Damask Rose (Rosa damascena) is also known as Rose Otto. There are many varieties of roses, but Damask Rose is the most popular in essential oil use and quite the beautiful aroma. The highest quality EO’s come from Turkey or Bulgaria. Some are either hydro-distilled from the petals or another way would be called an “absolute” which is distilled using solvents. Some benefits of this lovely Rose are:
- balancing female hormones
- used for depression or anxiety
- use for eczema or mature skin
Rose blends well with many different florals, Clary Sage, Sandalwood, Bergamot, and Rosewood.
Spearmint (Mentha Spicata) is steam distilled originating from South Africa. You will find a perky sweetness along with the herby mint aroma in Spearmint. Benefits of Spearmint are:
- has been said to be an appetite stimulant
Blends well with peppermint and citruses.
If anyone asks me who my favorite massage teachers have been, I’ll always answer one as Tina Allen. She is a rock star! She’s taken Pediatric Massage around the world and truly spread a special gift.
I was very excited to answer some questions for her article in Massage Magazine (a monthly publication) about my son, who is on the Autism spectrum, and being a Massage Therapist as well.
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Starting new year resolutions with de-stressing, I’ve decided to bring in Vetiver (Vetivera zizanoides) this week. Vetiver is used more in male perfumes, but is a favorite of both genders. It has an aroma combination of grounding, earthy to sweet and sexy. It’s benefits are as follows:
- mild sedative
- balances sebum production
- supportive in body image issues
Whether or not you make resolutions, it’s become more important than ever to take care of yourself. Besides living a long life and being around for your loved ones (including children), don’t you want your long life to be as stress-free as possible? Many people are probably laughing at that last thought, but of all the things you can control: How to relieve your body of unwanted stress.
Have you heard of 21st Century Stress? Yes, it’s a real thing. Whether we want to admit it or not, our lives are a constant buzzing around, checking emails, posting on facebook, tweeting this and texting that. We’ve actually somehow added to the day to day stress of just living, working, and even playing.
The Center for Brain Health reported that 40% of Americans said stress was the biggest health concern in a survey by The American Psychological Association.
Obviously, being a Massage Therapist, my first answer would be to get regular massages. Even if it’s a quarterly event, keep your appointment! However, if massage isn’t your “thing” or you are low on funds, there are many other things to bring you back down to earth.
- Breathing Exercises
- 10 minutes of quiet
- Removing the stressor out of your life
- Learning to say “No”
- Setting aside time to think about positives in your life
- Writing or drawing
- Bubble Baths
- Listening to music
- Having a cup of tea
Or start out even easier. Write down 5 things on a piece of paper that instantly make you feel good. Try to remember to look at that list whenever you are feeling down or burnt out.
And now that you’ve made it through this little post, go do one of the above 🙂
To kick off the Yule season, I’m covering Myrrh for the first week of December. Myrrh(Commiphora myrrha) is an ancient aroma. It is a from the Myrrh tree found in Somalia and distilled from the resin in France. If you haven’t used it, you may have at least heard about it as one of the gifts the Three Wise Men brought to Jesus. Not only is it ancient, it even smells like something from long ago. It’s used in male fragrances, but also has many benefits:
- Helps itching from eczema
- Clears out mucous from respiratory system
- Good for chapped or cracked skin
It is best blended with Frankincense, Bergamot, Clove, Lavender, and other earthy aromas.
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) is steam distilled from the leaves originating in Egypt. It has a slightly rosy, green aroma. It’s benefits include:
- feminine hormone balancing
- diuretic properties
- good for stress and anger
- menstruation support
Blends best with Clary Sage, Rose, Sandalwood, Lavender, Chamomile, and other florals.
Vanilla or Vanilla planifolia is an extremely popular aroma. It is distilled as a bourbon and originates in Madagascar. Of course used in the culinary world and perfumes it also has a few therapeutic benefits.
- Emotionally eases frustration, anger and destresses
- Used as an aphrodisiac
- Helps in menstruation and comforts uncomfortable symptoms of
Vanilla blends well with citruses and woodsy aromas.
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
- 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.
This week is Lemon (Citrus Limon). The cheery and useful aroma is cold pressed from it’s peel originating in Argentina. Some health benefits include:
- Astringent and germicide properties
- fever reducing
- aiding in colds and flus
- toning properties for skin
- Uplifting emotionally
Lemon blends well with other citruses and spices as well as cedarwood, eucalyptus and peppermint.