Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Distilling Tansy

I often distill my own oils.  I have distilled Tansy, Chocolate Mint, Peppermint, Melissa, Santolina, Sagebrush and Lavender.

Here is Fresh Fernleaf Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare var. crispin)One batch produced about 3 ml of oil and some hydrosol. This one is POWERFUL and needs major diluting for any purpose. I use it as an insecticide with the horses and on other plants.


This oil apparently has up to 40% camphor and it surely smells like it. Another use is like "moth balls" in cedar chests.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Rain Cove


(Inhale)
Especially created for diffusing and help for respiratory problems and colds.  Also can be used on the feet and toes for “refreshment”. (Dilute for this purpose.) Has been known to assist in dissolving bone spurs.  

Wonderful combination of 4 kinds of eucalyptus, spruce, marjoram, cajeput, cypress, peppermint, pine, lemon tea tree, myrtle, spearmint

10 ml=$14, undiluted only

Outback Blue


(Nourish)
Unique blend of oils from Australia.  Mainly for physical healing.  Anti-septic, anti-bacterial, intended for diffusing, inhalation and air cleansing, especially during winter months.  Use for fatigue, throat infections, general respiratory relief, insect repellent, skin rash and irritations, shingles, cold sores, insect bites. Dilute with appropriate carrier oil before using on skin.

 Contains:  Blue cypress, Kunzea, Australian Sandalwood, Lemon Myrtle, Lemon Tea Tree, Eucalyptus dives, Rosalina, Nerolina


10 ml= $9, $16

Moki

North Coyote Buttes Cairn to the Wave

(Cleanse)
Provides a protective and cleansing barrier against skin challenges. Formulated for cuts, scrapes, bruises.   Also for cleansing the air through diffusion. A fabulous source of oils high in antiseptic action.  If using directly on the skin, dilute with appropriate carrier oil.  Do not apply directly to broken skin.

 Contains:  Rosewood, Tea Tree, Niaouli, Rosemary, clove, Thyme, Linalol, Lemon Tea Tree


10ML=$8, $15



High Rain


(Restore)
Created especially for head and neck imbalances and pain.  The name rhymes with Migraine. Has a myriad of physical benefits including: Muscle spasms, Insect bites, muscular aches, bronchitis, colds, coughs. It is anti-spasmodic, restorative (for nerves and adrenal cortex)and contains oils extremely high in antimicrobial activity.   Has a myriad of emotional benefits including help with: Mental fatigue. Great for diffusing.  Dilute well before massage.  Use on feet and toes, back or wrists.


Contains: Basil, Peppermint, Marjoram, Lavender, Roman chamomile, Wild Orange, Lemon, Rosemary, Helichrysum, Rose


10 ml=$12, $22

Eucalyptus Grove


(Sustain)
 Fly to warmer and more tropical climates.  Venture into a fragrant, eucalyptus grove, but with a diversity of healing woods, leaves, and herbs.  Especially good for diffusing with a focus on respiratory problems. Many components for antiseptic properties and healing. May be used on the skin, but dilute with appropriate carrier oil and limit to feet and spine.

Contains:   4 kinds of eucalyptus, ravensara, Fennel, lemon, birch, coriander, petitgrain, yarrow, cardamom, Clary sage, blue tansy, Rosemary, marjoram, cypress, juniper, rosewood, sandalwood

10 ml=$10, $18

Chaco


(Detoxify)
This one is a detoxifier, helping with fluid retention and lymphatic congestion. Dilute well and use for massage in areas of congestion, especially good for the feet and legs. Do not use on skin that will be exposed to sunlight.

 Contains:  Cypress, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lemon, Basil

10ml=$7, $12 

Dark Horse


(Rejuvenate)
A dark horse is a little-known or unlikely person or thing that emerges to prominence.      This blend seems unlikely, but  seems to offer strength and energetic protection to those who need it.  Helps those who are feeling vulnerable and insecure or who have lost their purpose. Designed to support releasing addictions or dissolving anger barriers. Use for emotional stability, courage, acceptance, confidence and persistence.  Use on a diffuser pendant.
 Dilute well and use sparingly on feet or spine. Use for anointing Earth or Ether Toes.   
 
Contains: geranium, roman chamomile, carrot seed, clary sage, rosemary, fennel, blue tansy, German chamomile

10 ml=$11, $20

Companion Stones:  Black Jasper, Dark Horse Agate, Onyx, Flint, Black Tourmaline

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Meditation is an Adventure

 Meditation is attempting to create stillness and peace in the mind beyond the usual chatter and clutter that usually fills it.  That is not to say it is about nothing.  Rather, it is about everything.  Fragrance provides something spiritual to focus on.  It is important that the aroma evoke no memory, for that will flood the mind and defeat the purpose. Although you have your favorite perfumes or fragrances for daily life, they are not the ones to use now.  For spiritual purposes, choose something new and different that can lift you from your ordinary existence into the realm of the Spiritual to assist in Prayer. Its purpose is to inform the mind it is time to be still and quiet and focus on important things and the joy of being alive…time to be at peace.  

Some suggested blends for this purpose are:  Desert Cathedral,   Sitalpu,  Anasazi,  Angel's Landing, Classic Maya,  Crown Prince,  Kaibab Canyon,   Kayenta,  Kiva Dream,   Mesa Verde,  Navajo Mountain,  Power of Heaven,  Sacred Splendor, Symphony,  Walk Softly,  Toroweap,  Ocean Jasper,  Circle of Light,  Twelve Tribes,  Captivating, or any of the Chakra blends. For those that like to walk through the woods, perhaps try Into The Woods,   Spruce Mesa,  Pine Creek,  Timberline,  Wood Badge,  or Yellowstone,
 If you feel attracted to the Florals, try Floral Weave,  Rose Quartz,  Twelve Falls Trail,  or Twelve Flowers,

There are many ways to use blends in meditation.  Diffusing is a very effective way, either in an ultrasonic nebulizer, on a terra cotta pendant,  or a candle warmer.  Add a few drops to a bath oil.  Put a drop or two on a vision dream pillow, somewhere away from the eyes.  When praying, place the palms of your hands together, put one drop on one palm, rub together and inhale.
Change your blend as often as you wish.  Each one will be special in its own way.  Using essential oils helps bring more vivid colors, clarity and focus.  Aroma during meditation can bring forth cellular or genetic memory--scenes and pictures from our past or from times and places that are unrelated to our present life.

Meditation is not about taking a rest, but taking an adventure!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Do You Really Need TAMIFLU?


An alternative way is essential oils....Here are my suggestions for best weapons against the flu...no need for expensive, hard to find flu drugs (which only work by slowing down viral growth). Oils work that way, but also work on bacteria and fungi and jump start the body's own immune system. And they are uplifting and refreshing, too!

Oils are easy to use.   Diffusion is a great way to disinfect the air.  An ultra-sonic diffuser is perfect, but expensive. I got mine from Abundant Health. You can put a few drops into a pan of boiling water and inhale the vapors.  You can put drops into a bowl or cup and warm with a candle warmer.  You can put a few drops into a terra cotta pendant and wear around your neck.  ( I have some of these available for $10).  I DO NOT recommend dropping oils on the tongue undiluted or even diluted.   They can be mixed with a carrier oil to about 3%-10% (most people have Olive Oil on hand), then applied sparingly to the feet or back. 


LEMON  (Refreshing Cleanser)

Used for respiratory, colds, fevers,  digestive, germicide, acid neutralizing, stimulates immune system, improve cellular metabolism. Flavor water and add 68% limonene, a powerful anti-oxidant.

 

COPAIBA  ( Warrior of all Dimensions)

Versatile, powerful oil effective against almost anything including viral infections, anti-biotic resistant bacteria, fungus.  All without distressing side effects.

 

FIR or SPRUCE  (Master Rejuvenators)

Special affinity for the respiratory tract--coughs, congestion, fever, flu.  Have antiseptic qualities along with being a mental stimulant and nerve sedative.

 

EUCALYPTUS  (Cooling Balancer)

Superb air disinfectant.  Affinity for the respiratory tract.  Cools fevers, diffuses irrational thoughts.  Uplifting and energizing.

 

PEPPERMINT  (Mister Cool)

Used for mental fatigue, muscular pain, asthma, headache, fever, flu, bruises, digestion problems.  Add to water as a preventative for heatstroke.  Dilute with olive oil before adding to water.  One drop flavors several quarts.

 

 I have an additional arsenal of blends.  Not only can they help nip those nasty germs in the bud, but enhance and encourage the body's own immune system to kick into high gear.  They can be diffused in the air or massaged into the feet.  Dilute with carrier oil before using.  There is no need to take them internally.  


Pirates (Defender from Plague)
 Formulated to protect the body from flu, colds, viruses, bacteria.  These spices were supposedly used by the thieves in England to protect from the plague while bodies were robbed.  Diffuse or use on feet. Dilute before any application. Add to toothpaste. Dilute by 75%-90%. with olive oil to use on dental floss for that extra Pirate-power. Very potent!! Use caution. This is similar to DoTerra's On Guard, but taken up a few notches with the extra kick of oregano and thyme.
  Contains: Clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, rosemary, nutmeg, ginger, thyme, oregano, orange, citronella

10 ML=$14,  10ML (diluted with Coconut or olive oil)=$9

 

Arrowhead (Top Weapon)
 If you can only get one blend, this is the one.  Created from the Top 15 oils, runs the entire spectrum of healing components.  Can aid in balancing emotions, ease overwhelm and banish procrastination.    When in doubt, reach for the Top Weapon.  For Colds, flu, aches and pains.  Powerful anti-septic, anti fungal, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory.  Diffuse in the air for high powered ammunition. Wear on a terra cotta pendant. Or dilute with appropriate carrier oil before using for massage on back or feet, especially the toes. 
Contains:  Lavender, Lemon, Black Spruce, Copaiba, Rosewood, Cypress, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Peppermint, Eucalyptus Dives, Tea Tree, Roman Chamomile, Oregano, Blue Tansy, Clove
10 ML=$18,  10ML (diluted with Coconut oil)=$11

 

Shaman  (Enhance Immune system)
In need of a medicine man…in a bottle??  This powerful blend is formulated to enhance the immune system and surround you with protection.  These are potent oils…use with respect and caution.  Dilute to 5% if using on the skin. Can be mixed with herbal powder and put in capsules, but does NOT need to be taken internally to work.
 Contains: oregano, cistus, frankincense, hyssop, lemon, ravensara, cumin, clove, blue cypress, tarragon, Mountain Savory (These are all powerful immune stimulants as well as antibacterial, antifungal, anti-viral.)
10 ML=$24,  10ML (diluted with Coconut or olive oil)=$14

I often use other "weapons" in conjunction with oils, such as colloidal silver, pressure point and/or energy therapy, cleansing baths and saunas. For stomach flu, the following blend has been used:



Gingerbread  (Tummy Tamer)

Reminiscent of fresh baked gingerbread.     Anti-bacterial, antiseptic, useful for colds, chills, fatigue, coughs, sore throat. Helps to relieve digestive problems, such as upset stomach. Wear on wrists or massage on throat or tummy. Must be diluted with appropriate carrier oil to about 10% for use on body. These are powerful oils.  Put a drop in drinking water after diluting. Contains:  Lemon, ginger, grapefruit, wild orange, birch, nutmeg, fennel, vanilla, cardamom, peppermint, anise, cinnamon, clove, carrot seed, lemongrass, clary sage, patchouli
10 ml=$13

 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Serenity's Child


(Nurture)
Created for expectant mothers and babies. Comforting, soothing, relaxing both physically and emotionally.    Be sure and dilute. Combine with olive oil for fabulous skin care.    Assists with dermatitis, acne, broken capillaries, oily skin, rashes, congested and mature skin, scaly, chapped and flaky skin.   Enhance youthful appearance of skin and assist skin elasticity.  It is anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, calming and re-establishes the balance of the skin.   Wear as a perfume or cologne.

Contains:  palmarosa, rosewood, geranium, ylang ylang, lavender, sandalwood, rose, chamomile

10 ml=$12, $23

(photo by Chelsea Nelson)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Mesa Verde


(Clarify)

Photo by Tristan Nelson, Mesa Verde NP

Spanish for "green table" rising high above the surrounding Colorado country. This is a refreshing Sky blend as mysterious as the people that once inhabited this area.

  Clarifies and focuses, brings a sharpening of the mind, a connection, and a healing of the spirit, soul and body.

 Opens up with the top notes of evergreens and sparkling lime and mandarin.  Then mellows out as it expands in the warmth of the desert highland woods, and settles in with base notes of Frankincense and Patchouli.

 Great to use while studying, meditating or contemplating. Concentrate on a specific task without becoming distracted, frustrated, or upset. Enables deeper meditations and spiritual cleansing. Allows us to look into our past while looking forward to the future in strength of heart.

 Anti-depressive and antiseptic.

 Diffuse or use on a terra cotta pendant. Use on wrists, perfume pulse points or to anoint the Air Toes. Do not put on skin that will be exposed to sunlight.

 Contains:   Lime, Amyris, Muhuhu (African Sandalwood), Ylang Ylang, Silver Fir, Roman Chamomile, Canadian Spruce, Green Mandarin, Frankincense, Himalayan Cedar,  Juniper, Blue Tansy, Patchouli


10 ml=$14, $26

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Arrowhead



(Aim)
 If you can only get one blend, this is the one.  Created from the Top 15 oils, runs the entire spectrum of healing components.  Can aid with balancing emotions, ease overwhelm, banish procrastination.    When in doubt, reach for the Top Weapon.  For Colds, flu, aches and pains.  Powerful anti-septic, anti fungal, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory.  Diffuse in the air for high powered ammunition. Wear on a terra cotta pendant. Or dilute with appropriate carrier oil before using for massage on back or feet, especially the toes. 

Contains:  Lavender, Lemon, Black SpruceCopaiba  Rosewood  Cypress, FrankincenseGrapefruitPeppermint   Eucalyptus Dives, Tea Tree  Roman Chamomile,  Oregano, Blue Tansy, Clove

10 ML= 13, $24

Citrine



(Sparkle)
 Citrine is a golden variety of crystalline quartz with a myriad of mystical properties. Even if you don't have the stone, you can imagine its glowing freshness.  Blend was created to provide a sense of stability, add energy and emotional balance,  a rational approach towards things, grounding to the here and now.  Break up old patterns of thoughts and habits. Promotes intuition, mental clarity, confidence, and will power. Diffuse, wear on a diffuser pendant or add a drop to a quart of water to aid in releasing addictions and calming stomach, especially related to overeating. Not recommended for use on the skin.

Contains:  GrapefruitLemon,  Ginger, Cinnamon Leaf, Peppermint , Vanilla


10 ml=8, $14

"I am loving this blend...in my water, in my smoothies.  Yes, it sparkles."~~~~Judy