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HEALTH TIP:
Gratitude

Gratitude's stabilizing and healing effects have made it abundantly clear that the benefits of living a grateful life are irrefutable.  Gratitude is a state of being that is essential to a well-lived life. Giving thanks and expressing appreciation for the blessings and gifts in our life should be a common and natural human characteristic. Unfortunately, our hectic daily lives and the accelerated pace with which we live very often gets in the way of our feelings of gratitude.  Multiple distractions of modern life have simply made it all too easy to forget gratitude’s importance and necessity in making our lives whole and happy.


We should not settle for disconnection from the benefits of gratitude.  We can consciously begin to cultivate gratitude into our daily routine. Through continued and sustained practice over a period of time, we can discover again how gratitude can bless our lives.  Some of the ways to begin to include gratitude in our lives include feelings of thankfulness, happiness and appreciation, joy and compassion, generosity, grace and reconciliation.   When people, in great numbers choose to practice, integrate, and embody gratitude, the cumulative force that is generated can help create the kind of world we all hope for and desire, for ourselves and for future generations.



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William Arthur Ward

Integumentary System
by LaRee Westover & Sharon Moran
Butterfly Expressions, LLC

 

Our last body system to talk about is the integumentary system. It is comprised of the skin, hair, nails and sweat glands. The skin is our largest organ of elimination as well.

THE INTEGUMENTARY SYSTEM

SKIN, HAIR, NAILS, SWEAT GLANDS

Health of the hair, nails, and skin is an indication of the over-all health of the entire body. Low thyroid function is often the cause of hair loss.

A great deal of what we put on the skin is absorbed into the body!

DISEASES

Hair loss, acne, abscess, athlete’s foot, baldness, burns, corns, callouses, cysts, dandruff, nail problems, psoriasis, warts, wrinkles, skin cancer, fungal infections

SYMPTOMS

Symptoms vary according to what part of the system is affected. White spots on nails indicate a lack of minerals or poor assimilation of nutrients. Ridges going lengthwise in the nails can indicate anemia (or anemia in the past) or a lack of B vitamins, calcium, silica, sulfur, and/or protein. Brittle nails can be an indication of the lack of B vitamins, iron, or silica (consider the homeopathic remedy Silicea for these symptoms.)

STRESSORS

Chemicals, harsh detergents, rich greasy fried foods, sugar, stress, lack of sleep

VITAMINS / MINERALS / FOODS

Vitamin A is an effective treatment for most skin disorders. B-Complex, vitamin C, and vitamin E are also essential. The better the diet, the better the skin, hair, and nails will be.

HERBS / SUPPLEMENTS

SKIN: all diaphoretic herbs (sweat producing). Some of these are: blessed thistle, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, elder flowers, ginger, pleurisy root, and yarrow.

HAIR HEALTH: rosemary, calendula, stinging nettle, horsetail, parsley

BLOND HAIR RINSE: chamomile, yarrow, calendula, mullein flowers

BROWN HAIR RINSE: elderberries

DANDRUFF: rinse with one or more of the above herbs (using the essential oil form is nice - but it only takes a drop or two)

EMOTIONAL CONNECTIONS

The skin is an excellent indicator of internal emotions. We blush when embarrassed, turn bright red when angry, go white from fear, and get goose bumps with excitement. Skin disorders of all kinds also run the gamut of emotions. Either we are being affected by things outside ourselves or we are letting something “get under our skin”. Skin afflictions can even be a graphic means of keeping other people at a distance as we become too fragile to touch.

Very dry skin sometimes implies a withdrawal into our own inner space where we do not have to come to terms with our responsibilities and the demands of others.

Oily skin often implies an excess of strong emotions that we are trying to hold in because we have not yet achieved the maturity to express them appropriately.

When our skin is performing its job well and everything is going along nicely we pay very little attention to this much abused organ. When the skin becomes too dry or too oily, develops eczema or other rashes, or simply lacks luster is usually the time we start becoming concerned about it. By this time, however, the evidence of other internal imbalances has left its mark upon the skin. The time to start nurturing your skin is before it becomes inflamed and irritated.

Likewise, when trying to "get to the root" of a skin condition, one must look to all the other systems and how they relate to the skin. Use your knowledge of these other systems to ascertain what might be imbalanced to create the cause of this skin eruption or outbreak. Is the liver too congested to filter appropriately? Is the colon too weak to absorb enough vitamin E or A? Simply treating the skin itself may clear the skin up temporarily, but it will not fix the underlying cause and the condition will more than likely reoccur.

Remember, too, that as you heal and balance the various other body systems, the skin will still require a certain length of time to physically heal itself. Simply cleansing the liver will not produce clear, radiant skin. The skin cells will need to replenish and heal.


Oils that have an affinity for the Integumentary System include:
LeAboutFace, LeAgeLess, LeBaby Me, LeBenediction, LeDeliverance, LeDelicate, LeEverlasting, LeMelaPlus, LeMillenia, LeNoMore, LePurify, LeSego Lily, LeSolitude, LeSpiceC, LeSunburst, LeVallee, bergamot, cajeput, carrot seed, cypress, geranium, grapefruit, helichrysum, jasmine, laurel, lavender, lemongrass, litsea cubeba, manuka, myrrh, niaouli, orange - sweet, patchouli, rosewood, rose, sage, sandalwood, tangerine, tea tree, thyme, yarrow

Herbs that have an affinity for the Integumentary System include:
AC, EZ, KNA, MIN, Miracle Salve, blessed thistle, calendula, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, elder flowers and berries, ginger, horsetail, mullein flowers, parsley, pleurisy root, rosemary, stinging nettle, yarrow
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LeInsight

INGREDIENTS: clementine, jasmine, orange sweet, sandalwood, tangerine, vanilla

AFFINITY FOR: emotional balance, cellular memory

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

APPLICATION: This blend can be diffused, diluted to create a massage oil, applied to the navel, chest, or temples.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: The aroma of LeInsight calms the nerves and grounds the emotions.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: LeInsight is powerful in working with personalities that have been fragmented by the terror and confusion felt as the result of abuse. A child should be able to put their trust in the adults in their lives. When this trust is betrayed, there is often deep rifts in the psyche. LeInsight is often used in Inner Child work to reconnect fragmented parts of a personality or soul.

This blend is useful to release negative emotions from the past, whether the memories are conscious or not. The essential oils in this blend combine to clear patterns held in the memory of each cell. When these emotions clear, there is often an increase in intuition, organizational skills, mental faculties, and flexibility of thoughts and reactions.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Whenever layers of pain are scarred over in the mind and emotions, physical symptoms will manifest themselves in the body. They are a natural result of anger, fear, and confusion. A blend such as LeInsight can have a healing and renewing effect anywhere in the body.

It is rarely necessary for a person to relive, or even remember, terrible things that were done to them in the past in order for healing to occur. It is only when our actions have harmed another that we need to face them, figure out where our thinking went wrong, and take steps to change. Unfortunately, this is sometimes true of the actions and reactions we took as a result of abuse or mistreatment. In that situation, our own behavior needs remembrance and understanding in order for us to repent, but we do not need to “repent” of the things that were wrongly done to us. Someone else is willingly carrying that burden for us already.

LeMariah

INGREDIENTS: bay, helichrysum, Idaho tansy, opopanax, ravensara, spearmint, spikenard, thyme, turmeric, wintergreen

AFFINITY FOR: respiratory system , immune system

RESONANCE: physical

APPLICATION: LeMariah should be applied, diluted, to the chest and back at frequent intervals.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: LeMariah should be diffused near the patient to aid in clearing the lungs.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: This blend was specifically designed for use against the new flu strains that are giving people such a scare today. It seems to be the nature of these new strains to manifest very differently from one person to another. One person may sustain more damage to the circulatory system while another person may be hit hardest in the lung and respiratory areas. The strength of this blend lies in its antiviral/antibacterial properties and in its ability to clear and support the lungs. LeMariah should be used in conjunction with LeRevitalize for endocrine support to increase energy and stamina. Use LeMariah in conjunction with LeVitality to strengthen the heart.

LeMillenia

INGREDIENTS: blue tansy, chamomile German, elemi, fir, frankincense, geranium, lavender, rosewood, spruce

AFFINITY FOR: body structure and alignment, energy/electrical system, nervous system, muscles, skin, every chakra, emotional balance, every meridian

RESONANCE: LeMillenia is a very low frequency oil. This makes it very effective for working on issues of physical structure and alignment. However, LeMillenia is also an outstanding emotional blend.

APPLICATION: LeMillenia is very good applied to the bottoms of the feet or along the inside of the foot (the spine in reflexology and foot zone therapy). You can balance the energy between the left and right lobes of the brain by putting a drop of LeMillenia on your index fingers and placing your fingers on your temples. The left hand should be on the right temple, and the right hand on the left temple.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: When diffused, LeMillenia builds courage, confidence, and self-esteem while being calming and relaxing at the same time.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: LeMillenia helps one find the courage to move forward with confidence and faith. It brings clarity about what is really necessary for happiness and contentment. It can help us find an equilibrium between being organized, neat, orderly, meticulous, logical, and analytical (all good traits), and being obsessively focused on perfection.

LeMillenia is used to aid us with self-expression, fear of conflict and disagreement, and the ability to make decisions. This blend can foster tenacity and independence of spirit.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: “Chiropractor in a bottle” is a good description of this blend except that LeMillenia aligns so much more than just physical structures. LeMillenia aligns the electrical energies of the body, balances every meridian, and energizes every chakra. In addition, LeMillenia maintains the integrity of the connective tissues that wrap, connect, and protect every organ and balances the emotions connected to each organ. LeMillenia balances the moisture and fluid levels in the body.

One of my favorite uses for LeMillenia is in working with ADHD and hyperactivity. Applying LeMillenia to the feet at least once a day can make a profound difference in a child’s ability to sit still and concentrate. I use the feet because it is an excellent place to draw essential oils into the body. I also like the feet because the person (it is often a little boy) can put his shoes back on, go to school, and no one teases him because he “smells like flowers”. Also consider using LeTranquility along with LeMillenia.

As an agent of structural alignment, LeMillenia can be used as a diuretic, an antispasmodic, an expectorant, and a nervine. LeMillenia is helpful for some types of arthritis, for sciatica, and to improve capillary circulation. LeMillenia should be tried at the very first moment a hernia is suspected.

Using LeMillenia to brush your teeth may keep your teeth aligned and prevent cavities. A drop should be diluted in almond oil and put in the ear for earache. This will realign physical structures and take the pressure off of the ear canal or ear drum.

Because LeMillenia realigns physical and electrical structures, it is beneficial for some types of headaches. It is antispasmodic, analgesic, and excellent where bruising has occurred.

There is not enough understanding of anorexia, but it is known that something in the way LeMillenia realigns the body systems changes the thinking and brings relief from this condition.

Katrafay

(Cedrelposis grevei)

INGREDIENT IN: LeBenediction,LeDelicate, LeFaith, LeSolitude, LeTomorrow

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES:
anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, tonic, astringent, lymphatic cleanser

AFFINITY FOR:
lymphatic system, skin, joints, liver meridian, crown chakra, yin energy

RESONANCE:
physical, spiritual, mental

PLANT FAMILY:
Rutaceae

PART UTILIZED:
Bark

EXTRACTION METHOD:
Steam distilled

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS:
The aroma of katrafay essential oil is “earthy” with a green, mossy scent. The pale yellow liquid blends well with lavender, tea tree, rosemary, clary sage, nutmeg, lemon and marjoram.

APPLICATION: Katrafay should be diluted well and applied to areas of concern.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: The remarkable quality about katrafay is its high percentage of sesquiterpenes (about 67.5%). Sesquiterpene molecules readily cross the blood/brain barrier. They bring increased amounts of oxygen and healing properties to the central nervous system. The high percentage of sesquiterpenes also makes katrafay a good fragrance fixative. Katrafay essential oil is indicated for mental fatigue, headaches, sciatica and muscle pains. It is traditionally used in Madagascar after childbirth.

CAUTIONS: Katrafay is generally non-toxic and non-sensitizing. It should be diluted well. Avoid use during pregnancy.

Peppermint

(Mentha piperita)

INGREDIENT IN: LeAspire, LeBalance, LeBreezey, LeCrystal Clear, LeCypernium, LeDeeper, LeInsideOut, LeEZ Traveler, LeJulia, LeMyGraine, LePaine, LePatches, LeTendaCare, LeThermaCare, LeWakeUp

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: tonic, cytophylactic, anti-infective, antiseptic, decongestant, antibiotic, antifungal, antidepressant, anti-toxic, aphrodisiac, astringent, calmative, nervine, anti-inflammatory to the nerves and the prostate

AFFINITY FOR: digestive system, tissues, nerves, mind, earth element, wood element, yang energy, throat chakra, lung meridian, small intestine meridian

RESONANCE: physical, mental

PLANT FAMILY:Labiatae

PART UTILIZED: stems, leaves, flower buds

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Peppermint oil stimulates the mind, increasing the ability to focus and concentrate. When inhaled, it restores the sense of taste by stimulating the trigeminal nerve. Oddly, inhaling peppermint oil can also curb the appetite.

APPLICATION: Peppermint oil should be diluted well before applying to the skin. Placing one drop of peppermint under the tongue and breathing past it (the peppermint oil) has been known to stop an asthma attack or clear the nasal passages and sinus cavities. Vocal performers often use this trick to dispel mucous from their throats and stimulate their vocal cords.

Peppermint is a good massage oil for stimulating circulation. Peppermint is too strong to be added to a bath.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Peppermint is like a rush of fresh energy into the system. It allows us to relax instead of letting anxiety build up in our body or mind. Peppermint oil is specific for people who move between highs and lows, sadness and happiness, until the ever-widening mood swings settle into lethargy, intolerance, and frustration. Just as peppermint strengthens the digestion and aids the absorption of nutrients on a physical level, it enhances our ability to “digest” new ideas and impressions.

Physical / Mental Aspects: Dr. Dembar of the University of Cincinnati discovered in a research study that inhaling peppermint oil increased the mental accuracy of the students tested by up to 28%. Peppermint oil can also be used for headaches and nerve regeneration.

Peppermint is renowned for action on the digestive system and for use in bowel disorders. It is one of the best essential oils for nausea, vomiting, morning sickness (small amounts only), mouth or gum infections, fainting, and motion sickness.

Peppermint oil is strongly anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Peppermint oil increases circulation. All varieties of peppermint essential oil are useful for muscle pain, inflamed joints, and arthritis. The anti-inflammatory properties make peppermint essential oil supportive of prostate function.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Peppermint, like lavender, is soothing in small amounts and strongly stimulating in larger amounts.

CAUTIONS: Peppermint oil is stimulating to the uterus. Extreme caution, mostly as to the amount used, should be taken with peppermint oils if pregnant.

Rosemary

(Rosmarinus officinalis)

INGREDIENT IN: LeAspire, LeCandila, LeCrystal Clear, LeCinnamonBear, LeDelicate, LeDeliverance, LeEnergy, LeLifeForce, LeMelaPlus, LeRevitalize, LeTurmoil, LeSimplicity, LeSpiceC, LeWakeUp, LeWithIn

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: antibacterial, anti-catarrhal, anti-infective, antispasmodic, analgesic, balances the endocrine system, mucolytic, tonic, astringent, aphrodisiac, cicatrisive, cytophylactic, pectoral, antidepressant, sedative, calmative, emollient, antiseptic

AFFINITY FOR: central nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, urinary system, skin, liver, solar plexus chakra, liver meridian, small intestine meridian, heart meridian, yang energy

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

PLANT FAMILY:Labiatae

PART UTILIZED: flowering plant

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Rosemary, diffused, stimulates memory function and helps to organize the thought process.

APPLICATION: Rosemary can be diluted and applied anywhere on the body. It can be added to shampoo or conditioner to cover gray in darker hair colors.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: In emotional work using essential oils, often the influence of the oil is to create a haven of safety from which the person can relearn how to relate to their world. This is not the case with rosemary. Rosemary fosters an inquisitive spirit. Rosemary sends us out in all directions, looking for light and understanding. Understanding truth is energy in its essential form. Understanding ourselves and what is expected of us by heaven is the most important truth. This understanding is light, and light is knowledge.

Rosemary balances heart function and energizes the solar plexus. Rosemary is specific for people who are usually vibrant, organized, industrious, and sensitive. They have become apathetic due to dwelling on perceived hurts or injustices. People needing rosemary rarely become imbalanced from stress or too much work; they thrive on work. Rosemary essential oil can send them on a quest to understand what happened and why. With understanding, or even just beginning to ask the questions that will lead to understanding, comes peace.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: A glance at the list of physical and energy systems in the affinity for section above gives you some idea of the wide range of action of this amazingly versatile essential oil. Every body system listed above impacts other body systems until rosemary’s influence resonates throughout the entire system. We will detail just a few of rosemary’s many therapeutic qualities here.

Rosemary’s action on the brain and nervous system makes it useful for memory loss, learning difficulties, indecisiveness, and mental fatigue. It has a strong antiseptic action against intestinal infections, colitis, flatulence, liver disorders, and respiratory complaints. Being antispasmodic and analgesic, rosemary is useful for arthritis, muscle pain and weakness, and headaches. In the cardiovascular area, rosemary assists with arteriosclerosis, palpitations, poor circulation, migraine headaches, and low blood pressure.

Rosemary has an affinity for skin care, hair care, and the dissolving of cellulite. Rosemary is used to minimize gray in the hair of brunettes. The astringent properties of rosemary make it effective for dandruff, hair loss, and tightening saggy areas of skin.

Rosemary is an excellent oil for exhaustion and general debility, overindulgence in food or drink, and hangovers. Rosemary is mentioned in the literature as helpful for viral hepatitis.