ESSENTIAL OILS WITH ESSENTIALLY INSPIRED BLOG…

If you love essential oils (and who wouldn’t) then you must pop over to Essentially Inspired Blog written by Shaina Dickson from Ontario, Canada

Her blog covers everything you could possibly ever need to know about essential oils from conditions and oil remedies, DIY essential oils, Food and essential oils, Giveaways, Necklaces, Oil. Blends, products and the list goes on.

There are online health classes, a link to her etsy shop where you will find her lovely necklaces and other places you can purchase her oils from.

Sit down and relax and enjoy browsing this amazing site. You’ll feel relaxed just reading through it.

As an avid fan of oils I have written a number of posts on them. Essential Oils for Back Pain and Fibromyalgia can be found here. And another very popular post on Why I Am a Huge Fan of Essential Oils, can be found here. My love of essential oils goes back 20 years.

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THE HEALING POWERS OF LAVENDER AND PEPPERMINT…

I have written many a post on my love of Lavender and all its healing powers in one form or another but if it’s combined with Peppermint you will find it even better.

One of my favourite ways to get the benefits of these oils is in the roller ball format. A great pack of three is by Tisserand who sell a Little Box of Mindfulness pack of three roller balls.

Tisserand Little Box Of Mindfulness

Clear your head & be present in the moment with their mindful pulse point roller balls made with 100% natural pure essential oils. BREATHE DEEP blend of Orange, Petitgrain & Coriander gives your mind a break when it’s time to stop. MIND CLEAR blend of Peppermint, Lavender & Lemon allows you to declutter your mind & find clarity. REAL CALM blend of Lavender, Bergamot & Patchouli helps you to take time out & feel serene.

Available from Amazon and other retailers for £8.68 – I keep mine in the drawer by my bed for if I am having a difficult night.

Another favourite of mine is The Cotswold Lavender Soothing Gel for £4.95 their finest lavender oil carefully blended with peppermint. This super combination will help to soothe everyday aches and pains. Apply to temples and pulse points. 20g glass jar.

Enjoy a lovely shower before you retire using Liberty of London’s Lavender and Peppermint Shower Gel £9.00, spray your pillow with Skincare Botanics Aromatherapy Lavender and Peppermint Mist £6.95 and I can almost guarantee you will sleep well.

If your mind will still not settle down then try reading The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi from £6.95 from Amazon, Vitality and Good Health through essential breath work.

ALL ABOUT AROMATHERAPY OILS, HOW TO STORE THEM AND HOW THEY HELP WITH FIBROMYALGIA PAIN…

Aromatherapy oils can be used for a number of illnesses and treatments and the storage of them is an important factor. They are a great oil to use for Fibromyalgia pain.

My love of essential oils goes back about 20+ years. The hospital where I had my first spinal surgeries had a lady that came into the hospital on a weekly basis and gave patients aromatherapy massage if they wished to have it.

She was a quiet small lady whose aura gave a feeling of calm before she even gave you the aromatherapy massage. She would mix the oils at the time you arrived by first finding out what sort of pain you were in. If I go somewhere that sells or uses these oils it takes me straight back to my regular session with my aromatherapist.

Unfortunately, like all of us, she eventually retired and although I still have the odd aromatherapy massage I have yet to have a treatment that reacted in quite the same way.

Sometimes I will use an aromatherapy diffuser scent ring, to fill the room with my favourite oils. Lavender (which also reminds me of my Grandma as she always wore it) mixed with rosemary oil is top of my list.

When I first went to my NHS Pain Clinic some years ago they offered amongst other alternative therapies massage treatment. I was keen to get booked into this in the hope it would be as good as my aromatherapist treatment. The massage was good but without the oils, it just didn’t have the same effect on me. I would previously come home feeling completely relaxed and would sleep so well on the day of my treatment.

Storing your oils is important for their lifespan. Try to store your oils in a dark amber glass bottle, this will store it better. If they are stored in a clear or plastic bottle they will deteriorate in about 8 weeks.

Always store away from direct sunlight, in a cool and dark place is best. If stored correctly they could last up to one year.

To make your oils go further, add five to 10% of wheat-germ oil, as it helps to preserve the mixture.

Before you massage ALWAYS do a patch test first to check you are not allergic to it.

Always wash your hands when you have finished the massage.

A blend of natural oils which have been drawn from five different countries is being used as a pain treatment for Fibromyalgia.

Called 024 Fibromyalgia, it has been developed by Swiss Medica in Canada and is available in a bottle or as a wipe.

It is made up of camphor oil (Japan), eucalyptus oil (Australia) aloe vera oil (Mexico) peppermint oil (India) rosemary oil (Spain) lemon oil (USA) and orange oil (USA).

It was launched in the USA in January 2006 and is one of the first products that was developed specifically for the pain of Fibromyalgia. It’s all clinically tested and from natural products.

Many Fibromyalgia forums have written comments on this oil with some having great results and others no so great, but that can be the same with drugs or treatments as it seems pains affect people differently.

Written by the experts, Neals Yard Remedies: Essential Oils book will bring the rejuvenating aromatherapy benefits into your life.

REIKI THERAPY FOR FIBROMYALGIA AND OTHER CHRONIC PAIN…

Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a complementary therapy which was named after Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese theologist.

Reiki is a Japanese word, meaning Universal Life Energy, an energy which is all around us. It is regarded as ‘life’s energy’ and creates a feeling of deep relaxation. Energy blockages are removed, allowing a free flow of life energy throughout the body. Toxins are removed from the body with other waste products leaving the system much more quickly. Then, with the toxins removed from your body, more energy can be received and your vital processors and functions become more highly tuned.

The hands are the main instrument used in the healing by Reiki, and can be effective through clothing. It has also been useful for anyone taking drugs to help reduce some of the side effects. They say it is possible to heal acute injuries but chronic injuries can take longer to heal. Reiki is a therapy available to anyone, and can help the receiver of the therapy to achieve a more relaxed approach to life and greater harmony.

On the UK Reiki Federation website – you can find all you need to know about this type of therapy as well as finding yourself a good therapist.

A great book on this subject, of which there are many is ‘Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art’ by Diana Stein.

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR ARTHRITIS…

I have read on a number of occasions how certain essential oils can help with the pain of arthritis but after researching it on Pinterest I felt I had to write a post on essential oils for arthritic conditions.

On this blog post the writer (Wendy Polisi) on essential oils for arthritis says her list includes frankincense, lemongrass, rosemary, black cumin, marjoram, peppermint, wintergreen, eucalyptus, and cypress (to increase circulation).  Oregano and Clove can work together to provide natural arthritis pain relief. Of course, always remember to dilute them as per the instructions listed on the blog post.

On another blog post , the writer (Confessions of an overworked mom) she writes that you can make your own home remedy essential oil rub. She states that you need to mix the essential oils with a carrier oil. Absolutely NEVER apply them directly to your skin in full strength. She got a great deal on fractionated coconut oil on Amazon, so used that. You could also use extra virgin olive oil or sweet almond oil. Fractionated coconut oil is a liquid even at cooler temperatures. Don’t use regular coconut oil. Fractionated coconut oil is better because it has a long shelf life and no odor. All you need is a small glass container, Fractionated coconut oil ( or alternative) and essential oils of your choice (tree tree, peppermint, wintergreen, citrus, lavender, myrrh, oregano or rosemary).

For this blog writers blend you will need about 2 ounces of fractionated coconut oil. This will go a long way. Essential oils break down when exposed to light and heat so store this in the refrigerator. An old glass spice jar works great for this. If you have a jar with a roller ball on top that makes it easier to apply but it’s not necessary if you don’t. Don’t use plastic. The essential oils will break down the plastic. Use glass, choose about 6 drops of tea tree oil, 6 drops of rosemary and 6 drops of lavender(or oils of your choice).  You can adjust depending on what scent you like and what works best for you. Try to use one for inflammation and one for pain at least for the best results.

On another blog (midwestmodernmomma) the writer suggests that for muscle pain, she found that a topical application or a soak to be most effective.  She recommends getting a few roll-on bottles (mix with a carrier oil & label the bottle so you don’t lose track of what it is), making your own blends, or creating your own salve.

Of course there are many sites you can buy all the oils and carrier oils  from like Amazon  or direct from the manufacture like Mystic Moments which do a starter pack of five for £7.95 to name a few. As far as essential oil carrier oils are concerned if you don’t want to use a normal oil with it then you could try Classikool Pure Grapeseed Oil 250ml for  £3.99 also available on Amazon.