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SHEA BUTTER is high in fatty acids which makes it a great skin moisturizer. The high lipid content actually nourishes the skin and penetrates through the first layer of skin to hydrate and add to the skin’s elasticity. Shea butter has been reported to have a slight ability to absorb ultra violet radiation, helping to protect the skin from the sun.

Shea butter is extracted from the nut of the Africa shea tree. It becomes liquid and melts at body temperature, making it very desirable for skin care products. It is absorbed into the skin quickly and acts as a “refatting” agent, hydrating and plumping dry, wrinkled skin. Its biochemical nature allows it to bind well with water which accounts for shea butter’s ability to treat dry skin. Shea butter is also reported to have some ability to absorb ultraviolet radiation, making it have a limited capacity as a sunscreen.

SUNFLOWER OIL acts as an antioxidant because of the high levels of vitamin E it contains.

As an antioxidant, it helps neutralize cancer causing free radical cells. Sunflower oil also contains a good amount of folic acid which helps the body produce new cells. This plays a vital role in the healing process.
Like other oils high in fatty acids, including oleic acid, sunflower oil can help retain moisture in the skin. It may also be helpful in providing and maintaining a protective barrier that resists infection, especially in premature infants.

A recent study determined that infants receiving a daily skin treatment of sunflower oil were 41% less likely to develop infections while in the hospital.

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“The art of healing comes from nature, not from
the physician. Therefore the physician must
start from nature, with an open mind.”
Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus
Nervous System
by LaRee Westover & Sharon Moran
Butterfly Expressions, LLC

 
In last December'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"

NERVOUS

BRAIN, NERVES

The central nervous system is the spinal cord and brain. The peripheral nervous system consists of the nerves that extend out from the spinal cord and the base of the brain to other parts of the body. The autonomic nervous system regulates the internal organs and functions that are considered to be outside of our conscious control such as our heart rhythms, digestion, and breathing. Of course, hunters and athletes have repeatedly shown that many of these responses such as breathing and heart rate can be slowed, controlled, and calmed at will when the need arises.

The central nervous system and the immune system are closely related. The brain sends messages back and forth between the two systems in a continual round. Any type of anxiety or stress has long been recognized as compromising to the immune system.

DISEASES

Alzheimer’s, anorexia, autism, bulimia, depression, Down’s syndrome, dyslexia, epilepsy, meningitis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, senility, shingles, spina bifida

SYMPTOMS

Symptoms vary according to the area of the body affected. Symptoms can include mental illness, dementia, headaches, migraines, hyperactivity, insomnia, memory loss, and vertigo.

STRESSORS

The nerves are the most sensitive organs of the body and react very poorly and often very quickly to poor nutrition, lack of oxygen, prescription drugs, air pollution, stress, hormonal imbalances, and toxic metals.

PROBLEM DRUGS

Ativan (anxiety and tension drug), Bitolterol (for asthma), Bromocriptine (used to prevent lactation after birth), Cyclobenzaprine (a muscle relaxant), improperly balanced B-Complex supplements

VITAMINS / MINERALS / FOODS

Vitamin C, calcium, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, molasses

HERBS / SUPPLEMENTS

blue vervain, cayenne, damiana, gotu kola, dong quai, lady slipper, motherwort, passion flower, hops, black cohosh, scullcap, catnip, chamomile, peppermint, hawthorn berries, oats, lavender, pulsatilla, St. Johns wort, lemon balm, ginseng, lobelia, valerian, wood betony

EMOTIONAL CONNECTIONS

The nervous system responds immediately to our every thought and feeling. It is important to pay attention to where in the body various emotions are manifesting. This is especially true of pain that seems to have no overt physical cause.

PAIN: Pain, anywhere in the body, is a signal that something is wrong. More than that, it is a signal that something needs your attention and some changes need to be made. Sometimes, the problems are physical; more often it is physical with some emotional undertones. Addressing the physical issue feels good for a while, but inevitably the body will send its message with a pain signal from somewhere else—the other hip, for example. Unless the pain is being caused by something entirely physical (and maybe even then), where in the body the pain is located can give you amazing clues as to what needs addressing in your perceptions.

A major, underlying contributor to all pain is lack of circulation, as a result, lack of oxygen to the area.

HEADACHES: There are many possible physical reasons for headaches. Some of the possibilities are structural misalignments, hormone imbalances, muscle tension, chemical or food allergies, insufficient water intake, or lack of physical exercise.

Headaches can also have emotional drivers. The possible emotions are as many and varied as people and situations. It is always helpful, when looking for the source of persistent or chronic headaches, to look back over the events of the preceding few days and examine the emotions that you felt just prior to the onset of each headache.

Excessive mental strain, too much time in front of a computer screen, pushing yourself too hard in an attempt to do too much, or failing to deal with feelings such as anger, fear, or worry are a few examples of common headache triggers. Some others are being stubborn (or just plain hard-headed), intolerant, and self-centered. Each of these attitudes can create tension that centers in the neck and shoulder muscles.

GENERAL COMMENTS

Recent research indicates, unequivocally, that the heart sends electrical impulses to the brain in response to stimulus from the outside world. It is the heart, not the nervous system—according to these studies—that is the instigator of our emotional responses to our environment and is responsible for the formation of our perceptions. “As a man thinketh in his heart” is turning out to be a physical reality, not just an interesting platitude. The pituitary and hypothalamus glands also play important roles in this communication between heart and mind, as well as in other nervous system functions.

Other recent research indicates that there is a high-speed communication system at work in the body that is not connected to the nervous system or to the hormone/cytokine networks. This system is being called the tissue tensegrity matrix system or just the “living matrix”. This matrix functions far more rapidly and efficiently than can be accounted for by the neurons and synapses of the nervous system.

Research indicates that part of this system depends on the ability of living tissues to transmit electrical signals (called energy by some people) from cell to cell throughout their structures. These electrical energy waves were previously undetected, not because they didn’t exist, but because of limitations in the detection technology of previous studies.

It is known that water is an essential part of this communication system. Without water and its hydrogen bonds, the components of DNA and all other proteins would be so unstable they would simply fly apart. Water also plays a primary role in the conduction of electrical impulses. If we do not keep ourselves sufficiently hydrated, our cells cannot perform their functions properly.

There are references in ancient Chinese texts to tiny filaments which run through the layers of connective tissue that surround every organ and joint of our bodies. Over the last few years, technology has finally advanced to the point where these tiny threads, called fascia, can be observed in laboratory settings. These filaments conduct electricity and are obviously part of the body’s high speed communication system. The conclusion is being drawn by scientists from different countries that the fascia network may correspond to the acupuncture meridian system of traditional Chinese medicine.

As more and more research is being done, the published results sound more and more like ancient eastern philosophical and medical texts. Some of the findings being reported by western scientists sound very much like descriptions of meridians, chakras, and fascia.

As the above narrative suggests, this system is very complex, with many different layers of symptoms. Not only are the physical and pain issues manifested here, but the emotional components of this system are just as relevant. Generally, by the time the body has an imbalance in the emotional field, the physical body is manifesting pain symptoms to give you a warning of what might need your attention.

Pain just about anywhere is your body trying to get your attention. Something isn’t right and your body wants your attention. Here, once again, we see that the body’s systems are very inter-related. Red blood cells are created in the bone marrow, stimulated by a hormone produced by the kidneys -- red blood cells carry oxygen in the blood -- the heart pumps the blood throughout the body -- lack of oxygen to any one certain area of the body, due to poor circulation, can result in pain and dis-ease. We often tend to think that the pain is the problem and we get “stuck” in treating that. In fact, we may make more progress with true healing by searching for the reasons for the pain.

Healing all layers of our bodies produces true, lasting health. Be sure to pay attention to the signals your body is trying to give you. Preventing stress and illness is way easier than correcting major imbalances.

Oils which have an affinity for the nervous system include: Acknowledge, AboutFace, AgeLess, Angel, Aspire, Assurance, Believe, Benediction, Cherish, Deeper, Dreams, Expressions, Faith, Grace, HeartSong, Housewarming, Inner Peace, IQ InsideOut, Key to my Heart, Letting Go, LifeForce, LivN, Magi, Meditation, Millenia, MyGraine, Paine, Patches, QuietEssence, Reconciliation, Revitalize, Sancturary, Synopsis, TendaCare, Tranquility, Trust, Turmoil, Unity, Vitalilty,WarmDown, Wisdom, anthopogon, bergamot, birch, black pepper, cedarwood, chamomile Roman, fir balsam, frankincense, galbanum, helichrysum, lavender, peppermint, petitgrain, sandalwood, saro, Spanish sage, spearmint, spikenard, spruce, wintergreen, valerian, vetiver, violet leaf, yarrow (This is a very extensive list. Many more oils could be included because of the inter-relationships with other systems.)

Herbs which have an affinity for the nervous system include: BBL, KNA, MIN, NV, NT, NS, NVC, PN, PPAC, catnip/chamomile, blue vervain, cayenne, damiana, gotu kola, dong quai, lady slipper, motherwort, passion flower, hops, black cohosh, skullcap, catnip, chamomile, peppermint, hawthorn berries, oats, lavender, pulsatilla, St. John’s wort, lemon balm, ginseng, lobelia, valerian, wood betany

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LeGrace

INGREDIENTS: mandarin, neroli, sandalwood, spruce, zanthoxylum

AFFINITY FOR: nervous system, endocrine system, electrical system of the heart, pineal and pituitary glands, emotional balance, all 4 fire meridians, governing vessel meridians, central vessel meridians, solar plexus chakra, brow chakra, heart chakra, sacral chakra

RESONANCE: physical, emotional, spiritual

APPLICATION: LeGrace has a lovely aroma. It is very nice worn as a perfume (perhaps it is a little too sweet for a man’s cologne). It can be diffused, used as a massage oil, or added to a bath. I like to dilute it and apply it on my chest, directly over my heart.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: LeGrace has a delicate, yet penetrating aroma which increases feelings of hope and self-confidence.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: When we arrived on this mortal shore, each one of us inherited a packet of fears. Included in this package was the fear that we are somehow defective and less than we should be. We fear that we are not going to be able to accomplish the things in life that we were meant to accomplish. We are unable to truly love others. To love is to let someone come close enough to see that we are deficient in qualities that we believe everyone else has in abundance. This feeling of deficiency we think we see in ourselves is only a perception, but doesn’t make it any less real in our minds. It becomes one of the core beliefs in our lives. LeGrace is meant to help us connect with reality and God’s view of our potential and who we are. This blend can open us to the love of others and to acceptance of ourselves.

This perception of defectiveness and deficiency in ourselves creates peaks and valleys in our emotions and in our productivity. For a while, we struggle on in the face of our fears. We are determined to learn what we need to learn and we are determined to win at the game of life somehow. This productivity and enthusiasm is then followed by a period of despair and inertia as our perceptions and fears get the upper hand. LeGrace, by removing our mis-perceptions and fears and helping us see ourselves more clearly, evens out these peaks and valleys and lets us settle into calm and dynamic productivity.

The aroma of LeGrace helps us find and move toward our place in the universe. This blend can bring us the assurance that we are right where we are supposed to be and all is right in our personal world. We can relax and enjoy our lives, while still accomplishing all that we need to and living to our full potential. We can begin to express and receive love without our fears getting in the way.

LeGrace is an excellent blend for the grief of losing, or separating from, a loved one. LeGrace should be used for depression and anxiety, especially when those states were triggered by grief or loss. LeHeartSong and LeGrace are excellent companion oils when working with grief issues of any sort.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: LeGrace, because is regulates the electrical impulses of the heart, has a regulatory effect on heartbeat, pulse, and blood pressure. This effect is particularly pronounced when the heart problems have an underlying emotional component of stress over feelings of inadequacy, or inability to do enough or be good enough in life or in a particular situation. LeGrace can be effective for heart arrhythmias, tachycardia, and high blood pressure.

GENERAL INFORMATION: LeGrace can be used as a follow-up or companion oil to LeReconciliation. Having healed the grief of parting and distance from loved ones, we are ready to find our own way and become all that we were meant to become.


LePurify

INGREDIENTS: citronella, grapefruit, lavender, lemongrass, manuka, tea tree

AFFINITY FOR: digestive system, skin, emotional stability

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

APPLICATION: Diffuse to purify the air, kill germs, and remove odors.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: LePurify purifies the air, neutralizes mildew, removes the smell of cigarette smoke and many other noxious odors when diffused in a room.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Some citrus oils and lavender, all of which are in this essential oil blend, are useful for anorexia and eating disorders because they moderate feelings of insecurity, self-doubt, and self-loathing. For this purpose, LePurify should be diffused every night and as much as possible during the day. Other essential oils, chosen according the emotional picture of the person, should be worn as perfume or cologne every day.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: LePurify kills odors, bacteria, molds, and fungus. This is an excellent oil for cleaning any portion of your home. This blend can be sprayed onto window sills and into corners during the winter months to prevent the growth of molds. It is effective when applied to spider bites and insect stings and can be used for repelling bugs, insects, and mice. LePurify sometimes brings relief from toothaches and dental abscesses; at the very least, it may relieve the problem somewhat until a dentist can be reached.

LeSimplicity

INGREDIENTS: lavender, lemon, manuka, melissa, mountain savory, oregano wild, rosemary, tea tree, thyme

AFFINITY FOR: skin, nerves, immune system

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

APPLICATION: LeSimplicity should be applied to the blistered areas of a cold sore and the skin around them, usually diluted in distilled or spring water. It makes an excellent mouthwash, diluted well.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: LeSimplicity is best used topically.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: LeSimplicity is a blend of potent antiviral oils which target the HSV-1 and 2 (Herpes Simplex) viruses. HSV infection causes fluid-filled blisters which form in clusters and then spread. Fatigue, irritability, low-grade fever, slow healing of cuts, infections, and whitlows around the fingernails are other signs of infection. These viruses are carried from person to person in body fluids such as saliva. The initial infection often occurs during childhood when well-meaning relatives subject children to on-the-mouth kisses.

Once the virus has entered the body, it “creeps” along neural pathways and establishes a home-base. HSV-1’s site of latency preference is the trigeminal ganglion, a collection of nerve cells near the ear. From this spot, outbreaks tend to occur on the lower lip or face when the body is under stress or the immune system has been compromised in some way. HSV-2 seems to prefer to lodge in the nerves at the base of the spine or sacral area.

This blend is designed to kill the viruses at the areas of outbreak, then follow the same neural pathways that the virus traveled until it reaches the colonies in the nerve bundles to kill it at the source.

Citronella

(Cymbopogon winterianus)

INGREDIENT IN: LeAway, LePurify, LeSunburst

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, deodorant, insecticidal, antiparasitic, stimulant

AFFINITY FOR: cardiovascular system, bones, digestion, muscles, circulation, skin

RESONANCE: physical, spiritual, emotional

PLANT FAMILY:Graminae

PART UTILIZED: leaf (grass)

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

APPLICATION: Citronella should always be diluted well before applying to skin.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Citronella’s bright, fresh aroma is nourishing to the spirit. It is also stimulating to the cardiovascular system. Citronella increases the heart rate when it is abnormally low. The aroma of citronella is recognized around the world as an insect repellent.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Citronella clears the soul of the negative influences others may be having on us. It helps us look at our relationships, being able to evaluate whether they are a positive or a negative influence in our lives.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Citronella can be used safely as an antiseptic to sanitize and deodorize surfaces being used in food preparation. Citronella, diluted with a carrier oil, makes a refreshing massage therapy oil. The citronella oils are used for colds, flu, fatigue, headaches, migraines, and neuralgia. They are also good for balancing excessive perspiration and excessive oiliness of skin and hair.

GENERAL INFORMATION: These two oils belong to the same family as lemongrass and palmarosa, and are similar in their therapeutic uses. Most literature does not distinguish between the citronella ceylon and citronella java. MS (mass spectrograph) readouts reveal some interesting differences, however. Java has a much higher percentage of citronella. This is the component most responsible for the lemony aroma and is also responsible for the insect repellent properties of citronella oils. Java has a lower percentage of geraniol than the ceylon variety. Geraniol is an ingredient which is suspected of attracting certain kinds of bees—not a good attribute for an insect repellent! Obviously, java makes the best insect repellent, but both varieties are often combined with cedarwood to make insecticides and insect repellents. Ceylon is probably used because it is less expensive than java.

CAUTIONS: Too frequent use of citronella on the skin can cause contact sensitization and irritation. Citronella should be used with caution during pregnancy.

Lime

(Citrus aurantifolia)

INGREDIENT IN: LeIntention, LeLiteN, LeTomorrow, LeTurmoil, LeWeightless

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, restorative, tonic

AFFINITY FOR: digestive problems, respiratory problems, immune function, lymphatic system, liver & gallbladder meridians, solar plexus chakra

RESONANCE: physical, mental, emotional

PLANT FAMILY:Rutaceae

PART UTILIZED: fruit

EXTRACTION METHOD: cold pressed

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Beautiful, fresh, and refreshing fragrance. A favorite for diffusing.

APPLICATION: Lime is a delightful addition to baths, body lotions, and deodorants. LeIntention, with a large percentage of lime, is a very nice massage oil.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Lime essential oil is a perfect choice for the very weary—those who are so weary of trials and troubles that they feel far older than their years on earth would indicate. The lively fragrance of lime is stimulating and refreshing. It can help one overcome exhaustion, depression, apathy, and listlessness. Good oil for improving memory and concentration.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Lime essential oil is said to soothe broken capillaries, stimulate the muscles around the eyes, brighten a pale, dull complexion by removing dead skin cells, and is capable of tightening skin and connective tissue. Lime is a good oil for digestive difficulties, particularly gallstones and gallbladder inflammation. This oil is recommended for liver deficiencies and liver cleansing in infants and children. Lime stimulates the immune system to increase production of leukocytes that aid in fighting infections. Lime oil is also used to stabilize blood pressure fluctuations.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Lime oil works extremely well in removing gum, wood stain, oil, and grease spots from clothing.

CAUTIONS: Photo-toxic. Avoid sunlight or UV radiation on skin where lime has been applied.

Myrrh

(Commiphora myrrha))

INGREDIENT IN: LeBenediction, LeBountiful, LeDeeper, LeEZ Traveler, LeGrateful Heart, LeJourney, LeLivN, LeMagi, LeMeditation, LeRefreshMint, LeWhispering Hope

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: anti-inflammatory, pectoral, antiseptic, antispasmodic, cholagogue, cicatrisive, balsamic, expectorant, antifungal, astringent, vulnerary, soporific, hemostatic

AFFINITY FOR: digestive system, respiratory system, vascular system, base chakra, earth and metal elements, yang energy, throat chakra

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

PLANT FAMILY:Burseraceae

PART UTILIZED: gum, resin

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Myrrh has been used in meditation for centuries. It is a wonderful oil, although it doesn’t have the most pleasant aroma.

APPLICATION: Myrrh essential oil can be diluted and applied to the feet or anywhere on the body. Myrrh is a resin; even diluted it remains tacky on the skin for a few minutes.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Myrrh essential oil helps us see ways and means for the achievement of our dreams. It opens our minds to inspiration and the direction of the spirit while keeping us firmly grounded in reality and common sense. Myrrh has an affinity for the base chakra, which connects this essential oil to issues of abundance and bounty. When we open ourselves to receive the gifts of the spirit and of the material world, these gifts will be given to us.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: One of the outstanding properties of myrrh is astringency, which means causing tissues and blood vessels to contract naturally. Myrrh can tighten the gums, tone the skin, aid muscle contraction in the intestines and other internal organs, and stop bleeding. Myrrh relieves congestion in the lungs and sinuses.

As a stimulant, myrrh has an effect on thoughts, blood circulation, the secretion of needed bile in the digestive process, the pumping action of the heart, and makes you more alert by stimulating the brain and nervous system. Myrrh’s stimulant properties have a particular affinity for the immune system and the circulation.

Myrrh essential oil increases perspiration during times of illness, ridding the body of toxins and cleansing the pores of the skin. Myrrh is an excellent choice for skin complaints such as eczema, ringworm, athlete’s foot, chapped and cracked skin, stretch marks, rashes, and wrinkles.

CAUTIONS: Myrrh should be limited by pregnant women because myrrh is a mild uterine stimulant.