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Today appararently is my 4th Anniversary in the blogosphere. I have to admit it has been quite a while since I wrote a post, I have been working hard in the clinic, and writing an ebook on A Joy of Aromatherapy for Home Use. I have also been writing some training material, and starting to hold workshops and seminars again, after a 15 year gap.What's in your Burner

If you enjoyed reading my AtoZ on Aromatherapy back in April 2016, then follow my journey, and continue yours on essential oils. If you missed the AtoZ challenge, then don’t worry, you can start your journey into aromatherapy here.

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Reflections on A to Z Challenge

This was my very first year of participating on the AtoZChallenge and I have to admit I found it really fun, and confess that I did not get to visit as many blogs as I should have done throughout the challenge. Apologies but I hope to catch up with some of you over the coming weeks. I find the blogosphere a bit like a blackhole, you click on a link to a blog and you end up going down a wormhole, only to get released 5 hours later when your bum has gone numb, from sitting too long.

I wrote a lot of my posts over the Easter weekend and scheduled them in advance. There were a couple of letters, W springs to mind, where the word was not forthcoming, and only came to me through the month, after a chance word was said to me. You can read Witch or Wise Woman to see what happened to give me that post. Scheduling does not come without it’s own perils, like getting the wrong letter for the day. W went out before T I think. I must confess I also never got round to writing X. I had it all typed in my mind, but never got round to putting onto wordpress. Did anybody notice?

I would like to thank all those who gave me such lovely feedback, including in no particular order:

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https://thejaidev.wordpress.com/

https://spiritualdragonfly.wordpress.com/

https://lexicalcreations.wordpress.com/

https://prabhatks.wordpress.com/

https://annalevensonpsy.wordpress.com/

Welcome, especially if this is your first visit

https://pluviolover.wordpress.com/

Welcome

https://doc2poet.wordpress.com/

https://artistpath.wordpress.com/

https://waldina.com/

https://susanjhernandez.wordpress.com/

https://shirleyjdietz.com/

https://recipetosuccess.wordpress.com/

https://vivachiro.wordpress.com/

https://ionanerissa.wordpress.com/

https://lessonsfrommydaughter.me/

https://savingshards.wordpress.com/

https://meinthemiddlewrites.com/

After going and searching for all my interactors I realise that there are more than I thought. I miss your emails popping into my inbox letting me know that you have inteeracted on my blog. I am so glad that so many of you found it useful and informative. I would love to know if any of you have started to get to know any smelly friends any better?

pablo(21) As part of the challenge I hope that 1 couple will consider calling in on us when the cruise around the British isles next year. I hope to call in on someone in New Brunswick, Nove scotia area when we get to cruise there, and more friendships have been forged globally as a result of this challenge. Since it has finished I am writing more on my other blog This Pilgrims Progress, and I would love to see some of you over there, as I chronicle my journey through life.

Blessings Joy

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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

 

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