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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

Reflexology…Welcome to the Knee Joint

                                                  

The knee joint is the largest joint in the body, and perhaps the most complex

This amazing structure of muscles, bones, ligaments and cartilage supports and stabilizes the body as you bend, straighten, and twist during daily activities.

The knee joint is one of the most vulnerable joints in the body and after years of repetitive weight-bearing, may begin to show signs of wear and tear. Whether it is the result of an injury or simply the constant weight of your body on your knees, pain and swelling is a well-known problem – especially in athletes.

 

Common Conditions Affecting the Knee:

*Osteoarthritis

*Bursitis

*Tendonitis

*Torn Cartilage

 

Reflexology is a valuable tool that helps with not only the pain associated with knee issues, but is also a means for keeping the knees strong and healthy.

These are the main reflex points on which I focus, when attending a client with knee weakness.

 

Knee Reflex

*In order to strengthen the knee joint and to send healing energy to any injured area.

Location: a small, soft triangular section, about 1 inch below the ankle bone.

 

Spine Reflex

*The spine is the main support for the entire body, taking some of the weight off the knees.

Location: inside portion of the feet, running from the neck of the big toes, to the edge of the heel (it follows the natural curve of the instep).

 

Adrenal Gland Reflex

*The adrenal glands increase the body’s natural anti-inflammatory hormones, which seem to soothe problematic knees.

Location: situated directly on the top portion of the kidney reflex points.

 

*Please review the Foot Map Page on this blog to get a clear visual of where these reflex points are located.

 

Aromatherapy

*Rosemary

*Eucalyptus

*These two pure essential oils have strong analgesic properties which can help greatly with knee pain.

 

Suggested Use

Compress

*Fill a medium size basin with tepid water.

*Add 5 drops of each essential oil to half a cup of Epsom salts – then pour the mixture into basin (stir well).

*Place 2 small hand towels into basin, allowing them to soak up the water.

*After slightly wringing, wrap a towel around one or both knees.

*Reapply until the pain subsides.

 

Caution Care

*Use only pure essential oils

*Keep essential oils away from the eyes.

 *Do not apply essential oils to the skin without first diluting as instructed above.

*Do not apply essential oils to knees that have open cuts, scrapes or wounds.

 

When used with care and respect, Reflexology and Aromatherapy are tremendous aides for troubled knees.

Knees are a very important part of our existence. We “kneed” them to move around in this world – so take good care of them.

And every once in awhile, just say Hi to your knees….. Hinees!

Be well

 

To find a Reflexologist in your area, please refer to the Find A Practitioner Link on the sidebar.

Portions of this post gratefully supplied by: “Hands On Feet” – Michelle Kluck

Photo: a.j.gazmen-gucci bear

 

                      

Aromatherapy for Babies

                                        

Just like adults, babies will have moments of restlessness, crankiness, anxiety, and sleeplessness.

Through essential oils, nature has gifted us with a gentle and effective means to assist these precious cherubs, when they seem to have an “off-day.”

Babies are particularly sensitive and responsive to the application of aromatherapy; therefore, I recommend using only two essential oils that will greatly support them, yet not offend their delicate senses.

 

*Roman Chamomile

*Lavender

Note: use only one or the other at a time.

 Both of these essential oils have relaxing, calming, and stress-relieving qualities that are quite effective and extremely gentle.

 

*Suggested Applications*

 

Tissue

*Place a single drop of essential oil on a facial tissue and place it in the crib, 8-10 inches from the baby’s head. The aroma will gradually diffuse the air, allowing the baby to breathe in the vapors.

 

Sleep/Eye Pillow

* You may have seen these small rectangular shaped pillows filled with lentils, rice, or oats. They are usually used for laying over your eyes to relax, or for headaches. They are sometimes scented with Lavender, however, they can be purchased unscented, so you can add the essential oil of your choice.

*Place a single drop of essential oil on the pillow and place it in the crib, 8-10 inches from the baby’s head. As with the tissue method, the essential oil will gradually diffuse the air.

 

Room Spray

*Place 4 drops of essential oil into a plastic/glass 4 oz. spray bottle filled with water (shake before each use). Lightly mist the air (away from the baby) allowing the essential oil vapors to gently diffuse the room.

 

Foot Reflexology

*Mix 1 drop of essential oil to 1 tsp. of jojoba carrier oil into a small glass bowl. Apply a small amount to the baby’s feet and gently rub. You will be affecting all the reflex points, relaxing and balancing the systems of the body.

Option: using your thumb – gently press and release over the soles and toes.

Babies respond very favorably to reflexology – so don’t be surprised if your little one suddenly calms down and nods off.

 

Caution Care

*Use only pure essential oils.

*External use only.

*Never use essential oils on the baby’s skin without first diluting with a carrier oil.

*Keep essential oils away from the baby’s eyes, nose, and mouth.

*Do not use any other essential oils other than the ones suggested.

*Do not use essential oils in the baby’s bath water.

 

So, when the stress of the “babyworld” seems to get to your baby…try some Aromatherapy.

Not only will it help Baby to chill….but also Mommy and Daddy!

Be well…Babies

 

For pure essential oils and supplies: Hands-On Aromatherapy

For eye pillows: Yoga Accessories

For: Aromatherapy for Babies and Children – Shirley Price

Photos: Shane Bonham & Modgiesmom