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Bay, Geranium, Pine
by Sharon Moran - Butterfly Expressions, llc
|In last month's article I wrote, "A systematic way to work through this vast amount of information is imperative. Knowledge of the physiology of the body and how the body's systems interact with each other is imperative." Continuing with this line of thought, each month's newsletter this year will deal with a different body system.
The following is a excerpt from the book "Butterfly Miracles with Herbal Remedies"
NOSE, THROAT, TRACHEA, BRONCHIALS, LUNGS
The lungs are one of the main channels of elimination in the body. They also provide oxygen to the blood so that it can be carried to all the cells. Metabolism in all body organs is stimulated with the intake of oxygen. Trouble in the respiratory tract can impair immune function.
Allergies, asthma, bronchitis, coughs, chest pain, colds, croup, emphysema, flu, hay fever, laryngitis, pleurisy, pneumonia, sinusitis, tuberculosis
Symptoms are varied and manifest in many ways.
Pollutants such as lead, ozone, carbon monoxide, too much red meat, congestion in the bowels and liver, repressed emotions, being “smothered” by another person
Pindolol (high blood pressure), Hydralazine (hypertension), Ketroprofen (anti-inflammatory)
VITAMINS / MINERALS / FOODS
Vitamin A, vitamin E, B-Complex, minerals, salmon oil, flaxseed oil, lecithin, eucalyptus essential oil
HERBS / SUPPLEMENTS
comfrey, mullein, marshmallow, ephedra, horehound, wild cherry, rosehips, aloe vera
Breathing is an autonomic nervous response. We subconsciously trust that when we breathe out another breath of life-giving air is available to us. If we have been betrayed by a trusted loved one, or other events in our lives have caused us to fear for our emotional or physical safety, our chest may become tight and our breathing restricted.
Other primary emotions related to the lungs are sadness and the inability to incorporate new ideas, ways of doing things, and people into our lives. There may also be the feeling of being smothered by someone or by our responsibilities. Sometimes we smother feelings of grief or guilt.
A persistent tickling sensation in the throat or lungs may indicate that something in our lives has become irritating or annoying to us. Perhaps there is something we need badly to say but we feel that no one is listening or that it is somehow unsafe to express our emotions and needs. A chronic cough may indicate that there is something we want or need to “get off our chest.”
There are many ways in which the respiratory tract may develop problems—pneumonia, chronic sore throats, allergies, and asthma, to name just a few. Some are viral or bacterial in nature and some are allergenic, an immune system dysfunction.
Asthma comes in a couple of different forms, allergic and non-allergic. Possible causes of non-allergic asthma include adrenal disorder, anxiety, temperature changes, extremes of dryness or humidity, fear, low blood sugar, and stress. An asthmatic reaction to any of these situations indicates a potentially serious imbalance in the body somewhere. Our bodies are designed to handle a certain amount of these types of things without “starving us for air.” The underlying situation needs to be discovered and corrected.
As the above information indicates, imbalances in the respiratory system are many and some can be quite complex emotionally. Understanding both the physical issues, as well as the emotional connections, is essential when evaluating how to best bring about an improvement in this, or any system.
The respiratory system includes more than just the bronchials and lungs of the lower respiratory system. The upper respiratory system includes the nose and sinuses, the throat and also the trachea.
Knowing the physiological functions performed by these various body parts, and how they interact with each other, can give you insight into what will help achieve healing. For example, congested and infected sinuses can "drip" down the back of the throat, creating an extremely sore throat. Simply treating the sore throat may not fight the infection in the sinuses. Another scenario might be waking up with a sore throat from sleeping with your mouth open all night due to allergies. There may be no infection present to attack, just the swelling associated with the allergic response.
When choosing herbal tinctures and essential oils to help heal our bodies it is comforting to know that both the oils and the herbs bring about homeostasis. Very often these same herbs and oils can be taken in advance to promote balance and vitality in a weak or struggling system.
Oils which have an affinity for the respiratory system include:
LeAcknowledge, LeAspire, LeBountiful, LeBreezey, LeCherish, LeDeeper, LeDeliverance, LeEndoRelief, LeEverlasting, LeExhilaration, LeGoodNite, LeHoliday Spirit, LeHousewarming, LeJourney, LeLifeForce, LeMariah, LeMillenia, LeSego Lily, LeSanctuary, LeSimplicity, LeSpiceC, LeStefanie, LeUnity, anethi, basil, bay, benzoin, cajeput, cedarwood, chamomile Roman, elemi, eucalyptus, hyssop, lavender, manuka, marjoram, melissa, myrrh, myrtle, niaouli, opoponax, orange sweet, oregano, patchouli, peppermint, ravensara, rosemary, and thyme.
Herbal remedies which have an affinity for the respiratory system include:
AL, APL, BBL, BRON, CC, COMP, CR, EUST, FC, IF, LCON, MULC, PL, RC, RC-L, SN, SS, SUPER C, TRT, WC, aloe vera, cayenne/hawthorne, comfrey, horehound, marshmallow, mullein, rosehips, wild cherry, and yarrow/usnea.
For more information regarding these herbal formulas and their recipes, I highly recommend Butterfly Miracles with Herbal Remedies by LaRee Westover.
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INGREDIENTS: bergamot, geranium, lemon, mandarin, orange sweet, sandalwood, ylang ylang
AFFINITY FOR: spiritual side of our natures, emotions, heart chakra
RESONANCE: spiritual, emotional, physical
APPLICATION: LeBeloved should be applied over the heart chakra using the palms of the hands. It can also be diffused.
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: The aroma of LeBeloved is like a breath of fresh air for our hearts and souls. When we feel out of sync with our loved ones or overwhelmed by our responsibilities to them, this oil helps bring us back to joy in what is most important in our lives.
EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: LeBeloved profoundly affects the heart chakra and is a beautiful oil for relationships—both romantic and with family and friends. It opens our hearts and our spirits to recognize that we are loved more than we can possibly comprehend. Understanding the great love that God has for us can help us to heal our own emotional wounds. From our wholeness of heart, we can then see clearly and respond generously in just the right way.
LeBeloved is helpful in developing inner strength and fortitude. The oils is this blend are of benefit when we are feeling overwhelmed or must accept changes in the circumstances of our lives. LeBeloved has been of value with mood swings and panic attacks.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: The negative emotions found in dysfunctional and destructive relationships can manifest in a variety of ways, making this blend effective for a broad spectrum of physical complaints. This list may include bed-wetting, a tendency for cystits and urinary tract infections, headaches, heart palpitations, menstrual cramps and just about anything else. The important thing to pay attention to is the emotional drivers of physical pain.
LeKey To My Heart
INGREDIENTS: copaiba balsam, cypress, geranium, helichrysum, mandarin, orange sweet, palmarosa, ylang ylang
AFFINITY FOR: cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, urinary tract, cardiopulmonary, vein health, sacral and solar plexus chakras, root and crown chakras, connection to heaven and earth, communication between all chakras, governing vessel meridian
RESONANCE: physical, emotional
APPLICATION: LeKey to My Heart, diluted, may be applied on the chest over the heart area several times a day. LeVitality can also be applied to the acupressure heart area on the left foot, or alternatively, to the heart points found under the left ring finger and corresponding toe on the left foot.
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: LeKey to My Heart can be worn as a perfume or diffused.
GENERAL INFORMATION: LeKey to My Heart came about originally as a serendipitous mistake made in the blending of LeVitality. It still contains many of the same essential oil singles as LeVitality, but some oils specifically targeting emotions that are linked to heart dysfunction have been added to the blend.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: LeKey to My Heart is very strong in the balancing and repairing of the cardiovascular, circulatory, pulmonary, and lymphatic systems. This blend can be used in conjunction with, or in lieu of, LeVitality for heart related and circulatory conditions. The choice should be made according to the emotional patterns, stresses, and needs of the individual. LeKey to My Heart has proven useful for lowering high blood pressure, reducing stress levels, and increasing stamina and energy levels.
EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: LeKey to My Heart creates enthusiasm for life and confidence that one's body is capable of healing and adequate to the tasks being required of it.
This blend seems to stabilize and open the emotional and electrical rhythms of the heart and has a dramatic impact on the pericardium, both physically and emotionally. The pericardium is the protective case around the physical heart and the protective watchman of the emotional heart. Openness here allows us to give and receive love and perceive other people's intentions accurately and without judgement. An open and well-functioning pericardium is the basis for great and effective leadership. This is an effective oil for those stressful days when one has no choice but to multi-task and do so efficiently and well.
One description of this blend by a frequent user described it as helping to "create a self-disciplined, decided heart." This is a perfect description of the emotional impact of LeKey to My Heart. She also mentioned that LeKey to My Heart gives one "sufficient hope to venture out and go forth and live, while creating a safe atmosphere in which to work." LeKey to My Heart contains additional emotionally balancing oils which are not present in LeVitality, but it is slightly less effective for the physical repair of heart valves.
INGREDIENTS: angelica, cedarwood, cinnamon bark, clary sage, geranium, jasmine, mandarin, neroli, orange sweet, orange sweet dark, patchouli, sandalwood, spikenard, ylang ylang
AFFINITY FOR: emotions, base chakra, sacral chakra, heart chakra
RESONANCE: physical with deep emotional impact
APPLICATION: LeMoonlight can be diffused any time you like or worn as a perfume.
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: The aroma of this blend is earthy with a strong sensuous floral tone.
Emotional/PHYSICAL ASPECTS: LeMoonlight is a potent aphrodisiac. It sets a mood of connection to and appreciation for your romantic partner. LeMoonlight adds to the delight you feel in the sensual and passionate side of your lives together and creates emotional depth and bonding.
GENERAL INFORMATION: Lavender is a universal oil that has been shown to balance the body and to work wherever there is a need. It is called "the grandmother" of essential oils because it cares for and nurtures us through such a variety of physical and emotional stresses. If you don't know what essential oil to reach for, try lavender.
INGREDIENT IN: LeAgeLess, LeAngel, LeAssurance, LeBalance, LeCandila, LeDelicate, LeDiscernment, LeEverlasting, LeEZ Traveler, LeInner Peace, LeIQ, LeJulia, LeLetting Go, LeMyGraine, LeMillenia, LePurify, LeQuietEssence, LeSimplicity, LeSolitude, LeTranquility, LeTrust, LeTurmoil, LeUnity, LeVictory, LeVision, LeWarmDown, LeWithIn, LeWoman Wise
THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: antiseptic, diuretic, expectorant, emmenagogue, antiparasitic
AFFINITY FOR: digestive system, lymphatic system, cardiovascular system, reproductive system, genito-urinary system, immune system, nerves, brain, solar plexus, all heart meridians, base chakra
RESONANCE: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual
PART UTILIZED: flowering tops
EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Lavender can help us move from judgement to kindness and generosity.
APPLICATION: There is probably no wrong way to apply or diffuse lavender.
EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: One of the great emotional gifts of lavender is the feeling of total and unchanging support around us. It leaves us with no room for doubt that we are loved and will be supported in life's challenges and in the process of healing. Lavender promotes faith, even in the hard times. Lavender brings balance between masculine and feminine energy and traits.
Lavender is a gentle, but effective, sedative and nervine. It can bring relief from anxiety, panic, hysteria, emotional and mental fatigue, headaches and migraines, and insomnia.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Lavender can be used for nearly all skin conditions. It can be applied to cuts, sunburns, burns, rashes, dermatitis, eczema, and insect bites. Consistent use of lavender with burns and injuries minimizes scarring. Lavender, usually as part of a blend, is often used to prevent or remedy conditions of dandruff and hair loss. Lavender is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, cytophylactic, and antispasmodic, making it effective for muscle strains and sprains, cramps, and wound healing.
Lavender clears excess waste products from the lymphatic system and is an aid to digestion. Lavender is sometimes all that is needed to prevent or alleviate nausea. Mildly diuretic, lavender can be useful in alleviating edema and premenstrual water retention. Whether the root of the problem is emotional or physical, lavender is often effective in stabilizing both high or low blood pressure and regulating the pulse. Lavender, or blends containing it, is used to lessen pain and promote restful sleep. Lavender is useful for babies with thrush.
CAUTIONS: Lavender is wonderfully calming in small amounts, but can be stimulating if used in too large a quantity or too often. This is especially true with babies and small children.
INGREDIENT IN: LeBeloved, LeBenediction, LeBreezey, LeCinnamonBear, LeDeliverance, LeEverlasting, LeHeartSong, LeInsideOut, LeIQ, LeLetting Go, LeLifeForce, LeRevitalize, LeSimplicity, LeSunburst, LeSynopsis, LeTrust, LeTurmoil, LeVision, LeWeightless, LeWhispering Hope, LeWisdom
THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: antibiotic, sedative, carminative, diuretic, hemostatic, astringent, digestive, immunostimulant, antidepressant, stimulant, antiseptic, febrifuge, calmative, antispasmodic, anti-sclerotic, depurative, vermifuge, cicatrisive
AFFINITY FOR: respiratory system, lymphatic system, cardiovascular system, nervous system, digestive system, skin, muscles, solar plexus chakra, bladder meridian, wood element
RESONANCE: physical, emotional
PART UTILIZED: peel of fruit
EXTRACTION METHOD: cold pressed
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Lemon essential oil fills the air with a light, refreshing scent of lemons while it nourishes the nervous systems of everyone close by.
APPLICATION: Lemon oil should be diluted and applied to any area of the body. Since it helps dissolve cellulite, applying lemon to areas where cellulite has accumulated would be a good idea. Be sure to dilute to avoid irritation.
EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Lemon brings clarity of thought, aids in logical thinking, and helps us connect cause and effect in our lives. Lemon is a good oil for study sessions, improving attention span, and problem solving. Lemon can help us analyze our resentments, decide if they are based on reality or not, and then help us let go of them—real or not! Lemon makes it easier to handle the stresses of life with a sense of humor.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Lemon essential oil supports the respiratory system and is useful for asthma, bronchitis, sore throat, sinusitis, and most other respiratory complaints. Lemon oil tightens smooth muscles and strengthens connective tissue throughout the body. Lemon oil can be used for a liver or lymphatic cleanse. After cleansing is complete, lemon oil can stimulate the pancreas and the entire endocrine system. Lemon is very helpful in passing gallstones and is said to induce labor when the baby is over due. Lemon oil can be used to purify water and leaves no unpleasant taste behind.
CAUTIONS: Lemon essential oil is said by some to be photo-toxic..
INGREDIENT IN: LeAgeLess, LeAngel, LeBaby Me, LeBelieve, LeBenediction, LeDiscernment, LeExpressions, LeEverlasting, LeFaith, LeHeartSong, LeKindred Spirit, LeReconciliation, LeTomorrow, LeTrust, LeTurmoil, LeUnity
THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: anti-infective, antiseptic, astringent, tonic, stimulant, aphrodisiac, emollient, nervine, cytophylactic, hemostatic
AFFINITY FOR: cardiovascular system, nervous system, digestive system, genito-urinary system, central vessel meridian, spleen meridian, yin energy, heart chakra
RESONANCE: physical, emotional
PART UTILIZED: flowers
EXTRACTION METHOD: solvent
Rose is the highest frequency essential oil. As the frequency of the body rises to meet this amazing oil, wonderful things happen in the body.
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Rose is an almost annoyingly intoxicating fragrance, but when you need it, the aroma is absolutely divine.
APPLICATION: There is no wrong way to use rose. Simply enjoy it as often as you can.
EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Rose is an outstanding remedy for those times when we feel trapped by our responsibilities or by the past. Sometimes we need help to let go and move forward into the future easily and with delight. The best way that I know to describe rose oil is to tell you a story that was told to me.
A very wise man was walking along the edge of the river one day. He heard faint calls for help coming from just over the edge of the rushing river. As he looked over the edge he saw a person, so very afraid, clinging to an old dead branch with all of his might. "Help me," the poor person calls out to him. "Please, give me your hand. I can't hold on another moment." The wise man looks around him and spots a beautiful rose growing on the side of the riverbed. Picking it, he holds it out to the distraught person, saying, "Take hold of this rose. It is the most magic of flowers. You will be saved and all will be well with you." The person immediately reaches for the magic flower, losing his grip on the old dead branch—and the rushing river instantly carries him away. The wise man smiles and walks down the riverbank for a short way. There he finds the person, wet and shaken, but washed ashore quite safely. The wise man hands the person the flower and says gently, with compassion and understanding in his voice, "You only needed to trust and let go." We choose our attitudes and beliefs based on our perceptions of the experiences in our past. Rose oil can help us understand that nothing from the past needs to hamper our futures.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Rose is one of the very best oils for use in any emotional crisis. It is useful in extreme debility and fatigue. Rose has a four-fold action on nerves, digestion, vascular, and urinary systems. This action is one of cleansing, rather than stimulation. Rose oil, surprisingly, is one of the most antiseptic essential oils. This antiseptic action, combined with its action on capillaries and its soothing and emollient qualities, make it a wonderful oil for nearly all types of skin.
GENERAL INFORMATION: All absolutes, because of their concentration and intensity, should be evaluated in extremely small quantities. Large amounts of these oils can overcome the receptor sites in the nose. The complexity of the fragrance, especially the rare and exotic notes, become entirely lost to our sense of smell.