AROMAS

“What is understood by essence, in the pure sense as used by the mediaeval alchemists, for example, is the actual energy, the ‘soul’ of the plant” – Marguerite Maury

I have been studying aromatherapy for 20 years and I still have the same passion for it as I did the very first time I heard those two little words – “Aromatherapy” and  “Essential Oils”.    For me,  the two terms go hand-in-hand — one can’t live without the other — sort of like Mom & Dad.  My favorite nickname for essential oils are the little  Gem Elixers — they can do so much with one little drop.  They are truly Physicians packaged in little brown or blue bottles.  You don’t even have to leave home to get the fix –  and they are readily available in Health Food Stores or on-line, so it’s easy to get them.  I coined the term Aromas Rx 10 years ago because they can heal on 3 levels — physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Aromatherapy – An Excellent Health Alternative

Aromatherapy is simply a holistic therapy with the use of essential oils by a practitioner who uses aromatherapy in his or her practice on a client — it is a therapy with the use of pure essential oils.  The list of therapists that use aromatherapy are many:   Aromatherapists of course, Massage Therapists, Estheticians,  Chiropractors, Acupuncturists and Naturopathic Doctors (ND’s).

What’s In Your Medicine Cabinet?

You don’t need to be a practitioner or a Dr. to use aromatherapy.  It’s so easy to use them on yourself and to incorporate essential oils into your medicine cabinet for many first aid issues.  If you were to have just 2 essential oils in your aromatherapy medicine cabinet, the two most important Essential Oils to have would be Lavender and Tea Tree.  Lavender because it’s the “Angel of Healing and Purification” and Tea Tree because it’s the “Miracle Oil”  – These two EO’s are simply the best two band aids to have in any medicine cabinet!

Lavender

Lavender, True (Lavandula angustifolia)  is the essential oil that most people identify with when they hear the term aromatherapy and is also considered the ‘universal oil’.   It is simply a beautiful fragrance that can be described as a sweet floral-herbacaceous fragrance.  Its odor effect is calming and uplifting all at the same time.   Lavender can be used in many emergency situations and is capable of treating minor burns and scalds — after applying cold water, apply Lavender directly to the burn (consult Dr. for more severe burns).  Lavender is a natural antibiotic and antiseptic and effectively treats minor cuts and abrasions very quickly.  Lavender is an excellent remedy for anxiety, emotional pain, depression, stress because it is an antidepressant.  It’s also great for headaches — apply a couple of drops at the temples,  and for helping with minor insomnia — place a drop on inside of each wrist and inhale.  The great thing about Lavender is that you can use it directly to the skin, unlike other essential oils which need to be diluted in a carrier oil. Make sure to keep Lavender on-hand for emotional and physical first aid.  Uses:  Diffuser,Bath, massage, steam inhalations, sauna.

Tea Tree

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)  is known as the ‘Miracle Oil’.  All essential oils share common beneficial properties that assist the body, mind or soul in the healing process.  However, Tea Tree possess 3 incredible non-toxic properties that truly make it the ‘Miracle Oil.’  It is anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-septic all rolled into one incredible essential oil.  It’s scent is not as beautiful and intoxicating as Lavender, but can be described as a more medicinal scent — but refreshing and invigorating.  Tea Tree has many aromatherapeutic uses and may also be applied directly to the skin as Lavender.  As an anti-fungal agent, it is an excellent remedy for athlete’s foot, candida albicans and warts.  As an anti-viral agent it is very effective in treating and boosting the immune system and assists in healing colds, cold-sores and the flu. As an anti-septic is is excellent to treat minor cuts & abrasions,  skin infections, skin irritiations, tooth & gum infections, acne, rashes, dandruff and so much more.  A definite must have for any medicine cabinet.  Uses: Diffuser, bath, chest rub, steam inhalation, massage.

Be Prepared!  First Aid For Everyday Living

Make sure you have your Lavender and Tea Tree in your medicine cabinet for many of your first aid needs.   Don’t leave home without them — cuts, burns, abrasions, headaches, etc.  can happen at any time.   Are you ready to purchase your two must have band-aids?   Order today!

Your Aroma Zen Zone Coach,

Kathleen Lamoureux

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