Thursday, April 8, 2010

May Chang :: Litsea cubeba and how it made its way to me

Okay, so I am a blending temptress of essential oils today in the studio. Ipod blasting in my ear, dancing and receiving healing energy from these oils. I love when the heavens open and I am blessed with breakthroughs and aha moments for my clients and especially myself.

As I began working on a blend for a client who is suffering from PTSD, I am given a gift of healing. Research done, essential oil components done, blending begins. When I am finished, I realized that this blend is not for my client, but for myself. You see, I am reading "Summer's Path" by Scott Blum. This story allowed me to rediscover that we as human beings store our negative emotions in our cells and organs. To make a long story short, Essential oils have the power to erase receptor sites and cells clean, fresh, new. With this ability, we have to be ready to release these emotions and traumas of yesteryear. I had an aha moment when this blend was created and now another healing journey begins for me.

So later in the day, I am formulated for another client who wants to love themselves and wants to embrace who they really are. With this case, May Chang came onto the radar, along with Jasmine, Helichrysum, Angelica, Blue Tansy, and a few more.

May Chang is refreshing and rejuvenating. Stimulating and balancing. Its aroma inspires and brings fresh energy; clears the mind. May Chang says, stop allowing yourself to be overlooked. It stimulates your will which creates the power to rise above your circumstance. Only you can create change, the change that you so want for yourself.

So I then decided that my family could use a little May Chang in our lives, so I blended it into a kitchen dish and hand liquid soap. There will be no "poor me" or "why me" mentality in my household. We are here to be the best us we can be. When life gives me lemons, I make the best dang lemonade this side of the tracks. I'll keep you posted on the results. You are always welcome to visit the store and learn more about nature's healing medicine.

Until then, sweet kisses and aromatic wishes...

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Demystifying Holistic Aromatherapy

One can simply inhale an essential oil, which is the essence or life blood of a plant, and instantly feel the healing effects. Every essential oil has a different quality or characteristic, which heals different aspects of one’s being.

Through aromatherapy, increasing moods, treating ailments, improving sense of well being and purify the environment are just the tip of the iceberg in a vast land of natural healing.

Aromatherapy works two ways: inhalation through the nose or topical absorption through the skin. Essential oils applied to the skin are absorbed into the bloodstream for an immediate effect. For instance, if one were to ease a headache, simply apply a lotion or oil base that has pure essential oils of Peppermint, Rosemary, Lavender or Eucalyptus for instant relief by massaging into the temples and base of the head.

From a chemistry stance, constituents with various properties and abilities make up each individual essential oil. There are no two alike. Essential oils can be placed into categories and subcategories, be cross referenced and so on. For all intents and purposes, these oils are powerful healers from Nature, that when combined become more than the sum of its parts.

As an Aromatherapist in daily practice, the integrity that these oils stand up to is quite magical. Over 10 years of formulating and treating clients has been my gift from Gaia herself. They have become integrated in daily life knowing their true purpose is healing on every level of the human body. Having tackled ailments that modern medicines could not solve and within days seeing major improvements in a safe holistic way has led to the pursuit of more experiences.

It is very important to clarify that not all products that say “aromatherapy” are pure in nature. Derived from pure plant parts, true aromatherapy benefits your physical and emotional health and well being. There are certain companies that produce air fresheners and candles that use words like aromatherapy and essential oils, while adding synthetic fragrances derived from petrochemicals that when burned, release toxic carcinogens into the air and lungs that then create a toxic build up in your body and anyone else's who are in that breathing space.

There is a travesty in our current policy making system. Manufacturers of household products such as cleaners, air fresheners, disinfectants, etc., are not required to list the ingredients of these products on their labeling or packaging under a household trade secret law agreement.

Companies that produce natural, environmentally friendly products are held accountable for their ingredients by various companies that hold certifications. The labeling and packaging of these Green companies are complete and thorough as they have nothing to hide and proudly list their ingredients. So the next time you are shopping ~ check the labels, if they are lacking an ingredient list, they are chemically enhanced and usually have synthetic fragrances that are potentially harmful.

We at Aroma Pharmica®, believe that a holistic approach to living ~ one that recalls the relationship between physical and spiritual health and our natural world ~ brings true happiness, well being and a healthier planet. By gently activating the body’s own healing energies, Aroma Pharmica Aromatherapy helps to restore balance to your body, mind and spirit in a very natural, holistic way. Aroma Pharmica Aromatherapy can help boost your immune system, help you reduce and manage stress, alleviate anxiety and tension, and minimize the physical aches and pains these ailments can cause. Aroma Pharmica Aromatherapy has a positive influence on the emotions by assisting to regulate your moods by either uplifting and energizing, calming and sedating or restoring balance to the physical, mental, and emotional bodies. Stop by our website, experience the power of nature yourself.