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Aromatherapy Education: Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulous) leaves are steam distilled originating in Australia. This plant known to be a staple in Koala Bear’s diets is a popular medicinal one as well.

Benefits of Eucalyptus

  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-viral
  • Respiratory aid
  • Clears congestion
  • Mentally stimulating
  • May help with cold sores and shingles

Eucalyptus is best blended with Frankincense, Bergamot, Ravensara, Peppermint and other citruses.

A Blip in Massage & Bodywork Magazine

If I had known this was for a formal article, I’d have gone into more detail on my tip of mixing essential oils with epsom salts!

When mixing with your epsom salts for a bath, first add a tablespoon of dendritic salts or a carrier oil and then a few drops of essential oils of choice. Mix well and then pour under running water for a relaxing bath.

Aromatherapy Education: Cypress

Cupressus sempervirens or Cypress is steam distilled from young tips and needles with it’s source mainly from France. It has a slightly spicy, but fresh evergreen aroma. It’s health benefits are:

  • Astringent for skin
  • Nerve calming
  • Good for aching muscles and arthritis pain
  • Stimulates Respiratory and circulatory system
  • Spiritually supportive for grief
  • Focusing oil

Blends well with Lavender, Fennel, Juniper, citrus oils, and other wood aromas.

Aromatherapy Education: Peppermint

Mentha x Piperita  or Peppermint is the aroma of this week! Minty, bright, and herbaceous, it’s another favorite of mine. Peppermint essential oil is steam-distilled and can be found in the United States or India. There are many benefits to using Peppermint:

  • Eases headaches and migraines
  • Soothes tummy and digestive problems
  • helps you concentrate
  • Is an analgesic and soothes sore muscles
  • Helps stimulate the lymph system
  • Can be a great coolant in hot weather

Blends well with Black Pepper, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, and Rosemary.

Aromatherapy Education: Cedarwood

This week we’re taking a look at Atlas Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica). It is steam distilled from the wood originating in Morocco. When you get a whiff, it may bring a vision of cedarwood chests. This is that very scent. It’s a slightly sweet woodsy smell, so even if you aren’t a fan of the more earthy aromas, try it out.

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Massage Therapy Can Help

Many people may not know there are pathologies massage can help. Most can sometimes help you avoid surgeries, prescription pills, endless experimental treatments, and manage the stress that comes with them. With others, it may help the side effects of the pathology.
Starting a regular program with a massage therapist will bring best results. This may even bring you to a state of maintenance where you are needing massage less frequently.

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Aromatherapy Education: Lavender

Lavandula or Lavender is steam distilled from the flowers. There are many types of lavender but the most common are French Lavender and Bulgarian Lavender. You will find it in tons of bath products, relaxant products, salves, and much more. Unfortunately, many of these products have synthetic lavender.

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Swedish Massage: What is it?

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A popular general-purpose system of massage, devised in Sweden.

When newcomers see Swedish Massage listed on a spa menu, most aren’t quite sure what it is. In short, it is “classic massage”. These are the strokes that are the foundation of massage.  It is what most refer to as a “relaxation massage” in which reducing stress is the main issue worked. It is also used to “warm” the tissue up before diving into the deeper layers.

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