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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

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Using Essential Oils for Balancing Chakras; The Root Chakra

This article is about understanding the sacral chakra, essential oils, gemstones, crystals, flower essences, sounds and notes used to help balance the sacral chakra, angelic aid in balancing the sacral chakra, as well as which essential oils to use, and how to use them.

If you missed part one, see it here; Essential Oils and Chakras Part One; Introduction to Using Essential Oils for Balancing the Chakras , it will help you understand the basis of this series of articles on balancing the chakras with essential oils.

To read the entire article, please visit the associated content/yahoo article by clicking this link.

Also see;

Essential Oil Recipe Blends & Dilutions for Energy Work; Clearing & Balancing the Chakras

Angels & Aromatherapy: Archangels; Their Purposes and Crystals

New Post on Angels and Aromatheapy blogger

 

copyright 2009 Marius-Michael-George

archangel metatron copyright 2009 Marius-Michael-George

Archangels; their purposes and crystals –

Archangels what their names and purposes are, the crystals and gemstones associated with them and how you can ask them for help in all areas of your life

read more here.. http://ow.ly/19yl95

Essential Oils’ Effects on Water Crystals

When water samples are bombarded with heavy metal music or labeled with negative words, or when negative thoughts and emotions are focused intentionally upon them, the water does not form crystals at all and displays chaotic, fragmented structures.

When water is treated with aromatic floral oils (Essential Oils), the water crystals tend to mimic the shape of the original flower. At left, water crystals were exposed to aromatic essence of chamomile.

When Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” was played to water, the resulting frozen crystals were split in two!

Of great interest for healing and everyday well being is the extreme effect upon water crystals of negative words and ideas.

When the words “Adolph Hitler” were taped to a bottle of distilled water, the results seen at left were obtained.

Here, you can see the results of taping the words “You Fool” to a container of distilled water. Interestingly, the pattern made by “You Fool” was almost identical to the pattern that emerged when heavy metal music was played. Masaru Emoto wonders in his book whether perhaps heavy metal musicians look upon people as fools.
Another instructive set of pictures showed the amazing difference between the crystalline patterns evoked by the words “Let’s do it” and the patterns produced by “Do it!”

The encouraging “Let’s do it” crystals were like beautiful snowflakes. The demanding “Do it!” water did not crystallize at all.

Excerpts taken from:  from: http://www.spiritofmaat.com/archive/aug1/consciouswater.html

Great Videos:

Positive & Negative Energy Effects on Water Crystals ( 3:16 min.) Wonderful! —  Beautiful  simple video

Water and Mind – How Consciousness effects Water (3:43 min) Clip from “What the Bleep 2”

The Boiled Rice in a Jar Experiment (7:11 min)  Amazing…

Natural Preservatives for Cosmetic Recipes

Essential Oils for the Different Types of SkinWhen I first started making cosmetic products, i.e. lotions, lip balms, sprays, scrubs, etc., I was very hesitant , in the beginning, on which ingredients to use that were all natural and yet effective for preserving all my hard work from going rancid.

Making your own natural cosmetics allows you to control the ingredients and produce recipes created specifically for you. The downside to this is that natural ingredients tend to have a limited shelf life. Learning what ingredients are natural preservatives, and how to use them, will prevent rancidity and anti-oxidation in your homemade cosmetics.

But really, when it comes down to it, if you’re not going to use it up in about a week, then you need more than just a  “natural” preservative.

The following is from: Review of 27 preservatives at makingskincare.com, –be sure to read it in it’s entirety for excellent preservative advice. Here’s a snippet:

GLYCERIN / ALCOHOL / HONEY / GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT AS PRESERVATIVE??

–          Glycerin is a very effective preservative – in medicine, you will frequently find glycerites as a delivery vehicle (especially in children’s and herbal medicine) where the active component is preserved and then ultimately delivered in a water soluble solvent (glycerin) as an alternative delivery mechanism to alcohol. To be effective as a preservative, you need to have AT LEAST a 50% glycerin content in your formula, and it is best if it is about 60-70%.  The downside is glycerin is very, very sticky – not a great skin feel.

–          Ethanol (not vodka, instead use 190 Everclear alcohol or skin safe cosmetic use denatured alcohol) anything containing 20-25% ethanol  is self preserving.  Alcohol is astringent so not a great add if you want a moisturising lotion.  It is also a known irritant so if you have sensitive skin, a lotion containing alcohol could sting! You might see it in a lotion with alcohol as a cooling foot lotion as it will evaporate from your  skin. However note, you might see Ostwalt Ripening in an O/W emulsion resulting in flocculation and ethanol can diminish foaming of surfactant-based products like shampoo.

–          Honey – not advisable – see http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/honey-few-studies-ive-found-about-its.html

–          Grapefruit Seed Extract,(not recommended).  GSE is not what you would consider to be a regular extract.  Citrus seed extracts are not all-natural – they are chemically derived from the seeds of citrus fruits.  It is made IIRC by reacting with ammonia, so is more like a quat in some ways. There are concerns that the limited preservative properties GSE does have are in fact due to added preservatives like parabens – see http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/preservatives-grapefruit-seed-extract.html

After my many years of working with all types and lots of research, here is a list of helpful and useful natural ingredients that are safe to use for preserving your cosmetic recipes as long as you’re using it up within about a week as well as snippets from around the web that may answer your questions:

Here’s a list of some natural inhibitors / preservatives :essential oil

Benzoin Resin (also called Styrax) is a less well known preservative and fixative. For centuries, it has been an important ingredient in the making of incense due to its fixative qualities. Benzoin has a rich sweet scent that is quite distinctive. Because it is easily absorbed through the skin, it should be diluted in alcohol before use in cosmetic recipes. Benzoin resin is often found in facial toning and facial oil recipes to improve their shelf life.

Borax is a common ingredient that used to be found on the laundry shelf of most grocery stores. It is a natural cleaner and preservative, and it often found in lotion, cream, bath salt and bath scrub recipes.

Honey is a marvelous natural inhibitor. One teaspoon to one tablespoon of honey can be added to most any natural cosmetic recipe to improve its shelf life. My personal facial elixir has honey as an essential component, but I also add it to salts, scrubs, facials, creams and lotions.

Jojoba is one of my favorite natural inhibitor because, like honey, it is just so very versatile. Jojoba is often combined with those oils that are known for having a limited shelf life, such as almond oil, apricot kernel oil, and rosehip seed oil. Get in the habit of substituting a tablespoon of jojoba oil for the more fragile carrier oils to improve the shelf life of your home made creations.

Vitamin E Oil is another natural inhibitor that I use quite often. If you are making a preparation for the skin, add a teaspoon of vitamin E oil to prevent rancidity and as an anti-oxidant. Vitamin E oil has the additional benefit of being safe to use for recipes for babies and small children.

When creating my own cosmetic recipes, I tend to use a two-pronged approach. Benzoin and vitamin E in a facial oil, for instance, or jojoba and borax in a lotion. Incorporating these natural preservatives in your own creations will enhance your cosmetics making repertoire considerably.

great place to find information about “green formulating”

Carlos
Submitted on 2013/08/25 at 3:55 pm

I think your blog is fantastic. I’m starting a natural skincare company and am using mostly butter and creams (no water or milk). I understand that I don’t need to put preservatives in these formulations. However, I would like to add something that inhibits bacterial as least a little. I am thinking of standardly adding vitamin E to all the butters and creams. Later on we will get into some formulations that use distilled water.Can you give me a little more information on the following? A friend sent them to me after attending one of her work workshops on lotion making: Dermofeel 688 INCI: p-Anisic Acid and Glyceryl Caprylate (and) Glyceryl Undecylenate. Also, the natural preservative mixtures that you mentioned, can I get them already mixed? If I can get them already mixed, what percentage should they be of my formulation?

Candice Collins
Submitted on 2013/09/16 at 5:24 pm | In reply to Carlos.

I found this mixture of ingredients here; http://www.kinetiktech.com/materials/index.php. and here’s a link to a great .pdf about making your own natural “green” formulations; http://www.kinetiktech.com/docs/GreenGuide-latest.pdf . hope that helps :)

“To avoid parabens, Jason Natural Cosmetics has switched from methylparaben to a natural preservative that has the same shelf life–2-3 years–as the paraben-based preservative. In January 2003, for its Shaman Earthly Organics line, Jason debuted a preservative that consists of sodium benzoate (salt crystals), potassium sorbate (powder from mountain ash trees combined with potassium salt) and grapefruit-seed extract. “Now our preservative systems are food grade, which adds to the purity level of our products,” Light says.

Aubrey Organics solved the preservative puzzle with a mixture of grapefruit-seed extract and vitamins A, C and E, which inhibits micro-bacterial growth and helps retard the ingredients’ decay. All of the company’s 250 personal care products are made with this natural preservative, says Aubrey representative Sandie Coretti, and have shelf lives of 18 months to 3 years–considerably shorter than products made with synthetic preservatives, which can last 5-8 years, Coretti says.

The Obsessively Organic line by Kiss My Face uses a blend of all-natural preservatives, Byckiewicz says. This blend assures the products have a shelf life of up to 2 years.

As companies seek alternatives to synthetic preservatives, the industry as a whole is moving forward on issues that are just as challenging. What OCA. OTA and virtually everybody else in the industry agrees on is that the higher the level of organic ingredients in a personal care product, the safer it is for the consumer. How quickly they can agree on standards that they can support is another matter. Until then, consumers will have to educate themselves about label claims–and rely on their scruples…..

see more info below:
thanks so much to:  http://eroscent.com/blog/resources-and-guides/natural-preservatives-for-your-cosmetic-recipes/   fabulous and very useful tips! They match many of my own findings.

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Essential Aromatherapy Resources

Aromatherapy Resources

For the Hobbyist or Professional, or for those who want to create their own spa or bath and body products.

The following is a list of suppliers that I hope may be helpful to you .. as we sell a limited supply of packaging needs and aromatherapy resources around the net.

Websites

National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists
This organization is an educational, nonprofit agency dedicated to enhancing public awareness of the benefits of true aromatherapy and promoting academic standards in aromatherapy education and practice.

Aromatherapy Registration Council
This website gives information on the registration examination for aromatherapists and provides a register of qualified aromatherapists.

International Council for Aromatic and Medicinal Plant (ICMAP)
The Council’s objective is to promote international understanding and cooperation between national and international organizations on the role of medicinal and aromatic plants in science, medicine and industry, and to improve the exchange of information between them.

Best Aromatherapy Books

Here are some good, reliable books:

today’s favorite; by Kurt Schnaubelt, Advanced Aromatherapy; buy at Amazon today!

Battaglia, S., (2003). The complete guide to aromatherapy. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: The International Centre of Aromatherapy.

Bowles, E., (2003). The A to Z of essential oils. London: Quarto Inc.

Buckle, J. (2003). Clinical aromatherapy: Essential oils in practice, 2nd Ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

England, A. (2000). Aromatherapy and massage for mother and baby. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press.

Mojay, Gabriel (2000). Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit. Healing Arts Press.

Price, Shirley (1991). Aromatherapy for Common Ailments. Gaia Books.

Price, S. & Price, L. (1995). Aromatherapy for Health Professionals. Churchill Livingstone, London, England.

Schnaubelt, Kurt (1998). Advanced Aromatherapy. Healing Arts Press.

Tisserand, Maggie (1996). Aromatherapy for Women. Healing Arts Press.

Wildwood, Chrissie (1996). The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy. Healing Arts Press.

Worwood, V. (1996) The fragrant mind. Novato, CA: New World Library.

Worwood, V. (1991). The complete book of essential oils & aromatherapy. Novato, CA:  New World Library.

FROM AMAZON.com:

The list author says: “I make sure an author is a Certified Aromatherapist before I trust any books covering essential oils, blends, therapeutic uses, etc. These authors are very well-known in the field and reputable.”

Essential Aromatherapy: A Pocket Guide to Essential Oils and  Aromatherapy
1.  Essential Aromatherapy: A Pocket Guide to Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Susan E. Worwood
The list author says:
“A concise overview of aromatherapy, with a focus on individual oils (what part of plant the oil is derived from, therapeutic properties, most valuable uses, etc.). The 57 essential oils profiled are the most common ones.”
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide  to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism
2.  The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
The list author says:
“This one includes detailed profiles on common essential oils, along with common health issues and ailments that each oil is known for treating. This author runs her family’s essential oils business, and really knows her products well.”
Healing Home Spa: Soothe Your Symptoms, Ease Your Pain, and  Age-Proof Your Body with Pleasure
3.  Healing Home Spa: Soothe Your Symptoms, Ease Your Pain, and Age-Proof Your Body with Pleasure by Valerie Cooksley
The list author says:
“LOVE this book! Great book for recipes for specific health concerns and basics in blending oils for the best effect. It includes additional holistic healing methods (music therapy, breath work, etc.) than just aromatherapy, but still a great aromatherapy reference.”
Aromatherapy: An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy  Ever Published
4.  Aromatherapy: An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy Ever Published by Particia Davis
The list author says:
“This is such a well-researched book that you will truly reference all the time. All the oils and ailments are lumped together in “encyclopedia” fashion and it is text-heavy — you have to read through the entries to find what you need.”
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600  Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health - Beauty - a  Safe Home Environment
5.  The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health – Beauty – a Safe Home Environment by Valerie Ann Worwood
The list author says:
“Worwood’s book is the Bible of any good aromatherapy library! The first book I bought, and one that I turn to time and time again.”
http://www.amazon.com/Best-Aromatherapy-Books/lm/R37QQ7IDDSSN5E

LIST OF SUPPLIERS for bottles, etc.

  1. SKS Bottling – NY: Great for plastic bottles of all types
  2. Carrow Int’l Inc. – IL: One stop shop – for glass (amber / cobalt), same cap for 5ml, 10ml, 15ml, 30ml sizes
  3. Specialty Bottle –WA, Seattle; Great bottles if you just want a few at a time
  4. GO’Berk Bottling Company – NJ: For the big storage amber bottles
  5. Sunburst Bottles – CA: Supplier for the West Coast Folks
  6. Richards Packaging – Canada & USA
  7. Nashville Wraps – TN: Wholesale Gift & Packaging Products
  8. Noble Packaging – NJ / Canada / UK: Packaging items & products
  9. Cape Bottle Company – MA: Contact Lee she is wonderful to work with and extremely helpful

New Research Found 6 Essential Oils That Reduce Inflammation

thyme

Scientists are finally catching up with alternative medicine and the amazing effects that essential oils posses when used properly.

One current research study concluded what all of us Aromatherapists have known for years…

In the January issue of Journal of Lipid Research, is a very interesting article stating that researchers have identified six essential oils that can suppress inflammation:

thyme,
clove,
rose,
eucalyptus,
fennel
bergamot

It supposes that the the chemical carvacrol (which is most prevalent in the essential oil thyme, and was the essential oil that performed the best in the tests) was primarily responsible for this suppressive activity.

Read full article here; http://ow.ly/1dKm9

Here’s a snippet from Aromatherapy for Health Professionals

Modern evidence for the antiseptic powers of essential oils

Towards the end of the 19th century, the first acknowledged research to prove the antiseptic properties of essential oils was that undertaken by Chamberland (1887). This was followed early in the 20th century by Cavel’s research into the individual effects of 35 essential oils on microbial cultures in sewage. The most effective oil in terms of the quantity required to render inactive 1000 ml of culture was found to be thyme (0.7 ml). Two other well-known oils showing high efficacy were sweet orange (1.2 ml, 3rd) and peppermint (2.5 ml, 9th) (Cavel 1918). The antiseptic power of several oils has now been proved to be many times greater than that of phenol. Certain essential oils have also been shown to be effective against different bacteria, e.g. lemon, which is one of the best in its antiseptic and bactericidal properties, neutralizing both the typhus bacillus and Staphylococcus aureus in a matter of minutes. Cinnamon kills the typhus bacillus even when diluted to 1 part in 300 (Valnet 1980 p. 36). Professor Griffon, a member of the French

Academy of Pharmacy, made up a blend of seven essential oils (cinnamon, clove, lavender, pepper- mint, pine, rosemary and thyme) to study their antiseptic effect on the surrounding air when sprayed from an aerosol; all the staphylococci and moulds present were destroyed after 30 minutes (Valnet 1980 p. 37). (See Chapter 4 for more recent studies on the antiseptic properties of essential oils.)

The bacteriological approach of aromatherapy is an extremely complex field of the utmost interest, opening the way to the ecological understanding and management of the different colonies and flora that live in cohabitation—or at war—within us. Allopathic medicine has
begun to realize that the misuse of antibiotics leads to numerous side-effects and sometimes results in chronic disastrous conditions (i.e. systemic candidosis) that could have been avoided if medical aromatherapy had been implemented
in due time (Pénoël 1993 personal communication).

Today, the properties of herb volatile oils are researched in many centres throughout the world. A typical case is the excellent work carried out in Scotland since the early 1980s by Deans & Svoboda at the Scottish Agricultural College, Auchincruive (Ch. 4), assessing antibacterial and antifungal properties of essential oils and their
constituents.

exerpt from pg. 2 in the book “Aromatherapy for Health Professionals” by Shirley Price – author, Len Price – author, Dr Daniel Pénoël – unknown. Publisher: Churchill Livingstone.

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