The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.

Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.

Because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.

— Rumi

13th Century Poet

Happy New Year!

Essential Oil Profile: Orange Sweet

Orange

Latin Name: Citrus sinensis or Citrus aurantium var. dulcis

Family: Rutaceae

Plant Part: Peel

Method: Expression

Note/Element: Note: Top  Element: Earth, Wood

Functional Groups: Alcohol, aldehyde, terpene

Type: Relaxing, Refreshing

Ayurvedic Dosha(Balances): Vata, Kapha

Scent: Citrus, sweet, light

For Skin Type: Oily

Cautions: Do not use oxidized oil. Use within 6 months. Do not use Orange Bitter before sunbathing.

Physical Uses: Colds, flu, digestion, water retention, cellulite, circulation, flatulence, treat spasms, mild aphrodisiac, prevents infection, tonic ( tones up every system in the body), boost immunity.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Depression, lethargy, negativism, stress, cheering, uplifting. may aid in improving cognitive functions.

Other Uses: Room sprays, cleaning solutions, sanitizing, children

Blends Well With: Almost anything

Possible Substitutions: Mandarin, Tangerine

References:

Graf, Katherine:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Master Level, 2001-2012.

https://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/sweet-orange-oil.asp

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/orange-essential-oil.html

 

Essential Oil Profile: Myrrh

Latin Name: Commiphora myrrha

Family: Burseraceae

Plant Part: Resin

Method: Distillation

Note/Element: Note: Base Element: Earth, Mental

Functional Groups: Sesquiterpene, ketone, aldehyde

Type: Euphoric

Ayurvedic Dosha ( Balances): Vata, Kapha

Scent: Smooth, sweet, warm, earthy, woody

For Skin Type: Dry, mature

Cautions: Not during pregnancy, Not with estrogen dependent cancers.

Physical Uses: Weepy cuts, cracked skin especially hands and feet, gingivitis ( 1 drop in mouth wash), sore throat, cough, toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, thrush,colds, wasting digestive diseases, ulcers, diarrhea, gas, loss of appetite, balancing sexual appetite.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Soothing, comforting, an emotional balm

Other Uses: Spiritual and ritual use, meditation, symbolic of wealth, perfumery

Blends Well With: Resins, roots, woods, citrus, flowers,

Possible Substitutions: Benzoin

References:

http://www.gritman.com/myrrh-essential-oil.html

https://www.anniesremedy.com/commiphora-myrrha.php

Graf, Katherine:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Master Level, 2001-2012.

https://draxe.com/myrrh-oil/

 

 

 

 

Essential Oil Profile: Eucalyptus Radiata

Latin Name: Eucalyptus radiata

Family: Myrtaceae

Plant Part: Leaves, sometimes young twigs

Method: Distilled

Note: Note: Top/Middle

Major Constituents: 1,8-Cineole, terpene

Type: Stimulating, warming

ayurvedic dosha: Kapha

Scent: Slightly camphorous, sweet , fruit, woody back note, herbaceous

For Skin Type: Oily

Cautions: Not during pregnancy, Not for children under 10 years. Avoid with high blood pressure.

Physical Uses: Muscle aches, joints stiffness, sore throats, inflammation, colds, flu, infections, dandruff, immune support,hoarseness, scratchy throat, sniffles.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Nervous tensions, stress, anxiety, mild depression, mental fatigue.

Other Uses: Clears and balances energy centers, insect bites.

Blends Well With: Chamomile Roman and German, Black Pepper, Ginger and Marjoram Sweet.

Possible Substitutions:

References: 

Lawless, Julia,The Complete Illustrated Guide to Aromatherapy: Great Britan: Element Books limited, 1997.

Price, Shirley, aromatherapy workbook: Understanding essential oils from plant to bottle: London: Harper-Collins,1993.

Schnaubelt, Kurt, Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science Of Essential Oil Therapy, Vermont: Healing Arts Press, 1995 

https://essentialthree.com/blog/?p=1754

https://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/eucalyptus-radiata-oil.asp

http://www.quinessence.com/blog/eucalyptus-radiata-essential-oil

 

 

Essential Oil Profile: Elemi

Endangered or Declining

Latin Name: Canarium luzonicum

Family: Burseraceae

Plant Part: Resin

Method: Distillation

Note/Element: Note: Base, Middle/ Element: Metal

Functional Group: Sesquiterpene, Terpene, Alcohol, Phenol

Type: Uplifting, Balancing, Drying

Ayurvedic Dosha: Vata, Kapha

Scent: Fresh, Spicy, Lemony, Exotic, Peppery

For Skin Type: Mature

Cautions: Not during pregnancy

Physical Uses: Congestion, colds, dry coughs, dry throat, cough with mucous, weepy cuts, fine lines & wrinkles, great for mature skin, overexerted muscles.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Stress, Depression, exhaustion, soothes emotional wounds. Heals body, mind & spirit,  meditation oil.

Other Uses: Perfumery fixative.

Blends Well With: Flower, Spice, Fruit, Resin, Root, Seed Oils.

References:

http://www.floracopeia.com/Essential-Oils/essential-oils-sub/elemi-essential-oil.html

https://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/elemi-oil.asp

Katherine Graf:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Master Level, 2001-2011.

http://essentialoils.co.za/essential-oils/elemi.htm

http://www.your-aromatherapy-guide.com/elemi-essential-oil.html

 

 

Essential Oil Profile: Cypress

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)

Latin Name: Cupressus sempervirens

Family: Cupressaceae

Plant Part: Twigs & Needles

Method: Distillation

Note/Element: Note: Middle. element: Water, Metal

Functional Groups: Alcohol, Aldehyde, Ester, Terpene

Type: Relaxing

Ayurvedic Dosha (Balances): Vata, Kapha

Scent: Woody, smoky

For skin Type: Oily

Cautions: Not during pregnancy, Avoid w/ estrogen dependent conditions such as endometriosis, cysts and cancers. Not to use if have high blood pressure.

Physical Uses: Hemorrhoids, perspiration, varicose veins, cellulite, sore muscles, colds, coughs, menstrual and menopausal problems, heavy menstrual flow, bleeding gums, paper cuts.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Strengthening, grounding, grief, stress and tension.

Other Uses: Deodorant, perfumery, styptic

Blends Well With: Needle/Cone, Peel, Seed, Spice, Wood Oils.

Possible Substitutions: Blue Cypress

References:

Lawless, Julia, The Complete Illustrated Guide to Aromatherapy, Shaftesbury, Dorset, Element Books, 1997.

Katherine Graf:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Foundation Level, 2001-2011.

http://oilhealthbenefits.com/cypress-essential-oil/

http://www.anniesremedy.com/chart_remedy.php?rem_ID=26

http://aromaweb.com/essential-oils/cypress-oil.asp

https://draxe.com/cypress-essential-oil/