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The Magick of Aromatherapy and Essential Oils
« on: April 20, 2009, 05:36:20 PM »
How many times have you smelled a particular aroma, or blend of aromas and instantly have a flood of memories wash over you because it triggered a long forgotten time in your life?  Who amongst us hasn\'t smelled chocolate chip cookies baking and not been transported back in time to a place in our childhood when life was sweet and simple,  and our only worry of the day was if that cute little curly haired boy in our class liked us?  (and in case you\'re wondering..... no..... I don\'t have chocolate chip cookie essential oil!! lol)

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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2009, 05:36:39 PM »
The power of aroma is something that cannot be denied, but a lot of the time it is something that many of us seem to not take notice of during the course of our busy lives.   We\'re so wrapped up in all the worries and necessities of daily life that we quite literally forget to stop along the way and smell the roses.   If  we only knew the soothing properties that actually comes from the scent of a rose, perhaps we wouldn\'t walk past them in such a hurry.

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The Magick of Aromatherapy and Essential Oils
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2009, 05:36:53 PM »
Whether you are aware of it or not, or even if you just plain ol\' don\'t believe,  I want to help you see that certain smells have the ability to promote healing of our body, mind and spirit and also to help improve the general well being of our mental outlook on life.   Not only do the scents themselves help promote healing of our minds, but certain oils applied to our skin have the powers to heal and improve it\'s appearance.  Think about it....... what did our ancestors  use before all of these chemical based products came onto the market?   They used plants and trees.  They used the  leaves,  bark,  pulp and the oils that came from them.   Why reach for a spray can of chemicals to soothe that sunburn when all natural lavender oil and aloe gel can do a better job?   The lavender oil and aloe will actually HEAL the sunburn, and be honest, wouldn\'t the wonderful aroma of the lavender make you feel better while it\'s healing?  In this case it serves a double purpose,  because it heals the skin and relaxes our mind at the same time.

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The Magick of Aromatherapy and Essential Oils
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2009, 05:37:04 PM »
I would like to share with you some of the many wonderful properties I have learned about the wonderful art of aromatherapy.  I will give you a basic working knowledge of which oils blend well with others, and which ones clash and cause an upheaval in our senses.   I will share some of my own personal \"recipes\" for several blends of oils that can help in a myriad of daily uses, from anything such as deterring and banishing pesky head lice (yuck!) to other things like soothing a burn; uplifting depression; skin care; home environment and also a sexy blend of my own favorite \"love potion\".  :)  I\'ll give you a list of \"must haves\" that you should have on hand at all times for your own home emergency kit.

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The Magick of Aromatherapy and Essential Oils
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2009, 05:38:57 PM »
Before beginning, perhaps now is the time for a  few basic definitions of some words or phrases you may come across several times in the course of this article.

ESSENTIAL OIL: An essential oil is extracted from certain species of flowers, grasses, fruits, leaves, bark, resins, roots and trees.  Do not be fooled by \"perfume\" or \"fragrance\" oils, as these are usually man-made and contain little to no actual oils of whatever it is supposed to smell like.

AROMATHERAPY:  A method by which the use of certain essential oils are either combined or used alone to promote healing & well being by applying the oils directly to our body or by inhalation.

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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2009, 05:40:30 PM »
SYNERGY:  Combining two or more oils to bring about a more powerful effect than using just one oil.  Mixing them together creates a chemical compound that is different from the lone oil itself.  An increased potency can be attained with a synergistic blend without increasing the dosage.

CARRIER OIL or BASE OIL:  An oil that has basically no aroma and can be used to dilute the highly concentrated essential oils, so as to use them for massage.  For example:  You may only need one drop of a particular essential oil for a particular treatment.  Obviously, one drop won\'t go very far, so it is mixed with a carrier (base) oil to cover a larger area. Base oils are vegetable, nut or seed, many of which have therapeutic properties of their own.

The following is a list of some oils that can be used as a carrier oil,  and some of their uses, depending on which particular problem you are trying to address:

    * Sweet Almond: good for all skin types. Helps relieve itching, soreness dryness and inflammation.
    * Apricot kernel: all skins types, especially prematurely aged, sensitive, inflamed and dry
    * Carrot: premature aging, itching, dryness, psoriasis, eczema.  Reduces scarring.
    * Corn: soothing on all skins
    * Evening Primrose: multiple sclerosis, menopausal problems, heart disease.  Excellent for treating psoriasis and eczema.  Helps prevent premature aging.
    * Grapeseed: all skins types
    * Hazelnut: slight astringent action; good for all skin types
    * Jojoba: inflamed skin, psoriasis, eczema, acne, hair care, all skin types; highly penetrative
    * Olive: rheumatic conditions, hair care, cosmetics; soothing
    * Peanut: all skin types
    * Safflower: all skin types
    * Sesame: psoriasis, eczema, rheumatism, arthritis; all skin types
    * Sunflower: all skin types
    * Wheat germ: eczema, psoriasis, prematurely aging skin; all skin types

I realize that several of the oils I have listed above are useful for a lot of the same things, but not all oils are available in all places, so I wanted to make sure you had a lot to choose from.   However, most of these shouldn\'t be too hard to find, with some of them being available in most grocery stores.

When shopping for essential oils, look for shops that cater to natural and health concerns like a health food store or a shop that deals strictly in essential oils.  Stay away from stores that are only concerned with perfuming the air and body.   Essential oils are PURE plant oils; perfume oils are primarily man-made and contain little to no natural oils at all.

Always make sure when you are buying oils, that you are getting the actual oil and not just a cheap imitation.  Price is usually a good indicator............ REAL oils aren\'t cheap.  However,  don\'t let yourself be ripped off by some unscrupulous dealer who is only interested in one thing, which is parting you from large sums of your ca$h!

Familiarize yourself with your local vendors.  Ask questions.... lots of them!  Anyone who truly knows their oils will gladly answer them.   Shop around.  Buy several different brands and experiment to see which ones give you the best results.

There are different \"grades\" of oils.  The finest quality being more expensive than a much lesser quality.  The rarest oils will undoubtedly fetch a handsome price. Keep in mind that no reputable dealer will sell all essential oils for the same price.   Unfortunately, I can\'t really give you a reliable price guide since prices fluctuate with the availability of the oils, but be sure to check our plentiful selection of oils here at The Celtic Connection for the most current market prices.  We carry one of the best grades of essential oils that you can find.  
 

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