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LeAssurance, LeBaby Me, LeEZ Traveler,
Citronella Java, Frankincense Frereana, Patchouli
Bergamot, Citronella, Clementine, Grapefruit Pink,
Grapefruit White, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lemon Myrtle,
Mandarin, Orange Bitter, Orange Sweet Dark, & Tangerine
INGREDIENTS: Kelp, Nettles, Alfalfa
AFFINITY FOR: immune system, digestive system, liver, ligaments, bones, skin, hair, all four fire meridians, wood element (1st meridian), heart and crown chakras
RESONANCE: emotional, physical
APPLICATION: LeReconciliation makes a very nice perfume. It is excellent diffused, as a massage oil, or added to a bath.
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: The strength of LeReconciliation lies in helping us find perspective and peace by bringing us understanding and compassion. This empathy is like a warm blanket, covering ourselves and others, allowing us to stay connected even when distance separates us.
EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: LeReconciliation can fill the deep well of loneliness we sometimes feel when our lives are being lived at a distance, physically or emotionally, from the home and heritage of our formative years. Sometimes we feel that who we have become is so different from who we were that our loved ones no longer have any idea who we are. We feel misunderstood, unappreciated, and isolated from those with whom we would like to share the depths of ourselves. The aroma of LeReconciliation helps us find peace with the past, joy in our relationships as they are today, and hope for the future of our connections to loved ones near to us or far away.
LeReconciliation is a marvelous oil for grief and loss, especially if there were hard feelings or trauma in the relationship at the time of the parting.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: LeReconciliation is a good oil for skin care and massage. If there are any physical ailments with roots reaching into relationships, this blend should bring reliefâ€”both to the emotions and the physical imbalances.
Cautions: This is a very mild and pleasant oil. It has no contraindications.
The thyroid regulates metabolism and is the body’s internal thermostat. It secretes two hormones that control how quickly the body burns calories and uses energy. The thyroid regulates the amount of oxygen in the blood, and controls the growth and development of bones, nerves, and muscles. The thyroid also plays a key roll in the absorption of calcium and other minerals.
DISEASES / SYMPTOMS
HYPOTHYROIDISM (too little thyroid hormone production): Symptoms of hypothyroidism include physical and mental fatigue, loss of appetite, coldness, inability to tolerate cold temperatures, a slow heart rate, weight gain, pain before menstruation, fertility problems, muscle weakness and cramping, burning and prickling sensations, dry and scaly skin, hair loss, recurrent infections, migraines, depression, (worse in winter when the thyroid must work harder to keep the person warm), fear, panic, difficulty concentrating, poor equilibrium and slow reaction time.
The first and foremost symptoms of low thyroid function are fatigue, a general feeling of coldness, and depression. Low thyroid function is directly related to heart attacks and lung disease.
HYPERTHYROIDISM (too much thyroid hormone production): When the thyroid becomes over-active, many other body processes go into over-drive. Eventually these over-worked organs burn-out and become lethargic and under-productive.
Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include nervousness, irritability, a constant feeling of being too warm with increased perspiration, insomnia and resulting fatigue, frequent bowels movements, less frequent menstruation with decreased menstrual flow, weakness, hair loss, weight loss, separation of the nails from the nail bed, hand tremors, intolerance of heat, rapid heartbeat, goiter, and—in extreme cases—protruding eyeballs (Grave’s disease).
Low thyroid function is a common problem in many chronic illnesses. Researchers in England found that people being treated for Parkinson’s disease all had hyperactive thyroids. Once the thyroid condition was rectified, the Parkinson’s disease dramatically improved.
Hyperthyroidism can be caused by lumps or tumors that have formed on the thyroid and by certain prescription drugs. A malfunctioning thyroid can also be an immune system problem. The immune system can produce antibodies that invade and attack the thyroid, disrupting its proper function, making this type of thyroid problem an auto-immune problem.
Hyperthyroidism is statistically less common than hypothyroidism. My experience, however, has been that low thyroid function is often preceded by a period of thyroid hyperactivity. As a socieity, we value dynamic, high-achieving people. As a result we are often guilty of expecting absurdly high levels of productivity from ourselves and others. The thyroid, for whatever reason, kicks into high gear and, much like the adrenal glands, eventually gets tired and shuts down.
Both of these thyroid disorders, hypo- and hyper- thyroidism, affect women more often than men. This statistic has led me to deep thinking about the differences, both physically and emotionally, between men and women, and what our bodies need for stability and balance.
A malfunctioning thyroid can be the underlying, and often undiagnosed, cause of many recurring illnesses. By the time thyroid values reach levels which show up on medical tests, the thyroid has already been in trouble for some time. Thyroid tests can indicate, falsely, that thyroid function is normal because of the presence of certain shampoos and skin antiseptic compounds.
Over-work, being a type A personality who has no stop button, drugs, lack of nutrition
VITAMINS / MINERALS / FOODS
HYPOTHYROIDISM: Vitamins A, C, E, and B-Complex, minerals—especially zinc, iodine, potassium, selenium, iron, and sodium, the amino acid tyrosine, omega 3’s, flaxseed oil
HYPERTHYROIDISM: Vitamins C, E, and B-Complex, multi-mineral supplements, omega 3’s, flaxseed oil
HERBS / SUPPLEMENTS
kelp/dulce, Irish moss, black walnut, white oak bark, gentian, stinging nettle, alfalfa
The location of the thyroid gland links its energy to the throat chakra. This chakra is about the ability to speak up appropriately about one’s own needs and finding the will to build a lifestyle consistent with those needs.
An over-active thyroid may be sending a reminder that we need to slow down a bit, perhaps by letting other people take responsibility for the directing of their own lives. Perhaps we have expectations of ourselves and others that are unrealistically high. Perhaps we may feel that we must be constantly moving and accomplishing to justify our existence on this earth and to prove our worth to someone or something. There may also be issues of speaking or acting before we have considered our own needs and core priorities.
An under-active thyroid can indicate that we are unable to speak up for ourselves or express our needs at all. Perhaps we do not have a clear idea of what we stand for and what we really want out of life. “I think” and “I prefer” and “I do not want” are words that all of us need to learn to express appropriately. We each need to let go of any thinking that we are not responsible for, or not in control, of our own lives and personal actions.
The throat and solar plexus chakras are the chakras of abundance. When we are balanced in these chakras, we know what we want, we are clear about what is important to us and what our priorities are, and we are able to express our needs and balance them with the needs of those around us. We can find happiness, health, love, gratitude, and abundance on all levels.
INGREDIENTS: chamomile Egyptian, chaste tree, clary sage, cypress, lavender, marjoram, myrtle, peppermint, rose geranium, sage, yarrow, ylang ylang
AFFINITY FOR: nervous system, endocrine system, emotions, hormones
RESONANCE: spiritual, emotional, physical
APPLICATION: Should be applied around the ankles on both men and women. It can also be diffused and is soothing when a drop or two is placed in the tub. If using in the shower, plug the drain and allow a couple of inches of water to accumulate in the bottom of the tub. Add your oils and continue.
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: LeBalance is beneficial in the control of mood swings brought about by hormone and endocrine system imbalances in both men and women. (Yes, men have hormones that can and do get out of balance, too!)
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: LeBalance is a great oil for supporting the endocrine system and balancing the hormones in both men and women. For men, LeBalance helps balance male energy, regulate prostate function, and reduce congestion and enlargement of the prostate which often reestablishes proper urinary function. For women, LeBalance has been used successfully many times to reduce or eliminate hot flashes and headaches in women who are approaching or going through menopause.
LeBalance has antispasmodic properties. It is helpful as a digestive aid and as a diuretic, especially when the problems in these areas are linked to hormone imbalances.
GENERAL INFORMATION: LeBalance often brings quick relief from the symptoms of menopause and should be used by women age 45 and older. LeWoman Wise is a better choice for younger women of menstruating age to balance hormones and relieve the symptoms of PMS. For best results, LeWoman Wise and LeBalance should be used in conjunction with LeEndoRelief, which has a strengthening effect on the entire endocrine system.
Cautions: LeBalance has hormonal properties and should definitely not be used during pregnancy!!
INGREDIENTS: cumin, cypress, coriander, dill, geranium, myrtle, nutmeg, oregano wild, petitgrain, sage
AFFINITY FOR: endocrine system, pineal gland, lymph system, pituitary gland, emotional boundaries
RESONANCE: physical, emotional, spiritual
APPLICATION: LeEndoRelief should be applied to the lymph glands of the neck, chest, and armpits whenever a cold, sore throat, or flu is suspected. Using LeEndoRelief early, before the illness is fully developed will lessen its severity.
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: This blend is best applied to the body.
EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: LeEndoRelief aids our emotional health because it strengthens and balances the wide range of organs and glands that make up the endocrine system. As our bodies and minds begin to function better, we feel more secure in ourselves. We are able to establish (or reestablish) boundaries between ourselves and others. This does not mean that we become prickly or rude; it enables us to be tactful and firm while still being kind and concerned.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: With improved endocrine function comes improved vitality and metabolism. Our weight naturally balances and we have enough energy to last through the day (and into the night, if we need to).
As an endocrine system balancer, LeEndoRelief can have a beneficial effect on any ailment that is related to endocrine organs such as the thyroid, pancreas, pineal and pituitary glands, parathyroid, thymus, and adrenal glands. This makes LeEndoRelief useful for such things as diabetes, hypoglycemia, bladder and kidney infections, candida, and so much more.
Support of the thyroid and parathyroids aids the proper absorption of calcium. Calcium absorption affects such things as the prevention of gallstones, kidney stones, arthritis, and osteoporosis. LeEndoRelief regulates hot flashes and moderates the other symptoms of menopause because the hormones balance as the endocrine system function improves.
INGREDIENTS: clary sage, jasmine, lavender, marjoram, patchouli, spikenard, rue, St. John's wort
AFFINITY FOR: emotional balance, hormones
RESONANCE: physical, emotional
APPLICATION: LeWoman Wise should be diluted in a carrier oil and massaged on the lower back and abdomen. It is helpful to layer with LeDeeper if severe cramping or abdominal pain is involved during the menstrual period. LeWoman Wise can also be applied to the feet and ankles, used in the bath, and diluted for a body massage oil.
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: LeWoman Wise, even just diffused rather than applied, can help to balance hormones, stabilize mood swings, and calm irritability.
EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: There are many emotions that go completely out of whack when our hormones are out of balance. This blend can be very helpful for any of those. Sometimes trying an essential oil and seeing what changes take place can help us recognize which behaviors are hormone driven and which ones are just bad habits.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: LeWoman Wise was created to help balance the hormones of younger women. It also brings a lot of relief from pre-menstrual and menstrual cramps and headaches. It may also be effective for prostate problems in men, although LeBalance is usually a better choice for men and women approaching, or in, their menopausal years. This blend should be used all month long, not just when the PMS symptoms are at their worst. Doing this will keep the symptoms from occurring.
Cautions: This blend is not for use during pregnancy!!!
INGREDIENT IN: LeAcknowledge, LeAngel, LeBeloved, LeBenediction, LeCypernium, LeDiscernment, LeEndoRelief, LeEverlasting, LeGrateful Heart, LeHeartSong, LeKey to My Heart, LeLetting Go, LeLifeForce, LeMillenia, LeMoonlight, LeRevitalize, LeTomorrow, LeTranquility , LeUnDone, LeUnity, LeVitality, LeVisibility
THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: astringent, diuretic, antiseptic, antidepressant, regenerative, tonic, antibiotic, antispasmodic, anti-infective, hemostatic
AFFINITY FOR: cellular structure, skin, nerves, urinary tract, gallbladder, liver, solar plexus and heart chakras, spleen meridian, yin energy
RESONANCE: physical, emotional
PLANT FAMILY: Geraniaceae
PART UTILIZED: leaves
EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Geranium fosters positive thought patterns. It helps us to feel hope for the future and peace with today.
APPLICATION: Dilute and apply anywhere on the body.
EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Geranium is a very potent and aromatic oil. It is a good oil for people whose negative patterns need to be swept away in spite of their desire to hang on to them. Geranium helps one to release negative memories. It is a good oil for nervous fatigue where the body is exhausted but the mind just won't let the body sit and rest. Geranium is a potent oil for those whose moods are up one minute and down the next. Geranium is a good choice for people whose drive and ambition interferes with sensitivity and spontaneous joy.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Geranium regenerates tissues and nerves. It is excellent for skin disorders and skin care, and is especially nice for the skin of expectant mothers. Along with the essential oil blend LeDeeper, geranium heals the sores of shingles. Geranium discharges toxins from the liver and dilates the bilary ducts, aiding liver, gallbladder, and kidney function. This oil can bring relief from gastric ulcers, diarrhea, jaundice, and kidney stones. Geranium is one of the best oils for circulation problems such as hemorrhoids, and is helpful in slowing down bleeding.
GENERAL INFORMATION: Geranium is a very versatile and important essential oil. It is among a handful of essential oils considered to be cool and moist energetically.
INGREDIENT IN: LeEverlasting, LeHeartSong, LeIntention, LeLiteN, LeMyGraine, LeSego Lily, LeSunburst, LeWakeUp, LeWeightless, LePurify
THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: tonic, digestive, antiseptic, anti-infective, restorative
AFFINITY FOR: urinary tract, lymphatic system, triple warmer meridian, spleen meridian, heart chakra
RESONANCE: physical, emotional, mental
PLANT FAMILY: Rutaceae
PART UTILIZED: fruit
EXTRACTION METHOD: cold pressed
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Grapefruit is uplifting to the mind and spirit. It is hard to be negative or anxious in the presence of this oil, because it promotes feelings of joy, confidence, and spontaneity. Grapefruit should be diffused or inhaled for performance stress or to cope with jet lag.
APPLICATION: Grapefruit should be diluted and applied to the feet or to areas of the body needing to release emotions, cellulite, or both.
EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Grapefruit is a very joyous and positive essential oil. It can be a ray of bright light guiding us out of darkness and depression. Grapefruit is equally good for mental exhaustion and mental tension. Grapefruit seems to address the emotional issues of self-worth and discontent with one's body that are so often a part of anorexia and other eating disorders.
The aroma of grapefruit is particularly suited to people who, when tense or under pressure, eat as a means of relieving stress or finding comfort. Often, the driving emotion is frustration because their too high expectations have not been met in some way. If they reacted to their frustration with anger or blame of themselves or others, a layer of guilt is added to the frustration. Grapefruit is used in treatment programs for drug withdrawal and to cope with the after-effects of drinking too many alcoholic beverages.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Grapefruit detoxifies the lymphatic system. This makes it a useful tonic for many body systems. It is specific for water retention and the dissolving of cellulite. Grapefruit aids with gallstones, water retention, and kidney and liver disorders. Grapefruit, diluted in water, can be used as an astringent face wash for acne. Grapefruit can relieve a migraine headache and return the energy system to normal after long jet flights. Grapefruit is one of the best oils for premenstrual water retention and headache.
CAUTIONS: Grapefruit is photo-toxic. It is recommended by some experts that you avoid exposing areas of skin to which grapefruit has been applied to sunlight or UV rays for at least 12 hours.
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
PLANT FAMILY: Labiatae
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.