Aromatherapy and essential oils are oils extracted directly from the fruit, flower, nut, bark, leaves, root, or resin of a plant or tree. This produces a natural product totally different from the synthesized ingredients we experience in modern medicines and beauty products. Most of these tend to be the result of isolating a single element from the natural world and recreating it in a lab. The problem with this is that the hundreds and sometimes thousands of supporting elements are lost. Without them, the isolated element simply doesn’t work as well.
Essential oils in a bath can assist in the reduction of water retention. Certain aromas can help the lymphatic system which helps create edema in the first place. We suggest that 20 drops geranium, 20 drops cypress and 20 drops of juniper in a warm bath and soaking for at least 10 minutes three times a week can help reduce swelling and offer relief.
1⁄4 to 1⁄2 cup will be enough for a bath, store the mixture in a cold and dry place if is needed. Take 3 parts of Epsom salt, 2 parts of sodium carbonate, 1 part or rock crystal sea salt, mix well. Then add glycerin and your own scent. If you feel that the blend has become too strong add some more base mixture. (Epson salt or/and Sodium)
STRAWBERRY.- An anti-inflammatory. GERANIUM.- Diuretic, hormonal balancer. FENNEL.- Hormonal balancer, diuretic. GINGER.- Circulatory tonic.
LIMON.- Cooling, diuretic.
ORANGE.- Fluid retention.
PEPER MINT.- Migraine, tonic and stimulating circulation.
ROSEMARY.- Circulatory disorders.
LAVANDER- Anti-inflammatory, stimulates circulation.
JUNIPER OIL.- In a massage, can be rubbed into any area retaining water, it can help flush out the fluid.
Ginger This oil is incredibly warming and can increase circulation especially when blended with lemon. Ginger is also a powerful digestive aid, one of the reasons it is served with sushi. It’s also incredibly useful for arthritis sufferers, especially when blended with other detoxifying oils such as juniper. Ginger oil is traditionally used in the treatment of nausea, especially morning sickness in pregnant women.
Rosemary can improve memory and clarity, so is often used to help those sitting exams and is also handy when dealing with a hangover. Just sniffing it will help but it also works when blended with a carrier oil and Dead Sea salt to make a shower scrub that will put a real spring in your step. Rosemary also helps to relieve aches and pains. Either blended with a carrier oil alone or with extra lavender, it works best when added to a hot bath or massaged directly into the skin.
￼Orange is a cheerful oil which stimulates lymphatic drainage so is good for combating water retention and aiding detoxification. It also delivers a dose of vitamin C, which can be used to great effect on dull skins. Orange oil is also an effective household cleaner. Just add a few drops to a basin of warm water and use a cloth to wipe down areas of wood, tile, porcelain or even metal. This astringent oil will cut through grease and grime and leave your home smelling wonderful.
Lavender is one of the mainstays of aromatherapy, and is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and can dramatically reduce the amount of time that burns, cuts, bites and stings to heal. It’s also one of the only oils that can be applied neat. Lavender also has great value as an aid to relaxation and sleep. Studies have shown that after the inhalation of lavender, the left and right brain waves come into balance. A few drops in a bath to relax, or alternatively, a few drops on the pillow can help after a stressful day.
Peppermint oil is wonderful for getting rid of an insect invasion without bringing toxic chemicals into your home. Just add a few drops to a basin of warm water and then use a cloth to wipe down all your surfaces. For humans, peppermint oil works as a mental stimulator and also a refrigerant, which means it can cool you down. Peppermint can also reduce feelings of nausea even in quite extreme cases. When blended with lavender and applied to the temples, peppermint
Bloating & headache blend
6 drops lavender oil
3 drops juniper berry oil
2 drops birch oil
1 drop patchouli oil (optional)
Application Methods: Bath, compress, massage, friction, unguent. Herbal Tea Bags
Make a cheesecloth bag by sewing a folded packet, or simply use a twist tie or bit of string to close the bag.
1⁄2 cup grated fresh ginger root
2 tablespoons one or more of the following herbs: Lemon verbena
Rosemary sprig (fresh or dried)
Mint (fresh or dried)
Grated goldenseal root plantain leaves
Methods of Application: Baths, compresses, and massage.