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Archive for January, 2011

Using Essential Oils for Balancing Chakras 6th Chakra or Third Eye Chakra/Brow Chakra

Essential Oils and Chakras Part Seven; Using Essential Oils for Balancing Chakras; 6th Chakra or Third Eye Chakra/Brow Chakra

see my article on Associated Content/Yahoo.. http://ow.ly/1aSTLe

Top 10 Albums for Balancing the Chakras

It is now widely accepted that we are not just physical beings, but mental, emotional and spiritual bodies as well, all inter-connected as a whole instead of just one or the other. So it stands to reason that if we are depressed, anxious, stressed, fatigued, jealous, and angry or a mixture of any of these emotions on a cons”tant basis these ‘negative energies’ will cause us to become sick, diseased or affect us negatively in our physical bodies . “

-from Introduction to Using Essential Oils for Balancing the Chakras (where you can learn A Little About Aromatherapy, What Are the Chakras?, Chakras Explained Through the Aura, and How Can Aromatherapy Be Used to Balance the Chakras?). Also see the rest of the series by typing the word ‘chakra’ in the “search my content bar” to the right of my featured content on my profile page seen here.

Music has been said to be the connection between the physical and spiritual worlds, and is famously quoted as “calming even the savage beast.” Using music for healing, or balancing our chakras is an important tool in our self-healing toolbox. As Helen Bonny (Music Therapist) says,

“We all have experienced the soothing, rhythmic sound of music since before we can remember. Our mother’s heart beat provided the soundtrack for our earliest moments spent in her womb. Lullabies followed, and then our first memories of music, whether it be concerts, dances, anthems or hymns. Music fills our senses and can evoke various feelings in us, depending on the occasion and the kind of music that is played. Very often, when we hear a particular song it brings back memories of a distinct moment in time. Music can also change an individual’s state of mind just by the beats of a melody and the right type of music can even have an effect on one’s physical well being. In fact, music can help us heal. Studies show that music and music therapy may assist in improving a person’s psychological, emotional and overall health .”

To see the top 10 albums for balancing the chakras, see my associated content/yahoo article here.

 

DIY Super Duper Lip Plumper Recipe

Check out my article on how to make your own super duper lip plumper …

it’s easy, fun and really works!!!

Click here to see article

http://www.firehow.com/200909303389/how-to-make-lip-plumper.html

Everyone wants full, pouty, sexy lips but not everyone wants to go through painful injections or spend the money on them. I’ve put together an easy recipe for a DIY lip plumper serum you can make at home.

These ingredients are not hard to find if you know where to look and don’t be discouraged by the prices of the essential oils…you’ll only need a very small amount for this recipe and you’ll be able to use them for hundreds of other useful things, most will last a long time.

 

More recipes for fabulous lips here; http://voices.yahoo.com/diy-easy-beauty-recipes-natural-lipgloss-lip-plumper-5360633.html

Using Essential Oils for Balancing Chakras; 5th Chakra or the Throat Chakra

If you missed part one, see it here; Essential Oils and Chakras Part One; Introduction to Using Essential Oils for Balancing the Chakras and Part Two; Using Essential Oils for Balancing Chakras; The Root Chakra ,and Part Three; The Sacral Chakra. , and Part Four; The Solar Plexus Chakra , and Part Five; The Heart Chakra .

The Fifth Chakra (Vishudha) or Throat Chakra;
The fifth chakra is also known as the throat chakra or in Sanskrit- Vishudha (which means ‘pure’) and relates to communication and divine will, creativity, self-expression and the search for truth. It is where we speak our truths and take responsibility for our words.
The corresponding body parts associated with the throat chakra are the throat and neck, esophagus, mouth, teeth, upper lungs and respiratory system, ears, thyroid and parathyroid glands. The throat chakra also corresponds with the element of ether.
The corresponding colors associated with the throat chakra are blue, and sky blue. Blue symbolizes inspiration, devotion, infinity and religious goals, and the color blue also produces a calm and peaceful feeling.
The throat chakra enables us to communicate our thoughts and feelings, and is directly connected to the ability to express inner creativity. Both our teaching and learning are affected by the balance of the throat chakra. A strong throat chakra encourages leadership, the spirit of truth and listening to one’s intuition.

Read the rest of my article at Associated Content/Yahoo here

Top 10 Songs About Angels on my Angels & Aromatherapy Blog

Check out the top 10 angel songs…are your favorites included?

Top 10 Songs About Angels – Here are the top 10 songs about angels in the pop/rock/alternative genres … http://ow.ly/1aIcHZ

To see the Top 50 Songs about angels see my hubpage about it here

essential oil recipe for cold sores

home-remedies-for-cold-soresCOLD SORES
These nasty little – painful lesions – are caused by the herpes simplex virus and are contagious. There may be pain or tingling one to two days before the cold sores appear. Cold sores generally clear in seven to ten days. They’re sometimes confused with canker sores, which are not contagious but produce small, painful ulcers in the soft tissues of the mouth, such as the tongue and the walls of the mouth.

Many essential oils can help with viral infections but need to be in your system soon after you are exposed.   Those that suffer from cold sores know there can be many things that ‘trigger’ an outbreak.  Stress,  whether it be from emotional or physical – being run down so a cold or flu can take hold can easily bring on a cold sore.

Prevention is best done by controlling your exposure to stress and of course others with colds and flus.  But once your ‘cold sore’ has attacked, you may get relief by applying a drop of Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) has antiviral properties. In a research study conducted in hospitals and dermatology clinics in Germany, lemon balm cream promoted the healing of blisters in five days compared to 10 days in the control group. Used on regularly, lemon balm cream may decrease the frequency of recurrences.

Also Tea tree (one drop neat) on the blisters several times throughout the day.  Tea Tree can be applied ‘neatly’ which means undiluted.  Lavender may also be applied neatly.  Roman chamomile, Eucalyptus, Bergamot, Peppermint and Geranium may also stop the blistering in it’s tracks.  To apply these other oils first mix them with a small amount of vodka. The best ratio is up to 6 drops in 5 ml of vodka.   Mix well and dab on the blister using a cotton-tip applicator.

A study by the University of Heidelberg found that peppermint essential oil was found to penetrate the skin and have a direct virucidal effect againt the herpes simplex virus. Peppermint oil was also found to be active against an acyclovir-resistant strain of the herpes simpex virus. Although it’s promising, peppermint oil shouldn’t be used until studies have established its safety. Peppermint oil is absorbed through the skin so even small amounts could be toxic. Peppermint oil should never be ingested unless it is therapeutic grade.

Remember everyone’s immune system is different and with Aromatherapy we can try different essential oils – what works for one person may not work for the next.  Usually you can find one that works best for you.  Keep a journal of what you try at each outbreak.  Recording things like how much, how applied and what oil(s) were used.  Soon you will know what works best for you!
If the blisters open up, mixing any of the above essential oils with a small amount of Sweet Almond oil will help to keep the skin moist and less likely to crack.  All essential oils have healing properties and will help your body to heal itself.

Read more from “cold sore remedies” from about.com here.  

 

So, here’s the essential oil recipe for cold sores:

  • 3 drops lemon balm (melissa)
  • 2 drops tea tree
  • 3 drops lavender
  • 3 drops eucalyptus
  • 3-4 drops geranium
  • 3 drops Roman chamomile
  • 3 drops bergamot

Add to 1 oz of sweet almond oil if you have dried and cracked cold sores,

or 2 oz. vodka for wet/ type cold sores to dry them out and heal them. Shake before each use.

 

Here’s Aura Cacia’s lemon balm essential oil diluted with jojoba, so price is right.

Best prevention for cold sores is to keep stress as low as possible, eat good foods and not processed and fast foods, avoid sugar and chemical sweeteners, and don’t get sunburned. This may exacerbate issue.

See other natural cold sore remedies on Amazon

here are other natural remedies and natural cures for cold sores:

Lysine

Lysine is an essential amino acid, meaning that we must get it through food or supplements because the body can’t make it on its own. It’s used to make protein, which we need to produce infection-fighting antibodies, enzymes, hormones, and body tissues. Lysine has been found to inhibit the spread of the herpes simplex virus.

Although we get lysine through food sources such as red meat, milk, eggs, cheese, wheat germ, brewers yeast, and fish, what appears to be most important is the ratio of lysine to another amino acid, arginine. They compete with each other for absorption in the intestines, so the less arginine there is in the diet, the more lysine is absorbed. Foods that are rich in arginine include chocolate, peanuts, and almonds.

In addition to these temporary dietary changes:

Lysine supplements

  • Lysine supplements (e.g. 1,000 mg taken three times a day) may help to shorten the duration of cold sores.
  • Lysine ointment – a pilot study by the Southern California University looked at the effectiveness of a lysine-containing ointment in 30 people. Researchers found that the ointment produced full resolution in 40% of participants by the third day and in 87 percent by the end of the sixth day. No adverse effects were reported.

Reishi and Astragalus

Reishi, also called Ganoderma lucidum is a type of mushroom that has a long history of use in traditional Asian medicine to strengthen the immune system.

Preliminary evidence shows that reishi may inhibit the spread of the herpes virus. A typical dose is 600 milligrams once or twice a day.

Reishi is available in powder or supplement form. Reishi can delay blood clotting, so consult your doctor before taking reishi if you are taking aspirin, warfarin (coumadin), or any other medications or supplements that interfere with clotting.

In traditional Chinese medicine, reishi is often used in conjunction with a herb called astragalus. Astragalus has been found to improve immune function in people with herpes simplex keratitis.

Resveratrol

Resveratrol, a compound found naturally in red grapes, has been shown to be active against the herpes simplex virus in laboratory studies.

A study by the Northeastern Ohio University demonstrated that resveratrol cream applied topically two, three, or five times a day effectively suppressed cold sore development if it was applied one or 6 hours after infection with the herpes virus.

Resveratrol cream was also found to be as effective as 5% acyclovir ointment (Zovirax). Resveratrol cream also effectively suppressed cold sore formation in animals with herpes simplex infection that was resistant to acyclovir. No side effects were reported.

Propolis

Propolis, also called bee propolis, is a brownish, resinous substance. Bees collect it from poplar and conifer buds and use it “cement” their hives and keep them germ-free. It is sold in health food stores.

A study found that propolis was active against herpes simplex 1 virus. It is believed to work by preventing the virus from entering body cells and by blocking the replication and spread of the virus. For more information about propolis, read the Propolis Fact Sheet.

Self-Heal

The herb self-heal, also known as Prunella vulgaris is a perennial plant commonly found in China and Europe.

Extracts of this herb have been found to be effective against both herpes simplex 1 and 2 viruses. It is also believed to work against acyclovir-resistant strains of the herpes virus.

Other Remedies

  • Echinacea – A study by the University of Ottawa found that echinacea is active against herpes simplex type 1.
  • Black currant – An extract of black currant, also known as Ribes nigrum or Kurokarin in Japan, was found to fight the herpes virus in laboratory studies.
  • Rhubarb and sage cream – A German study examined rhubarb-sage cream compared to sage cream and Zovirax in 149 people with oral herpes cold sores. The combined topical sage-rhubarb preparation proved to be as effective as topical aciclovir cream and tended to be more active than the sage cream.
  • Undaria pinnatifida – known as wakame in Japan, undaria is a type of seaweed that has been found to improve the healing time and reactivation of herpes infections.

Safety Precautions

People with tuberculosis, leukemia, diabetes, connective tissue disorders, multiple sclerosis, HIV or AIDS, any autoimmune diseases, organ transplant, or possibly, liver disorders should not take herbs or supplements that improve immune function (such as reishi and astragalus) without consulting their doctor first. Taking immune-boosting supplements may reduce the effectiveness of medications that suppress the immune system.

Big thanks to Cathy Wong, ND
About.com Alternative Medicine for helpful information.

More alternative cures and remedies for cold sores:

health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-cold-sores

4 natural remedies for cold sores

how to heal a cold sore naturally wikihow

home remedies for cold sores

common vitamins and supplements for cold sores web md

 

 

essential oil recipes for new beginnings

Here we are at the beginning of a new year. I love new beginnings. It’s like a fresh start; a way to press the re-start button on a whole new life. We have the chance to put those things behind us that no longer work for us, or are unhealthy, or cause us negativity in our lives. Whoo hoo!

Out with the old, in with the new. I am ready.

So, with that in mind, I’ve put together a few essential oil recipes for new beginnings in our lives. A fresh start if you will.

Essential oil recipe for new beginnings:

The first essential oil recipe for new beginnings has to do with an over-all fresh blend to give us that ‘breath of fresh air’ so to speak, clearing out the old negative stuff and inhaling a clean, new start. I started with citrus oils of course, as they are so great for an uplifting, and happy feeling. Then added a bit of lavender for a super clean and lovely balance. Next  is spearmint for a minty freshness and followed up with juniper, Atlas cedarwood and cypress.

Try this blend for your new year-

  • 7 drops grapefruit
  • 4 drops lemon
  • 4 drops tangerine
  • 4 drops lavender
  • 2 drops spearmint or peppermint
  • 3 drops juniper
  • 4 drops Atlas cedarwood
  • 3 drops cypress

This blend can be added to many different things depending on how you want to use it.

For a body re-fresher or spritzer add 20 drops of this blend to 4 ounces of water with a splash of vodka, shake and use anytime.

For a anointing oil or perfume type, use 12 drops of this blend mixed with 1 ounce of sweet almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil or similar.

For a bath salt or body salt scrub, add 20 drops of the blend to 4 ounces of dead sea salts and 1-2 oz. of jojoba, sweet almond, olive, grapeseed or similar oil, mix and use as an exfoliating body scrub or soaking bath salts.

For a take-with-you-to-go style inhaler for freshness on the go, put about 25 drops or so of this blend in a small dark glass bottle, or you can make your own aromatherapy inhaler. You can find inhalers for pretty inexpensive all over the internet. Here’s a few places:

Aromatherapy Inhaler – Plastic, Pack of 4 (w/caps & wicks)-These plastic inhalers are convenient and portable. Place a few drops of your favorite Essential Oil or Aromatherapy Blend on the wick, slip it into the base and cover. To use, simply remove the top and inhale.

Aromaticsinternational.com

Here are a few more blends to help with new beginnings:

for the rest of my article click here

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