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Archive for the ‘Essential Oils’ Category

Itch-less QUICK

Posted by terrepruitt on May 16, 2013

Recently I was doing some quick cleaning. As I started I felt an itch on my arm but I had just started cleaning and I was on a roll so I didn’t want to stop and look so, I kept cleaning. I have kept my box of essential oils on my coffee table for ease of use, so as I was moving them to clean the table I remembered that one of them states it helps with bug bites. I assumed without looking at my arm that it was a bug that had bit me.  It kept itching! So I decided to sit down to find the one that helps.  I had to read every bottle. I don’t yet know which oil does what so I have to read each bottle each time I want to use one. I found it. It is Eucalyptus Oil. I put it on the spot and the itch stopped instantly.  IMMEDIATELY!!!!! I was a little taken a back. It was amazing. I tipped the bottle onto my arm again. I wanted that effect to last!

According to the bottle it says:

“Fantastic on skin ailments such as burns, blisters, wounds, insect bites, lice and skin infections, as well as to combat the effects of colds and the flu. There is also a history of Eucalyptus essential oil being applied to sore muscles and joints.”

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaI thought it was pretty cool that I remembered an essential oil would help with the bite.  I also thought is was really cool that it took the itching away instantly.  I am not sure if the swelling went down and the bite disappeared faster, but I do know the itching stopped and that is huge to me.  I mean I have had bites before and because they continue to itch I continue to scratch them and I know that does not help them go away any faster.  So this was great to me.

Other common uses for eucalyptus oil are for allergies, asthma, bronchitis, congestion, cough, emphysema, hay fever, pneumonia, and poison ivy.

I have not tried Eucalyptus Oil for any of the other things listed on the bottle.  I have also not tried if for most of the things listed as common uses.  I usually just breathe it in.  I have allergies and hay fever, so I think of it as helping clear my sinuses a bit.

As to the other uses I can not attest, I am not an essential oil expert nor a medical professional.  I am not stating here that eucalyptus oil will assist with or cure any of the issues as stated under common uses or any of the things on the bottle.  I am just here telling you what I used it for and how amazed I was at the result.  It was great.  The itch was gone!

Eucalyptus oil is also associated with opening and/or balancing the Heart Chakra as I mentioned in my post Chakras and Single Essential Oils, you can read that post by clicking here.

So there you have one of my experiences with essential oils.

How about you?  Have you had an experience with eucalyptus oil you want to share?

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Chakras And Single Essential Oils

Posted by terrepruitt on April 13, 2013

In my post Balancing The Chakras With Essential Oils I shared a technique for balancing chakras that was adapted from a specific essential oil company using their specific blends.  It seems like most companies that sell essential oils have their own blends with their own cute little names.  As I stated in that post, I have a sample of one of the blends and it smells terrific, I really like it.  In case you are not interested in buying the blends that are named in that post I did a little research on the internet about single essential oils that associated with balance and/or unblocking the chakras.  Just like with pretty much everything there is a ton of information out there.  I am not an essential oil expert nor a chakra expert.  I created this list off of various websites.  I picked the oils that I saw associated with each chakra on multiple websites.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaAs all oil is not created equally I would use these oils topically with a carrier oil or diffuse them.

•   Crown chakra:  sandalwood, lavender, jasmine

•   Third Eye chakra:  sandalwood, frankincense, sweet marjoram

•   Throat chakra:  bergamot, chamomile

•   Heart chakra:  peppermint, eucalyptus

•   Solar Plexus chakra:  peppermint, ginger, coriander, rosemary

•   Sacral chakra: sandalwood, bergamot, ylang ylang, orange

•   Root chakra:  sandalwood, frankincense, ylang ylang

As you can see sometimes one oil can help with multiple chakras.  So that is helpful in itself.  Instead of buying seven different blends you can buy one oil, say sandalwood, and use it for four of the seven chakras. Using that formula, you could buy peppermint for another two, and then bergamot or chamomile for the last one.  That would be only three oils.  Since good quality essential oil can be expensive, to me it helps to figure out a way to get more uses out of one oil!  That is just an example.  I am sure there are many more combinations.

Of course, you might find that you use one oil more than another and you just want to have it on hand.  There are many ways to use essential oils so I am sure you can find other uses.

Here is a little bit of information on the oils, herbs, scents, etc. listed:

Sandalwood is actually fragrant wood from specific trees.  Thought to have a calming effect.

Lavender is a plant used both as a flavor in food and a scent.  It is believed to have a calming, relaxing effect.

Jasmine is also a flowering plant, that is very fragrant.  It is said to help relieve tension.

Frankincense is an aromatic resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia (from Wiki).  It is claimed to help many things including over all health.

Sweet marjoram is an herb, I use in cooking quite often, the oil is said to relieve pain.

Bergamot is a type of orange the color of a lemon, good for treating skin ailments.

Chamomile a daisy like flower that is commonly used for tea.  Especially tea that is promoting relaxation and even sleep.

Peppermint, most people are familiar with this flavor or scent.  Peppermint has an invigorating effect.

Eucalyptus from the Eucalyptus tree, very aromatic and believed to promote healing.

Ginger, this root is used often in helping with motion sickness and nausea and digestion.

Coriander to me are the little seeds used for cooking . . . doing the research for this post, I learned that the LEAVES are what I know as cilantro!  It has a calming effect.

Rosemary an herb used for cooking.  Kind of like tiny twigs.  It’s oil can be used to stimulate and help with concentration.

Orange, a fruit that which the oil is from the skin.  Orange sent can be uplifting!

Ylang ylang, this oil comes from the Ylang Ylang tree/plant blossoms.  Thought to help relieve stress.

Do you use essential oils?  What do you use them for?

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Balancing The Chakras With Essential Oils

Posted by terrepruitt on April 11, 2013

We have energy running through our bodies.  I mean literally we have electric currents in our bodies.  Some people believe there are specific points where these energies converge and concentrate.  The points, called Chakras, “correspond to vital points in the physical body i.e. major plexusaes of arteries, veins and nerves.”  (According to Wiki.)  Energy flows through our bodies and often with the belief of these energy points or chakras there is the belief that they can be blocked or imbalanced.  With the belief that the flow of energy can be blocked or chakras out of balance there are beliefs that they (the chakras) can be cleared or put back in balance.  I believe that there are at least as many beliefs of ways to open the chakras as there are the cultures believe in this type of thing.  There are exercises one can do to get energy moving again.  There are meditations one can do.  I wrote a post about sounds one can make to help heal and open the chakras, you can see that post by clicking here.  Another way to deal with imbalances is with essential oils.

There are many ways this treatment can be done.  The one noted below can be done on oneself, it is an adaptation of the one in the doTERRA Spa Manual.  The oils used in this treatment are blends from doTERRA, but there are single oils that can be used in association with each chakra.  That will be my next post.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaI feel steps one and two are optional when performing this therapy on oneself.  You might not feel the need to find out which areas are blocked and may not be concerned with vulnerability since the treatment you are about to do will help with that.  The same goes with step four.

Chakra Balancing with doTERRA Essential Oil Blends

60 minutes

Create chakra balance by applying specific oils to assist and support spiritual development and awakening of the chakra energies.

Step 1:  Start by lying face up.  Check your chakras by using a pendant over each of the 7 chakras.  Look for movement of the pendant:

Clockwise circles = an open, balanced chakra
Counter clockwise or oblong circles = imbalance
No movement = blocked

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaStep 2:  Apply OnGuard on the crown for protection, as you are creating some vulnerability by working on chakras.

Step 3:  (To avoid mixing the oils use a different finger with each oil application.)  Apply oil directly to chakras in clockwise motion.  For the Root chakra apply the oil to the feet.

1.    Crown (#7):  apply Elevation
2.    Third Eye (#6):  apply Serenity
3.    Throat (#5):  apply Whisper
4.    Heart (#4):  apply Breathe
5.    Solar Plexus (#3):  apply Digestzen
6.    Sacral (#2): apply Citrus Bliss
7.    Root (#1):  apply Balance

Step 4:  Check the chakras.  If they are not in balance, apply Purify to the chakra that did not clear, then apply the oil for that chakra again.  Repeat until chakra clears or consider other options, such as discussing the emotions or relationships associated with that chakra or doing the exercise associated with that chakra.

Finish by sitting cross legged and just hold your feet and close your eyes until you feel ready to move into your day/evening/night.

This might be something that could help you if you are interested.  I am interested in chakras and essential oils.  I hadn’t really thought of them together until one day when Marlies came to one of my Nia Classes.  After class several of us were discussing essential oils and chakra balancing came up.  She sent a copy of this treatment to me and I immediately asked for permission to share it on my blog.  I thought it would be something of interest to my readers.

As I stated the oil mentioned in the above are blends from doTERRA.  But a little bit of research on the internet and I found several sites that had lists of oils associated with the different chakras.  I am sure you could order the blends or the individual oils from Marlies.  I am preparing a list of individual essential oils associated with each chakra for my next post.

When Marlies attended my Nia class she brought me a sample of Elevation.  She also gave me another sample but I don’t think it is a blend.  I love the way Elevation smells.  I have the little bottle in my living room and I pick it up and sniff at it all the time.  It is such a lovely scent.  If I had a diffuser I would definitely enjoy having that aroma fill my home.  Other than that, I have not yet tried these other blends.

Well?  What are your thoughts?  Do you have any thoughts on chakras?  What about balancing them with essential oils?

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