"It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think  you're not.
~Unknown~

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Article: The Heart by Sharon Moran
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  LeBenediction

LeMoonlight

LeExpressions (6ml)

 
 




 
  Bergamot

Rosewood

Ylang II

 
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  LeBenediction, LeMoonlight, LeExpressions
Bergamot, Rosewood, Ylang Ylang



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Health Tip: Sally - A Glycerin Tincture
Siberian ginseng (eleuthero), alfalfa, peppermint, chamomile

Sally is a tincture combination useful for many things, including colds, digestive disorders and even allergies.    Sally is good at keeping the body's immune system up and functioning at an optimal level while improving stamina and energy reserves.

Ginseng is an adaptogen, helping the body to strengthen its immune system and to help it better handle stress.     Alfalfa adds a huge list of vitamins and minerals to the mix.     This provides a great deal of nutrition to the body in an easily digested and quickly absorbed form.     The body requires more B vitamins when it is under stress.     Alfalfa contains high levels of these B vitamins.     The herb peppermint is great for increasing one's energy levels as well as decreasing congestion and breaking up mucous.     Peppermint can also be effective against headaches, which often accompany stress and depressed immune systems.     Finally, chamomile is also calming and soothing.


The Heart
By Sharon Moran
The heart has been used as a symbol to reflect our feelings and emotions for centuries. When we fall in love, we say our heart "flutters". When we are rejected, our heart "breaks". We refer to people who are cold as "heart-less" and when someone is especially caring, we call them "big-hearted". We "take things to heart" when we are emotionally connected to them and we love "from the bottom of our heart".

Deb Shapiro, in her book Your Body Speaks Your Mind, states, "The heart is more than just the center of love, it is also the center of your being, the place you point to when you talk about yourself. When you say, "You have touched my heart," you are really saying, "You have touched the deepest part of my being." The Native Americans, when they first met the white man, are known to have said how strange it was that,

"The white man thinks with his head instead of his heart."
Our emotional heart needs to be nourished and respected for us to feel loved. Fear can close our heart so we become unable to feel or express our feelings to ourselves and others. Love is shared when the heart is open and balanced.

Our heart, continually pumping blood throughout our bodies, keeps us alive. Our heart lies in the center of our chest, the center of our being. When the physical heart is struggling, certain warning signs are given in order for us to readjust our lifestyle in an attempt to bring it back into balance. One of the major warning signs of a heart imbalance is a heartbeat that does not return back to normal after moderate stress. This can be a sign that stress, fear and anxiety are affecting our lives in a negative manner.

Angina or a tightness in the chest is a result of tight and restricted blood vessels. On the emotional side, this can equate to an emotional state that is uptight or hindered. A tightening of the chest, and heart, can be a warning sign that we are ignoring our own needs and are unable to express our feelings. Our heart is trying to tell us to soften and to lose the inner tightness that is so constricting.

Heart attacks are a major concern in the Western world. The incidence of heart attacks has approximately doubled every 20 years since 1900. A heart attack is a blockage of a heart vessel so that the heart is cut off from blood and the life giving oxygen it carries. Some of the risk factors for heart attacks are overwork, excess pressure and stress. Certainly dietary habits play a significant role in heart disease. Another way to view these risk factors in the emotional arena would be to say that they limit the amount of time one takes for personal relaxation and loving relationships. A heart attack implies that the heart is under attack from a build-up of unexpressed emotions or a resistance to opening the heart to love. Warning signs are a way that the heart is trying to get your attention to fix these imbalances in both your physical and emotional bodies. Either way you want to look at these risk factors, they all point to a lifestyle lacking in self-love and relaxation.
The old saying, "Take time to smell the roses" is right on so many levels.
Essential oils that help the heart become balanced, both physically and emotionally would include:
LeVitality, LeKadence, LeHeartSong, LeSego Lily, LeBelieve, LeBeloved, LeBenediction, LeGrace, LeGrateful Heart, Neroli, rose, and Jasmine.

This list could be much more extensive, depending upon which aspect of the imbalanced heart you were addressing.

LeBenediction

INGREDIENTS: angelica, bay, geranium, hyssop, lemon, melissa blend, myrrh, rose, rose geranium, rosewood, sandalwood, spruce, ylang ylang

AFFINITY FOR: energy system, respiratory system, endocrine system, liver, pineal gland, pituitary gland, bilary ducts, central vessel meridian, bladder meridian, throat chakra, crown chakra, emotional balance

RESONANCE: spiritual, physical

APPLICATION: LeBenediction should be placed on shoulders, wrists, and thymus area and is also of great benefit when diffused into a room that is highly charged with energy.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: The aroma of LeBenediction can increase the integrity of the auric field, strengthening our personal energy barriers. This blend is particularly useful for meditation and gospel study.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: LeBenediction is a favorite among massage and energy therapists. It strengthens one's own energy boundaries and protects against "energy drains" that can occur when working with other people's energy fields. This blend should be used at times when you are feeling particularly vulnerable and "energy sensitive" and easily drained by people and situations.

LeBenediction can help us speak up and express our needs clearly without blaming or whining, especially if we are sensitive to or over-awed by the person we are addressing. This blend can also temper our tendency to judge unkindly when we feel that a person has created the mess they are in and we are justified in leaving them alone to fix it.

LeBenediction also aids us in learning to acknowledge the role that blessings from above have played in our own successes and achievements. Gratitude to heaven is a very healing emotion; probably the best thing you can do to balance your own chakra centers. Try this blend any time you are feeling angry, stressed, or depressed.

LeBenediction is also very effective after an illness for returning energy levels to normal and getting us back on our feet both physically and emotionally.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: LeBenediction is often useful for tension headaches, heart palpitations, and high blood pressure where picking up on the energies of others is a contributing factor. LeBenediction makes an effective deodorant.

UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS:Frequently utilized to create an energy "bubble barrier" which allows us to interact with others without compromising our "self". This is true whether we are being drained by others or are at a low point ourselves and having a draining effect on those around us.

CAUTIONS: Avoid exposing areas of skin where LeBenediction was applied to direct sunlight for 3 to 6 hours.

LeExpressions

INGREDIENTS: frankincense, jasmine, osmanthus, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang

AFFINITY FOR: heart chakra, throat chakra

RESONANCE: spiritual, physical, emotional

APPLICATION: LeExpressions is very nice diffused, wonderful for a relaxing bath and can be diluted with a carrier oil and used for a truly wonderful massage.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: The aroma of this blend is amazing - sensuous and heady, almost euphoric and very healing to the emotional heart and heart chakra.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: LeExpressions contains many of the highest frequency spiritually, emotionally, and mentally balancing and healing essential oils. The synergy of this blend makes it even more effective than any of its single essential oils when used alone. The recent addition of osmanthus to this blends adds yet another layer of emotional and spiritual balance.

LeExpressions is a very nice blend for pampering yourself. This oil is used to enhance communication and connection in romantic relationships, and is most definitely an aphrodisiac.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: LeExpressions is an excellent oil for hormone balancing and the emotional problems associated with PMS. This is also an excellent oil to keep spirits and confidence levels high during childbirth. The essential oils comprising this blend increase skin elasticity. It should be used for skin care, to minimize and reduce stretch marks, and to reduce scarring.

General INFORMATION: LeExpressions is a rather pricey oil. It has to be because of the cost of its ingredients. Fortunately, the aroma is often all that you need and when you do need to apply the oil to your body, one drop is sufficient.

LeMoonlight

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.

INGREDIENTS: frankincense, jasmine, osmanthus, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang

AFFINITY FOR: heart chakra, throat chakra

RESONANCE: spiritual, physical, emotional

APPLICATION: LeExpressions is very nice diffused, wonderful for a relaxing bath and can be diluted with a carrier oil and used for a truly wonderful massage.

Bergamot

(Citrus bergamia)

INGREDIENT IN: LeAcknowledge, LeBaby Me, LeBeloved, LeDreams, LeEverlasting, LeFaith, LeHeartSong, LeRevitalize

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, disinfectant

AFFINITY FOR: digestive system, endocrine system, hormone balance, metal element, wood element, water element, yang energy, heart chakra

RESONANCE: emotional, physical

PLANT FAMILY: Rutaceae

PART UTILIZED: fruit

EXTRACTION METHOD: cold pressed

APPLICATION: It is always recommended to dilute bergamot well. Well diluted bergamot becomes soothing and emollient; not diluted sufficiently, it can be irritating to skin.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Bergamot is a sweet smelling citrus oil, with a warm floral scent that is unusual among the citrus oils. Bergamot, diffused, is said to repair the aura and make one feel young at heart.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Because bergamot has a special affinity for the liver meridian, it encourages the release of anger and pain that is being held back or held deeply in the body. A person needing bergamot is usually a good listener. They are described by friends and family as cheerful and supportive. Often this cheerfulness is a mask, hiding anger, despair, or depression. It is as though they are carrying the burden of every sad story they have listened to on their own shoulders. They are very angry, but since the stories are not their own they feel they cannot tell them to anyone. The anger they feel becomes repressed and turns inward. The ability of bergamot to relieve anger, nervous depression, anxiety, and hysteria has been well documented in Europe. Bergamot can help us find peace when our heart hurts for other's distress.

Bergamot is excellent in any emotional crisis and in convalescing from an illness. Bergamot raises the spirits and brings light into our lives and lightness to dark and weary days. It is often used in treatments for eating disorders.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Bergamot has a great many applications for physical healing. Bergamot is used for urinary tract infections, sore throat, cold sores, bronchitis, and varicose veins.

In Italy, bergamot is commonly used in the treatment of intestinal parasites. Also used in treatments for candida overgrowth and thrush. Bergamot has been shown effective against tuberculosis bacilli. Like all essential oils, bergamot is antimicrobial. It is particularly destructive of bacteria that live in the mouth.

CAUTIONS: Bergamot should be diluted well and used sparingly. Repeated use of bergamot can result in extreme contact sensitization.

Bergamot contains bergaptene, which is phototoxic. You should avoid direct sunlight on skin to which bergamot has been applied. This caution applies to more than just an uncomfortable sunburn. Damage to the nuclei of cells has been documented when skin to which bergamot was applied was exposed to ultra-violet light. This phototoxicity lasts up to 12 hours after the oil has been applied. Using bergamot in a blend does not eliminate its phototoxicity. There is no problem using this oil as long as you apply it to areas of the body that will not be exposed to ultra-violet light (sunlight or a tanning bed).

There are bergamot essential oils available that have had the constituents that create phototoxicity removed. However, these oils lack both aroma and certain therapeutic qualities.

Rosewood

(Aniba rosaeodora)

INGREDIENT IN: LeAcknowledge, LeBaby Me, LeBelieve, LeBenediction, LeDiscernment, LeEverlasting, LeExhilaration, LeFaith, LeFocus, LeGrateful Heart, LeHeartSong, LeInner Peace, LeKindred Spirit, LeMeditation, LeMillenia, LePatches, LeQuietEssence, LeSego Lily, LeSolitude, LeTrust, LeTurmoil, LeUnDone

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infective, astringent, antispasmodic, emollient, tonic, cephalic, deodorant, insecticide, mild immune stimulant

AFFINITY FOR: muscles, central nervous system, skin, central vessel meridian, bladder meridian, throat chakra

RESONANCE: emotional, physical

PLANT FAMILY: Lauraceae

PART UTILIZED: wood

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: The gentle aroma of rosewood creates a peaceful atmosphere.

APPLICATION: Rosewood can be worn as perfume, diffused, or applied to the feet or anywhere on the body.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Rosewood's action on the central nervous system can help us balance our emotions, maintaining evenness of mood instead of wide fluctuations from moment to moment. Rosewood is an excellent choice for grief of all kinds. It helps us notice and respond to the loving strength of those around us until we are able to respond again with love of our own. Rosewood helps us move past the grief, and sometimes the anger, of our losses and find the good memories and the love that we once felt.

Because rosewood's action lies in the realm of the throat chakra, it can have an effect on our ability to speak up and speak about things close to our hearts. Sometimes communication is about the things that we don't say. Rosewood can help us find a balance between speaking up and holding our tongue.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: The actions of rosewood are predominantly on the skin and the nerves, but like all essential oils, rosewood is antiseptic. Rosewood is useful for skin rashes, irritations, dermatitis, scars, and skin that has become dry and inflamed. It brings balance to the secretions of the sebaceous glands, improves elasticity, and enhances the skin's ability to act as a barrier to infectious invasion. Rosewood, or essential oil blends containing it, are often used as massage oils for the prevention of stretch marks.

Rosewood is a very good oil for headaches that cause nausea, especially when the headaches are linked to nervousness and tension in the muscles of the neck and back.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Rosewood will probably become increasingly more difficult to find and more expensive as over-harvesting has caused changes in the laws of some countries. Howood is being tried throughout the world as a substitute for rosewood.

CAUTIONS: I do not recommend the internal consumption of essential oils, but a special warning needs to be issued about rosewood. Even among authorities that do recommend internal consumption, rosewood is contra-indicated. In fact, it is considered extremely dangerous. DO NOT take rosewood essential oil internally.

There are no other known cautions for rosewood essential oil.

Ylang Ylang II

(Cananga odorata)

INGREDIENT IN: LeAngel, LeAssurance, LeBaby Me, LeBalance, LeBelieve, LeBeloved, LeBenediction, LeCandila, LeConnection, LeEverlasting, LeEZ Traveler, LeGoodNite, LeGrateful Heart, LeHeartSong, LeInner Peace, LeKadence, LeLetting Go, LeMoonlight, LeRefreshMint, LeSanctuary, LeTomorrow, LeTranquility, LeUnity, LeVictory, LeVitality, LeWhispering Hope, LeWisdom

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: sedative, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, nervine, antidepressant, calmative

AFFINITY FOR: adrenals and thymus, nerves, heart chakra, yin energy

RESONANCE: emotional, physical

PLANT FAMILY: Anonaceae

PART UTILIZED: flowers

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

APPLICATION: Excellent oil for diffusing. Diluted, it can be worn anywhere on the body.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Ylang ylang can bring back feelings of confidence, joy, and peace.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: The aromatic focus of ylang ylang is spirituality. It fosters a desire in our souls for deeper and more meaningful communication with heaven. As we develop the emotional, caring, nurturing, intuitive, spiritual side of our natures, many things shift for us. We find that we are able to block or filter the negativity and "garbage" around us. We are better able to focus our thoughts and our drive.

One of the behaviors that signals a need for ylang ylang is throwing temper tantrums that, if we are honest with ourselves, have the underlying intent of getting us our own way. Another indication for ylang ylang is sudden loss of interest in work, personal appearance, and even in family members and friends. Ylang ylang may also be helpful for insecurity, low self-esteem, anger, rage, and dare-devil tendencies.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Ylang ylang balances the male-female energies and hormones in the body by stimulating the adrenals and thymus glands. This can balance sexual energy and bring joy, harmony, and passion to relationships. The hormonal support properties of ylang ylang make it useful for the symptoms of PMS and many other hormone related complaints. Ylang ylang is a uterine tonic. Dilute and apply to the abdomen for this function.

As ylang ylang's hormonal properties work in conjunction with its nervine properties, ylang ylang becomes exceptionally effective for depression, irritability, anxiety, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, hypertension, nervous tension, physical and mental exhaustion, nervousness, and insomnia. Ylang ylang is also excellent for routine skin care, more serious skin problems, and hair loss. Ylang ylang is also used to regulate circulation, fight intestinal infections, and alleviate constipation.

GENERAL INFORMATION: The distillation of the delicate flowers of ylang ylang is a complex process. The product that is extracted two hours after the distillation process begins is referred to in the industry as the "extra". This distillation is extremely heady, potent, and overly-sweet, and is not used in aromatherapy applications but is used by the perfume industry because a little goes a long way and the aroma remains stable longer.

This "extra" is combined with the first and second distillations to form Ylang Ylang Complete. The 1st and 2nd distillations are the same flowers continuing the distillation process for longer periods of time before being "pulled". The first and second distillations are more subtle and less sweet in aroma. They are often used in therapeutic applications, but the complete is generally preferred.