Pure Essential Oils

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Many people have asked me where they can find quality grade, yet affordable essential oils.

 

Because I also use essential oils when sharing Reflexology and Reiki, I’ve tried many brands. Some were ridiculously way over-priced, while others were so low it made me question their quality.

 

Hands On Aromatherapy is a reputable online essential oil company located in Atlanta, Georgia that provides outstanding essential oils, at a reasonable price.

 

And what’s really great about this company is that they offer a wide variety of sizes to choose from.

 

Essential oils can be purchased in 5 mls. to 16 oz. bottles.

 

And not only do they supply essential oils, but they also provide many of the accoutrements that go along with aromatherapy such as:

*Carrier oils
*bottles
*droppers
*diffusers
*and aromatherapy kits

 

Other products include:

*hydrosols
*beauty and body-care products
*magical mixtures
*spa favorites
*and aromatherapy books

 

They also offer a very informative seasonal newsletter Uncommon Scents, which contains wonderful aromatherapy recipes that you can easily make at home.

 

You’ll find their customer service efficient and very friendly.

 

So please visit Hands On Aromatherapy for all your essential oil needs.

 

And breath in the AROMA!

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Essential Oils and Reiki Distant Healing

                                

One of the ways I find very effective in which to use two of the modalities that I practice, is through the fusion of Reiki Distant Healing and Essential Oils.

Each of these modalities stands strong on it’s own, however, when married together…create a beautiful and powerful union.

Essential oils, seem to allow for a strong “connection” between the recipient and Reiki. It’s like having a solid telephone connection, that enables a clear communication to take place.

Also, Reiki will always work for the highest good, so when blended with the energy contained within essential oils – it seems to propel that energy, and then diffuses it, where it will do the most good.

To begin practicing this, I suggest using the pure essential oil of either Lavender or Frankincense. Both of these oils are “adaptogenic” – which means that they will adapt to any condition (body, mind and spirit) for the recipient. You may even wish to use the two together.

 Suggested Usage

*Place a single drop of either both or one of these essential oils into the palm of one hand – then gently rub both palms together.

*Feel free to use whatever method you enjoy, that proceeds sending Reiki distant healing.

Prayer

Affirmation

Intention

Visualization

*Then simply hold your hands up and allow the energy to flow.

*If you use symbols, use them.

(I myself, no longer use symbols)

Between the Reiki and the essential oils, you will begin to feel a very strong pulse and pull of energy – it’s amazing.

 

You can also use this method when sharing a session in person. I sometimes will work with my hands about 3-4 inches away from the recipient’s body. The further I move my hands…the stronger the pull.

I highly suggest checking out the book, “Aromatherapy for the Soul” – by Valerie Ann Worwood. It’s a wonderful education in essential oils, for all aspects of healing. It lists a large majority of essential oils and their properties.

So try experimenting with the wonderful arts of Reiki Distant Healing and Essential Oils.

You may just find…a marriage made in heaven!

Be well

 

For pure essential oils and supplies: Hands-On Aromatherapy

Photo: Arjuna Zbycho

 

 

Seasonal Feet!

                               

Ahhh…warm footsies!

 

Feet are the great “barometers” of our body that reflect the totality of how we feel.

If you can think of the feet as an external thermometer, you will begin to see how they can greatly assist us in regulating our body’s temperature.

When our feet are hot…our whole body feels hot.

When our feet are cold…our whole body feels cold.

During this Winter season, it’s important to keep our feet warm and snuggly – so that we feel the same.

I would like to offer you some helpful suggestions for keeping your extremities in “toe.”

When Outdoors

*Be sure to wear cotton/wool socks when walking in snow. It’s very important to keep your feet warm in extreme temperatures. Boots or shoes that are water-proof are very helpful. The minute your feet become wet…your entire body will become chilled. If your feet do become wet, change your socks immediately upon returning indoors.

At Home

*Be sure to wear a pair of socks or slippers, if your home is not well heated. This will keep your body at a consistant even temperature. Cold bathroom tile floors are the worst culprits for shocking the body into an extreme temperature change.

 

                                 

A Warm Foot Bath

 

Nothing feels better than a warm relaxing foot bath during the cold Winter months.

*Mix 4 drops of Rosemary pure essential oil to a cup of Epsom salts. Fill a large basin with warm running water, as you add the mixture.

*Soak your feet for 20 minutes.

*Do this after spending the day outdoors…your entire body will LOVE you for it!

 

Caution Care

*Use only pure essential oils.

*Foot baths are not recommended for those individuals who have a diabetic condition.

 

So remember, keeping your feet comfortably warm, will reflect the same throughout your entire body.

Enjoy this Winter season…without a case of “Popsicle Toes.”

And stay well, folks!

 

Photos: Crittz & Mass Distraction

 

 

 

Aromatherapy & Steam Inhalation

                            

Breathe in……

 

When we breathe in essential oils, some of it’s molecules travel to the lungs, pass through the lining and into the bloodstream, where they travel around the body. Other molecules take an upward route to the brain, which receives a healing message – to relax or energize, for example – and transmits the appropriate “signal” along the nerve channels of the body.

Inhilation is the quickest way for essential oils to enter the body, and is the most effective way to deal with fragile emotions, and negative states of mind such as stress and depression. On an physical level, it is very useful for respiratory conditions, headaches, and sinus congestion.

Although essential oils may be inhaled directly from the bottle, other alternative methods are available.

 

Steam Inhalation

*Fill a small to medium size bowl with hot water (not boiling) and add no more than 2-3 drops of essential oil.

*Keeping your eyes closed, bend over the bowl; cover your head with a towel, and breathe deeply for a few minutes.

 

Some Suggested Essential Oils

Roman Chamomile

*Sedative, immunostimulant, antidepressant

Cypress

*Calmative, restorative, respiratory tonic

Frankincense

*Energizing, expectorant, immunostimulant

Pine

*Stimulant, expectorant, restorative

Geranium

*Regenerative, antidepressant, balances nervous system

Cedarwood

*Bronchial congestion, expectorant, emotionally grounding

 

Caution Care

*Use only pure essential oils.

*For external use only.

*Do not use steam inhalation if you are asthmatic (steam will aggravate this condition).

*Keep your eyes closed when using this method.

*Do not use this method on babies.

 

When used with care and respect, essential oils are a powerful tool that can support our total wellness – Mind, Body & Spirit.

Nature has giving us a precious and valuable gift.

So breath in….and enjoy!

Be well

 

For pure essential oils and supplies: Hands-On Aromatherapy

Portions of this post gratefully supplied by: “Aromatherapy for the Soul” – Valerie Ann Worwood

Photo: Sosij

 

 

Reflexology for a Common Cold

                                         

AACHOOO!@*#

 

Now that the Fall and Winter are upon us, it’s quite common to experience an occasional cold.

Reflexology can work wonders for relieving much of the physical discomforts, and also help support immunity – so that the body can naturally move into wellness.

 

Reflex Points of Focus

Head/Sinuses

*To help decongest the head and sinuses.

Lungs/Bronchial Tubes

*To help break up congestion

Spleen

*To help with immunity

Thymus

*To help with immunity

(the thymus reflex point is located on the inside portion of both feet, about 1 inch below the neck reflex point)

 

*Note: Please refer to the Foot Map Page to get a clear view of where these reflex points are located.

 

Application of Reflexology

*Using either your thumb or index finger – firmly, but gently press and rotate on each of the reflex points.

*Work each point thoroughly for approximately 1 minute – then repeat the process 2 more times.

*This can be done 3 times a day.

*Note: Reflexology effectively breaks up congestion in the head and lungs; so don’t be alarmed if after the first application, your cold symptoms seem worse. It’s simply doing some “house cleaning.” These symptoms will normalize.

 

Aromatherapy

The use of essential oils along with reflexology is very beneficial in supporting the body’s natural immunity.

 

Eucalyptus

The essential oil of Eucalyptus is effective against coughs and colds, both as preventative and as a remedy. Externally it works as a decongestant, expectorant, and is excellent for the immune system.

 

Aromatherapy Application

*After completely reflexology – blend 3 drops of eucalyptus oil to 1 teasoon of Jojoba oil.

*Apply a small amount to both feet and rub in well.

*Breath deeply as you do this, to receive the benefits of this wonderful essential oil.

*Cover you feet with a pair of gym socks and allow the mixture to penetrate the skin.

 

Caution Care

~Use only pure essential oils.

~For external use only.

~Keep essential oils away from eyes.

~Never use essential oils on the skin without first diluting with a carrier oil.

 

So if the “cold bug” gets you down…have no fear…Reflexology and Aromatherapy are here!

When used with care and respect, these two modalities will help your body, help itself…naturally.

Wishing you a cold-free season…aaaaachooo!#?*

Bless you!

 

For pure essential oils and supplies: Hands-On Aromatherapy

 

 Photos: Marc 50 & Snowing Indoors

 

 

Clary Sage…and Emotions

                               

Clary Sage

(Salvia sclaria)

Description: Clary Sage is a tall herb with big, hairy, purple-green leaves and small blue-violet or white flowers. The essential oil is steam-distilled from the flowering tops and leaves.

Countries of origin: America, England, France, Morocco, Russia

Characteristics: Strong, sweet, musky, nutty, almost floral aroma.

Properties: antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, sedative, regenerative.

 *Note: Clary Sage is one of the most valuable essential oils in assisting with PMS.

 

Ironically enough, Clary Sage was an essential oil that I did not take a likening to at first.

I had purchased it on the recommendation to include it in my aromatherapy kit for the work that I share with clients.

I was very familiar with Sage, which I really enjoyed. So, I guess I was under the impression that Clary Sage was going to smell similar.

Wrong!*?#

I experimented with it however, by blending it with other essential oils.

I went through a period in my life about a year ago, where I felt very uninspired and dissatisfied with where my life was. I began to put myself down for perhaps not having made the right choices. This in turn, caused me to feel depressed and despairing.

One evening, I just so happen to pick up one of my aromatherapy books and for some reason, turned to the section which described the benefits to using Clary Sage.

It talked about it’s many physical benefits, but also spoke about it’s emotional benefits as well. It was said to be a very powerful aid to easing depression, melancholia, anxiety, stress, and general dissatisfaction. It encourages confidence, grounding, and balance.

Since then, after using it on myself quite often (and achieving GREAT results) I’ve actually grown to enjoy it’s aroma!

 

Suggested Use

*Find about 20 minutes of undisturbed quite-time.

*Place a single drop of Clary Sage into the palm of one hand, and then rub both palms together.

 *Cup your hands and bring them about 2 inches from your nose (as if you are going to shout) – take 5 deep breaths.

*Place both hands on your lap or knees (palms up).

*Allow yourself to relax and totally let go for 20 minutes.

*When ready, take another 5 deep breaths, open your eyes…and feel renewed!

 

Caution Care

*Use only pure essential oils.

*External use only.

*Avoid during pregnancy.

*Do not use when drinking alcohol.

*Excessive use may cause drowsiness.

 

I guess this just goes to show me, that what may start out as something I dislike…may someday turn into something I end up TOTALLY appreciating!

I happily encourage you to investigate the many valuable benefits to essential oils through Aromatherapy. When used with care and respect, they will give your life abundant, loving support…Body, Mind & Spirit.

Be well!

 

*For further information on Aromatherapy, please visit the Book Page on this blog.

Portions on this post gratefully supplied by: “The Aromatherapy Bible” – Gill Farrer-Hall and “Aromatherapy for the Soul” – Valerie Ann Worwood

For pure essential oils and supplies: Hands-On Aromatherapy

Photo: llona 68

 

 

 

 

 

 

911 Reflexology for a Hangover!

                               

“Had a rough night?  One too many apple martini’s?”

 

If you wake up with a throbbing headache, an upset stomach, tired eyes, and the feeling of a heavy cloud hanging over your head…you’re in need of some 911 reflexology!

Reflexology can greatly relieve the after-effects of too much alcohol.

Just a few minutes spent on working these five reflex points can perk you up, and help you feel human again.

 

Reflex Points

Liver

*To help flush out the remaining alcohol in your body

Kidneys

*To help with the elimination of alcohol

Stomach

*To reduce nausea

Head

*To reduce headache

Solar Plexus

*To bring your entire body back to a sense of “center”

 

*Please review the Foot Map Page to get a good visual of where these reflex points are located

 

Application

*Using your thumb or index finger – firmly, but gently press and rotate over the entire reflex point.

*Work each point for approximately 1 minute, and then repeat the process 2 more times.

*Reapply every 30 minutes, until some relief is felt.

*Remember – reflexology is cummulative; therefore, it make take a few hours to feel it’s affects.

 

Aromatherapy Hangover Bath

 Using Pure Essential Oils

*Add 2 drops of lavender, 2 drops of juniper, 2 drops of grapefruit to a full cup of Epsom salts.

*As the bath is filling, add the mixture to warm running water.

*Soak for 10 minutes and inhale deeply.

 

Caution Care

*Use only pure essential oils.

*Do not use essential oils directly on skin.

*Grapefruit essential oil may irritate sensitive skin.

*Keep oils away from mouth and eyes.

 

So, if you got a little “extra” HAPPY….at last night’s happy hour@#%&@!!

Dial 911-Reflexology

Your hangover will love you for it!

Hang well

 

Portions of this post gratefully supplied by: “Hands On Feet” – Michelle Kluck & “Essential Aromatherapy” – Valerie Ann & Susan Worwood

For pure essential oils and supplies: Hands-On Aromatherapy

Photo: R80o Mark Strozier