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Clean your home green while saving lots of green

We all want the best for our families…what’s good for the environment, our budget, and for our health. Using eco-friendly natural cleansers is a great way to go green. Here are some great tips:

 

 

This was previously published at Yahoo Voices in 2009, but since that site is now closed, I’m sharing the full article in it’s entirety here:

 

We are all making a difference by taking care of our surroundings, and choosing to live ‘greener’ or at least more ‘eco-friendly’. We are teaching our children who will in turn teach their children. And who wouldn’t want to do that? Especially when we are able to do these things without breaking the bank.

I for one, am constantly on the lookout for natural products that don’t cost a fortune. It’s tough being green because all the “organic” and “natural” products are always twice the price of their synthetic counterparts (which is just backwards). But I’ve found a way to clean green without spending too much green.

Making natural cleaners and organic home products is not only fun, but really easy. There’s nothing like the satisfaction of knowing you’ve done something good for yourself, your family and future generations. Who knew cleaning naturally could be so rewarding and at the same time so much fun?

Natural Floor Cleaner

When we had our new Pergo floors installed, the salesman gave me this great recipe for homemade floor cleaner. He told me how great it had worked on his own wood flooring. And since then, I’ve used nothing else. Of course I tweaked the recipe a bit by adding pure essential oils for all their added benefits.
This fantastic floor cleaner can be used on everything from ceramic tile to Pergo, from natural wood to linoleum, it works brilliantly, better than the brand name cleansers– and safer too.

Just find a 16 oz. spray bottle, you can find one at the dollar store (or use a sanitized recycled one).
Fill the 16 oz. spray bottle with:

  • 1/3 distilled water,
  • 1/3 distilled white vinegar,
  • and 1/3 alcohol

Rubbing alcohol works fine, but better still would be grain alcohol for a less ether smell.
Add about 2-3 drops of natural liquid Castile soap, or liquid dish soap, and about 25 drops of pure essential oils such as; Lavender, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Rosemary, Lemon or Orange essential oil.
Shake well before each use.

To Use: Spray small sections of floor from about 18 in. away, and clean as you go (works best if you spray and let sit for about 30 sec. to a minute). For tougher spots, spray and let sit for 1 minute and re-spray right before cleaning. Smells great! Cleans great! And best of all it doesn’t hurt you, your family or your environment! This bottle usually lasts me about a month or so and is so cost effective; you’ll never have to purchase one of those expensive brands ever again.

 

Air Freshener

To make this eco-friendly air-freshener, just add distilled water to a spray bottle, a few other easy ingredients, and add 30-40 drops of your favorite/favorites essential oils from the following list:

The essential oils are listed in descending order of anti-bacterial/antiseptic qualities (approx.), as well as other suggested e.o.s for a nice air freshener;

Thyme, Tea Tree, Clove, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon,
and Lavender, Sandalwood, Orange, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Geranium, Rose, Jasmine, Neroli.

Each one is excellent for purifying and cleaning the air. You may choose a combination of your favorites, or use only one of them. It won’t really matter, they all work brilliantly.

Just dissolve 30-40 drops of your chosen essential oils into 10 ml of grain alcohol (not isopropyl, something like Everclear or other neutral grain spirit );

or you can also use 10ml of mentholated spirits instead.

Add that mixture to approx. 500 ml (16 ounces) of distilled water.

Shake well to mix (and be sure to shake before each use)

Spray wherever you want a fresh scent while cleaning the air.

Be sure to always label your bottles. I use a Sharpie and write “Shake & Spray Air Freshener” and the ‘scent’ I’ve used so I won’t forget to shake the contents each time and with a glance see the ingredients clearly. It helps to add the date as well so you know when to make a fresh bottle. It’s best to discard unused portions after a month or so and start fresh.

 

Natural All Purpose Cleaner

I use this all purpose cleaner on almost everything except the floors. It works just as good as the more expensive natural brands.

  • 2 teaspoons borax
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap
  • 2 cups hot water
  • Optional essential oil blend (lavender, orange, lemon or whatever scent you like) approx. 5-25 drops

Combine the washing soda, borax, and soap in a spray bottle. Pour in the hot water (it will dissolve the minerals), screw on the lid, and shake to completely blend and dissolve. Just spray and wipe away. For tough to clean surfaces, leave it on for a few minutes before wiping it off.

Shake well before each use.

Storage: Leave in a labeled spray bottle w/date, use in one month.

 

Soft Scrub Cleaner

This great cleaner is especially good for those glass top stoves, and is so simple to make you probably have these everyday items in your kitchen handy enough to make this whenever needed.
This scrub can be used on the bathtub, sinks, shower, even delicate marble or Formica counter tops. Just use ½ cup baking soda with enough liquid soap (organic castile soap is the best) to make a frosting like consistency. You can add 5 to 10 drops of an antibacterial essential oil, such as lavender, lemon, or orange (optional of course, but I think it adds more benefits– like orange oil with its awesome grease cutting properties).
Scoop your soft scrub mixture onto the surface that you want cleaned with a sponge, then scrub, wash, and rinse. Make only as much as you will use at the time as this recipe will dry out in a short time.
Mold Cleaner / Inhibitor: Tea Tree Treasure;

This mixture can last for months and is super easy to make. Just add 2 tsp. of Tea Tree Oil (5ml = 1 tsp) to 2 cups water (16 ounces = 480ml); Shake well before use and spray on problem areas. Do not Rinse. The strong odor will dissipate in a day or so. Store in a cool dry place with an appropriate label.

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I hope you find many wonderful uses for these natural recipes in your ‘green’ home. Try them once, and see how much you save…you’ll go back to these recipes again and again after you realize they work just as good if not better than their more expensive counterparts. Plus, isn’t it great knowing you’re doing something good for future generations by helping to keep our world beautiful instead of adding more pollutants and toxins?

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Sources;

Amazon
Neutral grain spirit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutral_grain_spirit

Mountain Rose Herbs essential oils/affiliate
http://www.organicreverence.com/id6.html

http://reviews.ebay.com/How-To-Make-Your-Own-Organic-Pergo-Floor-Cleaner_W0QQugidZ10000000006170856

 

Clean Your Home “Green” While Saving Lots of Green

How to Make Environmentally Friendly Laundry Detergent, Air Fresheners & Other Household Cleaners

How to MAKE YOUR OWN “Green” LAUNDRY DETERGENT
This is really much easier than you think, it works great, will be gentler on the environment (and your septic system), and will save you money.

With this recipe, you’ll only be spending about $0.01 – $0.02 per load of wash. Wow, huh?
First, gather your ingredients for the 1:1:1 ratio of; borax, powdered soap and washing soda (not baking soda).

You can get the inexpensive unscented or hypoallergenic soap (comes in a pack of three) and grate it into a fine powder (this is the most time consuming part of the whole recipe but quite worth it).

Then mix everything together and scent the soap powder with a few drops of the essential oil of your choice. You can use whichever one(s) you want. I like to change it up and use different scents / essential oils everytime;

Like- lavender and vanilla,

or tangerine and grapefruit,

or jasmine and lemon…whatever you like.

Just make sure to not over-do the scenting with essential oils. Use less than you think you’ll need, adding only a drop or two at a time and mixing well.

One trick is to let it set over night and give it a sniff the next morning so it has time to permeate the whole batch. Never use essential oils directly on the skin and test patch for allergies first. You’ll find that you use a lot less than you think you’ll need. Just remember less is more!

TO USE:

You only need to use about one tablespoon of this homemade laundry soap mixture per load. It cleans clothes really well and it’s an all around winner.

It’s best to add detergent to the water before you add the clothes so the powder is fully dissolved. You don’t want to end up with soap spots on your clothes!

Congratulations! You just ‘greened’ your laundry and saved a bunch of $$$!!!

You are a fabulous frugalista!!!

 

 

DIY Natural Travel Kit with Essential Oils

imagesHow to Make a Natural Travel Kit with Essential Oils

Plus Recipes For; Sunburn Relief Spray, Jet Lag, Migraines, Stress Headaches, Nausea, Travel Sickness, Queasiness, Fear of Flying, and Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis

Aromatherapy can be a very helpful companion

when embarking upona long journey,

or even just a short trip,

and may even effectively replace some other

traditional medicines for those that are looking for

a natural alternative.

 

If you suffer from travel sickness,

headaches or migraines,

queasiness, fear of flying, jet lag,

insect bites and/or sun burns,

read on to find essential oil remedies that help with those maladies.

Original article published 2008 on Associated Content- posted here in full..Enjoy! Hope these tips help you on your next trip!

 

Aromatherapy can be a very helpful companion when embarking upon a long journey, or even just a short trip, and may even effectively replace some other traditional medicines for those that are looking for a natural alternative. While traveling may be a part of our work and our play, for those that suffer from travel-troubles it can be a nightmare. If you suffer from travel sickness, headaches or migraines, queasiness, fear of flying, jet lag, insect bites and sun burns, here you will find essential oil remedies to help with those maladies. I’ve also included a recipe for a massage blend to keep deep vein thrombosis at bay, as well.

Important Notes for Using Essential Oils; Dilutions and Usage of Essential Oils:

Always dilute essential oils, as they are very potent and too concentrated to use undiluted on the skin. To use essential oils in a massage, use the following dilutions:

For most people ages 12-65 add no more than 20 drops of your chosen essential oil(s) per ounce of carrier oils.

For those aged 4-6 or those over age 65, do not use more than 10 drops per ounce of carrier, and those aged 1-4, no more than 5 drops per ounce of carrier of safe essential oils.

For pregnant women or babies, only minute quantities of safe essential oils should be used. For instance, only 1-4 drops of essential oils should be used per ounce of carrier.

NOTE: Only Tea Tree, Lavender, Roman Chamomile 3%, Dill, and Mandarin (be careful of phototoxicity with citrus oils), as well as Eucalyptus Smithii (the mildest of all the Eucalyptus’) are safe for children and the elderly, and are the only essential oils that should be used on pregnant women, or children under 4 years old.

Here’s how to make your own natural travel kit with essential oils:

First, gather ingredients. Here’s a list of essential oils and items you’ll need;

  • Peppermint essential oil (peppermint supreme is best)
  • Lavender (French Lavender is best),
  • Ginger Root essential oil,
  • Eucalyptus Globulus (or Eucalyptus Smithii if using on children) essential oil,
  • Geranium essential oil,
  • Cypress essential oil (French Cypress is best),
  • Chamomile (Roman Chamomile 3% is best as it is less expensive than pure and is already diluted),
  • Grapeseed oil (or other carrier oil such as sweet almond, fractionated coconut, olive, sunflower, or mixture of carrier oils),
  • Aloe Vera liquid or gel (for insect bite relief roll-on)
  • Aromatherapy Inhalers (empty inhalers you can fill yourself),
  • 3.4 oz. (100ml) spray bottle (for sunburn relief spray), and
  • 3.4 oz. (100ml) plastic disc top bottle (for massage blend).
  • Small roll-on bottle for insect bite relief blend. I found a package of 12 roll-on bottles in 5ml size on amazon here.

Both types of empty bottles (spray bottles and massage blend bottles) can be purchased at Walmart or Dollar Tree, and Mountain Rose Herbs is a great place for essential oils and carriers . An easy way to label the aromatherapy inhalers is to write the title on a small piece of paper (about 1/2 in. by 1.5 in. will fit most inhalers), and cover the label with clear tape to prevent water ruining the label. Then attach the label to the inhaler with more clear tape. I use clear shipping tape, as it is wide enough to cover the label and reach over the edges, so it sticks to the label and the inhaler. Same goes for the massage bottle label, except for the size of the paper.

Recipes for Natural Travel Kit:

Sunburn relief spray – For the 3.4 oz (100ml) bottle

  • 1 oz Aloe Vera Gel
  • 2 oz purified water
  • 20 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops Vitamin E Oil (or 2-3 Vit. E oil caplets)
  • 10 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 15 drops Roman Chamomile 3% essential oil

Mix, and shake well before each use. Spray over affected area whenever needed.

Here are a few extra tips to help heal sunburn quickly: Drink plenty of water, stay out of the sun until the sunburn completely heals, and avoid drinking any alcohol–because alcohol dehydrates you and your body needs water to repair the damaged skin. Also, wear loose natural clothing like light cottons, or silks.

Insect bite relief– For the 5ml roll-on bottle

  • 25 drops of Lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops of Tea Tree essential oil
  • 50 drops of Aloe Vera liquid (or thinned-out aloe gel)

Add ingredients to roll-on bottle, shake well. Replace roller ball and cap. Roll directly on the bite to relieve itching as well as promote healing.

Jet lag aromatherapy inhaler

  • 2 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops Geranium or Rose Geranium essential oil

Open the inhaler; add the drops of essential oils on the cotton filter. Place the cotton filter in the inhaler tube and close the bottom. Be sure to mark the inhaler so you know what’s inside. Inhale gently whenever needed. Here are a few extra tips for naturally preventing jet lag: Make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, no alcoholic or caffeinated drinks. Try ordering a ginger ale or a water when you are flying. Also, for some, taking two capsules of ginger before flying really helps. Also make sure to keep moving, it isn’t helpful to stay stagnant the whole trip. If you can’t walk around, just do some simple exercises while sitting. Try some leg raises, palm contractions, or roll your ankles and feet in circles with your legs stretched out as far as they can. Also be sure to eat healthy meals on time, don’t skip any meals.

Aromatherapy inhaler and massage oil recipe for migraines, stress headache, nausea and depression

  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Peppermint

Make an aromatherapy inhaler by opening the empty inhaler, adding the drops to the filter, replacing filter, and closing the inhaler tube. You can take this with you on any trip because of its small size. Be sure to mark the inhaler so you know what’s inside. You can also make a massage oil by adding these oils to a carrier. To make this into a massage oil in the 3.4 oz (100ml) bottle, use 30 drops Lavender, 15 drops R.Chamomile, and 15 drops Peppermint essential oils to 3 oz. of carrier like Grapeseed oil. Shake well, and be sure to add a label to the bottle or inhaler, so you always know what’s inside. To use the massage oil, shake well, and massage about 1 tsp. of the blend into the mastoids behind the ear, as well as the temples (being careful not to get any in the eyes). You may also massage over the abdominal/naval area if you wish. Do this hourly. You can also place a warm compress over the stomach after the oils are applied. Use the inhaler 4-6 times per hour, or as needed.

Travel sickness aromatherapy inhaler

If you get travel sickness when you fly, or when on a cruise ship, make an aromatherapy inhaler and gently inhale before and during your trip. This will help to calm and relax you, inside and out, whenever you feel ill from traveling. This blend is also good for stress when dealing with flight turbulence.

  • 4 drops of Peppermint
  • 4 drops of Lavender

To make the aromatherapy travel sickness inhaler open the inhaler; add the drops of essential oils on the cotton filter, then put the cotton filter back in the inhaler tube and close the bottom. Be sure to mark the inhaler so you know what’s inside. Inhale gently whenever needed.

Travel queasiness aromatherapy inhaler

If you are prone to your stomach leaping, turning and churning during a flight, make this blend for your inhaler as it really helps with queasiness. This blend is also good for stress when dealing with flight turbulence.

  • 6 drops of Ginger
  • 2 drops of Peppermint

To make the aromatherapy queasiness inhaler open the inhaler; add the drops of essential oils on the cotton filter, then put the cotton filter back in the inhaler tube and close the bottom. Be sure to mark the inhaler so you know what’s inside. Inhale gently to help settle your stomach.

Fear of flying aromatherapy inhaler

This blend is perfect for those who suffer from fear of flying. Inhale for a few minutes before takeoff, and again during the flight.

  • 4 drops of Chamomile Roman 3%
  • 2 drops of Lavender

To make the aromatherapy fear of flying inhaler open the inhaler; add the drops of essential oils on the cotton filter, then put the cotton filter back in the inhaler tube and close the bottom. Be sure to mark the inhaler so you know what’s inside. Inhale gently whenever needed. The calming properties of these oils will help you relax the entire flight.

Travel massage oil

  • 3 oz. or 90 ml of grape seed oil
  • 15 drops Eucalyptus globulus (or Eucalyptus Smitii)
  • 5 drops of Cypress French
  • 5 drops Ginger essential oil

Combine all ingredients in the disc-top bottle and shake well before use. Apply to the skin by pouring out about 1 tabelspoon in your palm, rubbing palms together to warm oil, and gently massaging your legs. Here are a few other tips for preventing deep vein thrombosis:

Try to move as often as possible during long trips to prevent deep vein thrombosis from occurring, (which is caused by blood clots forming in the legs due to the lack of movement). Exercise your lower calf muscles if you’ll be sitting a long time. Whenever possible, get up and walk around. If you can’t get up to walk around, try raising and lowering your heels while keeping your toes on the floor, then raising your toes while your heels are on the floor.

Extra Notes on Essential Oils for Travel:

Peppermint, Ginger, and Lavender essential oils are the best for relieving nausea, motion sickness, or just feeling queasy. Keep these close at hand for trips.

Lavender is one of those essential oils that you should always have for a multitude of purposes, as it can be used for almost anything because of it being a natural balancer,

Also, Rosemary, Peppermint, and Grapefruit are great for an invigorating blend that stimulates physical and mental energy.

Cypress essential oil is also great for cellulite, varicose veins, water retention, stress, nervous tension, menstrual problems, as well as a good anti-inflammatory.

Ginger essential oil is also useful for treating rheumatism, arthritis, nausea, hangovers, colds and flu, congestion, coughs, sinusitis, cramps, chills, fever, bruising, sore throat and diarrhea.


Resources & More Reading:

Esoteric Oils; http://www.essentialoils.co.za/treatment/jet-lag.htm

BirchHillHappenings; http://birchhillhappenings.com/motion.htm

New Directions Aromatics; essential oils for travel

Find Ingredients and Supplies:

Roll-on Bottles

Aromatherapy Inhalers

Mountain Rose Herbs for essential oils and carriers

Bottle (100mL)+Spray Pump Atomizer Sprayer Empty Bottle

Yellowstar Essentials Essential Oil Travel Kit; http://sites.google.com/site/yellowstaressentials/Home/aromatherapy

More Reading on Essential Oils & Natural Remedies

List of Essential Oils for Specific Emotions

Can Essential Oils Help with Depression & Anxiety? Using Aromatherapy as a Mood Regulator

 

Original article at :  http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7884542/how_to_make_a_natural_travel_kit_with.html?cat=5

FromNatureWithLove.com

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

If you’re interested in making your own essential oil blends, or just wondered what might go into specific recipes for energy work, read on, I have a real treat for you. This was originally written for YahooContributor back in ’09, but since they’ve shut down the site, it needed a home.

It includes:

Primer, “Rose Base” Recipe (used in many of the following recipes), Clearing Room Spray, Positive Energy Spray, Setting Up Boundaries or for Protection Blend, Asking for Spiritual Guidance Blend, Clearing the Aura After Energy Healing Work Blend, and a beautiful Facial Winter Spritzer.

None of the links in this article work, they are no longer linked to Yahoo as the site has been taken down.So here’s another of my orphaned articles I’ll share it with you here… I’m working on finding homes for the rest of them. 🙂

enjoy!!

 First, a primer, or a little refresher course-

 About Dilution of Essential Oils:

Almost all pure essential oils should be used diluted (mixed with a carrier such as sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, etc.), especially if you will be using them on the skin. Remember that essential oils are extremely concentrated, as they include the whole spirit or “life blood” of the plant, flower, resin or root they originated from. Did you know that it takes 30 large roses to make 1 drop of rose oil, and 60,000 roses (about 180 lbs. of rose petals) to make 1 ounce of Rose oil? Now you know why it is so expensive!

Really, none of the essential oils should be applied neat (undiluted) with the exception of lavender or tea tree essential oils. And remember too, that they come from natural plants so some may be allergic to their properties. Please try a patch test before using any essential oil blend on your skin by applying 1 drop of diluted essential oil to the inside of your elbow, cover it with a band-aid and leave for 24 hours to check for allergic reaction.

Dilution Ratios for Blends and Essential Oil Recipes

Using the following ratios for your essential oil blends and recipes should keep you within the safe zone.

  • 60 drops e.o. / 1 oz. carrier = 10% dilution ( for room sprays, aromatic spritzers, + inhalers)
  • 30 drops of e.o. (like rose, jasmine, neroli, sandalwood, etc.) to 1 oz carrier such as Fractionated Coconut Oil or Jojoba makes 5% dilution.
  • 20 drops e.o. / 1 oz = 3% dilution.
  • 15 drops essential oils / 1 oz of carrier is called a 2.5% “normal” dilution.
  • 9 drops essential oils / 1 oz of carrier would constitute a “light dilution”, also called a 1.5% dilution.
  • 6 drops e.o. / 1 oz carrier is 1% dilution
  • FOR INFANTS or SMALL CHILDREN, ELDERLY or PREGNANT use 3-6 drops e.o.  / 1 oz of carrier for a  0.5-1% dilution
  • There’s about 600 total drops in 1 fluid ounce if you want to figure out a different dilution percentage.

Body sprays can handle up to 60 drops of e.o. per every 4 ounces of carrier, and for room sprays, up to 100 drops per every 4 ounces of water (or carrier) is the normal range .

 ON to the good stuff!!

Extending Expensive Essential Oils and “Rose Base” Recipe:

Creating a 5% or 10% dilution is also a great way to extend the life of the more expensive oils (like rose, sandalwood, jasmine or neroli). For example, to make a “rose base” add 30 drops of rose otto to 1 ounce of fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil –because of their little to no scent and long lasting properties – use this as your “scented base” for the recipes calling for rose.

If you have a really nice rose otto or rose absolute use this method to really open up the scent, as right out of the bottle rose absolute is quite overpowering and bombards the senses. With most essential oils it seems the more they are diluted, the more delicate the aroma, allowing the scent to fully open and be appreciated for all its attributes. Essential oils like lemon or lavender do not need to be stored this way, as they are light enough to begin with, so just keep them in the dark bottles they came in, and store in a cool and dark place.

For Energy Work use this Cleansing and Clearing Blend:

  • 25 drops of Lavender,
  • 20 drops of Rosemary,
  • 20 drops of Lemon,
  • 15 drops of Cedarwood (Atlas),
  • 5 drops of Eucalyptus,
  • 5 drops of Juniper,
  • 5 drops of Pine, and
  • 5 drops of “rose base”
  • in 4 ounces of purified water

Makes a lovely room or “space-clearing” spray, or use a few drops of the undiluted blend in a diffuser.

Use a “normal” or “light” dilution if using as a body spray. Make sure to always shake well before each use.

MORE RECIPES:

Positive Energy Spray:

  • 4 ounces of purified (or distilled) water
  • 10 drops of “Rose base”,
  • 10 drops of cedarwood (Atlas),
  • 7 drops of vetiver,
  • 7 drops rosewood ,
  • 9 drops of lavender,
  • 6 drops “neroli base”,
  • 12 drops pink grapefruit,
  • 12 drops of orange,
  • 12 drops of tangerine,
  • 8 drops of lemon,
  • 8 drops of bergamot (BF–bergaptene free)

Shake well and use as a room spray. For a body spray, use about 45-60 drops of this blend and add it to 4 ounces of distilled or purified water, shake well each time before use.

Cleansing and Positive Energy Combination Spray:

To cleanse the space and bring positive energy at the same time, you might want to try one of these combinations:

  • 30 drops Pink Grapefruit,
  • 25 drops Lemon,
  • 25 drops Tangerine, and
  • 20 drops Lavender
  • with 4 ounces purified water.

Or

  • 35 drops Cedarwood (Atlas),
  • 35 drops Grapefruit,
  • 20 drops of Orange, and
  • 10 drops “rose base”
  • added to 4 ounces of purified water.

Always shake well before using.

Setting up Boundaries or Protection blend:

You might want to use this blend to aid in protecting your space from negativity or bad energy:

  • 1 drop fennel,
  • 3 drops of rosemary,
  • 3 drops of juniper,
  • 8 drops of lemon,
  • 2 drops of hyssop and
  • 3 drops of vetiver
  • diluted into 1-4 ounces of carrier

You can use a few drops of this blend for an anointing oil, or use a few drops of the blend diluted in 4 ounces of purified water as a spray.

Asking for Spiritual Guidance blend:

Add 1 drop of the following blend placed on the “third eye” chakra before meditation or asking for spiritual guidance:

  • 7 drops of cedarwood (Atlas),
  • 3 drops “neroli base”,
  • 3 drops of “rose base”,
  • 2 drops of jasmine,
  • 1 tiny drop of angelica (pre-diluted at in a carrier as angelica is VERY strong),
  • 1 drop of both German and Roman chamomiles,
  • 7 drops of lavender,
  • 4 drops of geranium,
  • 1 drop of cistus (pre-diluted in a carrier) and
  • 4 drops of frankincense (pre-diluted in a carrier)

blended into 1 ounce of jojoba, sweet almond, grapeseed, or unscented coconut oil,

this may also be added to 2 ounces of purified water to make a spray if you’d rather not place anointing blend directly on skin.

To clear the Aura after Energy Healing work;

It is best to use a drop of rose base diluted in purified water sprayed around you, or one drop of rose base diluted in a carrier oil as an anointing oil to clear the aura, though, the clearing spray works fine too.

Facial Spritzer Winter Recipe:

A nice winter facial spritzer for almost all skin types

  • 3 drops of the “rose base”
  • and 3 drops of the “neroli base”
  • ( no more than 10 drops total maximum)

added to 4 ounces of one of the following;

  • purified water,
  • rose,lavender or neroli hydrosols,
  • or even distilled water.

My favorite facial spritzer in the winter is;

  • 4 oz. of neroli hydrosol,
  • 4 drops of “neroli base” (you can also use a 3% dilution for any of the “base” recipes such as “rose base” or “neroli base” ),
  • 2 drops of geranium,
  • 2 drops of sandalwood and
  • 2 drops of bergamot; but make sure the bergamot is bergaptene free (or bf). Bergaptene content in regular bergamot causes photosensitivity and since the bergaptene has been removed in this type, it allows it to be used in skin and hair care formulations without worrying about sun exposure after use.

Mix together the essential oils and hydrosols in a dark glass or PET plastic (PET is a type of plastic that can withstand essential oils) spray bottle, shake well before each use, and spray over face anytime for a nice moisturizing spritz.

Resources & More Reading;

http://www.naturesgift.com/methods.htm

Great books:

Hands of Light: A Guide to Healing Through the Human Energy Field

Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Compassionate Healing with Essential Oils

Aromatherapy for the Soul: Healing the Spirit with Fragrance and Essential Oils

Subtle Aromatherapy

Be sure to check out more of my articles on chakras: (working on linking these back to this blog)

Essential Oils and Chakras Part One; Introduction to Using Essential Oils for Balancing the Chakras

Essential Oils and Chakras Part Two; Using Essential Oils for Balancing Chakras 1-3

Essential Oils and Chakras Part Three; Using Essential Oils for Balancing Chakras 4-7

original link: http://voices.yahoo.com/essential-oil-recipe-blends-clearing-7336602.html

Rose Geranium Essential Oil

Rose Geranium

Pelargonium roseum is not only beautiful, but happens to be one of the most useful, and wonderful essential oils we have. As you’ll soon see, it’s uses are many and it’s beauty is more than skin deep.

Rose Geranium, or Geranium Rose-

AuraCacia has this to say about Geranium essential oil:

Pelargonium graveolens, the rose-scented geranium, belongs to the same plant genus as the popular red-flowered window box geranium. Geraniums are native to arid areas of South Africa’s Cape Province. The plant is highly drought resistant, thanks to its semi-succulent, water-conserving stems and leaves.

The essential oil in rose geranium leaves has constituents — geraniol, linalol and citronellol — that are also present in rose oil. It’s not surprising that the aroma of geranium’s fragrance resembles that of rose with a musty, minty-green undertone.

Geranium oil has been described as a natural perfume complete unto itself. It’s often used to scent soaps and detergents because, unlike many other essential oils, rose geranium’s aroma profile is not readily affected by the alkaline nature of soap products.

Rose geranium varies much across strains and distillations, in part because the plant is greatly influenced by the climate and soil in which it grows. Geranium oil can range from very sweet and rosy to musty, minty and green. One type of geranium oil, known as Bourbon, has established itself as a premium perfume oil. Bourbon geranium is cultivated and distilled exclusively on the island of Reunion in the Indian ocean. The environment of Reunion has produced a strain of geranium with a very rich, rosy aroma. Perfumers prefer to work with Bourbon oil because it blends well with a wide array of very different oils including clove, sandalwood and lavender.

The main geranium oil-producing regions of the world are found on the African continent, Russia, China and Reunion. Russian and Chinese oils tend to have a greener, fresh-rosy aroma while Egyptian and Reunion oils tend to be heavier and darker.

Geranium oil is distilled from the above-ground parts of the plant. Most of the essential oil glands are found in its leaves. After cutting, the plants are partially dried to increase the yield of oil. That way there’s less water to be vaporized and extracted from the plant material during the distillation.

Popular during the Victorian era, rose geranium was often kept potted in parlors were a fresh sprig was always available to revive the senses. The fresh leaves were also offered in finger bowls at formal dining tables.

Today, geranium is an indispensable aromatherapy oil. It’s one of the best skincare oils, offering relief from congested, oily and dry skin. On an emotional level, geranium promotes stability and balance.

Aromatherapy Uses: Lifts the spirits, boosts immune system and heals a variety of skin conditions such as eczema, burns, wounds, bruises and others. Great hormonal balancer for women. analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antihemorrhagic, cicatrizant, diuretic, lymphotonic, antimicrobial, antipruritic, antispasmodic , antiviral, astringent, tonic & stimulant, pancreatic stimulant, deodorant, hepato-stimulant, phlebotonic

Skin: acne,burns, bruises, broken capillaries, balances oil glabnd secretion, congested and mature skin, healing especially after facial plastic surgery, eczema, cellulite, mosquito repellent

Respiratory: asthma, sore throat, tonsillitis, clears mucus Muscular/skeletal: osteo- arthritis, rheumatism

Digestive: jaundice, gastritis, colitis, cleans digestive system of mucus, liver tonic

Cardiovascular/Lymphatic: aids poor circulation, stimulates lymphatic system, hemorrhoids, phlebitis

Immune: immune stimulant Endocrine: adrenal, cortical, glandular problems

Genito-Urinary/ Reproductive: eases PMS, menopause, kidney tonic-diuretic

Nervous/ Brain/ Mind: nervous stress, neuro-balancing, neuralgia, quells anxiety, uplifting antidepressant

Rose Geranium

Emotional/Energetic: Taps into the power of the heart, increasing imagination, intuition and sensory world. Increases the capacity for intimate communication, allowing one to receive and to give and express.

Rose geranium’s strong middle note blends well with basil, bergamot, cedar, citronella, clary sage, fennel,  jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, neroli, nutmeg, and rosemary. Also Blends very well with: Eucalyptus, lavender, clary sage, rose, lime, orange, frankincense, grapefruit, ylang ylang

RECIPE for

Sunshine Smiles Aromatherapy Recipe

Ingredients

  • 10 drops Bergamot essential oil
  • 10 drops Grapefruit essential oil
  • 15 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
  • 5 drops Rose Geranium essential oil
  • 3 drops Ylang ylang extra essential oil
  • 3 drops Spruce essential oil (or sandalwood for more calming)
  • 4fl oz (125ml) carrier oil of your choice, such as jojoba, grapeseed oil, fractionated coconut oil, hazelnut oil, or any you like.

Directions;

Combine all the ingredients in a dark glass or PET plastic bottle. Store it in a cool, dark place (not your bathroom – it’s too warm and humid.)
To use your aromatherapy bath oil, pour about a tablespoon into the bath after you’ve finished running the water.
Handy Hint: This aromatherapy bath oil is excellent for acne. To boost its acne-fighting powers, use grapeseed oil as the carrier oil (it’s astringent – helps tighten pores and reduce oil production.)

SCIENTIFIC INFO:

Botanical name: Pelargonium Odorantissimum / Graveolens
Botanical family: Geraniaceae

Note: Middle

Part of plant used: Stems and leaves

Origin: Algeria, Reunion, Madagascar and Guinea

Description: Sweet and heavy, similar to Rose

History: The Ancients regarded Geranium as an exceptional vulnerary with the power to mend fractures and eliminate cancers.

Properties and Indications:

  • Antiseptic
  • Astringent – contracts capillaries
  • Stimulates the nervous system
  • Excellent for the skin – eczema and psoriasis
  • Anticoagulant – for circulation
  • Haemostatic – prevents hemorrhage
  • Gentle detoxification
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Varicose veins
  • Harmonizing and re-balancing
  • Regulates and stimulates the adrenal cortex which in turn balances the body

Personality

  • Ambivalent- refreshing and a tonic but also has calming qualities

Safety Data: Non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing

SOURCES: Sheppard-Hanger Sylla, THE AROMATHERAPY PRACTITIONER REFERENCE MANUAL, Tampa, 1998 Mojay, Gabriel, Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, London, 1996 Battaglia, Salvatore, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Brisbane, 1997

Cedarwood Essential Oil; A Myriad of Uses, History, Quotes, Prayers & Interesting Info

Cedarwood; another one of my favorite essential oils offers a unique myriad of uses promoting concentration, calmness, emotional release, positivity, balance, sexuality enhancement, focus, security, emotional strength, caring and endurance. No wonder it was a favorite among the Native Americans, and because it is so prevalent, the cost is great too.

Uses: Cedarwood essential oil is beneficial in controlling odors and in respiratory infections. Cedarwood essential oil may be antiseptic, calming, and a diuretic. Cedarwood essential oil helps with urinary track infections (particularly cystitis and urethritis), hair loss, anger, nervous tension, cellulite, tuberculosis, bronchitis, acne, dandruff, catarrh, dermatitis, psoriasis and fungal infections. Cedarwood essential oil also is helpful for greasy skin, arthritis, rheumatism, congestion, coughs, sinusitis, poisoning, stress-related conditions, meditation, and clearing mental cobwebs. Cedarwood essential oil may help in adding balance and control in our lives. Cedarwood essential oil may stimulate lymph circulation, regulate nervous system and stimulate the immune system. Cedarwood essential oil may act as a sedative.

Constituents: contains alpha- and gamma- atlantone, p-methyl-3-tetrahydroacetophenone.ß- himachalenes , Deodarone and deodardione

There are many types of Cedarwood, and all have many wonderful uses.

Cedarwood, or Thuja Tree is known by many names. The family name is Coniferae but the common names include Arbor Vitae, Tree of Life, American Arbor Vitae, Cedrus Lycea, Western Arbor Vitae, False White Cedar, Hackmatack, Thuia du Canada and Lebensbaum. And those are just a few of the names in the cedarwood family.

I found the following write up about Cedarwood that really says it all…courtesy of White Lotus Aromatics:

Cedarwood

“Every part of the earth is sacred to my people… every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every light mist in the dark forest, every clearing… and every winged creature is sacred to my people. We are part of the earth and it is part of us. The fragrant flowers are our sisters; the deer and mighty eagle are our brothers; the rocky peak, the fertile meadows, all things are connected like the blood that unites a family.”-Attributed to Chief Seattle, Duwamish, 1854

Dear Friends-
I hope that each day is bringing you many new avenues of discovery and awakening. It is a fine time of year as the earth comes to life and shares her many facted botanical gems with us. Myriads of colors, textures and scents invite one to explore her treasured realm. If one becomes very small, one can slip into that sublime place where one sees things from inside out instead of outside in. If even for a moment we see the world from that perspective it can brighten up our hearts considerably.
Today I will endeavor to share a few thoughts about some of the grand evergreen beauties of the USA in Canada. If all goes well a few newsletters will be dedicated to Thuja, Spruce, and Fir. We will start with Thuja which is also called as Arbor Vitae or the Tree of Life. Thuja plicata is referred to as Western Red Cedar and Thuja orientalis is know as White Cedar. These are the two main species of Thuja which are extracted for absolutes and distilled for essential oils. They have played a major role in the life of the Native American peoples and hopefully we can enter their world and see things from the vantage point of folks who lived in close association with nature for thousands of years and deeply appreciated and respected the world around them. The beautiful absolutes and essential oils of the Cedar, Spruce and Fir when inhaled can act as an open sesame into the world inhabited by these ancient people in a way that few other things can. The invisible influence of the charged molecules can activate our creative imagination.

The explorations of cultures that are deeply embedded in a reverential interaction with the natural world plays an important part in the consciousness of what it means to be a human in the highest sense of the word. As most of us are well aware, we are for the most part not as dependent on nature as people who lived in past times. When people are relying on nature to provide food, medicine, clothes, shelter and aesthetic enhancement of life, there is a very good chance that an inner feeling gets awakened towards the animate world that is more difficult to manifest when living in environments which are human created .
Yet nature always provides some means of keeping us sensitive to her radiant beauty .Even for those of us living in the midst of congested cities it is possible to cast off the visible and invisible forces which constrict our finer inner self by exploring the sublime wonders of aromatic essences. There is part of the human mind which registers experience beyond what is remembered with the rational mind. It remembers feeling, emotions and experiences that are not even part of the current life we are living. It is a sure thing that fragrance acts like a magical key to those domains. Those short ingresses into a kinder, gentler more loving awareness via aroma can help us rethink our lives and slowly orient ourselves towards lifestyles that inspire and rejuvenate us.

It is a great blessing that we have parks and wild places to retreat too. There we can be amidst plant communities that tell us wonderful stories which give us hope, courage and inspiration. Many times the plants have played a major role in the lives of people that we may have never known but with whom we an connect if we put aside our conditioned mental behavior for some time. People in other times and places have often used the trees, herbs, shrubs, vines, etc that we are seeing on a day-to-day basis. Their aromas may have given them aesthetic delight but the roots, bark, branches, leaves, heartwood, fruits, seeds, etc may have given them many other useful items for their physical, emotional and mental well being. The type of knowledge that comes from viewing the plant world in such a resourceful way creates in that person a unique perception of the animate world. The mind of such a person does not function like our minds do. They perceive a mysterious force working in all things and they know that to live in relationship with that force they need to live and act in a certain way. When they are able to do this they experience a world that is vibrant and humming with life. All the plants, animals, birds, insects, the rivers, oceans, mountains, stars, planets, speak to them in a special language filling their hearts with wonder, wisdom and delight. Then rather than demanding the universe to conform their small desires they offer prayers of thanks and gratitude to each and every particle of the creation for allowing themselves to be used for the betterment of others.

The odors themselves also speak to us of an ancient world which is associated with the very roots of an ancient culture that existed long before people came from Europe to this country. The native American culture had well established roots in the land for thousands of years and during the course of that time they had developed a total relationship with the plant world around them. Because they had made their hearts sensitive to the voice of nature the plants communicated to them a wealth of inner and outer knowledge that gave life to body, mind and spirit.

There is an opening poem and prayer to the Cedar Tree that I think captures this feeling very beautifully. In looking at the various writings regarding the Tree of Life which was applied to both Thuja plicata and Thuja orientalis I think we can begin to feel what it is to walk the path of beauty which so many Native American poets have spoken of. We too can make that path of beauty in our hearts which allows us to join with all the people of the world both in the past, living now and who will live in the future in walking on that quiet way.

Oh, the cedar tree!
If mankind in his infancy
had prayed for the perfect substance
for all material and aesthetic needs,
an indulgent god could have provided
nothing better.
Bill Reid

Cedar Bark Prayer
“Look at me, friend! I come to ask for your dress for you have come to take pity on us; for there is nothing for which you can not be used, because it is your way that there is nothing for which we can not use you, for you are willing to give us your dress. I come to beg you for this, long-life maker, for I am going to make a basket for lily root out of you. I pray you, friend, not to feel angry with me on account of what I am going to do to you; and I beg you, friend to tell our friend! Keep sickness away from me, so that I may not be killed by sickness or in war, O friend!”

The world of conifers, which includes Pines, Cedars, Firs, Cypress, etc has a deep natural resonance with many of us growing up in North America and Europe. These benign denizens of the botanical realm have filled our hearts and minds with their eloquent and stately images from our childhood on. Many of us have sweet memories going to forests to gain a sense of comfort and depth which we sometimes find lacking in our everyday lives. When standing amidst these tall and silent beauties inhaling the elixir exuded from their resinous trunks, needles, bark and cones one finds their breathing pattern naturally slowing down and the eyes begin to sparkle with a natural radiance which comes from feeling at one with the world around one.
This is a grand gift that the evergreen trees offer to those who enter their domain with even a little humility and gratitude in their hearts.
My association with the conifer forests of America began when a child of 4 or 5 growing up in the deserts of New Mexico(up to that time my life had been spent near the jungles in Panama which has its own sense of mystery about it). Occasionally we had family outings to Cloudcroft to the east of Carlsbad where I spent several years of my early life. The feeling of exhilaration that came when beginning our ascent into the mountains remains vivid to this day. The air became sweet and charged with the lilting aromatic melody of the conifer forests.
When very young the human heart and mind is more mailable in the hands of nature and so essential information is communicated without the interfering apparatus of the rational mind which segments and compartmentalizes the experiences that come from the world around. Innocence and openness is a great asset in seeing, feeling, hearing, smelling and tasting clearly and often when one is in that state of natural receptivity they perceive an essence which is to grand to be put into words. This is the magic of the universe. And if one happens to be in that state then one begins to feel the totality of what is around them-a sort of synthesis of all the senses in one. Children often have this feeling intact if they have grown up with a healthy exposure to the outdoors.
The sense of smell is a wondrous experience when in that state. The invisible currents of aroma ebb and flow in and through one providing a rare and intoxicating olfactory delight. This very experience is something that we can all recapture later on in life as well when we weary of the synthetic human made contrivances which overstimulate us and leave us weary and sad. It may be one of the reasons why the symphony of natural essences in the form of essential oils, CO2 extracts, etc beckons to us. We once again feel the doors of childhood opening leading us closer to that feeling of communion which makes our lives glow with meaning.

Since then there have been many opportunities to be amid the pine, cedar and fir forests both here and abroad. The awareness of their sublime and beneficial influence continues to expand. The appreciation of their beauty of their refreshing, revitalizing aromas has deepened with exposure to a greater range of well distilled oils and extracted absolutes. These aromatic gems give one a strong sense of the individual characters of the trees in the mixed forests from which they come.

Thuja/Arborvitae
Thuja etymology
The name Thuja is a latinized form of a Greek word meaning ‘to fumigate,’ or thuo (‘to sacrifice’), for the fragrant wood was burnt by the ancients with sacrifices.
http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/c/cedyel41.html

Arborvitae etymology
ETYMOLOGY:
From New Latin arbor vitae, tree of life : Latin arbor, tree + Latin vtae, genitive of vita, life; see vital. http://www.bartleby.com/61/8/A0400800.html

Name:
– Thuja, from the Latin – occidentalis, from the Latin “of the West”
– Common names: Northern White Cedar, Eastern White Cedar, Arborvitae, Eastern Arborvitae, Swamp Cedar, Cedro blanco, Cèdre blanc, Tuja (Swe), Amerikanischer Lebensbaum (Ger)
Description:
– A monoecious connifer with a narrow, almost columnar crown.
– Branches on open-grown trees extend to the ground.
– Trunk often divided into two or more secondary trunks of equal size.
– Foliage scalelike
– Bark fibrous,sometimes shredding
– Height at maturity 40’-50’ with diameter of 12″-24″, infrequently to 70’-80’ with diameters of 48″-60″.
Extremely slow growing; to 40’ after 50 years on good sites; perhaps only 15’ or less on poor sites.
– Age can exceed 800 years, making it the oldest tree in the North Woods, with the possible exception of some Aspen clones.
– Roots: Seedlings develop deep roots in well-drained soil and shallow roots in saturated soil. With age develops a wide-spreading root system well adapted to obtain water and nutrients from cracks in rocks.
http://www.naturhome.com/eng/productos/thuja.html

Images
free-bj.hinet.hr/ strk/slike.html
ralf.rebmann.bei.t-online.de/lebensba1.htm
http://www.botanik.uni-bonn.de/conifers/cu/th/plicata.htm
superb images of Thuja

Creatures who love Thuja
Mammals: White-tailed deer, snowshoe hares, and porcupines heavily browse the foliage. One of the best winter browse species for deer, it is often overbrowsed. Overbrowsing can retard growth and even kill a tree if it is less than 7′ tall. A high browse line is frequently evident on larger trees. Moose browse only when other food is scarce. Stands provide thermal cover for white-tailed deer, moose, and black bear.
Birds: Pileated woodpeckers feed on carpenter ants that, in turn, nest in and feed on the heartwood. Other birds abundant in White Cedar forests include White Throat Sparrow, Golden Crown Kinglet, Yellow Belly Flycatcher, Ovenbird, Northern Parula, Winter Wren, Swainson’s Thrush, Blackburnian Warbler, Cape May Warbler, and numerous other warblers. http://www.rook.org/earl/bwca/nature/trees/thujaocc.html

History: In pre-Christian times it was customary to burn sweet-scented thuja wood during sacrificial rites and to ward off evil spirits. The tree was introduced into France from Canada and planted in the grounds of the royal palace at Fontainebleau. Many Native American peoples prized thuja as a medicine for fever, headaches, coughs, swollen hands,and rheumatic problems. The 19th century Eclectic herbalists used it as a remedy for bronchitis, rheumatism, and uterine cancer. It has also been used to treat the side effects of the smallpox vaccination.
http://www.herbnet.com/magazine/mag03_p04__Thuja.htm

Aromatherapy Uses:

EXTRACTION: essential oil by steam distillation from the leaves, twigs and bark
CHARACTERISTICS: a colorless to pale yellowy-green liquid with a sharp, fresh, camphoraceous odor
ACTIONS: antirheumatic, astringent, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, insect repellent, rubefacient, stimulant (nerves, uterus and heart muscles), tonic, vermifuge
CONSTITUENTS: Thujone (60%) fenchone, camphor, sabinene, pinene
USES: Should not be used in aromatherapy either internally or externally
Used in pharmaceutical products such as disinfectants and sprays; counter-irritant in
analgesic ointments and liniments; a fragance compound in some toiletries and perfumes.
Flavor ingredient in most major food categories (unless finished food is recognized
thujone-free)
http://www.herbnet.com/magazine/mag03_p04__Thuja.htm

Thuja orientalis needle essential oil coloreless to pale greenish-yellow, mobile oil of an intensely sharp, but quite fresh, campheraceous odor. It bears great resemblance to the flowering tansy herb, artemisia herb, dalmation sage herb, with a sweet undertone reminiscent of bitter fennel.
Its green, sweet herbaceous, although medicinal camphoraceous -minty note blends well pine needle oils, citrus oils, lavandin and rosemary in chyrpe and fougere bases. The oil has been used as a piquant topnote in high class perfumes-Steffen Arctander Thuja plicata needle essential oil pale yellow to almost colorless liquid of strong Dalmation-sage and bitter-fennel like odor, terpeney and camphoraceous but sweet wood undertone-Steffen Arctander

Thuja Absolute
The absolute is prepared from the needles of Thuja orientalis. It is a very thick dark green liquid(at cool tempertures not easy to pour) Possessed of an incredible sweet clear pineaceous resinous bouquet. Soft and gentle yet radiant and long lasting. It bears little resemblance to the essential oil in olfactory profile.

Native American Traditions
Cedar, White
Ojibway name: gijikandug (“cedar like”)
Latin name: Thuja occidentalis
An evergreen tree that grows up to 20 m high. The leaves grow in flattened sprays, and feel sticky when rubbed. It develops bell shaped cones with loose scales.
Cool, wet and rocky woods provide ideal growing conditions. Found throughout the Maritimes, across to Manitoba and up to James Bay.
White cedar is prized for both the hardiness of its wood and its curative properties. Another name for it is Arbor vitae, meaning “tree of life”. The Ojibway utilized White Cedar for medicinal, domestic and ceremonial purposes. Tea brewed from the leaves and/or inner bark was used to treat colds, coughs and headaches, or as tonic believed to purify the blood. A poultice made from White Cedar eased rheumatism, aches and sores. Cedar wood was used in constructing the framework for Birch bark canoes. The tree’s strong, pleasant aroma makes it a good incense used in sweat baths, smudging (purification by wafting smoke over oneself) and ceremonies. According to local tradition, it is associated with yellow, Birth, and the East on the Medicine Wheel.
This tree may have been the one that the Iroquois introduced to Jacques Cartier as annedda during the winter of his 1535-1536 voyage through Quebec. (White Spruce and White Hemlock are also possibilities [Erichsen-Brown 1979:10-11].) Most of Cartier’s men were suffering from scurvy, a condition caused by lack of vitamin C. Native women taught Cartier how to harvest the branches and bark of annedda, and then boil them in water to produce a tea which cured the ailing Frenchmen (Cartier 1535-6; cited in Erichsen-Brown 1979: 9). Warning: “Leaf oil is toxic, causing hypotension, convulsions. Fatalities have been reported.” (Foster et.
al. 2000: 295). Image (45 KB) http://www.durham.net/~ssh-chin/ohilplantguide.htm

Historical and Cultural Uses: Called “the tree of life” by the Kwakwaka’wakw of the central coast of British Columbia, it surely was for Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest. The myriad uses are too many to name them all. Some of the more famous uses included the construction of canoes (hence “canoe cedar”), lodges and totem poles. Lodges were usually about 20’ wide and 40’ long, and the cedar boards used to construct them were about 2” thick and 2’-5’ wide. The wood was split in planks from living trees, using antler and pacific yew (Taxus brevifolia) wedges, and then the lodge timber construction was held together with rope made from cedar bark. The red cedar canoes were such amazing vessels that about 1900, J.C. Voss bought an average 38’ dugout red cedar canoe from Vancouver Island Indians, and with the addition of 3 masts and a cabin, he used it to sail around the world. Native Americans also used the fiber of the bark to make clothes, raingear, mats, ropes, and was so soft that it was used in baby diapers. The smaller, younger roots, and narrow withes were used in basketry and to make fishing nets and traps.

Other various uses include: wood for arrow and spear shafts, bark fibers for tinder and wicks, wood for ceremonial carving, rattles and toilet sticks (prior to the introduction of paper), and the low smoke, aromatic fire from red cedar was favored for smoking salmon. It should also be
mentioned that Thuja plicata is the official tree of British Columbia. Up until 1900, one could still see the stumps near Orofino Idaho, of the western red cedars that the Lewis and Clark expedition felled to make their canoes for the western half of the Corps of Discovery.
http://www.nwplants.com/plants/trees/cupressaceae/thuja_plicata/

An infant child was placed in a cradle made of red-cedar boards and lined with yellow-cedar bark and sphagnum moss. The blanket, mattress and pillow were made of yellow-cedar bark, pounded until soft and fluffy.

In the spring, young girls went with their mothers and grandmothers to the forest to collect the bark. They searched for a tree about 40 cm (16 in.) in diameter, that was straight and tall, and had few lower branches. When they found the tree they wanted, they would stand under it and say a prayer, such as this one, said many years ago by a Kwakwaka’wakw woman:
Look at me friend!
I come to ask for your dress,
For you have pity on us;
For there is nothing for which you cannot be used…
For you are really willing to give us your dress,
I come to beg you for this,
Long-life maker
For I am going to make a basket for lily-roots out of you.

To strip the bark from the tree, the women made a horizontal cut in the bark, several feet from the ground, for a third of the circumference of the tree. Then they inserted an adze under all the layers of bark and slowly, taking care not to split it, pulled upward and outward until it came free of the tree leaving a long V-shaped scar. They separated the soft, pliable inner bark from the brittle outer bark and then rolled it up, sap side in, and took it home and hung it up to dry for later use. The dried bark was separated into layers and then cut into strips ready for making articles such as baskets, rope or mats. Preparation of yellow-cedar bark was more time consuming: it had to be soaked and boiled to remove the pitch. Woven robes, hats and capes made from the fine, soft yellow-cedar bark repelled water and protected people from the rain.
In more open areas, women pulled up cedar roots from the ground beyond the overhanging branches of a tree where the roots were new and pliable. They removed the outer bark from these roots and split them lengthwise in preparation for weaving baskets and cradles. By watching her elders, a young woman would learn how to weave storage and heavy-burden baskets.
Women also used the long, slender red-cedar branches or withes to make rope, binding material and open-weave baskets. They heated the withes over an open fire until the sap steamed. This loosened the bark so that it could be removed by squeezing the withes through wooden tongs. The women twisted the warm withes and stored them until they were needed.
http://www.rbcm.gov.bc.ca/notes/cedar.html

Cedar was also an important part of everyday life for men. At a young age a male learned how to select a tree to make a house post, a totem pole or a canoe. He and his kin ventured into the forest, often kilometres from home, to find the right tree. To make a canoe, the men selected a straight, tall tree with even growth. They cut a small hole into it to”feel the heart” and to judge its soundness. Then they prayed, “do not fall too heavily, else you, great magician will be broken”. After felling the tree, the men roughly shaped it to lessen its weight. Then they dragged the preformed canoe to the nearest water and towed it back to their village for completion. Canoes could be small enough to suit one person or large enough for thirty people.

Young men learned how to split planks off standing trees, a technique that kept the trees alive. The Kwakwaka’wakw called these planks “begged from” cedars. Planks were used for many purposes including bent wood containers, house siding and
roofing. Bent wood boxes had many uses, from cooking to storage of ceremonial regalia.
http://www.rbcm.gov.bc.ca/notes/cedar.html

Ojibwa Indians are said to have made soup from the inner bark of the young twigs. The twigs are used to make teas, perhaps more medicinal (for constipation, headache) than culinary. Speaking of the gums, Captain John Smith said, “We tryed conclusions to extract it out of the wood, but nature afforded more gums than our arts.” (Erichsen-Brown, 1979). The essential oil is used in cleansers, disinfectants, hair preparations, insecticides, liniment, room sprays, and soft soaps, sometimes an adulterant of oils of artemisia, dalmation sage, and tansy. Powdered leaves are reported to kill flies in 2 hours, the vaporized leaf powder to kill ticks
(C.S.I.R., 1948–1976). Wood contains a heat stable antibiotic useful as a food preservative. Potawatomi rolled up the bark into wads which served as torches. Deer browse the young shoots. Sometimes grown as a Christmas tree, e.g. in India. Attractive for hedges and windbreaks. The timbers were used to make the ribs in the Indians’ birchbark canoes (Erichsen-Brown, 1979). Valuable timber tree today, the heartwood lightweight and decay resistant. Used for poles shakes, shingles, and siding.

Spiritual significance
It was considered by these people to be bad luck to fell a tree so they removed planks by driving antler wedges into the living tree along the grain to split off planks. When a whole tree was required to make a canoe or a longhouse pole, then either a naturally fallen tree was used or there would have to be offerings made to the Gods before a tree could be cut. The power of the Thuja was said to be so strong that a person could receive spiritual healing by simply by standing with their back against a tree, and one myth suggests that the Great Spirit created Thuja in honor of a man who was always helping others: “When he dies and where he is buried, a cedar tree shall grow and be useful to the people – for baskets, for clothing and for shelter”. The inner cambium layer of the bark was even eaten in times of famine as a survival food. The Thuja was used for many medicinal purposes as well. The green immature cones were chewed and the juice swallowed as a contraceptive for women to prevent implantation of the egg. The smoke of the smoldering branches was used as a traditional ‘smudge’ to ward off evil spirits and to cleanse sick rooms. Similarly, the green branches were used to splash water on the stones during the traditional ‘sweat lodge’ ceremony. The branches were also used in the form of a strong tea to wash rheumatic limbs.
http://www.nimh.btinternet.co.uk/ejhm/2_2_mm1.htm
“In addition to these medicinal uses, the leaves and limbs of cedar are used for scouring the body in bathing, both for ordinary purposes and in preparation for ceremonial occasions. This was mentioned by Swan and also by present-day informants. Among the Lummi, a boy takes the boughs he has used to rub himself before a guardian spirit quest and fastens them to the top of a cedar tree. Whalers put piles of cedar branches under their beds to make themselves ready for the hunt and to ward off bad luck.

“There is a strong association between cedar and death. Lummi men, burying a corpse, chew cedar tips to avoid nausea. Cedar limbs, singed, were used by the Lummi as a broom to sweep off the walls of a house after the removal of the corpse. The Skagit burned cedar
limbs at night and waved them through the house to scare the ghost after death” (Gunther 1945).
http://www.botanik.uni-bonn.de/conifers/cu/th/plicata.htm

Smudging
Cedar
True cedar is of the Thuja and Libocedrus genii. Some Junipers (Juniperus genus) are also called “cedar”, thus complicating things some. Some Juniper varieties are cleansing herbs, especially J. monosperma, or Desert White Cedar. But for smudging, the best is Western Red Cedar (Thuja occidentalis) and California Incense Cedar (Libocedrus descurrens). Cedar is burnt while praying to the Great Spirit (Usen’, the Source — also known to Plains nations
as Wakan Tanka) in meditation, and also to bless a house before moving in as is the tradition in the Northwest and Western Canada. It works both as a purifier and as a way to attract good energy in your direction. It is usually available in herb stores in chipped form, which must be sprinkled over a charcoal in a brazier. I like a piece of char-coaled mesquite for this purpose, rather than the commercial charcoal cake.
http://www.sacred-texts.com/bos/bos054.htm

Thuja occidentalis
Edible Uses
Stem; Tea.
Pith of young shoots – cooked[105]. It can be added to soups[177]. Pleasantly sweet, the pith was used as the basis of the soup according to one report[183].
Inner bark – cooked. It is only used in times of emergency or scarcity[213]. The inner bark can be dried and ground into a powder, then used with wheat or other cereals in making bread, biscuits etc.
The leafy branchlets are used as a tea substitute[159, 177, 257] but are probably best avoided by pregnant women[165]. An aromatic flavor[183]. Another report says that the foliage and bark are used, the resulting tea is a good source of vitamin C[226].
Medicinal Uses

Alterative; Anthelmintic; Antiinflammatory; Antiseptic; Aromatic; Astringent; Diaphoretic; Diuretic; Emmenagogue; Homeopathy; Rubefacient.
American arbor-vitae was much used by many native North American Indian tribes as a medicine to treat fevers, coughs, headaches, swollen hands and rheumatic problems[254, 257]. The plant has an established antiviral activity and is most commonly used in modern herbalism to treat warts and polyps, being prescribed both internally and externally for these conditions[254]. The plant can be used to induce menstruation and so should not be prescribed for pregnant women[238].
The recently dried leafy young twigs are alterative, anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, aromatic, astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic and emmenagogue[4, 7,
21, 165]. The plant is being used internally in the treatment of cancer[238], especially cancer of the uterus[254]. A tea made from the leaves is used in the treatment forbronchitis and other respiratory problems, colds, headaches and as a cough syrup[222, 254]. The plants diuretic properties make it useful in treating acute cystitis and bed-wetting in children[254]. The leaves are used in steam baths in the treatment of rheumatism, arthritis, colds etc[222]. Externally, the leaves are used as a wash for swollen feet and burns[222]. Extracts of the leaves can be painted on painful joints or muscles as a counter0irritant, improving local blood supply and thus facilitating the removal of toxins, easing pain and stiffness[254]. A tincture of the leaves has been used in the treatment of warts, piles, bed sores and fungal
infections[222]. The leaves and young twigs can be harvested as required and used fresh or dried[238].
‘Oil of white cedar’, obtained from the leaves, is an essential oil that is antiseptic, expectorant and rubefacient[213, 222]. It is used internally to promote menstruation and relieve rheumatism[213]. This volatile oil is toxic and poisoning from overdoses has occurred[213], it should only be used under the supervision of a qualified practitioner and should not be prescribed for pregnant women[238]. The oil also stimulates the heart and causes convulsions in high doses[213]. A tea of the inner bark is used to promote menstruation[213] and in the treatment of consumption and coughs[222].
A homeopathic remedy is made from the leaves and twigs, gathered when the tree is flowering[232]. It is used in the household as a treatment against warts, but also has a range of other applications that should only be prescribed by a competent homeopath[7, 232].
Other Uses
Broom; Essential; Fibre; Incense; Repellent; Tannin; Wood.
Tolerant of regular trimming, though not into the old wood, it can be grown as a hedge[226]. The fresh branches are used as besoms[4]. Their aromatic smell serves to deodorize the house whilst sweeping[226]. The leaves have been kept in the clothes cupboard as a perfume, incense and insect repellent[257]. The leaves and stems have been used as an incense[257]. An essential oil is obtained from the leaves and branches, it is used in perfumery and in medicines[46, 57, 61, 226]. It is poisonous if taken internally[65]. This essential oil also has insect repellent properties[106].
The tough and stringy bark has been used to weave fibre bags[257].
The bark is a source of tannin[257].
Wood – light, soft, not strong, brittle, coarse grained, very durable, easily worked, does not warp[61, 82, 171, 226, 235]. It weighs 20lb per cubic foot[235]. Used especially where contact with water cannot be avoided, for canoes, garden buildings, shingles, posts etc[11, 61, 82, 171, 226].
The principal commercial uses of northern white-cedar are for rustic fencing and posts; other important products include cabin logs, lumber, poles, and shingles.
Smaller amounts are used for paneling, piling, lagging, pails, potato barrels, tubs, ties, boats (especially canoes), tanks, novelties, and wooden ware (28). Recently,
white-cedar has been used for making kraft pulp and it appears excellent for particleboard. “Cedar leaf oil” is distilled from boughs and used in medicines and
perfumes; boughs are also used in floral arrangements (32).

The northern white-cedar type is valuable for wildlife habitat, particularly for deer yards during severe winters. The tree is highly preferred by white-tailed deer for both shelter and browse. Sapling stands produce a great amount of deer food (47) and clear cut stands in Michigan yielded almost 6000 kg/ha (5,340 lb/acre) of browse
from tops (16). White-cedar is also utilized by such mammals as the snowshoe hare, porcupine, and red squirrel. Its browse is generally rated as highly preferred by
hares (5,30) and is sometimes heavily utilized (6). Birds common in white-cedar stands during the summer include several warblers (northern parula, black-throated green, blackburnian, black-and-white, and magnolia), white-throated sparrows, and kinglets (9,11). The pileated woodpecker commonly excavates cavities in mature white-cedars to feed upon carpenter ants.

Northern white-cedar forms an attractive fringe around some lakes and peatlands. Stands with high basal area, large trees, and little undergrowth are especially attractive (35). The tree’s unusual bark and foliage patterns are esthetically appealing to many forest users (27).

Northern white-cedar is widely used for ornamental plantings in the United States (24), is now common in Newfoundland, and has been grown in Europe since the 16th century. White-cedar is particularly useful for barrier and shelter plantings (29), and it is one of the few conifers recommended for power line rights-of-way
(43).

Northern white-cedar has limited value as a watershed protector because it usually grows on gently sloping terrain. Although harvesting of white-cedar is presently on a small scale, clearcutting on peatland sites has little effect on annual water yields or water tables. Nutrient concentrations in streamflow or temperatures in trout streams should not increase significantly unless harvesting is on a massive scale (27,35).
http://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/silvics_manual/Volume_1/thuja/

Folk Medicine
According to Hartwell (1967–1971), the plant, usually as a tincture, is used in folk remedies for benign skin tumors, cancers, condylomata (of penis and vulva), excrescences, fungous flesh, neoplasms, papillomas, plantar warts, polyps, tumors, and warts. Reported to be anaphrodisiac, diaphoretic, diuretic, lactagogue, and laxative, arbor vitae is a folk remedy for burns, colds, consumption, cough, debility, distemper, dysentery, dysmenorrhea, fever, gout, headache, inflammation, malaria, paralysis, rheumatism, swollen extremities, toothache, and worms (Duke and Wain, 1981). The charcoal, mixed with bear gall, was introduced under the skin, after application, with needles in early Indian acupuncture, which resulted in black tatoos. Chippewa pricked the charcoal powder into the temples as an
analgesic and used the leaves in cough compounds. Hurons used the boughs for their bed as a snake repellant. Menominee used in herbal steam and smudges for skin ailments and unconsciousness; they decocted the inner bark for amenorrhea, and poulticed powdered leaves onto swellings. Montagnai decocted the bruised twigs as a diaphoretic. Ojibwa used the leaf decoction as an analgetic, antitussive, depurative, and smoked objects and steamed themselves with the smoke or steam as a ceremonial cleansing. Penobscot poulticed the leaves onto hands and feet, and used for cancerous warts. Potawatomi treated the plant almost like a panacea, and burned the leaves over the coals as medicine, ceremonial purification, and to repel evil spirits (Duke, 1983c). Sources cited in Hager’s Handbook report that homeopathic doses are effective against animal and plant viruses and that the plant affords protection against schistosomiasis. Hager’s Handbook also lists many homeopathic applications, e.g. amnesia, angina, blepharitis, cholecystosis, condylomata, conjunctivitis, gonorrhea, gout, melancholy, myalgia, neuralgia, otitis, pertussis, pharyngitis, pruritus, rheumatism, rhinitis, trachitis, etc. (List and Horhammer, 1969–1979).

Chemistry

Seeds contain 15% oil. Heartwood contains b- and a-eudesmol, occidol, and occidiol. Branches and attached leaves run from ca 0.3–1.0% essential oil, 15-year-old trees yielding 50% more than 30-year-old trees. Guenther lists as major components d-a-pinene, d-a-thujone, 1-fenchone, 1-borneal, acetic-, formic-, and isovaleric-acids. Hager’s Handbook adds terpineol, sabinene, camphene, camphor, valerianic acid, occidol, b-sitosterol, quercitrin, rhodoxanthine (C40H50O2), 5.9% tannin, resins, mucilage, vit. C, etc. (List and Horhammer, 1969–1979).occidentalis.htm
http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/duke_energy/Thuja_occidentalis.html

It was considered by these people to be bad luck to fell a tree so they removed planks by driving antler wedges into the living tree along the grain to split off planks. When a whole tree was required to make a canoe or a longhouse pole, then either a naturally fallen tree was used or there would have to be offerings made to the Gods before a tree could be cut. The power of the Thuja was said to be so strong that a person could receive spiritual healing by simply by standing with their back against a tree, and one myth suggests that the Great Spirit created Thuja in honor of a man who was always helping others: “When he dies and where he is buried, a cedar tree shall grow and be useful to the people – for baskets, for clothing and for shelter”. The inner cambium layer of the bark was even eaten in times of famine as a survival food. The Thuja was used for many medicinal purposes as well. The green immature cones were chewed and the juice swallowed as a contraceptive for women to prevent implantation of the egg. The smoke of the smoldering branches was used as a traditional ‘smudge’ to ward off evil spirits and to cleanse sick rooms. Similarly, the green branches were used to splash water on the stones during the traditional ‘sweat lodge’ ceremony. The branches were also used in the form of a strong tea to wash rheumatic limbs.
RESOURCES;

http://www.nimh.btinternet.co.uk/ejhm/2_2_mm1.htm

http://www.ciesin.org/TG/AG/iksys.html
Indigenous knowledge and agriculture
http://www.acfnewsource.org/religion/sacred_basket.html
native american basket making
http://www.und.edu/instruct/gcrawfor/NAERTH.htm
native americans and the earth bibliography
http://www.umd.umich.edu/cgi-bin/herb
native american ethnobotany database
http://www.kstrom.net/isk/food/plants.html
native american plant knowledge
http://www.wholehealthmd.com/refshelf/substances_view/1,1525,721,00.html
native american medicines
http://www.healing-arts.org/mehl-madrona/mmtraditionalpaper.htm
traditional native american medicine
http://www.nativetech.org/plants/
plant knowledge
http://www.angelfire.com/art/nativeherb/
links to plants and herbs of the Southwest
http://www2.ucsc.edu/arboretum/native_american_ethnobotany.htm
native american ethnobotany

Vibrational Healing: Revealing the Essence of Nature through Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Book Share

While creating some synergies for a client today, I came across this book and felt such joy emanating from it’s pages I had to share it…

Vibrational Healing: Revealing the Essence of Nature through Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Here’s a couple reviews-

Everyone searches to magically transform their lives… takes you from the mundane confusion… and shows you the way to yourself. — Shelley Winn Damon, National Federation of Spiritual Healers, Austin, Texas

I was amazed. I have witnessed exciting results,both with myself and clients,when combining Deborah’s techniques. — Linda Olger, Registered Nurse, Massage Therapist, Atlanta, Georgia

Description

In a therapeutic blend bringing together Chinese Medicine, reflexology, and cranial sacral therapy, massage therapist Deborah Eidosn shows how essential oils and Bach Flower Remedies can be used to identify and free up emotional blockages which may be causing you problems.Eidson explains that all chakras have a location associated with organs, as well as a sound, color, and element. Giving a good massage can involve stimulating meridians and meridian points, finding the location of blocked energy, and then working with oils to affect change.

Vibrational Healing: Revealing the Essence of Nature through Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

 

Essential Oils that Benefit Organs & Organ Systems

When doing research for the best essential oils to use that will benefit the organ systems of the body, I came across a wonderful site Dr. Fosters Essentials, who, in my humble opinion, is one of the best out there. I wanted to share some important and very helpful information with those of you who may be interested in learning about the awesome powers of flowers, plants, resins, roots, berries, barks, and the amazing miracles essential oils can perform when used correctly.

From all the work, trials and experimentation I’ve done with essential oils, I have also found these to be true, Read on for some great information:

Essential Oils that benefit many organs & organ systems :from Dr. Fosters Essentials

Organs:

  • Brain: Frankincense, Migra-Stop (Ingredients: Peppermint, Marjoram, Cajeput, Basil and other essential oils for enhancement.), Grounding oil blend (Cedarwood, Vetiver, Lavender and other supportive herbs) Rosemary, Sandalwood, Peppermint, Lavender, Cedar, Vetiver, Brain Regain Formula
  • Sinuses: Germ Shield (Eucalyptus globulus, Peppermint, Melaleuca alternifolia and other essential oils in Jojoba oil) , Myrtle, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Fir, Clove, Cedarwood, Breathe Again Formula
  • Ears: Helichrysum, Brain Regain Formula
  • Eyes: *Frankincense, Lavender, Clary Sage, Lemongrass, Eyebright FormulaBrain Regain Formula
  • Teeth: Clove, Black pepper, Peppermint, Cajeput, Roman chamomile, White Lotus, German Chamomile (teething)
  • Gums: *Myrrh, Geranium
  • Thyroid: Sweet Essence oil blend (Cypress, Cinnamon, Coriander, Fennel), Lemongrass, Spruce, Myrrh, myrtle, Female Magnetism Formula, Healthy Heart Formula
  • Heart: Ylang ylang, Helichrysum, Rose, Laurus Nobilis (angina), Lemon, Palmarosa, Rosemary, Neroli, Melissa, Tea tree, Lavender, *Healthy Heart Formula, Relaxing blend
  • Lungs: Pine, Ravensara, Eucalyptus, *Germ Shield, * Peppermint, Herp-Ez oil blend, Myrtle, Marjoram, Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Melissa, Hyssop, Ginger, Fir, Fennel, *Germ Blaster Formula, * EZ-Resp Formula
  • Kidneys: Juniper, Goldenrod, Grapefruit, Galbanum, Lemongrass, Kidney/Bladder Formula
  • Adrenals: Nutmeg, Sage, Spruce, Pine, Geranium, Female Harmony FormulaFemoPause Formula
  • Bladder/kidneys: Sandalwood, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Juniper, Yarrow, Kidney/Bladder Formula
  • Liver: Lemon, blue tansy, Geranium, Tsuga, Anise, Fennel, Mandarin, Orange, Tangerine, Rosemary, Peppermint, Laurus nobilis, Grapefruit, Roman Chamomile, Circulation blend, *L/GB Formula
  • Gallbladder:  *Lemon, Cypress, German Chamomile, Birch, Nutmeg, Yarrow,  *L/GB Formula

Organ Systems:

  1. Circulatory system: *Helichrysum, *Lemon, *Cypress, Pine, Black Pepper, Nutmeg, Grapefruit, Geranium, Tangerine, Blood Detox Formula, Circulation blend
  2. Digestive: Ginger, Fennel, Tarragon, Black Cumin, *Peppermint, *Sweet Essence oil blend, Lemongrass, Black pepper, Orange, Marjoram, Dill, Roman Chamomile, Spearmint, Thyme, Digestive Formula, Colon Cleanse Syrup
  3. Endocrine System
    1. Pancreas: *Sweet Essence oil blend, Dill, Coriander, Fennel, Geranium, Fleabane, Female Harmony Formula
    2. Reproductive system: Yarrow, Fennel, Sage, Clary Sage, Myrtle, Lavender, Geranium, Jasmine, Ylang ylang, Nutmeg, Spikenard, Sandalwood, Female Harmony Formula, FemoPause Formula, Female Magnetism Formula
    3. Prostate: Myrtle, Yarrow, *Prostate Formula
  4. Hair, Skin and Nails (Integumentary System):
    1. Hair: Ylang ylang, Rosemary, Lavender, Cedar
    2. Skin: Chamomile, Rosewood, Germ Shield, Lavender, Myrrh, Rose, Patchouli, Palmarosa, Sage, Tangerine, Peppermint, Myrtle, Juniper, Geranium, Elemi, Coriander, Clove, all Floral waters, *Healthy Cholesterol Formula, *Calcium From Herbs
  5. Immune system: Lemon, Ravensara, Cistus, Spikenard, *Herp-Ez oil blend (Geranium, Melissa, Ravensara), Frankincense, White Lotus, *Oregano, Mountain Savory, Tea tree, black cumin, Idaho tansy, *Echinacea Premium Formula, *Germ Blaster Formula, AntiViral blend (Eucalyptus, Oregano, Lemon, Lavender, Pine, Lemongrass, Clove and other essential oils), AntiFungal blend (Eucalyptus, Manuka, Tea Tree, Niaouli, Lemon Myrtle, Bay Laurel and other essential oils)
  6. Lymphatics: Tangerine, Cypress, Lemongrass, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Myrtle, *Blood Detox Formula
  7. Nervous System: (regenerate) Geranium, Peppermint, Migra-Stop, Vitex (especially when there are tremors), Nutmeg, *Peaceful Nerves
  8. Structural System:
    1. Bones: *Birch, Wintergreen, *Calcium From Herbs Formula
    2. Joints:*Kidney/Bladder Formula, *Blood Detox Formula, *Tissue Repair Oil
    3. Ligaments: *Lemongrass, *Calcium From Herbs
    4. Muscular System: Marjoram, Calcium From Herbs
  9. Urinary System: Sandalwood, *Juniper, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Yarrow, *Kidney/Bladder Formula

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There Are Only Men Who Have Grown Hopeless About Them.”
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