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essential oil scientific research on the human brain

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This is so interesting, a must-read for updates on essential oil scientific research on the brain:

Ananda Apothecary wrote:

Scientific research regarding health and medical applications of essential oils is going on regularly at universities and other facilities around the world. Many of these studies are immediately applicable to aromatherapy practitioners for improved health and well-being, while others spark interest in the potential of essential oils as a part of future medicine protocols. Modern scientific research is regularly confirming aromatherapy’s practical medical applications!

Here’s a look at two important journal publications just released about direct effects of essential oils in the brain, reviewed by the staff at Ananda Aromatherapy of Boulder, Colorado.

In the first study, performed at the Institute for Environmental Sciences at the University of Shizuoka Japan, Tarragon, Inula, Lavender and Tulsi~Holy Basil were tested for their ability to inhibit acetylcholinesterase (AChE) activity. In other words, their ability to prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, the primary information-handling neurotransmitter. Supplements with this action are becoming more and more popular with regular folks trying to increase their smarts, and are used to treat dementia (Alzheimer’s) by increasing the amount of acetylcholine in the brain.

Of the essential oils tested, Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) produced in France had the highest inhibition of acetylcholinesterase, though all the oils tested showed significant AChE inhibitory activity. All the oils were analyzed by GC/MS to find the individual natural chemical constituents of the oils which produced this effect. Of real interest is that 1,8-Cineol had the greatest inhibitory activity of all the constituents examined. Why this this interesting? Rosemary essential oil has long been considered a mental stimulant (we find in the office to be particularly brightening) and has been studied for this effect, improving mental focus in humans through a variety of tests. The primary component of Rosemary essential oil is 1,8-Cineol (it is also a major constituent of Eucalyptus oils, used for invigorating massages and steam treatments).

Also of great interest was that the effect of these constituents relative to their amounts in the complete natural essential oil was not very high — meaning the complete essential oil, with nature’s balance of the chemical constituents, was synergistically more effective than the singly-extracted molecules. This is a theme in aromatherapy: that the complete natural essential oil will generally have more benefits than a single ‘active ingredient’ extracted in a laboratory — Therapeutic grade oils are those that retain the natural balance of the plant’s, with proper harvesting and distillation methods.

The second study very much ties in with the first, as it demonstrates the ability of Lemon essential oil to directly prevent dementia (Alzheimer’s).

How can you benefit from these studies? The best method is to find a cold-air nebulizing diffuser. These employ no water or other carrier, and make a very fine mist of essential oils that easily evaporate into your room. These are the only diffusers that create high concentrations of essential oils in the air — enough to show measurable biochemical effects. A ‘warming’ diffuser or other non-nebulizing style will allow you to smell the aroma, though the concentration will be significantly lower.

read more at; http://www.anandaapothecary.com/aromatherapy-essential-oils-news/2009/04/aromatherapy-research-update-essential.html

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how to hug a traditional Indian: ancient Indian sign of tender love

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Happy Spring 🙂

(butterflybluesky istock photo by  szefei)

While researching for an article I’m writing I found this lovely olfaction trivia

…from a ‘smell-o-rama’ smorgasborg of the history and culture of  “smell”.

How to hug an Indian traditionalist:

In India, the traditional affectionate greeting – equivalent of the Western hug or kiss – was to smell someone’s head. An ancient Indian text declares “I will smell thee on the head, that is the greatest sign of tender love”.

 

 

More here on “limbic system’ posts ->  https://yellowstaressentials.wordpress.com/?s=limbic

great blogger alternative therapy blogs to follow

we dont see things as they are we see them as we are

Here’s some great blogs :

 

Blogger Alternative Therapy Blogs to follow:

Best Aromatherapy Books on Chakras

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Books about AROMATHERAPY AND CHAKRAS (Amazon links):

highly recommended reading:
Essential Oil Recipe Blends & Dilutions for Energy Work; Clearing & Balancing the Chakras

The Fragrant Heavens by Valerie Ann Worwood. the spiritual aspects of aromatherapy.
Also by Valerie Ann Worwood; The Fragrant Mind: Aromatherapy for Personality, Mind, Mood and Emotion ,
Aromatherapy for the Soul: Healing the Spirit with Fragrance and Essential Oils .also by Valerie Ann Worwood.
Anita Slotte’s ” Tools for Transformation ” article, http://www.alternativeculture.com/spirit/chakra.htm
Aromatherapy information; http://www.bhia.org/aromatherapy.htm
Chakra information; http://health.indianetzone.com/aromatherapy/1/essential_oils_chakras.htm
Wonderful website on chakras; Suzanne Bovenizer’s website ; http://www.suzannebovenizer.com/aromatherapy-essential-oils/aromatherapy-and-the-energetic-bodies

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Homemade Tiger Balm Recipe

from herbsandoilsworld

No one likes having aches & pains, and what better way to get relief with an all-natural product that you’ve made yourself?

Tiger Balm is an old remedy that’s been around for ages helping people deal with everyday muscle and joint pains and works miracles for deep relief. It’s also great for; arthritis, back pain, sprains, joint pain, tension headaches, muscle strain or aches, and even offers a little relief from common cold symptoms.

When your muscles and joints feel stiff and sore, the warming effect of this all-natural ointment, linament, or balm soothes the aches, and lessens the pain when massaged into your skin. It’s also great when used in conjunction with a damp heat wrap (warm compress) over the affected area.

And since your skin is the largest organ of the human body, why use products with petrolatum or other harmful ingredients? Make your own, with ingredients your body will love (it’s so easy!) and your wallet will thank you too. It may seem like alot to spend at first, to get everything you need, but if you suffer from on-going pain, and do some crunching with the numbers, you will be suprised with how much you get out of them, it’s quite a bit cheaper to make your own.

Wax is needed, and I like using natural beeswax instead of paraffin-based waxes. Also, I think the combination of African Shea Butter (Pure Raw Unrefined ), olive, grapeseed, and coconut oils make a perfectly balanced texture for this balm. But feel free to experiment with any of your favorite carrier oils (like sweet almond, avocado (great for dry skin), or even fractionated coconut oil (awesome for a dryer feel). You’ll also need menthol crystals.

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Read the rest of my infobarrel article (the entire recipe here). Below is ONLY the essential oils needed:

Essential oils:

Notes About Menthol Crystals:

Using in a salve: Melt all ingredients together except for the menthol and essential oils. Remove from heat, stir in menthol crystals, re-heat until crystals are melted if needed. Remove from heat and let cool before stirring in the essential oils or they will evaporate, pour into containers.

If you don’t have experience in using menthol crystals, they are quite powerful, so do wear a mask when using them and caution, you don’t want to have your head right over the bowl when mixing this item.

Menthol crystals are soluble in alcohol, essential oils and olive oil but almost insoluble in water and glycerin, with a melting point that typically averages 41°C to 44°C (105.8°F to 111.2°F), and boils at 212°C (413.6°F).

Menthol is the chief constituent of mint oil and is responsible for its distinctive odor and taste and the “cooling sensation” it produces when applied to the skin.

Mentha piperita contains up to 50% menthol and Mentha arvensis contains 70-80% menthol.

Menthol and its derivatives can also be added to various peppermint type compositions to enhance the cooling and freshening effects. In ointments, liniments, and solutions menthol crystals are employed in strengths ranging from 5 to 20 per cent, and the crystals are commonly applied to cosmetics, salves and balms.

Use a few drops on the tiles of the walls surrounding your shower (not on the floor!) and the menthol will be released by the steam created by the hot water. Externally, it is employed as a local analgesic, but it must be diluted first in an adequate carrier and may be rubbed liberally on the skin. here you will notice that it produces a sensation of immediate cold, followed by numbness and partial anesthesia; it first stimulates the nerves, conveying the sensation of cold, and later penetrates the skin and paralyzes the nerve endings.

Note:

Not for use on small children or pets.

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Frankincense ensures King Richard the Lionheart entrance to heaven

Happy March!

I had to giggle when I read this post today.

Apparently, long ago, kings and royalty used Frankincense in their burial rites not only for embalming purposes, but to ensure they would be granted entrance to heaven. LOL!

If that were still true today, Frankincense would probably be in such short supply that the price would be unaffordable for any ‘commoner’.

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When embalmed after his death in April 1199, the heart of King Richard I was soaked in frankincense – suggesting that the monarch feared that his many acts of treachery and brutality might exclude him from the kingdom of heaven.

Autopsy of 12th-century monarchy reveals heart embalmed in purifying frankincense …read more about it here.

We found many interesting things,” he said. “But the most interesting was the presence, in substantial quantities, of frankincense, which has never been found in any other embalming. It is unique. This suggests that Richard, and those around him, knew of episodes in his life which had a bad smell… Frankincense, linked to Christ’s story, may have been intended to make him smell like a saint and therefore to ease his passage to heaven.”

Although Richard has gone down in popular history as a good and noble king, his 41 years were stained with treacherous revolts against his father, King Henry II, and with massacres of Muslims during the Crusades and of English Jews. He is also believed by historians to have had a number of homosexual love affairs – something then regarded as unnatural.

Now Frankincense has an even greater spiritual context ! LOL… I better invest in Frankincense!! 😀

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