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LeInsideOut, LeLiteN, LeMygraine,
marjoram, Pine, Sage
LeBreezey Rub works similar to a vapor rub for the chest. It is made with menthol crystals and a combination of essential oils and herbs that effect the lungs. It can be used for any respiratory ailment including colds and respiratory flus, pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma and allergies, and sinus congestion.
INGREDIENT IN: LeCandila, LeLifeForce, LeMelaPlus, LeNoMore, LeSimplicity, LeVision
THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, antiviral, carminative, immune stimulant, tonic
AFFINITY FOR: digestive system, immune system, circulatory system, sacral chakra, solar plexus chakra, heart chakra
RESONANCE: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual
PLANT FAMILY: Labiatae (mint)
PART UTILIZED: stems, leaves, flowers
EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled
APPLICATION: Always dilute mountain savory with a carrier oil before applying to the body.
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Mountain Savory has a sharp, medicinal, herbaceous aroma and is not usually recommended for diffusing or aromatherapy use as a single oil. Mountain savory, added to a blend, revitalizes and stimulates the nervous system, increasing energy and motivation.
EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Mountain savory is said to have a harmonizing effect on the ego, allowing us to relinquish the need for control and helping us cope with hurt and disappointment. Spiritually, mountain savory may give us a little bit of help in "letting go and letting God" manage the flow of our lives and our relationships. The effects of Mountain Savory move from the root chakra up through the solar plexus and into the heart chakra, connecting us emotionally with the earth and with our spouse and family. This oil is also recommended for use in blends designed to help people overcome fears of intimacy and difficulty with male/female relationships.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Mountain savory rates very highly as an antioxidant. Antioxidants are said to reduce the risk of age related conditions, inhibit the growth of microbes, and - possibly - reduce cancer risks. Mountain savory also rates very highly when tested against a wide variety of microbes, including fungal, bacterial, and viral strains. This oils should be considered for use with abscesses, athlete;s foot, colds, coughs, gingivitis, and any type of infection. Mountain savory is also considered to be an immune stimulant.
Mountain savory is a good choices when a circulatory stimulant or warming oil is needed. Though not often used alone for this purpose mountain savory, added to an essential oil blend, is useful for arthritis, muscle soreness, bruising, and scarring of body tissues. Mountain savory is sometimes used for insect bites and bee stings. Mountain savory, as an herbal preparation, has been used as a digestive remedy for diarrhea and colic since ancient times.
GENERAL INFORMATION: Mountain savory is sometimes called winter savory.
CAUTIONS: This oil is considered by the very cautious to be unusually irritating to skin and mucous membranes. Mountain savory, like other essential oils, should be used well diluted with a carrier oil.
Rosewood is a small evergreen tree now controlled as an endangered
species by the government of Brazil. This makes pure rosewood oil more
expensive. It also makes it harder and harder to obtain.
By Sharon Moran
|Several generations ago, our ancestors enjoyed the benefits of probiotics WITHOUT having to go to the store. They knew how to enjoy the benefits of a diet rich in good microbes by naturally fermenting
foods at home.
Fermentation was the first form of food preservation. When civilizations first began fermenting various foods thousands of years ago the process of how the food was actually preserved was still a mystery. They only knew that it extended the life of their food supply. Fermented foods also provided them with valuable nutrition and health benefits.
Fruits were probably the first foods fermented. Evidence as far back as 5,000 years ago suggest that milk was fermented in Babylon. China is probably the forerunner in fermenting vegetables. In the United States, the fermentation of food has been declining. With the advent of packaged and convenience foods, the need for fermenting as a form of food preservation has been in the decline.
However, fermentation is now on the rise. In recent years, as scientists learn more about how our body's function, they have made us aware of the fact that about 80% - 85% of our immune system function begins in the gut. Trillions of bacteria - both "good" and "bad" - live in the gut and stimulate our immune systems. When our intestinal tract is unbalanced, we open ourselves up for a wide range of health problems including allergies and autoimmune diseases. The wide spread use of antibiotics is also a factor in poor gut health and the destruction of desirable "good" bacteria.
But there is good news!! One of the very best ways to make a dent in your intestinal health is through the foods you eat. Beneficial bacteria are associated with foods that are healthy for us. And the opposite is also true. Sugar, which is known to be bad for us, is the preferred food for the fungus responsible for most yeast and sinus infections.
Fermented foods are excellent detoxifiers. Pound for pound, they contain higher percentages of beneficial bacteria than any probiotic supplement available. This makes them very effective for balancing the gut bacteria levels. These helpful bacteria are also beneficial in other body system areas including:
*absorption of minerals
*appropriate metabolism of calcium into our bones
*preventing obesity and/or diabetes
*regulation of fat absorption
*improving our mental health
*conditions such as acne
In addition to cutting back on sugar - and antibiotics - the solution is very simple. The addition of fermented foods and the amount of "good" bacteria that they contain goes a long way in supplying the body with the tools it needs to heal itself. The good bacteria found in fermented foods help to remove the "bad" bacteria which are creating the imbalances in our immune systems and over health.
Almost any vegetable can be fermented. We are most familiar with cucumbers (pickles) and cabbage (sauerkraut). The key is to just get in there and start. Any web or you-tube search will provide a myriad of sources and videos to help you.
A Few Hints and Pointers:
1. Start with good, fresh food, toxin-free produce. If you don't garden, find a source for some local produce.
2. Treat your fresh produce appropriately. Wash your vegies well. Decide how you want to prepare them. Some suggestions would include grating, dicing, slicing, chopping - or just leaving them whole. Remember to keep the vegetable portion size the same within each batch so that the fermentation time will be consistent.
3. Do not ferment in metal or plastic - stick with glass. Mason jars work great. Use the wide mouth variety as you need to really pack the vegies in tight.
4. Most vegetables will need to be covered with a brine to begin the fermentation process. Use a good salt when preparing your brine. Salt suppresses the growth the "bad" bacteria while allowing the Lactobacilli to flourish. Salt brine also produces a crisper texture in the finished product.
5. Once the vegetables have fermented to your liking, they should be refrigerated. This slows the fermentation process and stabilizes your finished product.
Enjoy a bit of fermented foods daily to ensure that your gut is well on its way to becoming balanced. Your immune system will thank you.
INGREDIENTS: cistus, geranium, hinoki, lavender, orange sweet, rose, rosewood, sage, spruce
AFFINITY FOR: emotional balance, brow chakra, crown chakra, heart chakra
RESONANCE: physical and emotional
APPLICATION: LeDiscernment can be diffused, applied to wrists or temples, added to a bath, or used with almond oil for massage.
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Because this blend dissipates negative emotions, it helps us move forward with renewed vigor and enthusiasm to achieve our dreams.
EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: LeDiscernment promotes feelings of faith in the future and renewed enthusiasm for the pursuit of our goals and dreams. This blend can help us discern the path best suited for us and most likely to bring happiness and contentment to our lives. LeDiscernment is also helpful in bolstering decision making abilities.
LeDiscernment can help us achieve a healthy balance between the analytical left brain and the intuitive right brain. Its special function seems to be helping us maintain a balance between preparations for the future and living with joy and peace today.
LeDiscernment has a special place for those who struggle with pride or arrogance, or who fail to credit heaven and other people with any part in their successes. This blend can be particularly useful for those in leadership positions. It can aid them to see past the physical appearances and circumstances of others, while giving them the ability to discern the strengths and intrinsic worth of those they serve. The skill of seeing the worth of another soul is also a valuable asset among family members, members of a community, or work group.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: All essential oils are antibacterial, antiseptic, and antiviral. LeDiscernment is no exception and it has a pleasant aroma. It can be used to disinfect anything. LeDiscernment is effective against canker sores.
Cautions: This blend contains a small amount of sage, which is strongly contra-indicated for use during pregnancy; it may be wise to exercise a bit of caution with this blend when pregnant, epileptic, or suffering from high blood pressure.
INGREDIENTS: frankincense, orange sweet, palmarosa, rose, rosemary, rosewood, sandalwood, ylang ylang
AFFINITY FOR: lymphatic system, immune system, endocrine system, liver, skin, nerves, liver meridian, heart meridian, sacral chakra
RESONANCE: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual
APPLICATION: LeKindred Spirit is a great oil for diffusing or wearing on the body.
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: The aroma of LeKindred Spirit can be both comforting and invigorating at the same time. It lets us know that, while our life up to now, has been good, the coming days - and changes - will be even better.
EMOTIONAL ASPECTS: LeKindred Spirit helps us recognize that other people have needs and struggles similar to our own. This blend can help us recognize, with gladness, the talents and strengths to be found in those around us. It can also aid us in finding patience and a spirit of tolerance for their shortcomings. LeKindred Spirit is meant to help us feel a kinship of purpose with others.
The use of this blend should moderate tendencies on our part to expect more of others than we are willing or able to give ourselves. Learning to honor ourselves for our contributions, rather than berating ourselves for not having done more, is another emotional aspect of this blend.
LeKindred Spirit also addresses the fears we sometimes feel when circumstances in our lives are in states of change. In today's rapidly changing world, we need to be able to gracefully let go of old patterns and ways of doing things. LeKindred Spirit fosters within us feelings of enthusiasm and a willingness to embrace new things and make new friends.
If you are exhausting yourself resisting change and trying to keep things as they area - the children at home and still needing you, the same job or way of doing things on the job, the same circle of friends - this blend can bring you comfort. You may even find yourself moving into changes with enthusiasm and joy.
Rosemary is a little bit of an unusual addition to an essential oil blend containing sweet, high frequency oils such as sandalwood, rose, rosewood, orange sweet, and ylang ylang. Rosemary fosters inquisitiveness, and adds a unique layer to this blend. Rosemary sends our souls searching, in all directions, for light, understanding, and a new way of coping and becoming. The frankincense adds a touch of caution - a connection between past and future, cause and effect.
LeKindred Spirit is a very nearly perfect example of synergy between single oils in a blend. No one single oil could possibly accomodate all the layers of this unique blend.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: LeKindred Spirit contains some of the very best essential oils for working with chronic illness. This blend is often effective for headaches, insomnia, memory difficulties, learning difficulties, mental fatigue, and indecisiveness. LeKindred Spirit raises low blood sugar levels and stabilizes blood sugar fluctuations.
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 childs 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.
INGREDIENT IN: LeEndoRelief, LeLifeForce
THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: antispasmodic, antibacterial, antiseptic, expectorant, stimulant, digestive, sedative, stomachic, sudorific, galactogogue
AFFINITY FOR: digestive system, autonomic nervous system, respiratory system, endocrine system (particularly the pancreas), bloodstream, stomach meridian
RESONANCE: physical, emotional
PLANT FAMILY: Umbelliferae
PART UTILIZED: seeds
EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled
APPLICATION: Dill can be applied anywhere on the body - if you don't mind smelling like a dill pickle!
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: The autonomic nervous system controls such things as heartbeat, the function of our kidneys, the flow of hormones, and blood pressure. We have been taught that we have no conscious control of these functions. Studies and common sense both indicate that this is not entirely true. For example, army snipers are taught to mentally slow their pulse and heartbeat and sharpen the acuity of their vision as they prepare to make their shots. In the nerves and impulses of this area of the nervous system, dill brings sustenance, strength, and calmness.
EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: A sluggish colon often manifests itself in the emotions as depression or repression of emotions. Dill's action on the digestive system can help lift depression and bring buried emotions to the surface where they can be processed.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Dill supports pancreatic functions, helping to normalize glucose and insulin levels. As glucose and insulin stabilize, energy levels remain steady - there are no glucose spikes followed by periods of abnormally low glucose levels. This effect of the aroma of dill is almost instantaneous. A more complex blend containing dill, such as LeEndoRelief, should be used for long-term treatment. Dill is used to stimulate digestion. In pioneer times and in much of Europe even today, meals began with something sour such as dill pickles. It might be a good thing to emulate this practice in our own eating habits.
Dill is also a mild way to cleanse the liver and blood. It promotes milk flow in nursing mothers. Perhaps there is a connection to the cravings for pickles that are associated with pregnancy, and either the mild cleansing or milk producing properties of dill.
CAUTIONS: Occasionally safety literature will mention that dill should be used cautiously by people with seizure disorders.
INGREDIENT IN: LeAngel, LeBeloved, LeBountiful, LeCinnamonBear, LeDiscernment, LeEternity, LeEverlasting, LeExhilaration, LeEZ Traveler, LeGoodNite, LeHeartSong, LeHoliday Spirit, LeHousewarming, LeInsight, LeIntention, LeJulia, LeKadence, LeKey to My Heart, LeKindred Spirit, LeMoonlight, LeQuietEssence, LeReflections, LeSolitude, LeSpiceC, LeSunburst, LeTomorrow, LeTranquility, LeVisibility, LeWakeUp, LeWisdom
THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: disinfectant, diuretic, calmative, anticoagulant, sedative, stomachic, cholagogue (encourages the production of bile and the digestion of fats), diuretic, tonic, antispasmodic, antiseptic, antibiotic, depurative, anti-inflammatory
AFFINITY FOR: digestive system, respiratory system, skin, wood element, spleen meridian, sacral chakra
RESONANCE: physical, emotional
PLANT FAMILY: Rutaceae
PART UTILIZED: peel of fruit
EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Orange sweet has a delightful fragrance. It promotes feelings of well-being and happiness. By itself, or as an ingredient in a essential oil blend, orange sweet promotes restful sleep.
APPLICATION: The aroma of orange sweet is an excellent remedy to alleviate nausea or morning sickness. It is sometimes helpful with these conditions to apply a drop or two of the oil behind the ears. Orange sweet oil can be diluted and applied anywhere on the body. It is also a lovely oil to diffuse in your home or workplace.
EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: The emotions of frustration and discouragement block the flow of energy to and from the liver. Any block in energy creates tension. The tension created by blocked energy in the liver results in moodiness, irritability, nausea, headaches, insomnia, and expecting more of ourselves and others than is reasonable. Orange sweet is an excellent oil for all of these conditions and emotions.
Orange sweet essential oil brings peace and happiness to the mind and body and joy to the heart. It provides emotional support to overcome sadness and courage to escape emotional and physical abuse. This oil reestablishes optimism and a sense of humor when they have become lost through abuse or sadness. Orange sweet can make even the most mundane practical task flow along easily and enjoyably.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Orange sweet can relieve cardiac spasms and false angina that are the result of stress or depression. The nicer, lighter attitude produced by orange sweet oil improves overall immune function, aids respiration, increases lymphatic drainage, improves digestive function, and raises low blood sugar levels.
Orange sweet is particularly effective when a complaint has anxiety, depression, or nerve weakness at its core. Orange sweet is one of the essential oils used in programs to treat eating disorders. The astringent properties of orange sweet oil improves a dull, oily complexion. It is of benefit in the treatment of wrinkles as it hydrates and strengthens the cells of the epidermis.
GENERAL INFORMATION: This is a very versatile and inexpensive essential oil. It works very well as a cleaner, removing sticky adhesive residue from most surfaces.
INGREDIENT IN: LeDeeper, LeMariah, LeRefreshMint, LeTendaCare, LeVallee, LeWarmDown
THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, cholagogue, disinfectant, diuretic, warming
AFFINITY FOR: nerves, kidneys, bones, joints, muscles, respiratory system
RESONANCE: physical, emotional
PLANT FAMILY: Ericaceae
PART UTILIZED: leaves
EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Wintergreen has a wonderful aroma. It is stimulating, but deeper and more grounding than the essential oils of the mint family. Wintergreen is cleansing and opening to the physical senses.
APPLICATION: Wintergreen can be applied to any area of the body where it is needed. Be sure to dilute well. Wintergreen essential oil is very pleasant diffused.
EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Wintergreen essential oil is a very aggressive essence which stimulates very powerful responses in return. Wintergreen promotes change on a profound level as the mind/body complex responds. Wintergreen shakes up and wakes up the mind and every system of the body.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Wintergreen produces an analgesic, numbing effect on the nerves present in whatever tissue it is applied to. Wintergreen clears obstructions to the flow of blood in the tissues and in the veins and arteries. This increases circulation in general and brings warmth to the area. This warmth is as strong and as healing as anything you will experience with commercial athletic rub products. This warmth also relaxes the muscles in the area to which it was applied. As the circulatory system works more efficiently, many health problems are alleviated.
The stimulant properties of wintergreen apply to all systems and organs of the body. Wintergreen increases the activity of the kidneys, preventing toxins, uric acid, fats, and liquids from building up in body tissues. Wintergreen essential oil aids digestion by stimulating proper secretion of gastric juices and bile. It stimulates the activity of the lungs, intestines, and other organs, preventing the accumulation of congestion and waste materials.
CAUTIONS: Wintergreen essential oil has a high methyl salicylate content. Nevertheless, it is safe to use. Please see page 111, (the last of the section on birch) for safety information about this constituent. Birch and wintergreen often receive very bad press because of misunderstandings about the effects of this "suppose" toxic ingredient.
Wintergreen should be used cautiously if pregnant and always diluted well.