Useful ideas and tips in the use of essential oil products

The purpose of yoga is to strengthen the body and spine. Through yoga, one can create a union between the body, mind and spirit.

An onlooker may not understand this purpose and may see yoga solely as an exercise in flexibility. While yoga does increase flexibility, being extremely flexible is not essential in order to practice yoga. Through the use of a yoga strap one can feel successful in performing yoga poses. The yoga strap helps those that don’t have a wide flexibility to not push themselves too hard and accidentally injure themselves by tearing a ligament or pulling a muscle. For those that have experience in performing yoga, the yoga strap will still help to maintain proper spinal alignment and to achieve optimal benefits of the different yoga poses.

Yoga straps are a heavy duty, durable fabric strap. They have an anti-cinch buckle that can be adjusted for different lengths. The texture of the yoga strap is smooth so as not to give any friction burns. The yoga strap is similar in style to a canvas belt and are useful for beginning and advanced practitioners of yoga.

Essentially what the yoga strap does is it artificially lengthens the arms and legs. It helps you to stretch further and helps when you are trying to work difficult areas including the back and the shoulders. Here are some simple ways to use of the yoga strap:

 

1.    Stand up straight and wrap the yoga strap around your toes. Bend forward and push your upper body downwards towards your toes. This helps you to achieve a stretch that you would normally feel when you are touching your toes.

2.    Sit down on the floor and place your legs straight out in front of you. Loop the yoga strap around your feet and pull on it to help you bend further in an attempt to touch your toes.

3.    Hold the strap in both your hands and put your arms behind your back. Pull your shoulders back for a good shoulder stretch.

 

The yoga strap not only helps you achieve these stretching poses but it also helps you to keep your spine straight which is very important when practicing yoga. By keeping your spine straight, you will avoid injury that may incur while performing various yoga poses and stretches.

The yoga strap is also helpful when you are trying to maintain balance. One good balance pose that you can use the strap with is the Tree Pose. Wrap the strap around your waist and then insert your foot into the end of the strap to help you maintain better balance.

While you may have seen a yoga strap before, you may have never used one. This piece of the equipment is very beneficial and under-utilized by those practicing yoga. Try some poses with the yoga strap support; you may be surprised at what you can accomplish.

Published in Yoga
Sunday, 27 March 2016 14:05

Yoga as a traveling Companion

To travel and see different cultures is not only exciting but it is also one of the most eye-opening things that one can do.

Unfortunately travel can be exhausting and at times frustrating. One way that you can enjoy your travel more is by incorporating yoga into your travel routine and schedule.

Whether you are traveling by car or by airplane, you may experience some stress and tension in your neck, shoulders, hips, and back. By doing some yoga asanas before, during and after your travel, you can avoid being physically uncomfortable from the journey. The best asanas to perform are ones that open up the low-back and the hips. Some of these poses are the cat-cow pose, the wide legged, standing forward bend and bridge pose. If you aren’t familiar with these poses, look for complete instructions and tutorials online. There are also several relaxing stretches that you can do while sitting during travel. Some of these are: foot flexes, neck rolls, and shoulder shrugs. These simple moves will help to relieve the tension that comes with travel.

Traveling also brings many uncertainties. You may have flight delays, the weather may be uncooperative for your planned activities, and there may be a high level of noise which disrupts your sleep and relaxation etc. There are many circumstances that may aggravate and frustrate you. One way to avoid this aggravation is to practice and live by yoga philosophies. Two valuable yoga philosophies are: Ishrara Pranidhana which is the practice of surrender and Samtosha, which is contentment. Together these philosophies stress that one must have joy in the journey in whatever unexpected form it may take. If your flight is delayed, find opportunities to learn, discover and enjoy the extra time you’re given in the location you are at.

One way to find joy in the journey’s you make is by opening up opportunities to communicate and learn from local people and customs. Don’t have a specific itinerary that requires you to move quickly from one activity to the next. Take the time to enjoy different situations and let the moments guide your travel. You can learn a lot from the people that you meet during travel and these people can have a positive impact on your life as long as you take the time to connect with them.

During your travels, make sure that you set aside daily quiet time in order to meditate and to practice yoga, and just get time to yourself. Bring along your travel yoga mat, one specifically designed to be packed into small suitcases. A travel mat is light weight and can be folded as well as rolled. Create a daily routine to go through your yoga routine and connect with your inner self in order to feel rejuvenated and to have a clear head. With a clear head you can enjoy and contemplate deeply on the experiences you have. This will impact your life in a big way.

If you really wish to get away from your daily, stressful life, make sure to leave behind stressful things, this can be taken metaphorically or literally. When you leave your normal daily life behind, do not bring any previous stressful scenarios with you on your break.


While away, plan on creating a calming environment in your hotel room. This will create a sanctuary to help you rest. You can do this by bringing soothing music or sounds; this is especially effective if you are in a location that has more noise than you are used to. You may wish to bring a soothing candle or essential oils that you can diffuse in your room to comfort you.

Relaxing and finding joy in your journey, even if it is unexpected, may turn your ordinary trip into a spiritual pilgrimage that will change the way you look at the world, at different cultures and at people in general. You can not only be led on a spiritual journey through your travels but you can also experience greater mental clarity and complete relaxation as you explore the world.

 

Published in Yoga

Pranayama is a yoga practice where the focus is on breathing. The word pranayama can be broken into two parts and its definition gives us a clear idea what it means: Prana- life force or energy of the universe, Yama- control.

Prana is the creator, sustainer, and destroyer of life. By practicing certain breathing techniques, one can access the benefits of prana. Yama suggests control over this life force which control is possible through deep breathing.

Although pranayama is a form of yoga, it is usually practiced in conjunction with other forms of yoga. For instance, the asanas (yoga pose) focuses on your breathing and respiratory systems. By focusing on your breath you can tell whether you are straining too much during certain yoga poses. By focusing on your breathing technique, you can help center not only your body, but your mind during your yoga practice.

There are many different forms of pranayama. A couple of these breathing techniques are: bhastrika pranayama, udgeeth pranayama, bhaya pranayama and anulom vilom pranayama. These are all easy breathing techniques that you can practice at home during your regular yoga session or you can practice it in the car, the office or wherever you are in the world.


Bhastrika pranayama is when you breathe in slowly through the nostrils. To master  your relaxation breathing, focus on what happens to your body while you breathe in. For instance, you will feel your diaphragm move, your lungs fill with air, and your collar bone move up and down. Once you have taken in sufficient breath, exhale it out quickly. Repeat this for 10-15 minutes.

 

 

 

  • Udgeeth pranayama is when you breathe just like in Bhastrika pranayama, but as you exhale you say a mantra or a single, elongated word like “ohm”. This mantra will help you focus your mind on your breathing.
     
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    There are several benefits to practicing these deep breathing techniques, one benefit is that it helps to relieve stress. As you breath out you can visualize your stress leaving your body. If you have physical pain, you can envision your pain leaving your body in the same way. When you practice deep breathing you are also helping to improve your day to day efficiency of breathing. This helps expel air pollutants and helps to expand the operation of your lungs. Also with a regular deep breathing practice, you are taking more oxygen into your body, oxygen helps your blood get rid of toxins and helps improve circulation. Regular deep breathing will help you to fight off sickness and strengthen your immune system.

    Bhaya pranayama is very similar to Bhastrika pranayama, but with a bigger focus on having a deeper exhale. You do this by exhaling and at the same time bringing your chin down to your chest to physically press the air out of your stomach.

    Anulom Vilom pranayama is when you breathe by alternating where you breathe comes in and out. To do this, place your finger on the side of your right nostril to block the air from coming in. Inhale through your nose. Switch your finger to block your left nostril and breathe out through the open nostril.

     

    Published in Yoga
    Sunday, 27 March 2016 14:00

    5 uses of Pepermint

    Peppermint essential oil is a must have for your medicine cabinet. It is versatile and can help to treat a variety of symptoms and is packed full of healthy benefits.

    If you look in your medicine cabinet right now, you can probably see a variety of products that contain peppermint. The difference between your drug store products and essential oil is that the drug store products contain chemicals and fillers where peppermint oil does not. Peppermint oil is all natural and will work with your body to make you feel good. Below we will explore the five most common uses of peppermint oil.

    Stomach pain, including: indigestion, nausea, and gas. Peppermint oil contains a natural, organic compound called menthol. The menthol in peppermint is what will help alleviate your stomach discomfort. To apply the oil, place 3-4 drops on your abdomen and rub until the oil is absorbed into your skin. You can also place a few drops on your wrists and inhale deeply.

     Another remedy for stomach pain is a peppermint tea. Boil a cup of water and then add a drop of peppermint oil (add more if you want it stronger). The oil in your tea will separate from the water naturally but the flavor will be dispersed.

    Expectorant for coughs, colds, asthma, or bronchitis. The menthol contained in the peppermint helps to relieve these respiratory symptoms. To help feel relief, massage a couple drops of oil straight onto your chest. You can also create a peppermint steam by placing a couple drops of oil in a pot of boiling water, place your face close to the water and cover your head with a towel. Breathe in the moisture for thirty seconds and repeat if desired.

    Improves concentration, perks you up. Peppermint oil helps if you are looking to replace caffeine. During the day if you are unable to concentrate or you are feeling tired; rub some peppermint oil on your neck and shoulders, or directly under your nose. You will get a burst of energy to help you through the day.

    Headache and stress relief.Massage a drop of peppermint oil onto your neck and temples. This will help alleviate your headache, or help you calm down when feeling stressed. You can also add a couple of drops to a hot bath and breathe in deeply as you soak in the water.

    Tooth and muscle pain.If you have a painful toothache or have a baby that is teething, applying peppermint oil can relieve some, if not all of that pain. Place a drop of oil directly on the pain or rub over the gums of your baby’s mouth. Repeat as many times as necessary. Peppermint oil is an anti-inflammatory, meaning that if your muscles are sore or inflamed, the oil will ease, relax, and make them feel better. If you are sore from exercise or from working in the yard, peppermint oil can help to cool some off that soreness.

     

    As you can see, you can use this one oil to replace not just one item in your medicine cabinet but several products that you regularly buy chemical jammed, over the counter.

     

     

    Published in Peppermint

    Lavender essential oil is used in treating patients of insomnia. Oil is appreciated for its soft scent and its fragrance is commonly used in soaps, shampoos and lotions. Lavender is a small blue flower and its fragrance is derived from its herb.

    The Lavender flowers are arranged in spirals of 6-10 blossoms. When the scent is inhaled by people, lavender gives a soothing and sedative effect. Oil helps in reducing different kinds of pain such as headaches, muscle pains, sprains, stress, depression, anxiety and lumbago.

    Lavender flowers are native to the mountainous zones of the Mediterranean. Lavender flowers need sunny and stony habitats to grow prosperously. It was said that the oil helps in purifying the soul and body of the living.


    You can massage the oil on the areas where you feel pain to relax the muscles and ease the uncomfortable pain. To create a mild and tension free atmosphere, you can spray a few drops of lavender oil in your room. You can even spray a few drops of the essential oil on a cotton ball and put it near your pillow or over your eyes at night time, this will help you to relax and wind down when trying to get to sleep.

     To improve the quality of your hair, you can use lavender essential oil by conditioning your hair deeply with it. You can mix 10- 12 drops of oil with one cup of warm olive oil to do so. The combination of these oils helps to maintaining the quality and growth of your hair.

    If you are suffering from a cold then you can inhale lavender essential oil as it is one of the best ways of treating the respiratory diseases of the body. Therefore, lavender essential oils must be kept at home, and the wonderful scent of this flower must be enjoyed by all. .

     

    Aromatherapy experts have said that regular use of lavender oil improves your body’s defensive level against the illness. This is all done by motivating or boosting the immune system of your body. The healing lavender products which are available on the market contain a high percentage of lavender oil to heal the pain, and these are:

    ·         Essential oils

    ·         Soaps

    ·         Lotions

    Bath Gels

    ·         Extracts

    ·         Dried or whole flowers.

     

     

     

    Published in Lavender
    Sunday, 27 March 2016 13:56

    The Lavender Flower

    Lavender flower is colorless, insoluble in water and has the density of 0.855g/ml. The essential lavender oil is lavender spike oil which is distillated from an herb known as Lavender Latifolia or Portuguese Lavender. The lavender oils are produced worldwide on a large scale. These oils are used in aromatherapy, which helps prevent users from getting any sort of disease. Lavender oil also helps in the production of perfumes, the scent of lavender has a very calming effect on the body which reduces the stress and anxiety from one’s body. The lavender flower oil is a mixture of a compound of natural photochemicals.

    The oil is used to give body massages to people who want to reduce stress from their mind and to relax. Lavender oil is essential for those people who are dealing with the problem of hair loss. Hair loss reduces the alopecia from your head, the people who suffer from alopecia areata are given treatment which includes excess usage of lavender oil. Patients are recommended by the doctors to apply the oil and perform massages. The treatment is done for 7 months and from then on positive results are seen. You can add few drops of lavender oil in your bathtub to have a relaxing, stress free bathe.

    If you feel some kind of irritation on your skin then you can immediately apply lavender oil on that area as lavender oil is great for healing and soothing any skin irritation problems. There are currently only a few manufacturing industries which are producing 100% natural lavender oil. Many products are made which include some percentage of lavender oil like soaps, perfumes, lotions, creams and shampoos. The oil which consists of pure therapeutic grade is included in perfume bottles and it kills bacteria which is healthy for your body.  Historically the oil was used as an essential item which was always added to beauty products. The oil gives a very delightful light and fragrant floral aroma. 

     

     

    For a Happier and Healthier Life.
    Published in Lavender
    Sunday, 27 March 2016 13:55

    167 Uses of Lavender Oil

    Lavender  oil is as old as mankind, it can be traced back as far as 2,500 years. Lavender oil is usually extracted from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation. This beautifully-scented herb has been mostly used as perfume, however there are many other therapeutic uses for the lavender plant.

     

    From an Ayurvedic point of view, Lavender is the perfect oil that is suitable for all people. And I truly believe that no medicine cabinet or pantry should go without it.

     

    Lavender has been used continuously for centuries to enhance food and is used for health in the form of dried flowers, herbed oils, and essential oils. People were using Lavender for all kinds of things from washing linens to soothing teas, from hiding under the corset of beautiful ladies for a pleasant smell, and to healing wounds of a soldier.

     

    It is important to say that among various species of Lavender, only Lavandula officinalis (other names: Lavandula angustifora, Lavandula vera) can be used therapeutically.

     

    Therapeutic Lavender is not cheap and is the most regularly adulterated oil. There are more than 30 different types of Lavender oils for sale. Not all of them are of a therapeutic and organic grade. Some species of Lavender contain too much ketones and are too toxic to be used in aromatherapy so only buy your lavender only from reputable sources.

    Medicinal Properties of Lavender

     

    Analgesic: arthritis/rheumatism, muscle pain, bruise

     

    Antibacteria: According to some undisclosed research, it is effective against: diphtheria, pneumonia, acute sinusitis, otitis media, meningitis, sepsis, septic arthritis, endocarditis, peritonitis, pericarditis, cellulitis, brain abscess, urinary tract infections, E. coli, septicemia, ankylosing spondylitis, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus, salmonella, staphylococcus, streptococcus, gastrointestinal illness to name a few

     

    Antifungal: Candida, nail infection, chlamydia, tinea capitis

     

    Anti-inflammatory: eczema, insect bites, sinusitis, cystitis, bruises, spraines, acne, otitis

     

    Anticeptic: acne, bronchial secretions, cystitis, otitis, skin infection, influenza, sinusitis, tuberculosis

     

     

    Antispasmodic: cramps, coughing

     

    Calming:sedative

     

    Carminative:flatulence, colic

     

    Cicatrizant: burns, scars, varicose ulcers, wounds

     

    Emmenagogic, Hypotensor, hypertension, Cardiotonic & tachycardia…

     

     

    At this point you might feel completely overwhelmed. Not to worry. Follow these simple rules to be on the safe side:

    •        Always consult doctor if you have any serious problems.

    •        Never self-diagnose or self-medicate.

    •        Never drink essential oils.

    •        Never put essential oils in your eyes, nose, or on private parts.

    •        Only use essential oils from the reputable sources

     

    However, it is said that Lavender has 167 uses. I never managed to put together a full list of 167, but I think the list below covers the main uses that the Lavender Plant has.

     

    1.                   Insect repellent - Add few drops to a skin lotion, apply just before your daily walk in the park.

    Put a few drops on your hands, rub together, and then rub on your body just before going out.

    While traveling, put a drop on your bed and a drop on the pillow.

    Note:for outdoor use you will need to reapply essential oil every few hours.

     

    2.                   Insect bites –Apply one drop to bite and rub it in.

     

    3.                   Burns –apply one drop immediately but do not rub if a blister appears. For the bigger burns, soak the wound and gently cover the injured place, and go to the hospital.

     

    4.                   Skin rushes –Apply a few drops, gently rub it in. Contact the doctor if the rushes persist and no improvements show in the next day or two.

     

    5.                   Small cuts –Apply 1-2 drops onto wounded area. It will disinfect, ease the pain and help with healing.

     

    6.                   Cough, cold, flu, sinus infection – Diffuse the oil in a room for a couple of hours, add 20 drops of oil to 1 cup of boiling water, lay down and inhale with deep breaths to get the maximum effects.

     

     

    7.                     Insomnia diffuse the oil in the room overnight night.  Add 20 drops to 1 cup of boiling water. It will put restless babies to sleep like a charm.

     

    8.                      HeadacheRelief 1 drop of lavender (can be mixed with 1 drop of Peppermint) and applied around the hairline.

     

    9.                   Muscle pain, arthritis, back pain– ease the pain by applying 1-2 drops of Lavender oil directly on the affected area.

     

    10.               Muscle relaxer, and promotes overall relaxation- Did you know that Lavender oil was used in Ancient times in Asia to tame lions? Yeah, it’s that powerful! Aim for 100% pure lavender oil to benefit from this effect.

     

    11.               Depression, anxiety, mood swings –diffuse the oil in the room for a couple of hours or as long as you want to. Add 20 drops to 1 cup of boiling water.

     

    12.               Ice-cream –.  Only use therapeutic or food grade oil for Lavender ice-cream. Instead of vanilla flavouring, add 1 drop of Lavender oil for 2 cups of ice-cream mixture before putting it in the ice-cream maker. It adds unforgettable flavor.

     

    13.   Add to Diffuser-A word about diffusers: Only use cold diffusers (ionic diffusers) because heat destroys therapeutic properties of essential oils.

     

    14.               Estrogen Supplement -Studies have shown that lavender, when coupled with tea tree oils could create an estrogen-like effect.

     

    15.               Menstrual cramps -Massage a few warm drops on to your lower abdomen.

     

    16.               Anti-Bacterial Wash- A French study proved that lavender is a powerful antibacterial, in dilutions of 5 per cent or less it is lethal to bacteria that causes typhoid, TB & diphtheria. Combined with Lemon, for its clinically tested anti-viral properties.

     

    17.               Anxiety -smear a few drops right under your nose, the scent of Lavender will help relieve your anxiety.

     

    18.               Earache - Warm a bottle of lavender oil in hot water for a minute or two, then gently massage a few drops into the skin around the ears and throat.

     

    19.               Chicken Pox- soothes the itchiness and prevents scarring.

     

    20.               Acne treatment- Lavender is believed to inhibit the bacteria that causes skin infection and helps rebalance the over-secretion of sebum (natural body oil) which the bacteria thrive on, and reduce scarring”.  Simply add a few drops of lavender oil to your usual face cream.

     

    21.               Fever - Apply a soaked towel with cool water that has been mixed with lavender oil on the patient’s forehead, face and neck.

     

    22.               Dry and itchy skin- Lavender oil generally heals the skin and balances the sebum (natural body oil). Simply massage lavender oil on your skin for a hydrating and soothing feeling.

     

    23.               Sinusitis -Lavender is one of several essential oils that aromatherapists recommend you should inhale to relieve sinusitis, add two drops of lavender & thyme oil to a bowl of near-steaming water and inhale slowly and deeply, with a towel over your head & bowl.

     

    24.               Urine Flow -Lavender essential oil is good for urinary disorders as it stimulates urine production. It helps in restoring hormonal balance and reduces cystitis or inflammation of the urinary bladder. It also reduces any associated cramps.

     

    25.               Digestion -Lavender oil is useful for digestion as it increases the mobility of the intestine. The oil also stimulates the production of gastric juices and bile and thus aids in treating indigestion, stomach pain, colic, flatulence, vomiting and diarrhea. Simply mix a tablespoon in your salad dressing, or swallow it in the morning before breakfast.

     

    26.               Cure for Ringworm- Our 2 year old got a ringworm infection on her belly. We had lavender oil and rubbed a few drops on the infected area. Within a few days, the ringworm was completely gone. It was a great, natural therapy for a minor ringworm infection, without the fear of any man-made chemicals touching our baby's young skin.

     

    27.               Helping little ones prepare for bed- Many children can benefit from a calm, predictable routine at a consistent time each night. When Lavender oil is added to the regime, it can be even more effective. Rub a few drops of oil on the soles of the little one's feet. We have even put a few drops on our fingers and touched the under-side of their noses so they would smell it and develop a calming routine with a familiar smell. And, since the smell center of the brain is very close to the memory center, this kind of pattern can produce strong, peaceful memories for little ones as they grow older.

     

    28.               Safely moisturizing chapped lips- Only pure therapeutic-grade Lavender oil should be considered safe for ingesting or use on skin areas. Be sure your bottle does not say “for external use only” as it is not pure therapeutic-grade and is not worth the money spent on it. Apply as needed to areas of chapped lips in the dry winter season to relieve dry, burning, chapped lips and to promote healing and moisturizing effects.

     

    29.               Winter chapped hands - Lavender oil can triple as a bactericide, moisturizer, reliever of pain, itching and dryness caused by dry, cold winter conditions. Try a few drops as needed and rub into the chapped areas of the fingers and hands.

     

    30.               Eczema relief and dermatitis- Using Lavender oils alone or with other essential oils that are good for the skin can help bring relief to the dryness or the inflammation caused by eczema and dermatitis. Many children have eczema patches and eventually grow out of them. Using Lavender oil is a safe and effective treatment.

     

    31.               Fabric freshener and deodorizer - Place a few drops on a cloth or laundry drier sheet to freshen your laundry’s scent and naturally deodorize.

     

    32.               Romance and relaxed social settings -Diffuse the lavender oil to set the mood for a nice romantic evening or for a relaxed social event.

     

    33.               Can be used in a day spa for diffusing -Lavender is a nice oil for diffusing, cleaning the air, and bringing balance to any atmosphere. Diffusing it in a certain area of your day-spa can really bring a sense of balance and tranquility.

     

    34.               Lavender infused tea and other drinks -Using Lavender in a nice cup of hot tea can help as a nice wind-down drink after dinner or with a decaffeinated tea before bed. It can also be used with a nice Chamomile tea or “Sleepy time” tea before bed or when trying to relax.

     

    35.               Lavender in breads and cooking - Experiment with Lavender oil (digestible kind) in your fruit breads and other dishes. It can provide a wonderful complexity and aromatics to some of your favorite dishes. Try adding a drop or 2 to a few bites before adding it to a complete recipe to be sure you like it first.

     

    36.               Sunburn relief -Lavender drops can be diluted in water to spray over sunburn to promote relief and healing several times a day. Try using Lavender instead of (or alternating with) aloe vera gel and diluted apple-cider vinegar to help take away the heat and sting of sun-burn.

     

    37.               To settle throat or muscle spasms - Recently, I had some issues with GERD and esophageal spasms. If you ever have esophageal spasms or IBS, it can be very uncomfortable and at times, painful. I decided take a few drops of Lavender oil on the tongue to see if it had similar muscle relaxation effects on the smooth, involuntary muscles of the digestive system. The Lavender oil was very effective in greatly reducing the spasms and bringing relaxation and relief to the constricting muscles in my throat. It must be therapeutic grade so that it is pure enough for ingestion.

     

    38.               Sinusitis and allergy flare-ups -Both Lavender and Peppermint oil can be very effective for helping to reduce the flare ups from allergies and sinusitis (inflammation of the sinus linings). Place a few drops near the affected areas, nasal passages, temples, forehead, back of the neck, between the eyes (but certainly not in the eyes) – test some near your eyes to make sure the vapors are not too intense for your eyes as it can irritate or cause the eyes to water a bit.

     

    39.               Great for a relaxing bath oil -Try adding several drops to a warm, relaxing bath, while playing some soft music and lighting some nice candles. A little extra time for yourself on those days when you really need a break after work or from the kids can really bring you back to a sense of normalcy.

     

    40.                Relief with heart palpitations - Lavender oil, being a natural tonic and sedative, can also be inhaled in pure form to help with heart palpitations and a rapid heartbeat. Practice making calm and quiet surroundings and inhaling Lavender oils when your heart is racing. Be sure to stay with your doctor's advice if you have a condition or are on medications.

     

    41.               Calmness before an exam -Inhale some drops of Lavender before and during a test if permitted, to help you reset balance to your mind and emotions during test anxieties. Using the Lavender lightly during study times can also help produce calm memories when thinking through particular topics, which can carry over to the testing scenario.

     

    42.               Before a presentation or job interview - You can inhale some Lavender aroma and even put a drop or two under the nasal passages to bring calmness and balance to the mind and emotions before a presentation in front of your peers or colleagues or just before a job interview.

     

    43.               Water fountain or aromatherapy fountain - Placing a few drops of Lavender in your fountain can kill bacteria and promote a nice, balanced, calm atmosphere while keeping the water fresh and free of microbes.

     

    44.               Reducing scar tissue -Be sure to consistently add Lavender oil to areas of skin that are wounded and beginning to heal to help reduce scarring and promote healing, while also experiencing the antiseptic properties of the oil.

     

    45.               Dry eyes and tear ducts -Do not place Lavender in the eyes. However, you can put a drop or 2 near the bridge of the nose to promote your lacrimal glands to produce tears.

     

    46.               Motion Sickness - Experiment with the locations of application, Lavender can be used to help alleviate symptoms of minor motion sickness. It is not intended to prevent motion sickness on a long cruise or where a stronger medicine may be needed. However, it can be effective in relieving symptoms of the onset of motion sickness.

     

    47.               Bath salts -Not only can Lavender be used by the drop in a relaxing bath, but it can also be mixed with pure bath salts and wrapped up to use later or for a gift for a friend or family member.

     

    48.               Respiratory infections - Lavender can be used in a vaporizer to help kill germs and promote healing due to respiratory infections.

     

    49.               Hair loss and re-growth for alopecia -Alopecia areata is an auto-immune dysfunction where the hair falls out, often in clumps or patches. In one study documented by the University of Maryland Medical Center, 86 alopecia areata patients went through a split test. Both subjects massaged the scalp daily for 7 months, whereas only half used essential lavender oil during the massage. The experimental group that used Lavender oil reported significant hair re-growth over the control group that simply used scalp massage alone.

     

    50.               Reduce agitation in dementia patients -Some studies have shown that aromatherapy and other Lavender oil use can help reduce agitation for aging patients who experience agitation and irritability due to dementia.

     

    51.               Irritation from shingles -Adult onset of shingles due to the Herpes Zoster virus can be quite irritating and downright painful. Some people have used Lavender oil to alleviate the pain, irritation and itching caused by shingles. Also, because shingles can often be associated with life stressors, Lavender can help with that too.

     

    52.               Scabies infections - Scabies has been identified by the WHO (World Health Organization) as a water-borne parasite / illness that can also be transmitted by skin contact from infected persons. Some natural medicinal doctors (NMDs) have used therapeutic-grade Lavender oils and baths in conjunction with other oils such as tea tree oil to effectively kill these parasites that burrow under the skin, lay eggs, and cause allergic irritations and dermatitis. Not only can the Lavender oil kill the parasites, but it can bring relief to the skin irritations.

     

    53.               Overactive nervous system -Sometimes, other voluntary and involuntary muscle spasms can be treated well with Lavender oil massaged on or near the location of the muscle spasms caused by an over-active nerve or nervous system.

     

    54.               After surgery pain relief - Although there have been more reported testimonials, one study done on biopsy patients (reported at the University of Maryland Medical Center) for after-surgery pain relief showed significant pain decrease in patients who received oxygen with Lavender aromatherapy versus those who just received oxygen without aromatherapy in post-operative scenarios.

     

    55.               Improve concentration - Because of its ability to stabilize mood, reduce anxieties, and help calm the nervous system, Lavender has been reported by many to help improve the ability to concentrate by reducing other symptoms that can distract thought and the ability to focus.

    56.                   Ear infection - 1 drop of Lavender massaged around the ear, 1 drop of Lavender (can be mixed with 1 drop of Chamomile) on a cotton ball, place the cotton ball into the ear. Must be applied to both ears even when the pain affects only one.

     

    Lavender could be perhaps one of the most versatile herbs and essential oils in the world, and the therapeutic uses for its pure essential oil are seemingly endless.

    From cooking, to easing tensions, to soothing skin irritations and acne, essential, therapeutic-grade Lavender oil is the first essential oil that should be stocked in every household. Lavender oil should be therapeutic / pharmaceutical grade in order to safely use on the body or for ingestion. Most oils sold in the marketplace are labelled this way, but are actually not intended for internal use. Also, where ever you see the word “neat” next to essential oil use, this means undiluted (not mixed with water or other dilutions).

    For The Essential Guide to Lavender Oil

     

    Published in Lavender
    Sunday, 27 March 2016 13:54

    Sense of Smell: Essential Lavender Oil

    The sense of smell is a powerful and overlooked part of how we learn, experience and remember. Smells create "Proustian Memories," which are long-term memories that elicit strong emotional responses. Primal, immediate and complex, the sense of smell is our most powerful sense, 10,000 times more powerful than the other senses and directly connected to the limbic system, which is the place in the brain where memories and emotions are processed.

     

    There have been many studies that link certain smells, especially from 100-percent essential oils or aromatherapy, with improved focus, learning and memory. A 2002 study in Russia tested peppermint aroma on schoolchildren and found that it consistently improved grades on tests. Duke University has also done a series of experiments with mice "that have shown that the part of the brain that processes scents is indeed a key to forming long-term memory." Researchers have also consistently found that incorporating more senses when you are learning something has a more substantial and long-lasting effect on memory.

    The amazing, organic Lavender plant comes in 39 different species, though only 1 is considered to be the official Lavender use for therapeutic-grade Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia – formerly called Lavandula Officinalis). The origins of the name are somewhat debated, but many sources report the word “lavender” coming from the Latin root “lavare”, meaning "to wash." And though all of its uses are not new to mankind, we continue to discover new ways in which it is both beneficial to human health and therapeutic.

    Lavender's therapeutic uses were first documented scientifically when a French scientist, René Gattefossé (1881 - 1950), used it accidentally to help heal his hand and promote skin regeneration from a laboratory burn (it was the only liquid nearby and he plunged his hand into it after the burn). He was quite surprised at how quickly his burns healed with very little scarring. He is also considered the father of aromatherapy and the inventor of the word “aromatherapy”. For The Essential Guide to Lavender Oil

     

    For a Happier and Healthier Life.
    Published in Lavender
    Sunday, 27 March 2016 13:53

    Positive effects of yoga on the mind

    Yoga is not only beneficial to the body but it also helps to develop a healthy mind. An important part of yoga is deep breathing and meditation. When this aspect of yoga is taken into account, the person practicing yoga will experience an increased feeling of calmness and clarity.

    Yoga is recognized as an effective exercise routine that helps to develop flexibility and strengthen the body. Yoga also helps to develop a healthy mind. An important part of yoga is deep breathing and meditation. This will help to relieve chronic stress, relax the mind and sharpen concentration.

    Stress comes in many forms and usually presents itself on a daily basis. When one is under a lot of stress, the body may begin to feel fatigued. Stress may cause back and neck pain, insomnia and headaches. Yoga is very effective in relieving these symptoms of stress. Through stretching and strengthening your muscles and mind, you will find that these stressed areas in your body will begin to relax. Yoga also helps, through meditation, to develop coping skills to properly deal with stress. These coping skills will not only help during times of stress but they may also help you to develop a more positive outlook on life. 

    Within the body is a hormone called cortisol. When the body is active, there are high amounts of cortisol in the body. When the body is relaxed or sleeping, there are low amounts of cortisol. Increased cortisol levels are directly linked with stress, depression and mental illness. Yoga is a great and effective way to help lower cortisol levels. This in turn helps to decrease the risk of depression. Lowered cortisol levels is also said to decrease blood pressure and the likelihood of a heart attack. 

    Through meditation and yoga, it is easy to calm the mind. By calming the mind one can experience less frustration, anger and fear. Also through yoga, one is more aware of tension in the body and mind. Through the practice of yoga, you can not only find that tension but learn the skills to effectively release that tension. 

    Yoga is said to make people feel happy and have improved relationships with others. Some claim that yoga releases serotonin in the brain which is a hormone that increases happiness. A philosophy of yoga is to avoid harm to others, tell the truth, and take only what you need. Dedicated yogi’s that follow this advice will feel happier in their life and will have effective, functional relationships. 

     

     

     For a Happier and Healthier Life.
    Published in Yoga
    Sunday, 27 March 2016 13:53

    Positive effects of yoga on the body

    Yoga is a practice that guides participants through various poses or asanas.  In these different asanas, the participant will experience increased flexibility and strength of their muscles. 

    As they are performing these poses, the participant also focuses on taking deep breaths and feeling the energy in their body. There are many positive benefits that come to the practiced yogi as a result of their movement through the asanas and also through the deep breathing that accompanies these poses.

    Stretching your muscles is something that has many health benefits. When a joint is moved in an abnormal way, there is an action that can be described as a squeeze and soak of the cartilage. This helps to revitalize the cartilage in between your joints that causes it to strengthen and not wear out so quickly.   By stretching, many have found that they are able to lesson chronic pain in the neck or back. This chronic pain may be associated with headaches, arthritis, carpal tunnel or a variety of maladies. By relieving the chronic pain in the back and neck, these other disorders may improve or disappear as well. 

    Stretching your muscles also helps to drain lymph which is a fluid that contains white blood cells. White blood cells are effective in fighting bacteria and infections. By releasing these lymph cells through various yoga stretches, you are increasing your immunity and decreasing the risk of infection in your body. Many people who practice yoga testify that they don’t get as sick as often as those who don’t engage in regular stretching exercises.

    Yoga helps to get the blood moving in the body. By increasing blood movement one can experience lowered blood pressure. The blood moving will increase the amount of oxygen that is getting moved in between cells. This helps to thin the blood and decreases the likelihood of blood clots. Associated with this movement of blood, one may experience a decreased likelihood of a heart attack or stroke. 

    Another important factor in the practice of yoga is meditation. Meditation helps to train the mind. This ability to train the mind can be carried into other areas of life. When one is able to let go of mindless thoughts one can help improve insomnia. Those that practice yoga often are able to fall asleep easier and sleep more soundly.  

    As with any kind of physical activity, one may experience a more balanced metabolism. The metabolism is associated with weight gain or loss. When it is balanced, one may find that they are not gaining weight or they are losing the excess weight that they have. 

    Lastly, after a yoga session not only will you feel rejuvenated but you may also feel an increased amount of energy. 

    There are so many ways that one can benefit from practicing yoga. One of the main purposes of yoga is to create strength awareness and harmony in mind and body. Strengthen and stretch your muscles, create harmony inside your body and also in your mind.

     

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