The days are getting cooler now and soon it will be the holiday season. If you have ever smelled pine needles and instantly recalled Christmas, then you know how influential smells can be in locking in memories. In this issue, we have a blend for Halloween. This year, you could make up your family’s signature blend for each holiday as it comes. Then, year after year, you will build aromatic memories.

This Issue:

  • Oil of the Month: Vetiver
  • Aromatherapy Tip of the Month: Paint Removal
  • Resource Guide: –Aroma Tours
  • Aroma Research: Tea Tree Oil
  • Book Link: “Advanced Aromatherapy” by Kurt Schnaubelt 
  • Recipe of the month – Halloween Diffuser Blend

Oil of the Month  

Vetiver

Vetiver
Latin Name:
Vetiveria Zizanoides
Family:
Gramineae
Source of Oil:
2 year old roots
Primary cultivation:
India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka
Odour:
Rich and earthy, woody, reminiscent of Patchouli
Note:
Base
Properties:
Antiseptic, antispasmodic, rubefacient, circulatory stimulant, fixative
Strongest characteristic:
Grounding and relaxing
Contraindications:
(Situation in which oil should not be used) None
Blends well with:
Clary sage, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Rose, Ylang Ylang and Patchouli

The name Vetiver comes from the Tamil word which means “Hatcheted up” and is a description of the way in which the roots are collected. The oil is a thick amber liquid with a scent that improves with age. The roots have been used in Indian households for centuries. The fibers of the grass are woven into aromatic mats that are used to sleep on. The vetiver roots are used to repel insects and are layered among the clothes. The root is used to make blinds and window screens necessary to shield the intensity of the sun.

Overheating : Because of it’s relaxing properties, Vetiver is helpful in releasing heat and thereby easing headaches, heatstroke and fever.

Skin: Vetiver is beneficial for acne, cuts, eczema, dry skin, wounds, aging skin and irritated skin.

Circulatory System: Because Vetiver stimulates the circulatory system, as well as providing an anti-inflammatory effect, it is often used for arthritis and rheumatism. It has also been noted to have an effect on lowering rapid heart rate and breathing, helping return the cardiorespiratory system to a calmer state. Muscle aches and strains are also benefitted by this oil.

Endocrine System: Vetiver is said to provide stimulation to the endocrine glands (in cases of estrogen and progesterone insufficiency associated with premenstrual syndrome as well as menopause)

Immune: Vetiver is a tonic for the immune system, and may generally support a weakened system, due to physical and mental exhaustion..

Spiritual/Emotional: Vetiver essential oil is used for emotional grounding and stabilizing the emotions. It is considered relaxing to an overheated, hyperactive mind and nurturing to an insecure self-identity. The oil is suited to the type of individual who constantly strives for perfection, but who loses touch with the ability to absorb and replenish, not letting things just be. It is also useful for anxiety and depression, and insomnia, particularly if these are due to overthinking, as Vetiver helps to move our energies out of our head.

Aromatherapy Tip of the Month


Paint Removal

If you’ve ever used oil based paint, you know how nasty it is to use mineral spirits to clean it off your skin. You can just feel the toxins penetrating your skin! Lemon essential oil is a much healthier alternative. Just apply a few drops directly from the bottle and rub. The paint comes off with ease. It also works for latex paint and any sticky, gooey mess, whether it’s on you or a table etc. I also use lemon oil when my daughter gets crayons on our wooden kitchen table. The colors dissolve with ease, with no scrubbing necessary.

 

Resource Guide

Aroma Tours

If you go to http://www.aroma-tours.com/, you will discover a veritable feast of aromatic vacations. The theme is sensual and exotic and the locations include Tuscany, Provence, Bali, Turkey and more. Wander through fields of lavender, or exotic Istanbul spice markets. Truly, these are vacations for the aromatically dedicated.

Research

White blood cells activated by Tea Tree oil

Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia), a traditional herbal medicine originally used by the Aboriginal Australians to treat bruises, insect bites, and skin infections is an effective antiseptic. According to researchers at the Department of Research, Lombard, USA, the oil works by activating white blood cells, the body’s first line of defence.

Rediscovered in the 1920s as a topical antiseptic, Tea Tree oil has been found to be more effective than the drug, Phenol, and is one of the most popular aromatherapy essential oils used by aromatherapists and sold over the counter in the UK.

Although previous studies have demonstrated that Tea Tree oil has antiseptic and antibacterial qualities, until now, the effects of Tea Tree oil on human white blood cells have never been fully investigated.

Using crude oil and the purified “active” component, the researchers carried out specific tests on human white blood cells monitoring changes in the cellular patterns and activity.

The results showed that the Tea Tree oil caused an increase in the activation of white blood cells in the blood serum. The report concluded that one reason why Tea Tree oil appears to be such an effective topical antiseptic is the beneficial effect it exerts activating white blood cells.

Source : Biological activity of Melaleuca alternifola (Tea Tree) oil component,
terpinen-4-ol, in human myelocytic cell line HL-60.
Budhiraja SS; Cullum ME; Sioutis SS; Evangelista L; Habanova ST
J Manipulative Physiol Ther, 22:447-53, 1999 Sep
Related links : tea tree oil

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Book Review

“Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy”
By Kurt Schnaubelt

Kurt Schnaubelt is a chemist and one of the pioneers in the scientific study of Aromatherapy. This book provides a clear understanding of the scientific reasons why essential oils are so effective, as well as explaining the chemistry of the oils in easy to understand ways.. Drawing on a wide range of research, Schnaubelt gives practical, repeatable treatment options for a variety of ailments. In addition to the more common applications that are used here in the US, he outlines the more European approaches, such as internal use, suppositories etc.

If you are wanting to take your study of Aromatherpy to the next level, then this is an excellent place to start.

Recipe of the Month 

Halloween Diffuser Blend

Here’s a great Halloween blend to diffuse through your house. If you don’t have a diffuser yet, click here, to buy one.

Place the following in your diffuser:

10 drops of ginger
10 drops of cinnamon
6 drops of nutmeg

Add more as needed.