils can help to improve health and produce an overall feeling of well being. You can use aromatherapy essential oils in one of two ways. You can either massage them into your skin or simply inhale them. For headache relief, you will want to make sure that the oils are 100% pure.

For headaches, the essential oils that you should use include lavender, peppermint, sandalwood, sweet marjoram or eucalyptus herbal oils. Combinations of these also work well, and it is worthwhile to experiment, finding the most appealing blend for you.

Aromatherapy for headaches can be used in a few different ways. The first way is to place 2 drops of lavender on each of your temples and then rest. In about 20 minutes your headache should be gone. You can also make a facecloth into a compress by adding 5 drops of water to either warm or cold water. Then, place the facecloth in the water. This compress can then be placed on either your face or your neck while you relax.

There are other ways in which you can use aromatherapy for natural headache relief. If you have a diffuser, scent the air for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. You could also relax in a bath of 8 drops of essential oils and 1 teaspoon of unscented bath oil. Another method is to inhale the essential oils out of a bowl of hot water while your head is covered with a cloth, with your eyes closed. If you do this for 5 minutes, your headache may just go away.

Ginger is another essential remedy if you suffer from nausea together with your migraine headaches.

Aromatherapy is an effective natural headache relief that you should really consider exploring. You would need to have an understanding of the different essential oils and how to use them. Get this information from books or see an aromatherapist.

Sandra Kim Leong writes on natural headache relief. Her site contains practical ideas and reports. Please visit her site here at

Friday, April 13, 2007

An Brief Overview of Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Essential oils made from herbs, leaves, flowers, and bark is both fragrant and therapeutic (meaning they have been studied to have positive, beneficial effects on both human physiology and psychology -ed). Each aromatherapy oil has particular therapeutic properties depending on it's chemical makeup, so it?s a good idea to learn and understand a few.

Aromatherapy oil is very concentrated so only a small amount is called for in most applications - 'less is more' is a practice often adhered to in Chinese medicine, and this is most often the truth with essential oils. Once you know the thereapuetic and aromatic properties of the most popular oils you can choose your oils more effectively.

Basil is an aromatherapy oil that is both stimulating and uplifting. It has a fresh, sweet, spicy scent and it combines nicely with frankincense or geranium. Its properties include antiseptic, antidepressant, analgesic, antispasmodic, and uplifting. You can use it for bronchitis, colds, constipation, insect bites, migraine, nervous tension, rheumatism, or sinus congestion.

Bergamot is an aromatherapy oil that is both refreshing and uplifting. It has a sweet spicy scent and it combines nicely with chamomile, lavender, or geranium. Its properties are antiseptic, antidepressant, or antispasmodic. You can use it for abscesses, acne, chicken pox, colds, cold sores, cystitis, mouth infections, and sore throat.

Chamomile is an aromatherapy oil that is relaxing and soothing. It has a sweet fruity scent and it combines nicely with lavender, geranium, and bergamot. Its properties are antiseptic, analgesic, antibacterial, and a digestive stimulant. Use it for acne, blister, boils, colitis, depression, got, headaches, IBS, neuralgia, nervous tension, and rheumatism.

Frankincense is an aromatherapy oil that is relaxing and uplifting. It has a warm sweet scent and it combines nicely with lavender, rose, and neroli. Its properties include analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antiseptic, expectorant. Use it for asthma, bronchitis, colds, healing wounds, nervous tension, respiratory conditions, and skin care,

Jasmine is an aromatherapy oil that is soothing and relaxing with a warm floral scent that works well with citrus oils and chamomile. Its properties are antidepressant, antispasmodic, and antiseptic. Use for anxiety, cough, headache, mental tension, or dry skin.

Lemongrass is an aromatherapy oil that is refreshing and toning with a sweet citrus scent. It combines nicely with cedarwood, lavender, and basil. Its properties are antiseptic and diuretic. Use for colic, fatigue, muscle aches and pains, and stress.

Neroli is an aromatherapy oil that is relaxing and it has a refreshing floral scent that mixes nicely with lavender, chamomile, or sandalwood. Its properties are antispasmodic, sedative, and antidepressant. Use for depression, dry or sensitive skin, IBS, headache, nervous tension, stress, and panic attacks.

Orange is an aromatherapy oil that is refreshing and relaxing with a fresh citrus scent that combines nicely with lavender and frankincense. Its properties are antidepressant, antispasmodic, detoxifying, tonic and sedative. Use for anxiety, cellulite, depression, digestive issues, dry skin, aging skin, insomnia, muscle aches and pains, and stress.

Patchouli is an aromatherapy oil that is relaxing with its sweet spicy woody scent. It combines nicely with lavender and neroli. Its properties are astringent, sedative, and anti-inflammatory. Use for anxiety, cracked ski, depression, eczema, scar tissue, and water retention.

There are many other essential oils and there is no right or wrong aromatherapy oil. What?s important is that you choose the one or ones that you enjoy.

Get all the latest information about Aromatherapy from Be sure to check out our aromatherapy essential oil pages.

Note: This article is a reprint for your reading enjoyment; you will find detailed essential oil information throughout The Ananda Apothecary's website, with in-depth information on each oil found through the main Essential Oil Index.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Essential Oils Effective Against 'Superbug'

From the BBC News:

Tests of new machine at a hospital have found it could be effective in the battle against the superbug MRSA.
Consultants at Wythenshawe Hospital found that using a vaporiser to spray essential oils into the atmosphere killed off micro-organisms. Airborne bacterial counts dropped by 90% and infections were reduced in a nine-month trial at the burns unit.

The recipe of oils used in the machine was refined by microbiologists at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Scent Technologies, the Wigan-based company which makes the machine, developed the device to mask smells on wards but found it had a beneficial effect on infections.

The study was started after the recipe of oils was modified by the university team, in conjunction with Wythenshawe consultant Ken Dunn. "Many people will be aware that there are decades of experience with the use of essential oils to control infection," said Mr Dunn. "I think the novelty of this is putting the two researched technologies together and being able to affect a really surprisingly large area of the ward with a single machine."

There were no MRSA infections in the burns unit while the machine was being used with the recipe of oils.
In the final two months the natural essence blend was removed from the machines and MRSA levels in the air increased - and there was an MRSA outbreak in the ward.

But despite the apparent success of the trial, MRSA campaigners have urged healthcare professionals to continue with strict cleaning regimes. Bev Hurst, whose mother Margaret died from an MRSA infection, said: "If this is something that is going to help then that's brilliant. "But it has to be in conjunction with everything else - it can't just be a machine on a ward." The National Audit Office estimates hospital-acquired infections contribute to some 5,000 deaths annually. Further tests are now being carried out.

A note from The Ananda Apothecary:

Medical aromatherapists consider infectious diseases to be one of the most promising application of essential oils and aromatherapy. Some of the more powerful antibacterial and antiviral essential oils include Oregano oil, Cinnamon Oil, Clove Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Rosemary Oil, Thyme Oil and Eucalyptus Oil. There are many more; some are more specific to the type of microbe than others - this is where a qualified health professional with knowledge of aromatherapy can help you choose the right essential oil for your needs.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Essential Oils Effective for PMS Symptoms

From the KTIV Channel 4 Health Beath:

Women, you know what it's like. The bloating, cramping, and heightened stress of PMS. But there's good news, it's all about to get a lot easier. Women are slipping off their shoes. Exposing their toes and tummies, all to fight PMS. Patient Tricia Northam says, "I did it every night before bed and it made a big impact."

Tricia Northam says nothing really treated the tired and tender symptoms, so her doctor recommended aromatherapy. Essential oils, in their purest form, are tailor-made to each person's symptoms. An aromatherapist says, "For the swelling and tenderness and a little bit of sweet margarine because you tend to have muscle aches and pains." The oils are rubbed into the feet and heels and along the lower back and abdomen. It's a practice Doctor Kathy Alvarez says really works. Dr. Alvarez says, "It's a chemical that's taken into the system, goes to the brain center and can affect everything from your cognition to your actual chemicals in the body."

Tricia is proud of her PMS relief treatment, and now shares her secret with others. She says, "I know there's a lot of old science behind it but it definitely works."

Some of the essential oils used in the PMS treatment are geranium for bloating and roman chamomile for cramping and lower back pain. Scientists also did a study and found that scented lotions are not as powerful as actual aromatherapy oils.

- End of Story

We'd like to add that there are a great many essential oils that may lift the spirits and relieve anxiety as well, in a addition to relieving symptoms directly. These primarily include the aromas of Lavender essential oil, along with many of the citrus oils. The scent of lavender works well for many folks just to bring a sense of calm when you may be more suceptable to chaos in the home, whereas the citrus oils have an array of effects depending on the oil. Orange and tangerine are both very uplifting and cheerful, Bergamot is a little more calming while still being uplifting, and Petitgrain and Neroli both are used for sublime serenity. The aromatic effects of essential oils are quite personal, so we suggest trying small amounts of each oil and experiencing which oils work best for you!

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Essential Oils for Use Throughout the Day

Aromatherapy Essential Oils have proved to be very powerful in relieving many common and annoying ailments and are most definitely recommended as a more natural way to maintain good health than the modern-day drug therapy that is commonly practiced and grossly overused by our health professionals. However, the exciting thing about Aromatherapy and the use of Essential Oils is that they can easily bring about that ?Feel Good? factor at any time throughout your day?

In the m orning: If you feel dull and lethargic, a rosemary oil bath will stimulate the nervous system and clear the head. 10-15 minutes in the bath is long enough to feel the benefits. Add 5 drops to a warm bath and, mix thoroughly before getting in. If your skin is sensitive always dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil before adding to the water. If you don't have time for a bath in the morning just put two or three drops of Rosemary or Lemongrass Oil into the washhand basin full of hot water, - lean over and inhale the vapour for a few minutes and you will feel wide awake and ready to go!

At work: Offices and workplaces can often be very stuffy and can contribute to a lack of efficiency as the day wears on. Fresh air is what is needed and if you can't go out for a walk or even open the windows you can still freshen the atmosphere by using essential oils. Use either in an air-spray (as explained in our newsletter and eBooks) or by adding a few drops of oil to a tissue or ball of cotton wool. Light citrusy oils like - Bergamot; Lemon; Orange; Rosewood or Lemongrass, not only scent the atmosphere but bring a freshness and clarity and , because all essential oils have antiseptic properties, will also offer you some degree of protection from the various airborne bacteria which surround us. If you're suffering from mental fatigue, Basil oil stimulates the brain and is great to refresh your mental powers during a demanding day at your workplace or during examination swatting. It is also ideal for any long-distance driving you may have to do, or generally for anyone who has to concentrate for long periods of time. Basil oil is very strong and simply smelling the vapour of 1 drop on a tissue is sufficient to stimulate the grey matter.

Arriving home: When you realise that every part of your body has a reflex point on the foot, you will understand how, on reaching home, you can revive quite quickly by having a footbath. Just 5 - 10 minutes with your feet in a bowl of water to which you have added 5 drops of either Peppermint, Lavender or Rosemary and then gently massaging your feet will work wonders.

To Revitalise Before a Night Out Run a bath and add either Rosemary and Rosewood, or Rosemary and Bergamot, or Rosewood and Bergamot, or Ylang-Ylang and Clary Sage (6 drops in total to a bath or dilute first in a carrier oil or a little milk). Any of these combinations will uplift and energise you before going out.

And So To Bed A bath using Geranium and Lavender will help to reduce tension and prepare you for sleep. If you are having trouble falling off to sleep place 1-2 drops of Lavender or Marjoram oil on a tissue near your pillow.

I hope this article has given you a real idea of the powerful benefits of Aromatherapy and the use of essential oils. However, if you wish to learn more about this ancient and powerful art, then you can visit: Health & Vitality - where you?ll find more articles, hints, tips and advice.

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