Posts Tagged ‘Natural Healing’

The Emotional Benefits of Rose Absolute

February 16th, 2016

Despite the time and effort that goes into distilling this sensual oil, it is still one of the most widely-used essential oils in perfumery and aromatherapy, and with good reason.

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Rose Absolute is known to be an excellent aphrodisiac as well as a highly-effective antidepressant. It is also said to balance hormones and act as a wonderful tonic for the nervous system. It even eases shock and grief, soothes anger, and heals despair. Here are a few of the other emotional benefits of this amazing essential oil.download movie The Fate of the Furious 2017 now

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· Heals and opens the heart, especially during tough times when it’s difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel

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· Assists in lessening the burden of self-judgement by creating calm and balance within the mind

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· Heals emotional wounds and lightens feelings of grief

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· Helps to let go of negativity

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· Aids us on our journey of developing unconditional love for ourselves by lifting our emotional blinders to help us see the light

How Plants Healed a Country

September 18th, 2014

Recently, I attended the Botanica 2014 Conference in Dublin, which celebrates herbs and clinical aromatherapy. It was a global affair featuring 24 presentations from 16 different countries on the different benefits of using herbal preparations and essential oils to heal our minds and bodies.

 

There was one presentation, in particular, that really resonated with me. It was the story of how Julia Hoffman Graves, an herbalist and naturopathic practitioner from France, was able to use to plants to save thousands of lives in Haiti after the devastating earthquake of 2010.

 earthquake1Devastation from the January 12, 2010 earthquake
Source: http://haiti.citronica.com/

 

It all began when her friend Venerable Thupten Jinpa, a Haitian-born Tibetan Buddhist monk who was on a meditation retreat in France when the quake happened, got wind of the devastation and decided to fly to Haiti to bring his father back to the US. He mentioned that it would take some time to get his father’s papers cleared, so he wanted to spend his time in Haiti helping the survivors. Julia quickly sprung into action, launching a last-minute fundraising effort

 

48 hours later, Julia arrived in Haiti with $2,500 in contributions plus another $4,000 worth of donated natural remedies. There, she linked up with Jinpa and the skeleton crew he had put together consisting of Lisa Schrempp, an ayurvedic message therapist from Arizona, Ven. Thupten Punstok, another Haitian monk who served as a translator and medicine preparer, and Oliama Deriviere, a local bone-setter, midwife and herbalist.

 julia-pillsJulia creating custom essential oil blends.
Source: http://haiti.citronica.com/

 

The team traveled to desolate villages, where no other help was available, and set up shop with a tarp, table and two chairs. Under Jinpa and Julia’s direction, people would line up to see the doctors and then move on to massage, cupping or bone-setting, if necessary.  Patients would then move to the “pharmacy” where custom essential oil blends and bagged herbs were prepared and distributed.

 

lisa-handLisa massaging a woman’s wrist.
Source: http://haiti.citronica.com/ 

 

This mobile clinic, now known as the Naturopathic Relief Clinic for Haitian Earthquake Survivors, was the only naturopathic clinic created in the aftermath of the earthquake. It proved invaluable, as many of the Haitian people were skeptical of forced vaccinations and modern medical treatments, which are common in traditional clinics. Julia recalled how many people first came and asked, “Do they do vaccinations here?” When they were told no, they would respond, “Good, then I will stay for a treatment.”

 oliama-adjustingOliama doing adjustments on a man with back pain.
Source: http://haiti.citronica.com/

They used essential oil rubs for coughs, colds skin infections, rheumatic pains and psychological disorders, homeopathic treatments for fever, diarrhea and injury, and flower essences and Ayurvedic massage for emotional healing. According to Julia, “Even tiny amounts of essential oils were used to sanitize stagnant water supplies and prevent epidemics.” They gave dietary and herbal advice, empowering people to take control of their health and use their native resources for healing. The word spread throughout the island and more and more patients arrived to line up each day. There was no favoritism for those that could pay, and there was a separate line just for the children. The clinic became not only a place for treatment, but also a source of education and hope.

 jinpa-girlJinpa administering flower essences for grief.
Source: http://haiti.citronica.com/

 

Since 2010, the Naturopathic Relief Clinic for Haitian Earthquake Survivors was able to treat over 18,000 villagers.

 

To learn more about the clinic or ways that you can help, please visit http://haiti.citronica.com/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Science and Benefits of Essential Oil Therapy in a Healthy Lifestyle

September 18th, 2013

998925_10151794847774241_1678692622_nHow can we live healthy, balanced lives in the midst of a toxic environment of sprayed foods, chlorinated water, polluted air and our busy modern lifestyle? Using essential oils can play an enormous role in enhancing a healthier, more balanced way of living.

When you understand that everything that happens on earth is a chemical reaction, it becomes very clear that we need to do everything we can, from having the purest food, water and air, to sustain a disease free and wholesome body.

Incorporating essential oils – the fragrant and highly concentrated molecules extracted from a plant’s leaves, fruits, woods, seeds and flowers – in our daily life can dramatically affect one’s health and wellness on a physical, emotional and mental level.

This science of understanding each unique essential oil’s specific effects on different body systems is how we begin to select which essential oils will compliment our individual needs.

Aromatherapy works most directly through the olfactory sense, but these active molecules can also be absorbed through the lung and the skin. When inhaled, the volatile aromatic compounds exert direct-to-brain actions through the limbic and autonomic nervous systems.

923434_10151574147179241_1134560570_nThis science of essential oil therapy is being validated more and more each day, with new statistical research data to validate the more holistic approach of using these plant-based remedies. It’s important to also note that more than 70% of our modern medicines come from having studied the use of plants by indigenous cultures around the globe.

Essential oils also provide the body with the necessary phytonutrients that our body utilizes through our endocrine system to monitor and regulate bodily systems. Not only do the oils help the physical ailments, but they work on our mental and emotional selves as well.

Whether one suffers from daily stress, sleepless nights, aches and pains, digestive problems, headaches or just about any ailment, there’s an essential oil or a combination of oils that can help counter and even alleviate one’s symptoms.

Summer’s Over! Time for Natural Cold and Flu Prevention and Treatment

September 13th, 2013

It’s that time of year when we put our bathing suits away and start bringing out the scarfs and jackets. These seasonal changes bring greater variations in the weather that cause the body’s natural defenses to be in flux. Thus it’s time to build up the immune system before the super bugs start to develop and take hold of us.

The natural way to avoid colds and flu starts with eating healthy, exercising, getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of water to keep the body functioning optimally. Try to stay on a schedule, keep healthy snacks handy and nourish all aspects of yourself. It turns out, prevention can go a long way to avoiding ever getting sick.

However, as the Fall “back to school” season and holiday mode starts to kick in, the obvious is not always as practical as we’d like. Of theses daily habits, rest is paramount because when we are tired and run down is when these opportunistic germs take hold! (#18 Sleep will aid a restful nights sleep) It’s also very important to schedule your day to incorporate “downtime” allowing the body and nerves to unwind. This keeps stress levels at bay will help adrenal glands from working overtime, which depletes the immune system’s ability to defend against germs.   (#11 De-Stress helps keep anxiety at bay!)

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