Jasmine Lore

There is so much available about the processing of this flower, but it is the historical lore I found fascinating. Jasmine essential oil is referred to as the King of the oils and Queen of the night. [Yes, Rose is still Queen of the Oils.]

Having traveled to many parts of the Middle East, I am familiar with the warm, intoxicating scent wafting softly past in the evening. Often a walk after nightfall would end even more joyously than it began as the aroma carried on the evening air helped to lift and encourage the spirit while relaxing my body.

As I was reading, I came across a story about Jasmine’s use in a harem. The intended harem favorite would be bathed in Jasmine-scented water, and then massaged with enhanced oil. All of this to increase the pleasure of the Prince. I truly believe the woman enjoyed the bathing/massage deeply too.

Divine hope is what Jasmine symbolizes in India. China says it denotes the sweetness of women. In Hindu & Muslim traditions, Jasmine is referred to as “the perfume of love”. Remember Cupid? Well, the Indian Love God (Karma) endeavors to influence the heart through the senses when he tips his arrows with Jasmine blossoms.
Susanne Fischer-Rizzi has this to say about Jasmine: “the fragrance diminishes fear, it is helpful in enhancing self-confidence and defeating pessimism. No other oil is quite as capable of changing our mood so intensely. It offers little choice other than optimism.”

If the mere scent on the air has the capacity to lift and encourage the soul, it just seems to follow that this essential oil is a “must-have” in your essential oil cabinet.


Flu still hangin’ ’round?

There are many things that stress us out, and fear is often at the top of the list. So many are fearful of this virus, and its complications. I prefer to be proactive in my approach to it.

First, you’ll find me an advocate of the healthy diet. Eating right feeds our bodies at the cellular level and greatly enhances our immune system’s ability to keep us healthy. “Eat your greens…” is often spoken at our dinner table.

There are also essential oils we can ‘eat’ that will also boost our immune system. My favorite drink consists of water with lemon, orange, and grapefruit essential oils in it. Sooo refreshing-and good for you too. (There are many delicious recipes for refreshing drinks)

Second, cleanliness. If you come in contact with an ill person, just remember this simple activity. Wash your hands, consistently. My favorite cleanser is the foaming Thieves hand soap. It will help you cleanse, AND defend against threats to your health and well-being.

An extra boost that will help you defend your home and family is to put some Thieves essential oil directly on the bottom of your feet. (Some persons with sensitive skin need a carrier oil, but we used it straight.) Your skin will absorb the antiseptic nutrients in the oil, and you’ll go to sleep pleasantly surrounded by the fabulous mixed aroma of Cloves, Rosemary, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Cinnamon Bark.
This essential oil blend was tested at Weber State University and found to be highly antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-infectious. It can help the body fight the flu, colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, and sore throats.

So reduce your stress level, get some Thieves, and be prepared for a delightful, scent-ful way to combat illness this winter season.

Any questions?


Merry Christmas Eve!

Yes, the music is provided by a daughter (years ago) that had just learned a melody on the violin. In spite of its amateur tones, I hope you enjoy the whole video in the spirit in which it is intended. Happy Holidays!


Warm your feet with Peppermint?

During the Christmas season, peppermint is a scent that often comes to the fore. Peppermint candy canes, peppermint potpourri, peppermint in your hot chocolate!

Here’s an unusual little story for you, from the Winter of 2009
What a weekend! We were doing Field Training Exercises with the Civil Air Patrol in Utah this weekend. Talk about cold! It was 3 degrees every morning, and only made it into the 20’s during the day. Our cadets were mostly prepared, but no one expected the depth of freezing that occurred. Some had come with only cotton socks, and not the ones recommended. So, in addition to foot warmers, we applied peppermint oil on the soles of some of their feet to help them stay warm. Thank goodness for peppermint oil!

Any other great peppermint stories out there? What have you done with yours, and have you loved the results?


Gotta Cold?

Lemon & Orange Essential Oils
What a pair these two are!

My daughter called me recently. She sounded terrible. She had an awful cold, and so did her husband and tiny son. ‘What can I do, mom?’

So I asked her, “Well, what oils do you have on hand?”
“Um-I’ve got lemon, and orange.”

Well, she had enough oil on hand to help battle a pesky cold. She put a pot of water on to humidify the air, and added lemon to it. She also put some of the lemon essential oil in a spray bottle, and freshened the air. At the same time, it began disinfecting surfaces.

She put lemon on her feet, and a drop or two in her drink at lunch.

Then, when the baby was fussy, she diluted some of the orange, and massaged it into his feet. (It can help them sleep as it is calming and has a sedative effect.)

They both got a good night’s sleep.
Thank goodness for essential oils!


Night-time Energy Overload?

I saw an interesting question recently. It read, “It is past 1am in the morning and I am still infused with energy. What do I do with all of it?”

A nice relaxing bath can be useful, especially when you add the essential oil Lavender. It is known for its calming attributes, and it soothes the skin as well.

That is one way to diffuse extra energy, externally. I personally like to add a calming tea internally, chamomile with honey is a favorite.

Any other relaxing solutions to ‘too much energy’?


Graves’ Disease

Here’s something I wrote in 2009, when a soon-to-be daughter-in-law needed my help.

Well, my knowledge base is about to be expanded exponentially. I’m going north to try my hand at helping to heal a young girl with sudden onset Graves Disease. This is an autoimmune disease that creates too much thyroid hormone. They want to give her radioactive iodine, kill her thyroid, and eventually surgically remove it-thus relegating her to eternal dependence on synthetic medication.

This family has chosen to go the herbal and oil route, with many Walker Breakfasts, healing walks in the sunshine, and daily massages to help the elimination channels of the body properly function-and thus heal the body.

Hey, did you know that the essential oils of Myrrh, Spruce, and Blue Tansy can be helpful with this? (Yes, there are others too)

Myrrh has very high level of sesquiterpenes-compounds that directly affect the hypothalamus, pituitary, and amygdala glands.

Spruce is often used to help support glandular imbalances. (We love it for easing aching joints, and bringing peace to our minds.) This can even be added to your food as a flavoring or dietary supplement. This gives a new twist to the phrase “let’s spruce it up”, doesn’t it?

Blue Tansy: this also has sesquiterpenes in it, and in addition to spruce, also reduces pain and helps sedate the nerves.

In addition, Lemongrass is anti-inflammatory and sedative. It promotes lymph flow-exactly what we are looking for. We’re going to combine lemongrass and myrrh oils for optimum effectiveness.
Please note: I am not giving out medical advice. I am merely a firm believer in the healing power of herbs n’ oils-healthy food, and proper rest.


A little about Quality

Here’s a neat (short!) video on the effort required to make certain frankincense essential oil is truly fabulous.

www.youngliving.org/dianapc


A little about Frankincense Trees

Did you know… frankincense essential oil comes from trees? Where does that resin come from? How is it harvested? Here’s another little video to help you understand why this resin is so valuable.

Don’t forget! YOU can have this precious oil, too!
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Frankincense

This most aromatic, fragrant essential oil is very dear to me. My mother introduced me to it, and said it helped her feel more spiritually centered. I looked into that statement a little more and found that this oil is also called, “olibanum”. That means “oil from Lebanon”. Using today’s research, I found it is high in sesquiterpenes, which affects the emotional center of the brain. Mother knew it, instinctively.

Long ago, Frankincense was so highly valued, that it was worth more than gold! Here’s a little video on the harvesting of Frankincense, which I hope you enjoy as much as I did.


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