Friday, November 16, 2018

NAHA and Arthritis

Can not believe it's been almost 6 weeks since I've written an article here.  First Christi left, then a week at NAHA, then a week in Atlanta, studying with Madeleine Kerkhof at The Heal Center. Followed by unexpected personnel changes in our office.   It's been a busy few weeks. 

I wanted to share a story from NAHA.

On our first or second day at the NAHA, a pair of older women came to the booth.  One asked, "Do you have anything for Arthritis?"   I immediately thought of our Miracle Blend, and said, "Yes, but not with me."  (We had brought the CO2 extracts, and Marco Valussi's Italian oils.)

"My friend is in agony with her knees and can not make it down the stairs to the conference to hear the speakers, or walk to lunch."

So, time to improvise. We had Arnica Massage Oil,  and I had Mango Ginger 10% dilution.  Absolutely nothing to blend them in.

The woman in pain came behind the booth and rolled up her jeans.   I asked her to hold out her right hand, and poured perhaps a scant teaspoon of Arnica massage oil (as much as she could easily hold without spilling) into her palm.  Then I added a bit of Mango Ginger 10% to the Arnica Massage blend.  My goal was to use 1 part of the Mango Ginger dilution to three parts of the Arnica blend.

Had I been able to measure precisely, 3 parts Arnica Massage blend and 1 part Mango Ginger dilution would give us a 2.5% dilution of Mango Ginger.  But... I had to eyeball.

The woman rubbed her hands together to blend the two oils, and rubbed them in to both of her knees.  I told her I hoped it would help, and please come back later and let me know the results, no matter what.

I never saw those two women again, but during the rest of the conference, several people came to our booth talking about the woman who could walk again, because of our blend.  She was able to go easily up and down the half flight of stairs to the conference room, walk up the long hill to the restaurant where lunch was served, pain free.

She may not have come to tell me, but she and her friend told everyone they contacted at NAHA about our blend.

So I thought I should tell you! (I am rereading this, and chuckling at my describing anyone as "older"!)

Hint for the day.   Measure, with a pipette, and find out how much carrier oil/fixed oil you can comfortably hold in your hand.  with me, it's 1/2 teaspoon.  Knowing that, I know that if I put a fixed oil in my hand, and add ONE drop of essential oil, I have approximately a 2% dilution.   If I add TWO drops of essential oil, I have approximately a 4% dilution.  No, it's not accurate.  But in an emergency, it is good to know.  (I have small  hands, your measurement may vary.)


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Aromatic Skincare

Skincare Recommendations:

Please do your research on the specific safe usage guidelines for any essential oils used on delicate facial skin. We recommend at most a 1 to a 1.5% dilution for "leave-on" skincare products, and do not feel that any of the harsher irritating essential oils have any place in a skincare routine. 

Skin Care (General)
Lavender, Rose, Rosemary verbenon, Geranium, Chamomile  and most Hydrosols
Acne
Tea Tree, Manuka, Helichrysum, Lavender, Spike Lavender,  Geranium, Vetiver, German Chamomile, Atlas Cedarwood, Palma Rosa, Thyme Linalol, Cajeput, Niaouli, Yarrow Hydrosol, German Chamomile Hydrosol, Melissa Hydrosol. See also our suite of Clarifying Products to gently soothe and heal problem skin.
Astringent
Grapefruit, Yarrow, Rosemary camphor or cineole, Lime (Distilled)
Black Heads
Coriander, Thymus vulgaris ch linalool, Peppermint, Lemongrass (less than 1% dilution.)
Chapped / Cracked Skin
Myrrh, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Roman or German Chamomile, Lavender, Calendula Infused Oil
Chilbains
Black Pepper, Cinnamon Leaf, Clove Bud, Ginger, Lavender (ie, circulatory stimulants to promote warming)
Cleansing
Sweet Basil, Juniper, Lemon, Niaouli, Peppermint
Combination Skin
Geranium, Ylangylang, Rose Geranium Hydrosol, Neroli Hydrosol
Couperose (Thread veins, congested capillaries)
Helichrysum, Cypress, Rose, Lavender, Roman and German Chamomiles, Geranium, Calendula Infused Oil, Helichrysum Hydrosol, Neroli Hydrosol
Devitalized Skin
Eucalyptus Globulous, Myrtle, Neroli, Basil, Juniper, Lemon,  Niaouli, Peppermint, Pine, Orange, Oregano, Rosemary,  Geranium, Grapefruit
Dry Acne
Petitgrain, Lavender, Spike Lavender, Clary Sage, Rose Geranium
Dry Skin
Carrot Seed, Clary Sage, Jasmine, Geranium, Lavender, Palma Rosa, Rose, Roman Chamomile, Neroli, Petitgrain, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Ylangylang, Carrot Seed, Lavender, Rose Hydrosol, Neroli Hydrosol, Calendula Infused Oil. See also our Dry Skin Sampler for suggested carrier oils to nourish dry, fragile skin.
Eczema
German Chamomile, Helichrysum, Lavender, Carrot Seed,  Roman Chamomile, Myrrh, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Yarrow, Ylangylang. Calendula infused oil, Cranberry Seed Oil. See our Eczema and Psoriasis Carrier Oil Sampler for a selection of carrier oils all recommended for helping deal with eczema. We have also had excellent feedback from clients using our Baby Bottom Balm as a treatment for dry eczema (available seasonally).  We strongly suggest patch testing any aromatic before using on eczema, since the eczema could be triggered by contact dermatitis.
Hydrating
Palma Rosa, Sweet Orange, Mandarine, Rose, most Hydrosols, especially Neroli
Infections
German Chamomile, Manuka, Geranium, Lavender, Myrrh, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary, Spikenard, Tea Tree, Thyme Linalool, Calendula, Palma Rosa, Niaouli, Laurel, Myrtle.  See our Mercy Treatment Gel.
Inflammation
Helichrysum, St. John's Wort Infusion, Carrot Seed, Cistus, Galbanum, German and Roman Chamomiles, Clary Sage, Myrrh, Myrtle, Rosewood, Yarrow Hydrosol, Helichrysum Hydrosol, Witch Hazel Hydrosol, German Chamomile Hydrosol
Itching
Jasmine, Helichrysum, Lavender, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Lavender Hydrosol, Witch Hazel Hydrosol, Peppermint Hydrosol
Large Pores
Myrtle, Lemongrass, Rose, Cedarwood
Mature, Aged Skin / Wrinkles
Carrot Seed, Elemi, Cistus, Frankincense, Galbanum, Myrrh, Patchouli, Rose, Clary Sage, Cypress, Lavender, Neroli, Sea Buckthorn Berry Extract, Rose Hip Extract. Also consider our CO2 Combo or our Mature Skin Elixir. See our Mature Skin Carrier Oil Sampler to gently nurture and rejuvenate mature skin. Best yet, see our Cleopatra's Secret line of skin care products, Creme Cleanser, Serum, Toner, and luxurious bath products, all designed to nurture mature skin and give the user a youthful glow.
Normal Skin
Atlas Cedarwood, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Rosewood, Ylangylang, Angelica, all Hydrosols
Oily Skin
Cedarwood, Geranium, Clary Sage, Lavender, Ylangylang, Lemon, Peppermint, Niaouli, Cajeput, Cypress, Calendula Infusion, Frankincense, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Juniper, Melissa, Yarrow, Grapefruit, Thyme Linalool, Lavandin, Spike Lavender, Rose. Melissa Hydrosol. See our recommended moisturizing carrier oils for oily skin in our Oily Skin Carrier Oil Sampler.
Pimples, Blemishes
Tea Tree, Manuka, German Chamomile, Helichrysum, Thyme Linalool, Cajeput, Niaouli, Rosemary. See also our Clarifying Soap and Treatment Gel.
Psoriasis (extremely difficult to treat)
Bergamot, Cade (steam distilled!),Helichrysum, Cajeput, Carrot Seed, German or Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Juniper, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Calendula Infused Oil, Cranberry Seed Oil. We have had fantastic results from people applying our Pomegranate Seed CO2 to areas with psoriasis. See also our Eczema and Psoriasis Carrier Oil Sampler designed to help alleviate symptoms.
Puffiness
Cypress, Peppermint, Rosemary, Fennel, Celery, Clary Sage, Roman Chamomile, Ximenia Seed Oil (fixed oil.)
Regeneration
Frankincense, Lavender, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Helichrysum, Elemi, Vetiver, Spikenard, Caraway, Palma Rosa, Spanish Sage, Clary Sage, Lavender, Galbanum, Myrrh, Myrtle, Calendula, Carrot Seed, Cistus, CO2 Combo
Revitalizing / Basal Layer
Carrot Seed, Niaouli, Tea Tree, Orange, Calendula
Rosacea
German Chamomile, Helichrysum, Helichrysum Hydrosol, see our Rosacea Synergy and other products designed to soothe inflamed and/or ultra sensitive skin.
Sensitive Skin
Roman and German Chamomile, Rose, Palma Rosa, Helichrysum, Neroli, Carrot Seed, Angelica, Jasmine, Neroli Hydrosol, Chamomile Hydrosol, Yarrow Hydrosol
Scars
Helichrysum (in a base of Rose Hip Seed Oil), Carrot Seed, Lavender, Petitgrain, Galbanum
Skin Toner
Calendula Infused Carrier Oil (for dry skin), Chamomiles, Lavender, Neroli, Orange, Rose, Frankincense, Petitgrain, Lemon, and all Hydrosols

Note, this started out being based on information from Sylla Shepherd Hanger's Aromatherapy Practioner's Reference Manual.   I have added to and expanded on her framework for 20 years or so.