This issue has a pregnancy and childbirth focus, which seemed appropriate for Spring!

When incorporating the oils into your life on a regular basis, it is useful to hold the question of “How can the oils help now?” It is easy to get caught up in our lives and forget that help is available. We don’t have to suffer the headache or the sunburn. It is ok to take a few moments to tend to our needs, and the oils are always there to assist.

This Issue:

  • Oil of the Month: CitronellaGo there»
  • Aromatherapy Tip of the Month: SunburnsGo there»
  • Resource Guide: Lily RoseGo there»
  • Latest Aromatherapy Research: ChildbirthGo there»
  • Book Link:  Aromatherapy for Mother and Baby– by Allison England Go there»
  • Recipe of the month – Drain openerGo there»


Oil of the Month

Latin Name: Cymbopogon nardus
Family: Graminaceae
Source of Oil: Fresh grass
Primary cultivation: Sri Lanka and other tropical areas
Odour: Citrusy, sweet, fresh and fruity
Note: Top
Properties: antiseptic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, deodorant, diaphoretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, insect repellent, (mosquitos), stomachic, tonic,(uterine, neurotonic, cardiotonic) stimulant, vermifuge.
Strongest characteristic: Insect Repellant
Contraindications: (Situation in which oil should not be used) Pregnancy. It can also cause local skin irritation in sensitive individuals.
Blends well with: Cedarwood, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, sage, and tea tree.

Citronella has several therapeutic qualities, but, in Aromatherapy, is most commonly used as an insect repellant. It is also an excellent oil to use in the diffuser, as an air freshener. It’s light refreshing scent lifts the spirits as well as keeping the bugs away.

Skin: Excessive perspiration, oily skin and hair, insect-mosquito repellent & room deodorizer. Try adding a drop to your shampoo to soothe over-active sebaceous glands. For an insect repellent, blend the following oils in 3oz water and spray liberally as needed.

14 drops of cedarwood
14 drops of citronella
8 drops of geranium
8 drops of lavender
6 drops of patchouli
4 drops of rosemary 


Muscular/Skeletal: Rheumatism and arthritis pain. Citronella would not be my first choice here, but might be a good oil to add to a blend if depression is also present.

Immune: Colds, flu, minor infections.

Digestive: Intestinal infections; intestinal parasites. Oregano is another good choice here. You might make a massage oil using 4 drops oregano, 2 drops peppermint, 4 drops citronella and 2 drops lavender in 1/2 oz carrier oil. Rub gently into the abdomen twice daily for three weeks.

Reproductive: Eases pelvic pain – particularly if it is due to inflammation. . Make a compress with 4 drops citronella in a basin of water. Soak a washcloth in the citronella water, wring out and place over the pelvis. Replace as needed.

Nervous Brain/ Mind: Fatigue, headache, clears the mind. The best way to use it for these issues is in the diffuser. Alternatively, place 1 drop in the palms of your hands. Rub your palms together and cup them over your nose, inhaling deeply.

Emotional/Energetic: Associated with the color yellow, Citronella is said to have an affinity with the 3rd chakra. It helps to strengthen the will, lift the spirits and dispel depression.

Blends well with: Cedarwood, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, sage, tea tree.


Aromatherapy Tip of the Month

For a sunburn, lavender is the oil of choice. Use it, directly from the bottle, on the affected areas twice a day. To help regenerate sun-damaged skin, Frankincense is very helpful. Try a blend of 5 drops frankincense and 1 drop rose in 1/2 ounce jojoba as a healing and regenerating facial oil. Add a little aloe vera for extra soothing.


Resource Guide

Lily Rose

Lily Rose was created by Michelle Fitzgerald, a Certified Aromatherapist, and is dedicated to making the purest Aromatherapy and Herbal products using all natural and organic ingredients. Michelle takes the time to individually bless each product and fill it with healing energy. You can really sense the difference in their quality of “aliveness”. There is a wide selection of products – spray mists, moisturizing massage oils, roll-on products for instant relief, bath salts and herbal sachets. However, what really sets Lily Rose apart, for me, is that they also welcome special requests and enjoy blending products to suit your particular needs. Michelle will work with you to create a blend that perfectly matches your particular situation, addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual levels of your being..For more information and prices, please send me an email to



Extensive study shows that essential oils reduce use of pain medication for women in childbirth

An 8-year-long British study of 8,058 mothers in childbirth showed that two essential oils, clary sage and chamomile, were effective in relieving pain and reducing maternal anxiety when rubbed onto the skin. This resulted in a decrease in opiod use from 6.0 % of women in 1990 to 0.4% of women in 1998. The cost savings was substantial. With 1592 women using aromatherapy for pain in 1997, the cost was a remarkably low $0.74 per woman spent on pain relief.

Book Review

Aromatherapy and Massage for Mother and Baby
By Allison England

Pregnancy and childbirth are a time when you really want to stay away from toxic products as much as possible. So it is useful to have alternative tools with which to address everyday health concerns. Allison England has put together a comprehensive Aromatherapeutic appproach to this special time. She covers such things as difficulty getting pregnant, pregnancy massage, oils during labor, common ailments during pregnancy, pregnancy beauty tips, and even a section on essential oil use with babies. As an Aromatherapist, registered nurse, massage therapist and a mother of five, Allison is well qualified to share with us all that she knows. Her writing is clear and, obviously informed by a wealth of experience.


Recipe of the Month 

Drain Opener

Blocked drains are very unpleasant, as are the commercial products that are used to unblock them. The following recipe works really well and is completely non-toxic.

  • 10 drops lemongrass
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup vinegar

Pour all three cups and the lemongrass down the drain and let it sit for 1 hour. Then wash it down with clean water. If necessary, repeat the procedure.