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Aromatics as Amulets

An amulet generally refers to an item that affords the wearer protection or the quality that has been attributed to the amulet. Amulets can be items like jewellery, symbols, gemstones, crystals and even words.

I consider essential oils to be worthy amulets as the energy of each oil worn by someone is passed onto or absorbed by the wearer or user of each oil. I tend to carry a couple of oils in my bag and roll them or dab them on me as I need. They can be diffused into your home or personal space or worn on your person. Annointing yourself with oils is another way and can be applied to the chakra points for extra influence.

People often seek oils or blends that possess a quality that will assist or support them during an event, situation, or period they are moving through.

A psychic or energy healer might anoint themselves with an essential oil to afford them protection. Sandalwood & Jatamansi rubbed into the brow or third eye chakra is well known as a tool for meditation to help quieten the mind.

We might diffuse oils into our home to protect against infection and illness and yet in doing so we will also change the energy within that space. Every essential oil is multidimensional, each oil has many different elements that affect us physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and energetically. It is as if one drop sends out a vibration that alters the universe in a gentle and subtle way.

Essential oils are believed to be the life energy of the plant. Pure essential oils are vital, they retain the life and spirit of the plant they are sourced from. The oil is no longer the plant but has become a potent source of energy that is born from the plant and possesses qualities of that plant. We as humans respond so well to essential oils and other forms of plant medicine because of our interconnectedness with all living things/beings on this EARTH. It is because of this interconnectedness that we will always intuitively know which oils offer the best support. Even when we use the practical Tea Tree essential oil to remedy a health issue we are also working with the “energy” of Tea Tree.

It is not always a case of being attracted or repulsed by an aroma that can guide us to an oil that is helpful to us. Our desire to heal can move us beyond our dislike of an aroma simply because we know & understand why it will benefit us.

I believe that working with intent and knowing why you are using a particular oil can help us work with essential oils on a deeper level, yielding better outcomes.

Alot of what we do today is diluted. Often traditional plant medicine required invocation through speaking/ chanting words and performing ritual to really empower it.

In practice I get quite a lot of requests to provide personal blends that offer the wearer the qualities attributed by each oil. If someone is seeking a source of protection, for instance they are living/working in situations where there is a lot of negative energy, I would use Vetiver in the mix.

A drop of Vetiver applied to the solar plexus region is said to provide protection. Great for those who absorb too much of others energy or those who require psychic protection. Vetiver is also believed to attract abundance. Vetiver is an oil you might use when undertaking a lot of inner work

Here are some examples of some of the oils I might employ when customising amulets for people;

If you are looking to uplift & create positivity; bergamot, sweet orange, ylang ylang

To offer protection from external forces; vetiver , galbanum

To invoke all forms of love; ylang ylang, rose, sweet orange, jasmine,

To invite peace, joy and happiness; sweet orange, bergamot, mandarin

To centre or find balance; geranium, patchouli

To cleanse a space: any citrus oil (lime is used to banish evil spirits), frankincense, peppermint, rosemary &to spearmint

Is there an essential oil  you are particularly drawn to?   Do you know why that is?

Oftentimes the reasons may be numerous;  offering us support emotionally (for example) as well as healing us physically.


Aromatherapy Home Remedies

Why not soak your feet?

A Foot baths is an inexpensive and effective home remedy that is very easy to prepare. Home remedies can prove quite useful when treating non serious health conditions.

Hot foot baths are not recommended for those with serious problems of the vascular system such as Peripheral Artery Disease or those with a loss of sensation in their feet as experienced by some people with Diabetes. If in doubt, please check with your Doctor. A consultation with a Health Professional can determine the cause of any existing symptoms.

It used to be quite common for people to reach for their tubs, buckets or bowls for a good old foot soak if they had a cold, a chill, or suffered with corns or struggled with sore feet. There are many more health issues that benefit from a foot bath including fungal infections, poor circulation, smelly feet and fatigue.

What you need:

  • A heatproof bowl that is both large & deep enough to fit the length & width of your feet. It is important that the vessel you use allows full immersion preferably up to the calf muscle. I bought a second hand stainless steel stock pot many years ago which I use for the sole purpose of inhalations and foot baths and it works a treat.
  • A clean towel placed on the floor next to your foot bath to dry your feet on.
  • See below on what to add.

Hot or Cold?

The temperature of your foot bath is determined by your reason for having the foot bath. Both can act as stimulants and sedatives depending on how long you leave your feet in the water. A brief soak (3mins) will stimulate and a longer soak will relax.

Cold water acts as a stimulant when you leave your feet submerged for a short period of time eg. a few minutes. Cold water will cool the body down in turn provoking the body to respond by heating up. To improve circulation regular foot baths may prove helpful. Soak feet briefly (up to calf muscle) in cold water, remove and rub vigorously with a towel or alternate soaking your feet in cold water and then in hot water to increase circulation.

Hot water can act as a sedative warming the body and also improving circulation. Soaking your feet in a lovely warm/hot bath promotes a great sense of relaxation. Hot water would suit foot baths when someone has a chill, a cold or sore, tired feet. A warm bath would be suitable for softening corns and a foot bath somewhere closer to cold might be better suited for fungal infections.

What can you add to your foot bath?

Items from the kitchen might include; Salt (epsom, common white salt, Himalayan), bicarbonate of soda, oats, ginger, lemon, lime, cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar, coconut cream.

Dried and Fresh Herbs might include Chamomile, Lavender, Sage, Chaparral, Pau D’Arco, Rosemary, Mint, Lemon Balm, Rosemary and Basil.

Essential Oils (Directions: Combine 3-4 drops Essential Oil with 1 tablespoon of plant oil eg Olive Oil from your kitchen – add to bath and swirl around in water to mix) Essential oils will impart a beautiful aroma in addition to their therapeutic benefits.
Consider Cypress, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Palmarosa, Tea Tree, Vetiver.

  • Tea Tree & Palmarosa can be used in combination to treat fungal & other tropical infections of the feet or infections within the fingernails or toenails.
  • Ginger, Cypress & Lemon are useful when looking to improve your circulation.
  • Lavender & Vetiver are both calming and sedating . Great to use at bedtime.
  • Tea Tree, Eucalyptus & Lavender are effective when you’re unwell with a cold, virus etc.

Different types of clay may be added to your foot bath. Kaolin Clay is reputed to have an electrical charge which draws toxins from the body. Green Clay is a great option for detoxification and is useful when wanting to calm inflammation.

Activated Charcoal has been used to purify water, reduce inflammation,detox, remove splinters and treat infections such as boils.

**TIP: When you perform a steam inhalation, don’t throw the water away. Allow it to cool and use it as a foot bath.**

Dr Sandi Rogers ED,D, ND – Herbal Teas & Remedies to restore wellness (2012)

Did you know that common white kitchen salt thrown into a bath may provide some relief  for the itch associated with some skin rashes including those of viral origin such as Chicken Pox.

Be creative. If you are someone who uses foot baths, feel free to share what goes into yours.

*Information provided in this post is not intended to replace any suggested treatment recommended by a Professional Health Provider.

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Mini Workshop 3rd April, 2016

Sunday, 3rd April  10am – 11am

Aromatics for Wellbeing, 88 Leigh St West End  Workshop: Essential oils for cold/flu season Cost: $25

As the seasons change and we approach the cold/ flu season it is handy to know some simple techniques you can use at home to help reduce and ease the symptoms.
Would you like to know more about how to use essential oils to treat the symptoms associated with the common cold and other mild respiratory complaints? Are you the caregiver in your household?  Are you interested in a more natural approach to health?
We will discuss what essential oils to use and how essential oils can be used:

  • as a preventative,
  • to treat symptoms and ;
  • to clean up following illness.

I will also demonstrate how to use essential oils safely in the following applications:

  • Steam inhalations
  • Foot baths
  • Oil rubs
  • Diffusions
  • Bath/shower
  • simple cupping techniques as a decongestant
  • Hot /cold compresses.

Handouts will be provided.
This workshop is limited to 6 places, so please register your interest with me via email:  Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the workshop. Anna

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Mandarin Essential Oil

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This lovely smelling oil has flown off the shelf this past month. People have discovered its ability to promote sleep, quell anxiety and calm restlessness in children. Although Mandarin has a well earned reputation as being a “child’s remedy” it is still useful to adults.

My Mandarin Essential oil (Citrus reticulata) is grown and distilled in Australia.

Like most citrus oils, Mandarin is an effective tonic for the digestive system. It is useful in calming an upset stomach, cramps, flatulence and constipation.

Mandarin oil is also used in massage blends to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy. It can also be used on skin that is prone to acne, oiliness and congestion.

How to use;

Mandarin essential oil is great to diffuse through the house late afternoon/early evening to calm restlessness in children and also to encourage sleep. Mandarin can also be applied to children 2 years and over ( see dilution table below) The oil can be applied to the soles of their feet and their bellies.

People have also told me the addition of Lavender has helped with improved sleep in them and their children.

Topical application over the stomach will help with digestive issues, encouraging sleep, soothing nerves and preventing stretch marks during pregnancy. It can be applied to the face to help with congested, oily, acne prone skin.

Place a couple of drops into a tissue and inhale as needed.

Safety Information:

Essential oils should never be used on premature babies. Essential oils are not always appropriate for use on or around babies, please check with an Aromatherapist.

Mandarin must be diluted before applying to the skin.

Dilution guide:



2-6 years old

2 drops essential oil per 10ml of base oil

6-10 years old

4-6 drops essential oil per 10ml of base oil

11-15years old

7-9 drops essential oil per 10ml of base oil


10 drops essential oil per 10ml of base oil

*Mandarin essential oil is safe to use with small children, the elderly & pregnant women.

Mandarin is not considered *photo toxic when used on its own. Be aware of other oils if using it within a blend.

Store Mandarin essential oil in its dark bottle with the lid closed properly in the fridge. If your essential oil becomes oxidised it may cause sensitisation to the skin and lose some of its healing benefits.

Remember avoid contact with eyes and area around the eyes

Here is some feedback I have received from people using Mandarin essential oil;

The Mandarin worked really well when I went to the Dentist the other day, I rubbed some into my belly and put a couple of drops into a tissue and tucked into my bra. It worked a treat and the Dentist was impressed.” – MM

You may have just put a stop to my too long a time with no sleep!!!! Mandarin oil = lifesaver! I have used Mandarin oil for the last two nights in a diffuser in the boys rooms and you would not believe it!! They have slept all night in their own beds. My two year old has never done this and my 9 month oil is normally restless all night. I am shocked” – Shay P

I mixed the Mandarin with Lavender in Sweet Almond oil to create a blend that I apply to my face and feet at night time and I have had the best sleep ever in my life. “ – JH

Here are five (5) simple ways to look after your Essential Oils :

  • Always keep your essential oils in dark glass bottles and store them in an area that is cool and dark. Always keep them out of direct sunlight and places like a hot car or a warm, moist bathroom. Citrus oils like Mandarin are best stored in the fridge.
  • Ensure lids are always secured. Never leave the lids off for long periods of time. Child safety lids can be used on oils like Eucalyptus.
  • Avoid contamination of your essential oil by not allowing direct contact between the dropper and your skin.
  • Do not allow water to make contact with the dropper. If water enters the bottle the quality of the essential oil may be compromised.
  • Make sure your essential oils are labelled correctly with its contents and use by dates. If label is damaged or unclear, handwrite a new one.


Battaglia, S “The complete guide to Aromatherapy” The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, 2003 (p226-227)

This essential oil is a superstar 
Fragonia (Agonis fragrans) not only smells divine it has a multitude of benefits for those who encounter it.

Fragonia has a floral aroma mixed with what I can only describe as an Australian Bush smell 

#Fragonia has a reputation for being a peacemaker for those who need to make peace within their personal relationships.

It is said to bring up in a gentle manner the stuff that needs to be dealt with and helps us to make peace and release the negative patterns you might be stuck in.

On a physical level, Fragonia is said to help with PMS issues.

It is calming and soothing to the mind. 
Fragonia is also helpful as an anti-infectious oil. It can be added to steam inhalations to tackle infection and congestion. 
Fragonia is considered safe  for use on children, the elderly and with pregnant women.

10ml - $19.00 
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Making Peace in 2016 with Fragonia

Happy New Year to everyone…

Fragonia, (Agonis fragrans) is an essential oil that has me well and truly hooked.

Endemic to the South West side of Western Australia, this shrub, produces an essential oil that has very exciting properties.

Not only does it possess a beautiful aroma, it is highly regarded for its abilities within the field of energetic medicine.

Fragonia has a reputation of being “the peace maker”. It is said that the use of Fragonia essential oil can help reveal and heal old patterns & unresolved issues within your life & relationships.

Its aroma is calming. It has that unique Australian bush smell with subtle citrus and floral notes.

It offers many benefits on a physical level as well. It is considered useful in boosting immunity and helping to combat respiratory infections & congestion due to its expectorant qualities. In the case of respiratory issues it would be useful to include Fragonia in steam inhalations and chest/lung rubs.

Fragonia is a useful essential oil for women who suffer with menstrual complaints. When treating menstrual issues, ideal areas for topical application of essential oils is over the lower abdominal area and lower back.

It is also said to influence dreams so a small amount of Fragonia applied before bedtime might make for some interesting dreamtime adventures. I have had some exciting feedback from people who are using it already.

For those of us who are struggling to let go of old emotional issues or are tired of repeating cycles in our lives, Fragonia may just help you make those changes with ease.

It is considered safe for use on children, the elderly as well as with pregnant women.


Guba, R 2008 – “A New Australian Native; Fragonia Essential Oil – Agonis fragrans” – Essential News, Essential Therapeutics Vol 20, January 2008

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#Five Best #Essential Oils for #Stress and #Anxiety
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FIVE Essential Oils for Stress and Anxiety

As we journey through this wonderful life we are often met with challenges and difficulties that can create feelings of stress and anxiety. This is for the most part, unavoidable and a necessary part of the human experience.

* Prolonged or sustained feelings of stress and anxiety especially ones that seem to be without basis can indicate more complex issues. In these instances it might prove helpful to work with a qualified health professional trained to help in these areas.

There is no doubt that Inhaling particular aromas can help us relax, make us remember a moment or a place, move us or even repulse us. Beyond the response to the smell, inhaling pure Essential Oils can alter our breathing patterns, alter our heart rate and balance our nervous system.

When we inhale, molecules from the Essential oil enter and travel to the back of our nose where it mixes with our olfactory cells. Electrical signals are then sent to the olfactory bulb of the brain. A lot of the molecules are breathed back out but some enter our bloodstream via the lungs and move around our body for a number of hours before being eliminated.

It is therefore important to choose a natural oil over a synthetic oil. Price is not always the best way to determine the purity of an Essential Oil.

I have listed Five Essential Oils that are highly regarded for their ability to relax and calm. It is important that the person using the Essential Oil must find the aroma appealing.


Lavender is very useful in targeting unproductive stress. It is balancing in its action and is also used to help people sleep due to its calming and sedating benefits. It is an essential oil used to lower blood pressure and also addresses feelings of anger and distress. Lavender is very useful when you have a child that is very upset or fearful. If the child is very small, Mum or Dad can apply the Lavender to themselves so the aroma is available.


Patchouli is a grounding oil and one that is often chosen to help centre oneself. It is very useful in reducing feelings of anxiety and creating a sense of calm. I find Patchouli is a very reassuring and confident aroma that helps us keep our feet on the ground.

Sweet Orange:

An uplifting yet calming Essential Oil that invites sunny, happy feelings of positivity. It eliminates feelings of stress and tension. Very helpful when you wish to calm a nervous stomach (the butterflies) Consider Sweet Orange when feelings of apathy are present. It invites playfulness and easiness.


Frankincense slows down and deepens the breath making it a perfect oil to use in meditation. It is a very calming and relaxing Essential Oil. Its purifying and cleansing aroma is ideal for those who need to let go of the past and heal old wounds. Frankincense is an old world incense and is also good for space clearing.

Ylang Ylang:

Ylang Ylang is a very useful oil for people who are experiencing heart palpitations or tachycardia. It helps to slow and regulate the rhythm of the heart. I have seen this work on a number of occasions. This oil should be used in small doses as its luxurious aroma is potent. Long term use of this oil may also negate its benefits. Ylang Ylang has a deep relaxing effect on the nervous system. Ylang Ylang invokes feelings of euphoria and joy. It is also helpful in releasing feelings of anger, anxiety and fear.

Where are some of your favourite points to apply oil? I often roll essential oils onto my wrists and then deeply inhale from my skin. I also tend to apply to my temples over my forehead and third eye area when I need clarity or am looking for a moment of peace amidst the chaos.

I currently sell 10% dilution 15ml True French Lavender and 15ml Patchouli roll ons in amber glass. Easy to carry around in your bag or pocket. They are pure single origin essential oils blended in Pure Cold Pressed Sweet Almond Oil. Not only do you benefit from inhaling their calming aroma you can make good use of them as remedies for other health issues. They are both sold at $15.00 (AUD) each.

I would love to hear from you on what Essential Oils you call on in times of stress or when you are feeling anxious.

Feel free to share with me on Facebook or right here.

Take care,
Anna x

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Got a Cold? – 5 Simple Aromatherapy Treatments you can do at Home

COLD & FLU season is definitely upon us here in the Southern Hemisphere.

Here are 5 Aromatherapy treatments you can perform at home.

  1. Body rubs – apply diluted Essential Oils over the following areas ; throat, back (lung area), chest, nape neck – Application should be gentle. Rub in to the skin in a stimulating manner to create warmth and if heavily congested in chest, gently perform a cupping action over the lung area on the back. *See suggested dilutions below
  2. Steam Inhalations see here: How to perform a steam Inhalation These are ideal for clearing congestion in the upper and lower respiratory system.  It also allows the Essential Oils  access where they can act as an effective antiseptic.  Turn your head to the side so that you can steam and clear the ear area as well. Why not be smart and use the left over water for a ……
  3. Warm foot bath see here: Why to soak your feet?  Make sure to put some socks on afterwards to keep warmth in.
  4. Add oils (remember to dilute in milk/coconut cream) to your warm bath or drop 3-4 drops onto the shower floor during a warm shower and inhale.
  5. Diffuse oils into the immediate environment using a diffuser / oil burner or spray bottle – a great way to continually clean the air in your immediate environment as well as dispersing therapeutic benefits.

**Super simple tip: Inhaling Eucalyptus directly from the bottle or dropped into a tissue and inhaled is a great way of unblocking a nose.

*Suggested Dilution for topical application:

Children aged between 2-6 yrs the maximum amt is 3 drops of Essential Oil per 10ml of base oil

Children aged between 6-15yrs the maximum amt is 4-5drops of Essential Oil per 10ml of base oil

Adults 15 years and over 6-9 drops per 10ml of base oil

Suggested Essential Oils to use: Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lavender, Ravensara, Niaouli, Rosalina, Peppermint Eucalyptus, Atlas Cedarwood, Black Pepper

#Essential Oils #Natural Therapy
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Aromatics as Natural Therapy

Derived from plants in a way that maintains therapeutic integrity, Essential Oils provide numerous healing benefits to people.

Natural Therapies differ somewhat to Modern allopathic Medicine in its approach to treatment and its ideas about what constitutes health and wellness. I believe the healing potential and possibilities of Plant Medicine are not yet fully realised in societies like mine who have as a general rule turned towards modern medicine as the acceptable and trusted way to heal. The perception of what “health” actually is varies greatly amongst many.

Human beings throughout history have always had both a direct and indirect relationship with plants. Plants are alive, they are vital. Books have been written on plants’ ability to communicate. Plants are energy, just like us. When we use them for our nourishment we are absorbing their energy.

The Human body is powerful & has amazing healing potential

Nourishing, moving and resting our bodies & minds are all fundamental to good health. Our bodies do require extra assistance at different times throughout our life. Stress, chemical toxins, pollution, poor quality of food, injuries and pressures within our personal & professional lives can all start to affect our health. Many of us have heard stories of people who have recovered from conditions, illnesses and situations that they were not meant to heal from or even survive.  People have walked again, had their vision restored and even come back to life when families have been advised to turn off life support systems. They have overcome their supposed fate by many different means – and the solutions are often not singular. A strong belief, a change of perspective, a spiritual belief, meditation, a change in diet, the use of a particular medicine, the introduction of specific movement can all play a major part in the healing process.

Intention is a powerful tool..

I believe that when using Essential Oils it is important to know why you are using them and what they are good for. I always inform people of why I have chosen oils and what they are used for whether it is making a remedy or performing a massage. Just as we understand that when we are eating oranges they contain Vitamin C or fruit and vegetables are high in fibre we are acting with intention and sending the right message to our bodies.

How Essential Oils work:

Preventative Role: The practice of preventative medicine requires us to do everything we can to maintain a sufficient level of health and avoid serious illness. The daily use and application of Essential Oils is a very effective way to practice preventative medicine. Essential Oils have a broad spectrum of therapeutic benefits. They act as effective antiseptics preventing the spread of germs and infection. Some such as Niaouli, Tea Tree, Palmarosa and Ravensara strengthen and develop the immune system. You can also use them on areas of the body that are vulnerable such as lungs to protect against further damage or decline. For e.g. daily application of Frankincense oil over the chest/lung area. Weekly steam inhalations strengthen and repair the respiratory system especially good for those who are regularly affected by chest infections or sinusitis. *Niaouli (CT viridiflora) has been used to protect the skin from “radio epidermatitis” during radiation therapy. (Schnaubelt: p179)

Supportive Role: Essential Oils might be employed to assist in the elimination of toxins from the body during an illness thereby having a supporting role. For eg. During a respiratory infection such as a cold the body must also eliminate excess mucous. The body will naturally do this through sneezing and coughing. There are some ways we can help speed up elimination that will prevent as well as clear congestion and avoid secondary infections. We can use Essential Oils through inhaling, steam inhalations, body rubs, cupping over the chest and topical application over swollen lymph nodes. The antiseptic and antimicrobial properties of essential oils provide a great amount of  support to contain and minimise the spread of infection. Certain oils such as Neroli, Rose and Lavender can support us emotionally during times of grief or when recovering from major surgery.

Treatment Role:The right use of essential oils in certain instances can provide immediate relief and resolve a problem. This might appear on the surface to mimic ” a modern medicine” approach, however there is more at play. I will explain using the following examples:

Example 1: For instance the application of neat or diluted Tea Tree to a pimple, boil, ingrown hair or an infected toe nail can provide results fairly quickly. What you may not be aware of is that in addition to removing the unsightly infection, reducing the pain and draining the pus the Tea Tree is providing additional benefits. Tea Tree fortifies the immunes system enabling the body to be more efficient at fighting infection. It is a very useful anti fungal, bacteriacide and antiviral helping to combat the original infection. Even after you have completely cleared up the site of infection you can continue to use Tea Tree daily by applying it topically or incorporating it into your daily shower or bath to ensure the body fully heals and also to maintain a sufficient level of immunity.

Example 2: One of the health issues some women will often experience as PMT (pre menstrual tension) is breast congestion and tenderness. Geranium essential oil applied over the breast area can quickly resolve this issue. Not only does Geranium provide relief breaking down congestion and alleviating pain its effects continue beyond this.  Application over the abdominal area will also help with bloating.

Geranium Essential Oil has a well earned reputation of being a “balancer” It balances the emotions through its ability to reduce stress. It regulates hormones making it useful in creating balance in menstrual cycles and menopause. The regular daily application by women of Geranium essential oil to the abdominal area and lower back can restore an internal balance thereby preventing future issues.

All Essential Oils have an effect on the body, mind and spirit. They are not the sole answer to wellness. Wellness requires us to meet the needs of our body, mind & spirit through positive action.

Not only do Essential Oils provide a broad range of health benefits they do not come with all the harmful side effects when used correctly.

General safety recommendations to consider:

  • Essential Oils are for external use only unless directed by a Qualified Aromatherapist
  • As a general rule Essential Oils should be diluted before applying to the skin. Some oils should never be used on small children and if unsure you should always check.
  • For children aged between 2-6 yrs the maximum amt is 3 drops of Essential Oil per 10ml of base oil
    For children aged between 6-15yrs the maximum amt is 4-5drops of Essential Oil per 10ml of base oil
  • Always avoid contact with eyes.

References:  The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, Schnaubelt, K; 2011

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Black Pepper Essential Oil

Black Pepper – Piper nigrum

I recently watched a spice documentary ” The Spice Trail” on SBS  which featured black pepper.  It spoke about how well sought after it once was and as a result how expensive it became, even labelled as ” Black Gold”.   Nowadays this everyday spice is one, most of us take for granted.  The birthplace of pepper is Kerala in India.  It is an important spice used in Ayurvedic medicine.The Ayurvedic Doctor on this programme mentioned that Black Pepper was a very good decongestant!

unnamedFresh pepper…

Black Pepper is warming and stimulating.  It chases away feelings of apathy and energises the body and soul.  It motivates and  gives strength to the mind and the body. Black Pepper Essential Oil has many uses within Aromatherapy.

I add Black Pepper Essential Oil to a massage blend if someone is in pain and their mind and body is fatigued. The oil provides pain relief to the muscles,  joints and nerves.  It is also useful in clearing bruises especially when combined with Arnica.

As most people are already aware, Black Pepper has an affinity with the digestive system.  Black Pepper Essential Oil alone or added to other oils such as Peppermint, Ginger, Lavender, Fennel & Sweet Marjoram will help allay problems such as indigestion, trapped wind,  constipation, flatulence, burping and nausea.

Plus I will now be using it in decongestant chest rubs…

#EATYOURGREENS market greens - greens are such a handsome botanical!
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An active approach to health

Are you active when it comes to your Health & Wellbeing?
There are many different ways we can create better health for ourselves and our families. Here are some ways you might take those steps:

  • Eating nutrient rich food most of the time & avoiding processed foods & known allergens
  • Exercise: Regularly engaging in an activity such as yoga, fitness, riding, tai chi
  • Tonics & Supplements: Taking Vitamins, Minerals and herbal tonics
  • Mental Health: Meditation, positive thinking, socialising with people who make you feel good, laughing & taking time out to rest and rejuvenate.
  • Emotional Health: Acknowledging your emotions and meeting those needs in a healthy and responsible way.
  • Spiritual Health – Nurturing the relationship between yourself and your chosen spiritual beliefs
  • Avoiding Toxins – Choosing non toxic items to use or have in your house and life and reducing exposure to dangerous chemicals and poisons.
  • Getting a high quality level of sleep.
  • Drinking sufficient water throughout the day.

They say prevention is better than the cure. In trying to avoid health problems, we must try as best as possible to take care of ourselves. This means taking action. The type of action is usually quite simple as I have mentioned in the list above.

I love how easy Essential Oils are to use. They provide amazing benefits in improving our overall health and wellbeing. Not only can they treat physical symptoms, they can deeply influence us on an emotional, mental and spiritual level.

Essential Oils are also amazing at developing the immune system, stopping the spread of germs and fighting various bacteria and viral infections. Using them daily can prove very helpful in creating better health outcomes for you and your family.

I reach for Essential Oils often and not just in my work as an Aromatherapist. Prior to becoming qualified, I used Essential Oils at home on myself and my family and have done so for well over 15 years.

Let me give you an example of what I use them for:

Skincare – I add Essential Oils to my facial oil, my shampoo and conditioner and use them as my deodorant and perfume.
Woundcare – I reach for the Lavender & Tea tree for tiny cuts, grazes, insect bites & to clean the site after splinters have been removed.
Illness – Steam inhalations, diffusing, body rubs, baths, compresses,nasal inhalers
Stress – Diffusing oils in my immediate environment, inhaling and applying to my pulse points
Rest – Diffusing, inhaling and applying oils to help me sleep and /or relax
Cleaning – Using oils to wipe down surfaces, mopping floors, clothes washing

The body and mind are powerful. As a result we have the ability to bounce back and adapt to many things we are exposed to. Yet, at certain times we might find doing this a little harder and need some extra help. This can happen during times of extreme stress, illness, through poor food choices, lack of sleep and exercise. This is where Essential Oils can really help. I have quite a bit of feedback from people saying that since they started using oils on themselves and/or in their home, their ability to tackle health issues has improved. For example, colds don’t last as long, health issues are easier to manage and pain has ceased.

Applying or exposing yourself to specific Essential Oils daily can assist in your body’s ability to fight against illness etc. They can help us to relax and sleep by promoting calm and balance. They can restore balance within the female body with periods and PMT. They can also assist in reducing the severity of symptoms associated with viral & bacterial infections and colds. They are helpful in many more ways than I have mentioned plus an individual Essential oil can have a multitude of uses.

There are many things we can do each day to create better health. Most are really simple and when done consistently we are rewarded with improvements to our health. Some won’t be quick fixes and others will provide immediate results. Our health is valuable.

Create better health through taking action – This will never be a decision you will regret.

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Take care of yourselves,