Friday, October 29, 2010

Healing With Rosemary

Good morning Pictures, Images and PhotosHappy Friday everyone! Do you all have wonderful plans for the weekend? Takin' the critters Halloween trick-n-treating? I think I will cuddle up on the couch with my better half and watch a movie...Now If I had my way it would be a scary movie....we'll see.

Today we are going to check out Rosemary, which is known as the herb of remembrance. It is used in aromatherapy treatments to invigorate and stimulate the mind, body and spirit.

Rosemary used to be handed to wedding guests to symbolize the bride and groom's love and fidelity....maybe we should do that in today's sometimes unfaithful on friends...



Healing With Rosemary

Long associated with improving and stimulating the mind and memory, Rosemary's impressive healing qualities make it an excellent tonic if you're felling physically, mentally and emotionally worn out.

Rosemary has an invigorating and warm scent that can clear your head and improve circulation. It has been cultivated for ornamental, medicinal, culinary and perfumery purposes for century.

Rosemary oil is antiseptic and antibacterial. It was often burned in sick chambers, and in some hospitals it is customary to burn it with juniper berries to aid convalescence.

Rosemary's ability to stimulate the adrenal glands makes it a good remedy for long -term depression and chronic illness, increasing your energy levels and zest for life.

Active Ingredients Of Rosemary

Antioxidants~Rosemary contains chemicals known as Diterpenes and Flavonoids, which promote fat breakdown and reduce the cellular damage that leads to aging. Flavonoids also improve circulation, especially to the scalp, promoting good memory and healthy hair.

Camphor~Rosemary oil contains Camphor, a stimulant that increases body heat in cold, tense and arthritic joints. It also works as an antiseptic.

Rosmaricine~This is a stimulate and mild pain reliever. it also has anti-inflammatory properties that can relax and ease sore and aching muscles.

Using Your Rosemary Oil

****You can add a few drops of this oil directly to your bathwater, but if using in massage on on your skin, dilute to a 3-5% solution in suitable base oil or cream****

To Improve Circulation

Rosemary oil combats poor circulation by increasing blood flow around the body. Avoid using Rosemary in the late evening as its stimulating properties may keep you awake!

Colds~This oils warming effects work especially well for combating upper respiratory ailments. Clear phlegm and catarrh from your head and chest by sniffing/inhaling.

Cellulite~Massage the affected area firmly with Rosemary oil. This will help to break down and disperse fatty deposits and prevent new ones from developing.

For Your Head & Hair

Rosemary stimulates the flow of blood to your head and scalp, encouraging both a keen mind and strong and glossy hair.

Exams~To improve your mental stimulation during study and exams, dab Rosemary oil on your pulse points at your wrists and temples.

Enrich Dark Hair & Help Dandruff~To enrich dark hair add 10 drops of your Rosemary oil to the water you use to wash your hair.

Head Lice~Rosemary's antiseptic and antibacterial properties will help you to prevent and kill head lice.

Glossy Hair~Sprinkle a few drops of Rosemary oil onto your hairbrush every morning.

I so love using Rosemary for my hair....makes it so much healthier!
Okay you Ghouls I won't see you 'til Monday, have a happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Healing With Rose Oil

GM Pictures, Images and PhotosTop of the morning m'friends!

Are you up and ready for today's info? Well I am up and ready to share!

Today we are going to check out Rose oil, the most extravagant of essential oils. Rose has a number of very beneficial therapeutic properties. Isn't life just a bed of roses? ")

Read on my readers, then have yourself the most wonderful day of days!


Healing With Rose Oil

Regarded as the queen of oils, Rose is one of the most beautiful. Its exquisite floral fragrance is soft yet rich, with subtle undertones of Clove and Vanilla. The best oil is from Bulgaria, where fresh petals of the Damask Rose are hand-picked at dawn and steam distilled. To create a single drop of oil, up to a hundred blooms are needed.

The expense of harvesting millions of Roses is reflected in the cost, but its therapeutic properties make it worth every penny. Rose has a profoundly positive effect on the emotions. Ti stimulates production of Dopamine, the "happy hormone", strengthens the parasympathetic nervous system and instills a feeling of well-being. Rose oil is beneficial for treating anxiety and depression.

Active Ingredients Of Rose Oil

Alcohols~Distilled Rose Otto is rich in Citronellol, Geraniol and Neroli. This family of alcohols has a low toxicity, as well as balancing warming and uplifting actions and a pleasant fragrance.

Phenols~Rose oil contains Farnesol, which has both bactericidal and deodorizing properties.

Aldehydes~It is also rich in sedative Aldehydes that calm the nervous system and are anti-inflammatory.

Using Your Rose Oil

Restore Skin

Stretch Marks & Scars~Reduce stretch marks and scars by regularly applying the following:
  • 4 drops Rose
  • 4 drops Neroli
  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 1 tbsp Sweet Almond
  • 1 tsp Wheatgerm oil

After Sun Bathing~Create a nourishing after-sun oil by combining:
  • 3 drops Rose
  • 4 drops Chamomile
  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 1 tbsp Jojoba
This will cool, moisturize and retain a suntan.

Sensual Beauty Oil

Strengthen Weak Nails~blend and then massage the following  into the nail and the nail base regularly:
  • 4 drops Rose
  • 4 drops Cedarwood
  • 2 tbsp neutral base cream

Aromatic Facial Toner~Blend the following and use to tighten slack skin, giving your a healthy and youthful glow:
  • 3 drops Rose
  • 3 drops Frankincense
  • 3 drops Sandalwood
  • 4 tsp Jojoba

Soft Skin~Combine the following and use twice daily:
  • 4 drops Rose
  • 4 drops Neroli
  • 4 tsp Avocado oil

Improve Your Mood

Uplifting and Calming Room Fragrance~Add the following to your room vaporizer:
  • 3 drops Rose
  • 5 drops Bergamot
  • 5 drops Petitgrain

Anti-Stress Bath Soak~Add the following to a warm bath:
  • 3drops Rose
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Frankincense

Regulate Hormones

Reduce Painful, Heavy Periods~Use the following as an abdominal massage:
  • 5 drops Rose
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 1 tbsp Grapeseed

PMS~Treat the irritability associated with PMS with a whole body massage containing:
  • 10 drops Geranium
  • 10 drops Clary Sage
  • 3 drops Rose
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

Postnatal~Rose acts as a tonic for the uterus and is invaluable for new mothers. Blend the following for a fortifying massage:
  • 4 drops Rose
  • 8 drops Clary Sage
  • 8 drops Bergamot

You know, I sure could've used this knowledge when I was a young momma over 20 years ago!

Have a wonderful day...and next time you pass a rose, thank it for all it does!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Folklore Of Bay

Folklore Of Bay
The Bay tree is an ancient symbol of wisdom, peace and cultural excellence. It is also an her that signifies love and protection.

  • The Ancient Greeks dedicated Bay to the god Apollo, and also to his son Asclepius, the god of medicine. Bay was said to be sacred to Apollo in honor of his first love , the nymph Daphne, who was changed into a Bay Laurel tree by her father, the river god Peneus, to save her from being caught by Apollo.

  • Bay symbolizes sporting excellence at the Olympic Games - a tradition that has been passed down for thousands of years. Bay replaced the olive branch in this role because of the influence of the Pythian games at Delphi, which were dedicated to Apollo.

  • The Ancient Romans decorated their homes with Evergreen wreaths of Bay leaves to celebrate their winter festival of Saturnalia in honor of Saturn, god of agriculture. Bay is still a large feature of the Christmas wreath.

  • A symbol of undying affection, lovers exchanged boughs of Bay in ancient times. Sprigs of Bay are sometimes still included in bridal bouquets in European weddings.

  • During Medieval times, Bay trees were planted to protect the farmstead from lightning. The sudden death of the tree was said to foretell impending disaster.

Folklore Of Basil

The Folklore Of Basil
Basil is a sacred herb in many belief systems and has associations different deities.

  • According to Christian legend, Basil grew on Christ's tomb after his Resurrection. Thus, some Greek Orthodox Churches use Basil to prepare Holy Water.

  • This Native herb is held in great reverence throughout India, where it is sacred to Krishna and Vishnu. It is cherished in Hindu homes, where it is believed to protect the family.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Healing With Pine Oil

morning Pictures, Images and PhotosG'morning and Happy Tuesday! Did you all sleep comfy and cozy? I am hoping you are nodding "yessss".

I have an appt. with my neurosurgeon today so I am going to just jump right in...


Healing With Pine Oil

Pine oil is an effective natural weapon against infection and disease. Its woody odor is associated with cleanliness.

Pine has long been used in saunas and its needles burned to clean and deodorize rooms. Blended with Lavender and Lemon in a vaporizer, Pine is invigorating, promoting feelings of strength and energy.

Pine oil's antiseptic and deodorizing qualities are highly valued; it's an antidote for Catarrh, pneumonia and sinusitis. It cools fever but warms shivers. It combines well with other antiseptic oils, such as Cypress, Cedarwood or Eucalyptus. It's germicidal action makes it a valuable cleanser.

 In a poultice or rub, it stimulates circulation and relieves muscular aches and pains.

Active Ingredients Of Pine Oil

Monoterpenes~These make up 60% of Pine oil, consisting mostly of Limonene and Pinene with small amounts of Camphene, Phellandrene and Myrcene. These give Pine its antiseptic and antiviral properties.

Esters~Pine contains small quantities of Esters-Bronyl Acetate and Terpinyl Acetate. These contribute to its fresh odor and antifungal activity.

Cineole~This Oxide has potent expectorant and decongestant properties and gives the oil its noticeably medicinal, camphorous scent.

Using Your Pine Oil

Cleansing Respiratory Relief

Clear Congestion~Use the following for a steam inhalation:
  • 3 drops Pine
  • 3 drops Eucalyptus
  • Basin of hot steamy water

Cold and Flu Germs~Fumigate your work area when cold and flue germs are being spread around your office or home; use the following in a spray bottle:
  • 5 drops Pine
  • 4 drops Tea Tree
  • 4 drops Juniper
  • 2 c. water

Soothe Aches and Pains

Winter Aches~Relax in a warm bath containing;
  • 2 drops Pine
  • 3 drops Sandalwood
  • 3 drops Marjoram

Invigorating Muscle Rub~Before or after a workout, combine the following:
  • 4 drops Pine
  • 4 drops Rosemary
  • 3 drops Black Pepper oil
  • 3 drops Grapefruit
  • 2 tbsp Sweet Almond

Uplifting and Invigorating

Invigorating Bath~Add the following to your bathwater:
  • 3 drops Pine
  • 3 drops Lemon
  • 3 drops Geranium

Alert Driving~Remain alert during long distance drives by adding to hanky:
  • 5 drops Pine
  • 5 drops Rosemary
  • 3 drops Peppermint

This ends another days to the doc; you all have a wonderfully peaceful day!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Folklore of Herbs and Aromatherapy

morning Pictures, Images and PhotosIs it Monday already? Seemed like the weekend just flew by....

Today we are going to do something a wee bit different. I am going to dedicate a page to the folklore of herbs and aromatherapy.

I will post here and then permanantly post it on it's own page....



The Folklore & Magic of Aromatherapy oils

The Magic of Aniseed

  • A Revered herb of the ancient Middle East, Aniseed is one of the oldest spices to have been used for magical purposes.

  • The Ancient Romans believed Aniseed to be an aphrodisiac. Cakes flavored with the spice were served at the end of a marriage feast to relax nervous couples before they retired.

  • Aniseed was widely cultivated by monks in medieval gardens to  to be used in the monastery for its purifying properties, precipitating the herb's spread throughout Northern Europe.

  • Aniseed is reputed to avert the evil eye. It is also believed to deter venomous snakes such as vipers.

  • Aniseed was so valued in biblical times it was used to pay taxes and rents.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Healing With Peppermint Oil

Halloween Good Morning Pictures, Images and PhotosGood morning everybody.  Well we made it to Friday!  Do you all have wonderful plans for the weekend?  I am going to a haunted house.  It should be fun, and maybe,  since I love my friends so much, I might act scared again!

Today we are going to check out Peppermint oil.  Peppermint is renowned for its curative properties, which have been exploited throughout the ages to treat a variety of complaints.  When you use  you Peppermint oil, remember the following safety considerations, do not use when pregnant, do not use by children under three years of age, use in low dilutions to avoid causing irritation to your skin.

So, have fun you ghouls and princesses!


Healing with Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil has been used as a tonic for centuries , and its fresh aroma is evident in toothpastes and mouthwashes today. Peppermint is a good digestive stimulant; it aids the digestion of fats and strengthens liver function.

This makes it an excellent oil for relieving indigestion and treating gastric fevers and diarrhea.

Peppermint stimulates the body's circulation, reviving aching muscles and joints. It is a powerful decongestant and is used to treat fevers and respiratory infections. It also acts as a good deodorant.

Peppermint complements other decongestant oils, especially Eucalyptus and Thyme, which work to boost the body's immune system. Its aroma can also help to cool feelings of anger, hysteria or emotional burnout.

Active Ingredients Of Peppermint

Ketones~The Keytone Methonee makes up 20-30% of Peppermint oil, and its therapeutic properties work to relieve pain.

Esters~Peppermint oil also contains Esters such as Menthyl Acetate. These give it soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.

Using Your Peppermint Oil

Focus Your Mind With Peppermint

To Sharpen Concentration~Combine the following and use in a vaporizer:
  • 5 drops Peppermint
  • 5 drops Basil
  • 10 drops Lemon

Mental Fatigue & Emotional Burnout~Combine the following for a stimulating whole body massage:
  • 4 drops Peppermint
  • 4 drops Geranium
  • 10 drops Rosemary
  • 4 tbsp Sweet Almond

Digestive Disorders

Constipation~Combine the following and gently massage over the abdomen in clockwise, circular movements every couple of hours:
  • 3 drops Peppermint
  • 5 drops Lemon
  • 7 drops Rosemary
  • 2 tbsp Grapeseed

Heartburn~Ease painful acid heartburn by dissolving 1 drop of Peppermint oil and a teaspoon of honey in a mug of hot water. Stir and sip slowly.

Cold Remedies

Respiratory Infections~Add the following to a basin of hot water, place a towel over you head and inhale steam for 5 min:
  • 2 drops Peppermint
  • 2 Rosemary
  • 2 drops Lavender

Feverish Colds~Add the following to your vaporizer:
  • 3 drops Peppermint
  • 3 drops Eucalyptus
  • 3 drops Pine

The closer we get to winter the more we will need that cold one ey?
okay m'freinds, I am off to take new pics of my jewelry....See ya soon!
Happy Halloween!