The New Year has begun and, along with inspirations for the coming year most of us are feeling overfed and out of shape. This month we cover some digestion aids, as well as warming baths and much more. The economy has created stress for many of us. So don’t forget your stress relieving essential oils. Take a few minutes out of each day to deeply inhale your favorite oil, allowing your body to relax and your mind to know that it will all work out. Enjoy!

This Issue:

  • Oil of the Month: Dill – Go there»
  • Aromatherapy Tip of the Month: Warming Baths – Go there»
  • Resource Guide: -United Aromatherapy Effort- Go there»
  • Aroma Research: Thyme is antibacterial – Go there»
  • Book Link:  “Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy” By Suzanne CattyGo there»
  • Recipe of the month – Digestive Help – Go there»

Oil of the Month

Dill
Dill
Latin Name:
Anethum graveolens
Family:
Umbelliferae
Source of Oil:
Whole plant
Primary cultivation:
Europe, North Africa, Asia
Odour:
Licorice-like
Note:
Middle
Properties:
Antispasmodic, emmenagogue, carminative, hypotensive, bactericide, galactagogue.
Strongest characteristic:
Digestion aid
Contraindications:
(Situation in which oil should not be used) Pregnancy
Blends well with:
Lavender, lemon, orange

Dill gets its name from the Old Norse “dilla” which means to calm or soothe. The theory is that the nordic people used the herb to relieve stomach pain in babies, soothing them in this way. Dill was also used by Egyptian doctors 5000 years ago and traces have been found in Roman ruins in Great Britain. Roman gladiators rubbed their skin with dill before each match because of it’s ability to ease the mind, calm the autonomic nervous system and ability to prevent excess sweating due to nervous tension. In the Middle Ages it was thought to protect against witchcraft. In Semitic languages it is known by the name of Shubit. The Talmud requires that tithes be paid on the herb. The Bible also reports that the Pharisees were in the habit of paying this tithe.

Digestion: Dill is a wonderful oil for flatulence and gripping, spasmodic pains. You can make up a tummy blend with dill, fennel, chamomile and other carminative oils. It is also known as an insulin/blood sugar regulator.  It has been researched at Cairo University for it’s ability to lower glucose and insulin levels and support pancreatic function.  Diabetics have used it with great success in combination with fennel and coriander. Dill is useful for liver congestion, colic, hiccups and vomiting.

Blood: Dill is useful as an anticoagulant and some people feel that it is helpful when there is a risk of coronary thrombosis.

Endocrine: Dill is known as promoting the flow of milk in nursing mothers

 

Aromatherapy Tip of the Month

Warming Baths

In most places, January is the coldest month and there’s nothing better than a hot bath to chase away the winter chills. When you add essential oils to the mix, it becomes a truly healing experience. Essential oils like ginger, marjoram and rosemary can increase general circulation, easing chills and muscle tension as well as warding off the ubiquitous winter cold.

Try this recipe or make up your own.

2 drops Ginger
3 drops Marjoram
3 drops Rosemary
Blend with 1 tablespoon carrier oil and swish through the bath water when it is full. Enjoy!

 

Resource Guide

United Aromatherapy Effort

According to their web site, The United Aromatherapy Effort, ” is a not-for-profit Charitable organization born out of the September 11th tragedy. The mission of UAE is to provide stress relief and aromatherapy to relief workers during emergency work and afterwards.” The UEA collects and sends out aromatherapy products to these hard working people as well as teaming up with Emergency Response Massage International, to offer massage.

Since 2001 they have responded to many disasters, both natural and otherwise. To visit their website and see what they are up to, or to offer your assistance, please go to http://unitedaromatherapy.org/

Research

Essential Oil of Thyme is Antibacterial

Essential oil of thyme is an effective agent against Salmonella typhimurium according to researchers at the Institute of Technology and Storage of Agricultural Products, Volcani Centre, Bet Dagan, Israel.

Viable counts of Salmonella typhimurium on nutrient agar (NA) were found to decrease upon the addition of either the essential oil of thyme or its constituent thymol, especially under anaerobic conditions. Antagonistic effects of thymol against Staphylococcus aureus were also greater under anaerobic conditions. In contrast to the phenolic constituents of the oil, thymol and carvacrol, the chemically related terpenes p-cymene and gamma-terpinene had no antagonistic effects against Salm. typhimurium. However, the antibacterial action was inhibited when bovine serum albumin (BSA) was added to the medium.

Juven BJ; Kanner J; Schved F; Weisslowicz H. Fac-tors that interact with the antibacterial action of thyme essential oil and its active constituents. Appl Bacteriol (ENGLAND) Jun 1994, 76 (6) p626-31

Book Review

“Hydrosols: The Next AromatherapyBy Suzanne Catty

Hydrosols are one of the least understood products of modern Aromatherapy and Suzanne Catty has finally clarified the issue for us all covering every aspect of what a hydrosol is, isn’t as well as what it can do and how these precious substances are produced. She explores the chemistry, history and practical uses as well as covering specific hydrosol and their properties. The reviewers have raved about this book.

Every conceivable aspect that one could wish to know about hydrosols is covered . . . for the manufacturer and retailer as well. — Pamela Parsons, Holistic Practitioner, Editor, The Aromatic Thymes magazine

Performs a great service to us all in bringing forth from obscurity this aspect of plant medicine, . . . ancient and modern. — Robert Tisserand, Author The Art of Aromatherapy, Co-author Essential Oils Safety, Founder The International Journal of Aromatherapy, Principal of The Tisserand Institute

Stretches the boundaries of aromatherapy to include experiential information on aromatic hydrosols, the homeopathic marriage of herbs and essential oils. — Mindy Green, Author of Natural Perfumes and Calendula, Co-author Aromatherapy A complete Guide to the Healing Art, Director of Education, Herb Research Foundation, Boulder, CO

The sheer wealth of carefully assembled empirical data will answer many hitherto unanswered questions about how to use hydrosols. — Kurt Schnaubelt, PhD, Author of Medical Aromatherapy and Advanced Aromatherapy, Director The Pacific Institiute of Aromatherapy and Original Swiss Aromatics

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Recipe of the Month

Digestive Blend

The holidays are always tough on our digestive systems. We eat too much and all of the wrong kinds of foods in the wrong combinations. This can result in all sorts of problems from constipation to diarrhea to gas to cramping. So give your digestion a little help with this digestive formula.

6 drops ginger
5 drops fennel
8 drops chamomile
7 drops peppermint

Blend with 1 ounce carrier oil and apply, in a clockwise direction twice daily, or as needed.