Generations in the Clinic

Generations

Healthy Generations

One of the most satisfying things in my Chiropractic clinic is seeing several members of the same family come for treatment. This past few weeks I have had two or three retired men come to see me, and within a couple of treatments, they are coming back and saying that their wife would also like an appointment with me. That is always a good sign that I must be doing something right. Same generation.

Today I saw three generations of the same family. The first member to come was actually pregnant with the next generation when she came to see me. After giving birth, her son was brought to me for a check up, to see if his birth had caused any misalingments. To read more about how birth can cause a baby problems, please have a look at my website.

Today Grandma came in to see me for her first treatment. It was the first time in 17 years of being a Chiropractor that I had to do the questioning for the consultation and explanation via an interpeter, as Grandma is from Poland. She is over in the UK to help her daughter adjust back to work. To those of you who know me, you will wonder how I managed to get through a whole treatment without talking. It was strange to say the least, but the look of relief on her face was enough to know that despite not being able to verbally communicate, her pain was much diminished, and the hug was in a language that anybody could understand.

What do each generation in your family share, as a common ground?

Blessings Joy

 

 

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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

 

R is for Rainbow Valley, Rose, Rosemary & Rose Geranium

The weekend of 9th/10th April, I was priviledged to go and listen to Dr Sondra Barrett talk on the topic of the Secret of Your Cells. It was an amazing weekend, and 1 that will have an influence on my life for years to come I am sure. I met a team of 3 ladies who are on a mission, to open a centre for people who have been given a cancer diagnosis, to go and receive health care that is so removed from that of the NHS, to boost their health with nutrition, visualisation, and complementary treatments. 

You can read more on Rainbow Valley’s website. I have offered to go and do some gentle aromatherapy, with some visualisation with essential oils in a burner/diffuser. It is a learning curve for me. As an aromatherapist and trained nurse, I have experience of nursing people who have a diagnosis, so I am so looking forward to being involved in this. If you would like to donate to Rainbow Valley click here to be taken to their fundraising suggestion page. I am sure they will appreciate it.

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Rose Otto                  Rose centifolia/rose damascena                   Keyword: Cleansing

Amphora rose otto dilutedConsidered to be the Queen of Oils. It is an excellent oil for purification on both the physical and emotional level. It is the ultimate “female” oil with renowned properties for all female Amphora rose geraniumreproductive system issues. An excellent tonic for the womb, calming PMT, although Rose geranium is a cheaper option as Rose is an expensive essential oil. Rose Geranium is of the Geranium family and not the rose.

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Rosemary                    Rosemarie officinalis                                  Keyword: Stimulant

Amphora RosemaryA pentrating and stimulating oil with many uses. A good oil for the stimulating effect it has on both physical and mental levels. It energises and activates the brain, it is said to inprove the memory when inhaled. Also renowned scalp tonic for hair loss and dandruff.

Mental stimulant, clarity of thoughts.

Not to be used on babies, infants or when pregnant. Chakra 6th Third eye/Brow

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Rosewood                      Aniba rosaeaodora                               Keyword: Balancing

A great oil for boosting a failing immune system especially in chronic conditions.

Reputedly helpful for those who have suffered from sexually abused, with its warm and comforting action.

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Thank you for watching and reading. Tomorrow is S is for Sacred, Sandalwood and Studies

Blessings Joy

 

O is for Olfactory

So, as part of the AtoZChallenge, we have so far looked at essential oils from A to M, we have discussed how to dilute and blend essential oils with a base oil, depending on the time of day you are going to use them, we have looked at marsupials in the Antipodes, but we have not yet looked at how aromatherapy works at the human level.

It is all down to our Olfactory sense. Have you heard of it? Probably not! It is our sense of smell, which is  very primitive, very definitley linked to our sense of survival, a very basic need for the species. Think about it………….! Long before we can hear or see anything, our sense of smell alerts us to something there, for us to decide whether it is safe or not. Think of the smell of gas, the smell of dog poo? How do you feel? Have you been alerted that something not nice, or even dangerous needs avoiding. So that’s how unpleasant smells, even the thought of them, can evoke an emotional response, and for some a physical one. The thought of dog poo wants to make me heave, and as far as I know there is no dog poo within at least 50 yards of me, but just the thought of that smell makes me have a physical reaction.

Now let’s look at the pleasant side of our olfactory system. Imagine that someone has just walked in the room, wearing the perfume or aftershave of your first boy/girl friend. What comes to mind? Are you suddenly reminiscing in your head of all those places you visited, the fun times you had, have you been transported back in time? That is the power of smell and the association with memory, in what is known as the limbic system, which is in the part of the brain which is referred tolfactory nerveo as the Reptilian brain. It is the most basic part of our brain, where things get processed at the very basic level. There is no logic here, as with the neo-cortex. This part of the brain is where we survive. Think early man out on the Plains, needing to keep clear of the predator that he is hunting………. hunt or be hunted. Our scent carries on the breeze long before we can be seen or heard, and we could pick up the scent of an animal too.

An essential oil has the abilty to excite and stimulate the olfactory nerve endings inside the nose, as shown in the diagram above. The receptors will be activated by the molecules of the aromatic oil, when it is wafted under the nose. It is the eddy current of the waft, not the direct sniff, which excites the nerve endings. There are 50 million or so receptors, and they are all bare nerve endings, which means there is no barrier between the outside world and the Reptilain brain via this cranial nerve. This connection to the limbic system, which is the seat of the control of emotions, may be the reason that scent can have such a powerful impact on our psyche. This makes the sense of smell the oldest and most primitive of our senses.

So next time you find yourself thinking of another time and place to the one you are in, it will be the aromas and scents that are around you, that are taking you there. Happy Smelling!

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Thank you for reading this post, which is part of the AtoZChallenge.

Blessings Joy