In many states, March is still quite a cold month. So wrap up warm and remember to use the sunny oils like lemon, orange and tangerine to remind you of the sunshine to come.
Oil of the Month: Helichrysum
Aromatherapy Tip of the Month: Snoring Help
Resource Guide: Earth Solutions Scent Inhalers
Latest Aromatherapy Research: Lavender & Rosemary
Book Link: “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy” by Valerie Ann Worwood
Recipe of the month – Insect Repellent
Oil of the Month
Latin Name: Helichrysum Italicum
Source of Oil: Flowering tops
Primary cultivation: France, Spain, Yugoslavia
Odour: Sweet and herbaceous
Properties: Anti-inflammatory, stimulates new skin cell production, antispasmodic, antiseptic, liver tonic,
Strongest characteristic: Skin regenerative
Contraindications: (Situation in which oil should not be used) None
Blends with: Rose, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Sweet Marjoram, Vetiver and Lavender
Helichrysum is also known as Everlasting because it’s flowers retain their color long after drying. It is also known as Imortelle because of it’s amazing cell regenertaive properties. The word Helichysum comes from the Greek root helios, meaning sun, and chrysos, meaning gold, referring to the beautiful gold color of the plant’s flowers. It is important to note that there are many varieties of Helichrysum and it is the Helichrysum Italicum that has the most potent effects.
Skin – Helichrysum has become the oil to use for all kinds of skin trauma, from bruising, to inflammations, dark circles under the eyes, scars and cases of sensitive and inflamed skin.
Bruises – Apply 1-2 drops directly onto the bruised area.
Dark circles – Try 2 drops helichrysum in 1 tablespoon jojoba. Appy daily for several months, being careful to avoid the eyes themselves.
Scars – Helichrysum can be miraculous here. Make up a blend of 1 ounce Rose hip seed oil with 15 drops helichrysum. Apply this blend twice daily to the scar for several months. You can also use this blend forstretch marks, wrinkles and for eczema.
Respiratory – Helichrysum helps to clear out mucus from the lungs, ease the spasms of coughing and soothe inflamed lungs. For general respiratory ailments, try a steam inhalation using 3 drops helichrysum in a basin of water. You can also make up a blend using 5 drops Helichrysum, 6 drops eucalyptus and 3 drops tea tree in 1 ounce carrier oil and massage the chest and upper back.
Muscles and Joints – The anti-inflammatory properties of the oil come into play here.
Painful muscle blend – 7 drops helichrysum, 5 drops lavender 4 drops chamomile in 1 ounce carrier oil. Massage onto painful area as needed.
Rheumatoid arthritis – 9 drops helichrysum, 5 drops lavender, 3 drops yarrow in 1 ounce carrier oil. Apply gently to affected joints
Candida and Immune System – Research has shown that helichrysum is active against candida and helps to boost the immune system. For this you might use it in the bath, or in a full body massage. Try a blend of 5 drops helichrysum and 4 drops tea tree in 1 ounce carrier oil. Use as the massage oil or use 1 tablespoon in the bath.
Digestive – Helichrysum is a liver tonic and so can be an effective aid in clearing congestion in this area. Try a warm pack over the liver area, using 3 drops Helichrysum in a basin of warm water. This can also be a good detoxifier.
Emotional – Helichrysum is believed to stimulate the right side of the brain, improving creativity as well enhancing dreams. It helps to uncover buried emotions and restore memories that have been lost. It is also reported to generate more third eye activity, boosting intuition and visualization. Depression, addictions, nervous exhaustion, (particularly that relating to mental stress) can all be benefited by this oil. For these uses, inhalations, baths and massage are all appropriate methods of application.
Aromatherapy Tip of the Month
Many people struggle with snoring each night. Whether they themselves snore, or the person next to them does, it can create feelings of desperation as each night drags on.
Aromatherapy can offer some valuable help in the form of Marjoram. This humble oil has given people miraculous results when it comes to nighttime difficulties.
Inhale the oil directly from the bottle before you go to sleep and then, using a non-heat producing diffuser, diffuse 10 drops of marjoram throughout the bedroom during the night. Sleep well!
Earth Solutions Scent Inhalers
Earth Solutions is a company founded by holistic physician David Epstein D.O. His vision was to educate consumers “to recognize that subtle aromas, natural ingredients and positive thoughts are necessary elements to enjoy a life of good health.” A socially and environmentally conscious company, Earth Solutions supports farming cooperatives that grow and distill their own plant extracts.
They sell a wonderful selection of Aromatherapy products, my favorite of which is their inhalers. “Scent Inhalers work to help users deal with health, habits and emotions on two levels. One is the blend of essential oils – all natural, plant derived extracts with known benefits that address the body’s needs on a physical level. Affirmations are the other important ingredient – for if you are reminded to think positive, you will be in a better position to deal with issues involving health and wellbeing.” These inhalers are so handy because you can put them in your pocket and take them anywhere with you. It is a powerful way to make Aromatherapy part of your day.
To go to their website, please click here: Aromatherapy Scent Inhalers
Inhaling Lavender and Rosemary effect the brain in different ways.
In an article published in the International Journal of Neuroscience, EEG brain wave patterns were analyzed to help show how the inhalation of two essential oils affects the brain. Inhalation of lavender resulted in decreased alertness (increased beta waves). Subjects reported feeling more relaxed and less depressed. The inhalation of rosemary resulted in increased alertness (decreased alpha and beta waves). Subjects reported feeling more relaxed, though alert, and less anxious.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy
By Valerie Ann Worwood
Valerie Ann Worwood is one of my favorite Aromatherapy authors as she has so many wonderful recipes. Her book, “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy” is stuffed full of practical suggestions and recipes for almost any health condition you can think of. She has a sections on travel, natural perfumes, health care and body care for women and men, aromatherapy in the office and much more. She even covers gardening with essential oils and pet care. To me, this is an essential resource for all those working with essential oils.
Recipe of the Month
Spring is here and the insects are stirring. This is a great blend to keep them at bay. Blend the oils with 3 ounces of water in a spray bottle 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