This issue is oriented more toward male issues in honor of fathers day.

It is often said that Aromatherapy is more for women, but some of the greatest Aromatherapists have been men. The father of modern aromatherapy was a man – Renee Maurice Gattefosse. Then there’s Jean Valnet, Robert Tisserand, Martin Watt to name a few.. The pampering that Aromatherapy offers is enjoyed by all, but men may prefer the more woody scents like Sandalwood, Cedar, Frankincense etc, rather than the more floral notes.

This Issue:

  • Oil of the Month: TurmericGo there»
  • Aromatherapy Tip of the Month: Fathers Day Head MassageGo there»
  • Resource Guide: – Recipes, recipes, recipes! Go there»
  • Latest Aromatherapy Research: Blood PressureGo there»
  • Book Link: ” Aromatherapy: The Essential Beginning” by Gary Young Go there»
  • Recipe of the month – High Blood Pressure Massage OilGo there»

 

Oil of the Month

Turmeric

Latin Name: Curcuma Longa
Family: Zingiberaceae
Source of Oil: Rhizome
Primary cultivation: India, Costa Rica
Odour: Fresh, spicy and woody
Note: Base
Properties: Aphrodisiac, analgesic, antiseptic, anti-arthritic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-tumoral, diuretic, hypotensive, laxative, rebefacient, digestive tonic
Strongest characteristic: Digestive tonic, anti-inflammatory
Contraindications: (Situation in which oil should not be used) Pregnancy. Can be an irritant at high doses. Some people feel it can be a toxin to the nerves at high doses. Always dilute. Avoid in pregnancy.
Blends well with: Ginger, ylang ylang, Clary Sage and other spicy oils.

Turmeric has received a lot of press recently for it’s antioxidant and possible anti-tumor properties. It is one of the spices that are often added to East Indian curry dishes and the plant is prized as a source of the bright orange and yellow colors that it imparts. The people of ancient India believed that turmeric contained the energy of the Divine Mother, helping to grant prosperity, cleanse the chakras, and purify the channels of the subtle body

Skin: Insect repellant, eczema and wound healer. But do not use this oil on sensitive skin. Add a few drops to your insect repellant blend and spritz the air and your clothes. For wound disinfectant, , add 1 drop to olive oil with 1 drop of tea tree, and apply gently to the area. Jojoba and turmeric have also been used with success for eczema. 1 drop in 1 tablespoon jojoba is plenty. It is also a very effective treatment for scorpion stings.

Muscular/Skeletal: Rheumatism, arthritis pain and muscle aches.In Rheumatism and arthritis, it is better to use the oil more as a preventative, before the onset on inflammation.

Because of turmeric’s ability to increase local blood flow to an area, it can help to flush away waste products and crystalline deposits that may be causing pain. Other oils that have this ability include black pepper, rosemary, and marjoram. So in working with pain, you can approach it from two angles – that of increasing circulation, or of easing inflammation. Anti-inflammatory oils include lavender, chamomile and helichrysum. Sometimes you might want to combine oils from each category, or perhaps to start with the anti-inflammatory ones and then move onto the more stimlutating ones. This approach is how you can really work at the root level with the oils, according to which action you feel is most needed.

Digestive: Turmeric acts as a digestive tonic, stimulating peristalsis and the appetite. It can help to eliminate parasites, ease liver congestion and flatulence.

The best way to access these properties is to ingest the dried spice in your food. But you can also make a massage blend with the oil – well-diluted. Try 2 drops in 1 tablespoon carrier oil. You can add other digestive oils such as marjoram, peppermint, ginger, basil or orange.

Reproductive: Increases sexual desire, and some people feel that it is anti-tumoral with certain types of uterine cancers. Although more of this research has been done using the dried herb.

Add 2 drops turmeric to 1 tablespoon carrier oil. Black pepper, clary sage, sandalwood and ylang ylang are some other aphrodisiac essential oils. For uterine issues, you might add a drop of rose oil, as it is a powerful uterine cleaser.

Nervous Brain/ Mind: Anxiety, fear, stress and related issues, nervous fatigue, For these applications, the oil is best used in the diffuser. Alternatively, 1 drop can be used in a massage blend, combined with other oils like lavender or chamomile.

Emotional/Energetic: Depression. Also assists in creating changes and realizing your dreams.Try putting 1 drop on your pillow at night, while setting an intention regarding what changes you would like to make in your life. Because of it’s yellow color, this oil has an affinity with the third chakra, and can be used to energetically cleanse and invigorate this area.

 

Aromatherapy Tip of the Month


Father’s Day Head Massage Bliss!
Put a couple of drops of Rosemary on your fingertips and massage gently, but thoroughly into your fathers scalp. Not only will it feel wonderfully invigorating, but is also helpful for hair loss!

 

Resource Guide

Free Recipes – AromaWeb

AromaWeb is one of the largest Aromatherapy sites online, offering a great deal of information about essential oils and their uses. One of their best pages is the “Recipe Box” It offers recipes for physical and emotional well-being, cosmetic uses, holiday tips and much more. Go to: http://www.aromaweb.com/recipes/default.asp

Research

Blood Pressure

Hwang, J. (2006). The effects of the inhalation method using essential oils on blood pressure and stress responses of clients with essential hypertension. Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi, 36, 1123-34.

METHOD: Fifty-two subjects were divided into an essential oil group, placebo group, and control group by random assignment. The application of aromatherapy was the inhalation method of blending oils with lavender, ylangylang, and bergamot once daily for 4 weeks. To evaluate the effects of aromatherapy, blood pressure and pulse were measured two times a week and serum cortisol levels, catecholamine levels, subjective stress, and state anxiety were measured before and after treatment in the three groups. RESULTS: The blood pressure, pulse, subjective stress, state anxiety, and serum cortisol levels among the three groups were significantly different. The differences of catecholamine among the three groups were not significant statistically. CONCLUSION: The results suggest that the inhalation method using essential oils can be considered an effective nursing intervention that reduces psychological stress responses and serum cortisol levels, as well as the blood pressure of clients with essential hypertension.

Book Link

Aromatherapy: The Essential Beginning
By Gary Young

Gary Young is perhaps one of the most controversial characters in the Aromatherapy field today. There are many who say that he has fabricated credentials etc. Perhaps some of these accusations are true, and yet I have found an immense value in his work and the aromatherapy techniques that he teaches. Because of that, I have included his book here, and you can all decide for yourselves. The history and science of essential oils is covered as is chemistry and methods of production. But the most interesting part for me was his research on the frequency of essential oils, as well as his explanation of the “raindrop technique”.

 

Recipe of the Month 

High Blood Pressure

Regular massage has been shown to lower blood pressure and so is an excellent way to use the oils in this recipe. Alternatively, you can apply them after a bath or shower, or even use them in the bath. There are many other methods and approaches that are integral to working with this condition, such as diet, meditation and exercise.

  • 6 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Marjoram
  • 6 drops Ylang Ylang

Blend these essential oils in 1 ounce carrier oil and use daily for three weeks. After three weeks, you might adjust the oils so as not to become sensitized to them. You can alternate with oils like chamomile and lavender. Be sure to have regular check-ups with your doctor regarding the appropriate dosage for any medication you may be on.