Z is for Zingiber officinale

Amphora gingerGinger               Zingiber officinale              Keyword: Digestive

This lovely warming oil should be used in small doses. Great for bilious attacks and travel sickness. Great in a burner with orange.

It is a wonderful oil for use in a blend for muscular aches and pains especially after physical activity. Should be avoided on sensitive skin so best to do a skin test before using on large areas of the skin

Not for use with children at any age.

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Well we have come to the end of the AtoZChallenge. I have loved having so many of you along and leaving so many wonderful comments. I am glad to have given you an insight into the wonderful world of aromatherapy, and how you can help keep yourself healthy with these natural products.

Blessings Joy

Y is for Ylang-ylang

Ylang ylang                          Cananga odorata                        Keyword: Confidence

Ylang ylang means flower of flowers. It has an exotic fragrance and has been called poor man’s Jasmine as it has similar aphrodisical properties but is less expensive. It is the base for many perfumes.

It is a warming oil and helps to instil confidence, therefore useful before interviews or presentation, use the night before to get a good night’s sleep.

Not for use with children of any age.

****************************************************************************Amphora Ylang YlangOver to YOU! I would love to hear your experiences with essential oils. Since this challenge started have you taken the plunge and begun to explore the way these tiny powerful ninja oils can help you to stay healthy. So many of my posts have been writen and re-writen as the month has progressed as you shared your thoughts with me. I hope you enjoy the oils as much as I do, and that you have become friends with some smelly ones. Blessings  Joy

V is for Verbena, Vetivert & Violet

Verbena                           Lippia citriodora                             Keyword : Refreshing

This oil is like a sweet lemon, and as it suggests, it is a refreshing and uplifting whilst soothing the parasympathetic nervous system.

Works on the digestive system, controlling stomach spasms, nausea, indigestion and flatulence. May also stimulate the appetite, so useful for those who may have gone off their food!

 

Vetivert                       Andropogon muricatus                           Keyword: Grounding

Amphora vetivertThis oil has a smoky, earthy aroma. It is known as the oil of tranquillty for its calming action, useful for stress and tension. Helpful for people who are out of balance and require grounding. Can be useful in helping people ease of tranquillisers.

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Amphora violet leaf diluted

Violet Leaf                       Viola odorata                                   Keyword: Healing

This oil is highly prized in the perfume industry. I must admit to having very little knowledge of it myself. I do have it in my collection, and will be using it in the  near future and noting the effect that it has.

I am currently using Galbanium as my new found oil, and am giving that a few weeks use, before introducing a new oil. Maybe a post for May?

Thank you for continuing to be with me almost to the end of the AtoZChallenge. Due to a scheduling mistake W was published last week, and can be read on Witch or Wise Woman

 

U is for Unction

Unction is a word we don’t hear much isn’t it? The dictionary definitions are :

1. The act of anointing as part of a religious, ceremonial, or healing ritual.
2. An ointment or oil; a salve.
3. Something that serves to soothe; a balm.
Aromatherapy oils can serve all 3 definitions, so to follow on from yesterdays SacredSpaces I have chosen to look at the Act of Anointing:

In Exodus 30 in the Old Testament, we read of the Anointing Oil composed of myrrh, cinnamon, calamus (that’s a new 1 on me) and cassia, diluted in olive oil. Now I believe olive oil was used because this was plentiful in the Holy Land. If it had been another country, then I believe Sweet Almond Oil may have been used, or grapeseed oil, whichever was grown locally. This oil was used for the anointing of the tabernacle and the priests and High Priests, to make them most holy.

We also read of the Incense which was composed of “fragrant spices, frankincense, gum resins galbanum and something referred to as onycha, which seems to be a debatable substance, as to what it really is. There are references to a sea mollusc, but I seriously don’t think that it is derived from an animal, if it is, it would be one of the very few essential oils to be obtained from an animal. There is a gland of an animal that produces musk, but that is the only 1 that I can think of. My money would be on it being Labdanum, which is obtained from the rock rose. It sounds much more of a likely candidate than a sea snail.

Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain went through an Anointment at her Coronation discussed in this clip here:

In R is for……. I talked about Rainbow Valley, an intention of my lovely friend Lindsay, who has a vision to create a sanctuary where people can go to be in control when dealing with a diagnosis of cancer. I am going to invest in some of these oils mentioned here and experiment with the effects that they have on me, before considering using them on others.

I am so glad that I have taken part in this AtoZChallenge, it has taken me out of my comfort zone, and led me to expand my knowledge of aromatherapy and I am soon going to be making some more smelly friends. I hope I have encouraged some of you to make new smelly friends too.

Blessings Joy

 

S is for Sacred Spaces

Mama 2016 Conference

OK so how many of you noticed that I posted W instead of S on Friday? It was a scheduling mis-calculation, or was it? I had been pretty up together on my AtoZChallenge, writing so much of it over the 4 day Easter Holiday and scheduling them, although I have to admit that as the month has gone on, posts have been edited and re-edited as things have happened that I wanted to include as my way of journaling what effect this challenge has had on not just me, but my practice as well. But S just wasn’t coming to mind, and now I know why.

I have just been on an amazing 2 day Conference called the MaMa Conference, which was held right on my doorstep, right here in Ayr. It is organised by the most amazing woman, Cass McNamara, who is an Independent Midwife, the inventor of the “CUB” a unique “seat” which encourages women to birth upright and organiser of MaMa Conferences. So what has this got to do with aromatherapy and S.

Well for those of you who have ever been around a birthing woman, you will know just what a sacred space you are in. It is a space that we must keep holy, for the birth process to play out. The dance of Mother and Baby as they work together to bring the baby Earthside, is a very sacred thing indeed. When the Space is allowed to remain Sacred then a wonderful thing happens. When it is upset and becomes a place of Science rather than Sacred that is when we have women feeling disempowered, disappointed and failures. As I sat and listened to all these people, mainly women, talk about the things that they are doing to return the birth environment to a Sacred Space, I felt priviledged to be among them. I must admit I have not always felt part of the female half of the species. I have never really got the whole “women together” thing, but as I took part in the tribal, hip swaying I began to experience what unites us. As I was mesmorised by the buttocks in front of me, doing the pelvic movements, whilst on our hands and knees, I glimpsed a thin veil of connectedness to all the birthing women who had gone before me. I felt the Earthly pull of the female spirit calling me to join them.  I am truly becoming a Wise Woman as I get older, and looking forward to developing my skills in many Sacred Spaces.

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Thank you for joining me in this Sacred Space.

Blessings Joy

 

 

 

T is for Tangerine Ti-tree and Topical

Tangerine:                               Citrus reticulata                                       Keyword: Calmative

This citrus oil is akin to Mandarin and not too dis-similar to Orange but subtler. It is more kind on the skin in the bath, although it is phototoxic, so not to be used if going out into strong sunlight after use on the skin.

Amphora tangerine

Tangerine

Helpful with stress and tension, with it’s soothing action on the nervous system. This extends to the digestive system, settling stomach and gastric complaints.

A gentle oil which can be used on young children.

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Tea Tree                         Melaleuca alternifolia                    Keyword:                Antiseptic

This essential oil has a strong medicinal aroma and has an unsurpassed reputation as an immune system stimulant. Anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. Can be applied neat to the skin. Headlice hate the smell and is found in many lice deterrent shampoos, lotions and potions

Amphora Tea Tree

Tangerine

May come into it’s own in the influenza season. My money is on it. Burn it in a blend thoughout the winter in preference to have any vaccination.

 

 

 

TOPICAL

We have looked at massaging blends into the skin back in Blends and Massage. Contrary to a range of aromatherapy which has become very popular in recent years, I do not advocate putting neat essential oils on the skin, apart from lavender and ti-tree. I also do not recommend many essential oils to be used on babies and very young children. That’s my personal view, and I know there are many that would disagree. What do you think?

Thank you for following my journey through the AtoZChallenge

Blessings Joy

 

W is for Wise Woman or Witch

When I began the AtoZChallenge I struggled to find a word beginning with W. For most of April I was going to do “Water” and talk about taking a bath, and adding an essential oil or two under the running water, but about a week ago, one of my regulars came to see me for Chiropractic treatment. He had had a very painful big toe the last time he had been to see me, and as the McTimoney method of Chiropractic is a whole body technique, he asked me to avoid touching his toe that day. Well a month later I must admit I had forgotten about it, and inadvertently pulled his big toe. He yelped. I apologised.

We met the very next day, at a business networking event, which is when he said that I was a witch! I had healed his toe which had been painful for months!

So thank you Bobby for giving me my W.

Wise woman or Witch, Witch or Wise Women. In most cultures in antiquity it was the Wise Woman who was the keeper of the herbs, and knew exactly which plant to use to make the compress, to keep her family and the rest of the community healthy. It was the Wise Woman who sat with the birthing Mother, who brewed tea of the herbal variety when a child was feverish, it was the Wise Woman who sat with the dying, helping the Soul to birth into the next world, using her skills and knowledge to make that journey as peaceful as possible. It has been many a year since I left the Nursing profession, when I took great deal of pride and satisfaction in caring for the dying, even without a bag of herbs to help ease their journey. It was not needed, we had 20th Century drugs to do that instead. And so I watched many a tortured body fight it’s way out of this world and into the next, wherever that is. I have my faith, but understand that not everybody reading this has the same belief, so I leave it to you to imagine where the next world is.

In researching for this post I came across the work of Susun Weed and Corinna Wood, who express the sentiment that Wise Women are still around, caring for their families, cooking healthy meals for them, and mopping fevered brows when their child has a fever, but to my mind they are far more likely to be reaching for the calpol or ibuprofen rather than trusting their knowledge of local woodland plants or herbs that they are growing in their herb garden. But it made me realise that all my life I have been a Wise Woman. Yes I have tried to feed my family healthy nutritious meals to keep them from getting sick. I did my best, they did not always appreciate what I was trying to do. As I write this I am in the middle of a Nutrition course, I am still adding to my knowledge all the time. My family have left the coop, and I have more time on my hands to take care of others, and become even wiser still.

I am so grateful to the AtoZChallenge, for giving me the opportunity to gain an even deeper love and appreciation for my smelly friends than I had when I started the challenge. I have invested in different oils, oils that I have discovered, ones that were mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible. I have been given the opportunity to work with people who have been given the diagnosis of cancer. I pray that God will give me the Wisdom to work gracefully with this people. I have another blog called This Pilgrims Progress. I started it years ago, but never really kept up with it. Maybe now is the time to write down my learnings from this next step on the journey with aromatherapy on that blog, and who knows maybe next April I will be writing my AtoZchallenge from there. Here are a few more Wise Women that I discovered as part of the challenge.

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https://spiritualdragonfly.wordpress.com/about/comment-page-1/

 

For now I will leave you, my Nimbus 2000 is waiting to take me up to bed, where the Wise One is sleeping. Must be the potion I gave him earlier.

Blessings Joy