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Herbalism Education: Yarrow

Yarrow, Achillea millefolium

Essential Oil: Steam Distilled

Uses: Antiseptic, Astringent, Antifungal, Anti inflammatory. Fresh or dried Yarrow can be used in teas, tinctures, poultice, as essential oils and infused oils.

Quick Tip: Add dried yarrow to a muslim bag and add to a bath to help bring down a fever naturally.

Herb of the week is to give you a brief overview of the many plants that grace our Earth. Please research further into herbs before using these on yourself and loved ones. Especially if you are pregnant.

Herbalism Education: Motherwort

Motherwort, Leonurus cardiac

Uses: Nervine, diuretic, antispasmodic, emmenagogue, uterine tonic.  Fresh or dried Motherwort can be used in teas, tinctures, poultice and infused oils.

Quick Tip: For menstrual related nerves and emotions, mix 1-2 teaspoons of motherwort in a cup of boiling water and steep for 5-10 minutes. Add spearmint or peppermint for a more pleasant taste.

Herb of the week is to give you a brief overview of the many plants that grace our Earth. Please research further into herbs before using these on yourself and loved ones. Especially if you are pregnant.

Herbalism Education: Sage

Sage, Salvia officinalis

Essential Oil: Steam Distilled

Uses: antiseptic, astringent, antibacterial, stomachic, cooling.  Fresh or dried Sage can be used in teas, tinctures, liniments and infused oils.  The essential oil is used with EXTREME caution and should be advised by a Clinical Aromatherapist.

Quick Tip: To cool a fever, steep sage leaves along with peppermint in boiling water for 5-10 minutes to make a cooling tea.

Herb of the week is to give you a brief overview of the many plants that grace our Earth. Please research further into herbs before using these on yourself and loved ones. Especially if you are pregnant.

Herbalism Education: Lavender

Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia

Essential Oil: Steam Distilled

Uses: antiseptic, nervine, stomachic, anti-inflammatory, calming, mild sedatitive.  Fresh or dried Lavender can be used in teas, tinctures, liniments and infused oils.  The essential oil can be used in lotions, salves, oils, bath soaks, sprays or diffusers and sometimes neat (please use caution and test before using it undiluted)

Quick Tip: Make a sleep sachet by filling a muslin bag with dry or fresh lavender to hang by your bed. Rub the flowers to release any essential oils again.

Herb of the week is to give you a brief overview of the many plants that grace our Earth. Please research further into herbs before using these on yourself and loved ones.

Herbalism Education: Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil, Ocimum basilicum

Essential Oil: Steam Distilled

Uses: antiseptic, antispasmodic, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, focusing.  Fresh or dried Basil can be used in teas, tinctures, liniments and infused oils.  The essential oil can be used in lotions, salves, oils, bath soaks, or diffusers.

Quick Tip: Boil a pot of water and drop in fresh or dried basil leaves (or a couple drops of the essential oil). Turn down so that water may not splash up, but cover your head with a towel and breathe in the aromatic steam to clear sinuses or a pick-me-up for those days you just can’t wake up.

Herb of the week is to give you a brief overview of the many plants that grace our Earth. Please research further into herbs before using these on yourself and loved ones.

Herbalism Education: Peppermint

Peppermint, Mentha Piperita

Essential Oil: Steam Distilled

Uses: anti-emetic, antispasmodic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory.  Fresh or dried Peppermint can be used in teas, tinctures, liniments and infused oils.  The essential oil can be used in lotions, salves, oils, bath soaks, or diffusers.

Quick Tip: Add a cup of fresh pulverized (or 1/2 cup dried) Peppermint into your tub water for an aromatic bath to clear your head. If you don’t prefer herbs floating around you, put them in a sock or hose and hang from faucet under running hot water.

Herb of the week is to give you a brief overview of the many plants that grace our Earth. Please research further into herbs before using these on yourself and loved ones.

The Senses

The senses are extremely important to me to integrate in massage sessions for it to become a full mind, body, spirit experience. Here are a few sensory moments you might find to help clients relax fully and benefit fully from their service.

Touch: This may be the obvious one, but even in providing deep tissue sessions I pay attention to how touch is introduced. I try to be very aware of gentle touch when first introducing my presence to someone’s muscles. It’s important to warm the tissue before delving in deeper, no matter what the focus is. Also, the feel of the sheets or warmed table are considered into the sense of touch.

Sight: You may have your eyes closed during a session (which allows you to relax more), but there is something about the use of colors and visualization in your environment. Blues, lavenders, and light greens are known to be more relaxing. Minimalist decor can be relaxing, but also creative decor can be uplifting.

Hearing: On your intake forms, you will be asked what type of music you prefer. Some prefer Classical, some prefer New Age or spa music. Even experimenting with different sounds from nature or vibrations can make some soothing tones. Some also feel noise is distracting and just prefer a white noise machine.

Smell: Every session includes some type of aromatherapy. It may be used as a deep breathing exercise, in the massage oil or lotion, or even herbs wrapped in hot towels. Many essential oils and herbs can bring you into a deeper state of relaxation and I am always experimenting with different ways to bring it into the treatment room.

Taste: This may come to a surprise to some, but I always keep a few different green, black, or herbal teas on hand. Smell affects taste as well. If you were to inhale an aroma that is disagreeable, it may linger on your taste buds as well.

If you feel you would like to integrate more into your sessions, I am always open to more ideas! Make this truly your time.

(Image: Photoshop Art by Cathy Podd 2000)

Aromatherapy Education: Anise

Anise Seed (Pimpinella anisum) is steam-distilled from the seeds, usually originating in Egypt. It has a sweet licorice aroma similar to Fennel. Benefits include:

  • stomach soother (do not consume Anise essential oil)
  • good for respiratory health
  • pro-estrogen (some say good for milk secretion, do not use when pregnant)

Blends well with Lavender, Orange, Wood aromas, Clove and Cinnamon

Aromatherapy Education: Clove

Clove (Eugenia carophyllata) oil is steam distilled from the Clove flower bud usually originating in Madagascar. It is still used by dentists to numb areas but can be sensitizing to skin*. Here are some other benefits:

  • good for blends used for arthritis
  • stimulates memory (in diffusers)
  • uplifting and awakening (diffusers)
  • Eugenol in clove has antiseptic properties

Clove blends best with Cinnamon, Ginger, Orange, Lavender, and other wood aromas.
*Please use caution when using Clove oil. This oil needs to be highly diluted. Ask a trained aromatherapist for advice when dealing with Clove oil.

Aromatherapy Education: Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) is sometimes distilled in fractions from the blossoms commonly originating in Madagascar. It is called the “flowers of flowers” and carries a sweet, slightly exotic aroma that is used in many perfumes. Benefits may include:

  • uplifting for the blues
  • relaxant
  • calms and releases tension
  • balances skin sebum production
  • hypertension

Ylang Ylang blends best with other florals as well as citruses and woodsy aromas.