2021 11: Aromatherapy Newsletter November 2021
Green Valley Aromatherapy – November 2021
Dear Aromatherapy Friends,
As Autumn flows into Winter, for many people, it becomes a time to reflect on the events of the past year. Nothing about 2020 or 2021 could be considered ‘normal’, though it seems these odd times have put focus on what is truly important; Personal relationships, the necessity of self-care for our mental & physical health and taking time to appreciate the good in our lives and the world.
Wishing you all a marvelous November.
Profile on Thyme, White, essential oil:
An excellent ally against cold & flu season, Thyme essential oil is known to be antimicrobial, fungicidal, antiseptic and an immune stimulant. One of Thyme’s most valuable qualities is its ability to stimulate the body’s production of white corpuscles, thereby strengthening the body’s resistance to invading organisms. A good opponent of respiratory ailments when added to your diffuser; Thyme is also a great addition to liquid hand soap to help boost immunity. This oil blends well and compliments the properties of Rosemary, Tea Tree, Lavender, Lemon & Marjoram.
Because of its high thymol content it is recommended to use a maximum dilution of 1%. Tea Tree is considered a gentler alternative to Thyme.
Thyme can be found in our Auntie Vi blend.
Profile on Higher Being Blend:
This synergy of Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Grapefruit, Petitgrain and Sage essential oils will support your journey through change by connecting you with your higher self ~ whatever that may mean to you.
*Black Pepper was added for courage & trust in oneself.
*Cedarwood for strength and tenacity.
*Grapefruit to energize, uplift and encourage joy.
*Petitgrain helps inspire harmony, inner vision and confidence.
*Sage for grounding and protection.
Profile on Chamomile Hydrosol:
Being very gentle, Chamomile Hydrosol is considered safe to use around young children, elderly and those with a more sensitive nature.
Wonderful for stress relief, it can be added to a bath to calm after a long day or sprayed around your bed to help aid sleep.
An excellent anti-inflammatory, Chamomile Hydrosol can be used to calm diaper rash, skin irritation, rosacea, heat rash and sunburns.
Also great to use for an all-in-one makeup remover, skin cleanser and toner.
REcipe for a Chocolate Mint Body Butter:
Not only is this rich body butter a wonderful way to pamper yourself, it would also make a lovely Christmas gift!
2 tablespoons pure cocoa or cacao powder
Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with ice and fitting a smaller bowl inside. The inside bowl needs to be able to hold at least 4-5 cups of liquid.
Using a double boiler or a pot of boiling water with a smaller pot fitted inside, melt Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter over a low simmer.
Add Coconut Oil and melt until completely liquid.
Remove the melted shea, cocoa and coconut mixture from heat.
Measure 5 teaspoons of cocoa powder into a small bowl and gradually add several tablespoons of jojoba/almond/olive oil. Mix thoroughly and then add to shea, cocoa, coconut mixture along with remaining jojoba/almond/olive oil and the peppermint essential oil.
Place mixture in chilled bowl (which should still be resting above the ice bowl) and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
Remove mixture from ice bath, whip until stiff peaks form and place in jar or container of your choice.
Did you know:
Forest Bathing, known as shinrin yoku in Japan, where the practice has been encouraged for its health benefits for decades, is finding a resurgence of followers. Though most people know that their general wellbeing is improved after an afternoon spent outside, case studies have proven that longer periods of time in nature can help ease anxiety, depression and stress while also strengthening the immune system & boosting cardiovascular and metabolic health.
Evergreen forests filled with pine, cedar, spruce and other conifers seem to offer the greatest health benefits as their natural oils, (called phytoncides) used by the trees as defense against bacteria, insects, and fungi; are naturally released in abundance into the air. These substances are actually essential oils, so it’s no wonder why we feel we can breath more deeply after a hike.
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” – Douglas Adams