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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: 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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Aromatherapy Education: Sandalwood

This week’s essential oil profile is Sandalwood (Santalum Album). It is distilled from the bark of the trees in Australia, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, New Caledonia, or Vanuatu. Sandalwood, if properly stored, can actually age beautifully over time. It’s used in many spiritual settings, as a base note in many perfumes and colognes,  and also as an aphrodisiac. ¹

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