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LeSynopsis, LeTurmoil, LeWakeUp,
Chaulmoogra, Petitgrain, Thyme
|Quality of Oils
While a good share of our oils are certified organic or wild crafted, we do not normally label them as such.
The industry has placed an undo emphasis on “organic” status and in most cases the price of these
oils is dramatically higher and the quality is actually lower. There are exceptions, but we at
Butterfly Express, llc, do not wish to join the charade or promote this hype.
Adding fractionated components – even though they are natural and possibly organic – to a poor quality
oil is a common practice. The oil is then sold for an exorbitant amount. This is sometimes the case with
expensive organic oils. Frequently there are no tests (gas, mass spectrograph or other expensive tests)
that can detect a well-done adulteration. A well-trained human nose is imperative as these manufactured oils
are not as therapeutic as naturally occurring oils in most cases. (Dr. David Stewart - The Chemistry of Essential Oils.) Butterfly Express, llc, uses several trained experts to qualify their oils using the human nose and muscle testing (kinesiology).
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"
The kidneys are the chief organs for cleansing the body’s internal fluid. They keep the system in balance and blood pressure normal by controlling the composition and volume of blood and fluids. They maintain electrolyte balance and manufacture hormones that regulate blood pressure, calcium metabolism, and red blood cell production.
Bed wetting, urinary tract infections, cystitis, kidney stones, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, glaucoma, dizziness, vertigo
Kidney stress is present in a very long list of complaints. The drugs prescribed for a great many conditions create stress on the kidneys. If the kidneys weren’t a problem to begin with, they become a problem as a result of drug therapies. Any time the kidneys are stressed, the adrenal glands are in danger of becoming a problem. The emotional connection here is very tight.
Any time that the body is fighting off a bacterial or viral attack, the kidneys are going to come under stress as the dead and dying organisms are being processed for removal from the body.
Symptoms of early kidney problems are pain, pallor, swelling in the extremities, headaches, high blood pressure, blood in urine, burning and stinging, and tingling sensations everywhere.
Alcohol, drugs (even prescription), infections, surgery, obesity
VITAMINS / MINERALS / FOODS
Water, vitamins A, C, E, and B-Complex, natural salt, cranberries
HERBS / SUPPLEMENTS
Corn silk, cleavers, plantain, chamomile, horesetail, juniper, parsley, hydrangea, goldenrod, uva ursi, buchu, marshmallow
One of the important functions of the kidneys is to create and maintain a proper balance of fluids, minerals, electrolytes, and the pH balance in the body. Kidney stress can be related to a need to establish better balance in our lives, perhaps between job and family or between work and play.
Emotionally, the kidneys also represent the many things we fear in life. Perhaps it might be the fear of failure in our careers or family relationships. Stressed kidneys can be created by and can manifest as just about any type of fear you can imagine. When we are fearful, the adrenals rev up their production of adrenaline to aid us in either fighting or fleeing. For those of us who live constantly with various degrees of real (or only perceived) fears, if we are awake the adrenal glands are firing away at full speed. This eventually leads to adrenal failure and that is a nasty situation.
The kidneys are known to be closely tied to all types of heart problems. Eastern healing philosophies certainly agree with this. A stressed heart meridian draws energy from the kidney meridian until a problem develops there. Conversely, an inflamed kidney pushes excess and destructive energy forward into the heart meridian. For water/kidney meridian people, out-of-balance fire/heart meridian people can be very taxing and it is usually in the kidneys that the stress is felt.
All “itis” (including arthritis) is related to the kidneys. All heart pathology begins in the kidneys.
When the urinary tract is out of balance, so is the rest of the body, especially the body’s internal fluids which include the blood, urine, and lymphatic fluid. This is why the heart, and subsequently our blood pressure, is a product of how well our kidneys are functioning. This is another perfect example of how the body’s systems inter-relate and work together.
The kidneys, emotionally, represent fear. When we continue to live in a constant state of fear we risk over-taxing the adrenal glands which are situated on top of the kidneys. When the adrenal glands become depleted we are less able to cope with stress. The adrenal glands also play a vital role in the immune system function. (We will talk more about the adrenal glands when we cover the endocrine system.)
Oils which have an affinity for the urinary system include:
LeAcknowledge, LeBeloved, LeCherish, LeDreams, LeEndoRelief, LeEnergy, LeHeart Song, LeLetting Go, LeLiteN, LeMeditation, LeReflections, LeRevitalize, LeSafeGuard, LeTrust, LeVitality, basil, bergamot, birch, cajeput, cedarwood, celery seed, chamomile German, cypress, eucalyptus, fennel, frankincense, geranium, goldenrod, grapefruit, hyssop, juniper berry, ledum, pine, ravensara, rosemary, rosewood, sage, sandalwood, spruce, thyme
Herbal remedies which have an affinity for the urinary system include:
AD, IF, KB, KT, KS, RC, RC-L, buchu, corn silk, cleavers, plantain, chamomile, horsetail, juniper, parsley, hydrangea, goldenrod, marshmallow, slippery elm, uva usi
Cranberry fruit supplements are an excellent natural remedy for balancing the kidneys and bladder. Cranberry fruit acts on the lining of the bladder and kidneys, making them slick so that the bacteria and viruses can not adhere and proliferate. Drinking real cranberry juice is hard as it is very astringent. Commercially available cranberry juices contain too much sugar to make them effective against fighting urinary tract infections.
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INGREDIENTS: frankincense carterii, frankincense frereana, frankincense serrata, opoponax myrrh, palo santo
AFFINITY FOR: digestive system, respiratory system, circulation, skin, cellular structure and strength, urinary tract, particular affinity for the earth, wood, and air meridians, crown and third eye chakras, integrity of the celtic grid (energy structure)
RESONANCE: physical, emotional, spiritual, mental
THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: anti-inflammatory, analgesic, immune stimulant, anti-oxidant, nervine, tonic, antidepressant, revitalizer, anti-arthritic, anti-tumoral
APPLICATION: LeAboutFace can be applied to any area of the body, used in the bath, and is very nice when diffused.
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: LeAboutFace is an excellent choice whenever there is fear of upcoming changes, fear of death, or suffering from the loss of a loved one or a cherished dream.
EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: As the name of this blend—LeAboutFace—implies, the blending of several varieties of frankincenses with palo santo can help us take a new direction in our lives, if a new direction is what is needed. This blend can help us link our past with our future goals, connecting cause and effect, actions and consequences, to one another. As we make these connections we are able to choose our future courses more wisely.
Frankincense essential oils have been highly valued for centuries and are still considered holy oils in the middle east. It is believed that the aroma of frankincense grounds and centers the spirit and improves communication with our Creator.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Frankincense essential oils have a reputation worldwide for crossing the blood/brain barrier, carrying oxygen and nutrients to the pineal and pituitary glands within the brain. Nourishing these structures of the brain has been shown to positively affect the progress of many nerve and brain related conditions, among them Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis. LeAboutFace contains essential oils which prevent collagen breakdown in cells and cellular structures and inhibit the production of pro-inflammatory mediators. This blend should be considered for arthritis and any inflammatory or brain related chronic conditions.
LeAboutFace is an excellent skin regeneration oil and is mild enough to be used on the face.
INGREDIENTS: frankincense, helichrysum, lavender, litsea cubeba, opoponax myrrh, palmarosa, rose, sandalwood, zanthoxylum
AFFINITY FOR: nervous system, lymphatic system, immune system, circulatory system, skin, yin energy, heart chakra, earth meridian, cellular structure and strength
RESONANCE: physical, emotional
APPLICATION: LeAgeLess should be applied to the skin of the face, neck, hands, and arms (and anywhere else you would like). A carrier oil containing 10% of jojoba can bring a little extra emollient value to this blend.
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: The intent of this blend is to create feelings of contentment and confidence while nourishing and protecting the skin.
EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: LeAgeLess is a wonderfully synergistic and beautifully aromatic blend of essential oils with mood elevating and confidence building properties. Designed to foster within us both a vision of ourselves as accepted and acceptable and a readiness, always, to become even better. We can welcome change, moving forward with joy into the truly golden years—whichever years they are—of our lives. Maturity, done gracefully, comes with wisdom and profound feelings of joy.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: LeAgeLess is made from nine essential oils, each one bringing its unique healing and regenerating properties to this astonishing blend. This combination of essential oils assists in maintaining or developing beautiful and healthy skin one cell at a time. Some of the oils in this blend prevent free radical damage. Others are useful in repairing damage caused by wind and sun. Daily use of this blend can be helpful in strengthening fragile capillaries and bringing a healthy, radiant glow to the skin.
INGREDIENTS: allspice, copaiba balsam, cypress, geranium, helichrysum, mandarin, marjoram, palmarosa, ylang ylang
AFFINITY FOR: cardiovascular system, respiratory system, pulmonary system, lymphatic system, vein health, urinary tract, root and crown chakra-our connection to both Heaven and Earth, governing vessel meridian
RESONANCE: physical, emotional
APPLICATION: LeVitality should be diluted and 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. Additional points that may be of benefit are found on the arms just above the elbow. It may also be of benefit to apply LeVitality on the arteries of the neck, and to massage it along the spine between the 1st and 4th vertebrae.
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: The aroma of LeVitality is useful for shock. It also increases vitality, energy, and stamina.
EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: This blend provided me with a hopeful feeling about the state of my health. When I applied this essential oil blend, and smelled the aroma, I felt more confidence in my body’s ability to heal and be strong again. LeVitality gives one more enthusiasm for life. As stamina and strength improve, there is more energy and you feel good enough to enjoy life more fully.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: LeVitality is very specific for the cardiovascular, circulatory, pulmonary, and lymphatic systems. It should be tried for all heart related and circulatory conditions, but LeVitality has amazing uses in so many other areas. It is often useful for lowering high blood pressure and reducing stress levels. This blend can increase stamina among the sick or the elderly.
LeVitality is a remedy for the treatment of shock and has been used to stop or slow the progress of an oncoming stroke. For an impending stroke, LeVitality should be quickly applied to the neck and forehead. Encourage the person to breathe as deeply and calmly as possible.
LeVitality is an adrenal stimulant, aids the function of the kidneys, and clears lymphatic congestion. The anti-inflammatory properties of LeVitality make it useful for arthritis, pleurisy, and sciatica. LeVitality can help balance hormones and is useful in treating toxemia during pregnancy if it is related to heart or circulation problems. LeVitality reduces the size and painfulness of hemorrhoids; be sure to dilute well.
INGREDIENT IN: LeBenediction, LeEnergy, LeFocus, LeMariah
THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: stimulant, expectorant, antiseptic, antibiotic, antispasmodic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, insecticide, sedative, neuralgic
AFFINITY FOR: digestion, lymph drainage, circulation, respiration, yang energy
RESONANCE: physical, emotional, mental
PART UTILIZED: leaves, wild crafted
EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled
APPLICATION: Bay, diluted well, may be applied to the feet or any area of the body.
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Bay has a sweet, spicy, balsamic aroma. It diffuses well, but care should be taken when inhaling. Bay is pungent and may burn the delicate lining of the nostrils.
EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Bay essential oil is for those times when you are feeling lost, alone, or not strong enough to face every day events. Bay produces layers of emotions, most of them centering around feelings of safety and protection. The aroma of bay makes you feel as though you have just been wrapped in the arms of a loving and protective father. The anchor of this complex oil is trust in yourself, and in your own emotional and spiritual strength and resilience.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Bay, Pimenta racemosa, is a close cousin to allspice. As bay increases circulation, it creates a sensation of heat—much like commercial sports rubs. This increase in circulation brings relief to muscle spasms, sprains, arthritis, and neuralgia. Bay is commonly used as an ingredient in massage oils to stimulate lymph drainage and blood circulation. Bay oil has also been used traditionally to bring relief from digestive complaints. It is an expectorant and mucolytic for the lungs and sinuses. Bay leaf is also said to improve memory and relieve headaches that are related to poor circulation in the neck and shoulders. Bay is a very strong antiseptic, antibiotic, and antiviral essential oil.
GENERAL INFORMATION: Bay is not the same plant or essential oil as laurel (Laurus nobilis), although they are often confused. See “Laurel” for further information on these two species of essential oils.
CAUTIONS: Bay should be used in small amounts and always be well diluted. It is one of the stronger essential oils and may cause skin and mucus membrane irritation if use undiluted.
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
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: LeAspire, LeEnergy, LeGrateful Heart, LeSanctuary
THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: anti-infective, antifungal, tonic, pectoral, expectorant, diuretic, balsamic, stimulant, depurative, restorative
AFFINITY FOR: respiratory system, circulation, metabolism, skin care, brow chakra, crown chakra, governing vessel meridian, stomach meridian, lung meridian
RESONANCE: physical, emotional
PLANT FAMILY: Coniferae
PART UTILIZED: needles, leaves
EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: The aroma of pine essential oil can bring us true wisdom through acceptance of what was and acknowledgement of what is and what can be.
APPLICATION: Pine is especially nice in a bath or sauna. Dilute to apply to the feet or the body.
EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Pine essential oil is useful for moving on from regrets and self-judgement. It can bring relief from feeling the necessity to “carry the whole world” on our own shoulders. Pine helps us to establish a healthy respect for our own needs, including the need to rest and rejuvenate from time to time. Pine is also for those who confuse the acquisition of more and more “facts” as wisdom.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: When pine essential oil is massaged into the skin, it promotes healthy circulation and brings comfort to sore joints and muscles. Pine is an excellent massage oil for arthritis.
Pine oil increases metabolism and nutrient absorption. Pine has a beneficial action on both the kidneys and the intestines, aiding them in their function of removing cellular waste and toxins from the body. This essential oil is a pleasant way to disinfect the air or any surface.
GENERAL INFORMATION: Pine needles were used by the ancient Romans and Greeks and by the American Indians to treat respiratory problems, relieve muscle aches, and prevent scurvy.