Green Valley Aromatherapy – November 2019
Greetings my fellow aromatherapists,
Like me, you are probably in the middle of making aromatic Christmas presents. I have been working on some creams to give to my family and friends, and I have found some really nice jars to put the products in. My family and friends seem to like them, and I have fun making them.
Here at Green Valley, we are in that
pre-Christmas mode; the packing area is full (almost overflowing!) with packing materials, stacks of glass and plastic bottles, tape, and labels. Part of this is due to our London Drugs Christmas orders. There are 80 stores our products are carried in, but the head office makes one very big order; this makes our life much easier, though hectic. Working on the big London Drugs order ends up being like a social get together. Everyone has their own area to work, however, we are all in close proximity to one another and we end up chatting and laughing while the job gets done.
Profile on castor oil:
I am sure most of you have seen the ad for Buckley’s on TV: It tastes bad, but it works!
Well, I am going to use that analogy for Castor Oil
. However, DO NOT INGEST IT!
The aroma of Castor Oil is not the best, although you can always add your favourite essential oil to it to make the experience more enjoyable. It has a slight sticky feeling when you try to smooth it onto your skin and this can be a bit off putting. However, if you stick with it, it will start to work wonders!
For example, I had an itchy rash on my lower legs. I tried many excellent creams, although none of them stopped the itch. Then I remembered the benefits of Castor Oil. Within 5 minutes of putting it on the itching stopped. That night, when I was getting ready for bed, I was surprised at the softness of the skin on my legs. The Castor Oil had really made a difference!
Castor Oil is a humectant. It creates a protective barrier on the skin and attracts and retains moisture. It is great for dry, chapped skin and is readily absorbed. Aromatherapists have said that it can dissolve cysts, growths, and warts. It is also said that it softens corns, prevents scars, and softens the skin.
Profile on Melissa essential oil:
Melissa Essential Oil
is steam distilled, a middle note, and is also known as Lemon Balm. It was noticed long ago, that Melissa attracted honey bees, hence the name Melissa, as it is the Greek word for honey bee.
I just love the aroma of Melissa. While my favourite essential oil is Neroli
, I find that I get more use out of Melissa due to its wonderful properties. Melissa is antidepressant, antispasmodic, carminitive, digestive, hypotensive, and a sedative. In 2016, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I thought my world had come to an end. With the help of Melissa
and Frankincense essential oil
, I came through and met some wonderful people along the way. I have now been diagnosed with endometrial cancer so I will start using Melissa in conjunction with Frankincense for that emotional support it has given me in the past.
Melissa has a wonderful, sweet, fresh, citrus fragrance, and it helps support the immune system. It would be a great oil to diffuse in the ER as it may help with shock.
This particular essential oil is on the expensive side, however, it has a wide range of health benefits. It is kind of like buying an expensive piece of clothing; something that looks and feels good on you and will never go out of fashion.
Profile on winter warmth blend:
Winter Warmth is part of a group of essential oil blends that we have created to represent the seasons. They are usually all together (in a group of 6) but the winter themed one became so popular, we decided to sell it in 5ml and 10ml bottles, for your convenience.
The properties of this blend are: Analgesic, anti-depressant, stimulant, anti-inflammatory, decongestant, and detoxifying. Each oil in this blend has a lot of properties, so I picked out 6 of the most popular.
Profile on frankincense essential oil and hydrosol:
Frankincense Essential Oil has an ancient history, and is mentioned many times in the Bible. As you can imagine, people 2000 or so years ago walked around in sandals, or even barefoot. They would then have many abrasions on their feet, which could easily become infected. The custom was to wash their feet in water and frankincense, which helped relieve infection due to Frankincense’s antiseptic properties. This is how Frankincense became valued the same as gold.
The properties of Frankincense are: Anti-inflammatory, antispetic, carminative, diuretic, and sedative.
used to be known as the byproduct of distillation. We now realize that there is a small amount of essential oil in it. During distillation, the steam turns back to liquid which is collected in a vat. The essential oil (being lighter than water) sits on top. Once the essential oil is removed, you are left with the Hydrosol.
Hydrosols have the same properties as the essential oil that they were distilled from. Hydrosols are milder than their companion essential oil, which make it ideal for children, seniors, and people with delicate/sensitive skin.
Recipe for anxiety and depression:
Anxiety and depression are very complex and debilitating conditions. I have created this recipe to hopefully alleviate some symptoms of both of these ailments.
Add these drops to a dark coloured glass bottle, and mix tenderly.
Add 5-10 drops to your diffuser. 10 drops can be added to a warm bath. You can also put 2 drops on a tissue and carry it in your pocket to use whenever you need to. You never know when an anxiety attack or depressive episode can occur; so it is best to keep this blend handy. If you have a lava bracelet, you can put a few drops in the black, porous lava beads and the soothing scent of this blend will get into your system and help you feel better.
Green Valley Aromatherapy Hours
Monday – Variable – please call
Tuesday-Friday 10-5 pm PST
Saturday 11-4 pm PST
Did you know?
The Earth is closer to the sun during winter.
Contrary to public belief, Black Pepper is not a skin irritant!
I have just read this in the Wellness News, I think it is great advice.
“Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breath more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and good things will be yours.”
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