Complementary medicine actually holds more promise for fibromyalgia sufferers than traditional allopathic medicine. This is a disease that affects body/mind/spirit and needs to be treated as such. The benefits of complementary medicine is actually the fact that it does not include pharamaceutical interventioins or surgery which both have serious side effects and do nothing for this problem. Energy medicine which can include many modalities and aromatherapy can decrease and even eliminate most symptoms.

What are some symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Widespread pain, dizziness, morning stiffness, sleep disorders, TMJ problems, skin complaints, depression,myofascial pain, weather changes, chronic headaches, multiple chemical sensitivities, chest symptoms, dysmenorrhea, muscle twitches and weakness, fatigue, urinary and pelvic problems, cold symptoms, “fibrofog,” vision problems, weight gain and anxiety.

What Causes Fibromyalgia?

We now know that one of the main causes of fibromyalgia is an acid condition in the body. Besides doing a gut and liver cleanse, you can help your body by alkalinizing your system. Lemon essential oil can help. Try putting a few drops of lemon oil in your water and drinking only lemon water. Next, look at your symptoms and use essential oils for each symptom.

For pain Relief: lavender, marjoram, petitgrain, Roman and German chamomile, clary sage, lemongrass, helichrysum, peppermint, ginger and black pepper. Lavender with peppermint and helichrysum creates an anti-inflammatory synergy. Other anti-inflammatory oils include nutmeg, balsam fir, white fir, and wintergreen.

For Stress/Anxiety Relief: Rose, frankincense, clary sage, sweet orange, bergamot, grapefruit, ylang ylang, sandalwood, neroli, marjoram, petitgrain, mandarin, lavender, geranium, tangerine, jasmine.

For Peaceful Sleep: Lavender, neroli, jasmine, marjoram, Roman chamomile.

For a Feeling of Harmony and Safety: Frankincense, lavender, rose, mandarin, neroli, helichrysum.

For Headaches: Lavender, peppermint, marjoram, basil, Roman chamomile.

For Increased Circulation: Rosemary, ginger, black pepper, peppermint, lemongrass, geranium.

PS: Want to learn more about essential oils and how they can help you stay healthy and in balance? Then go to http://www.ISHAhealing.com and check out our educational offerings in aromatherapy.

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We know that many of our cosmetics are not good for us since they contain many petrochemicals, so how can essential oils help us to have a really good complexion? First step is is to throw away your cosmetics–unless they are completely natural. Many essential oils are actually very good for the skin but need to be diluted for the best effect. Which oils should we use?  for the epidermis, look at the top of a plant–the flower or the fruit. Oils good for skin care include orange, bergamot, jasmine, neroli and lavender.  These oils seem to be more effective for acute conditions or those concerns that have recently appeared.

What about the middle layer of the skin–the dermis. This layer responds well to essential oils extracted from the leaves and foliage of a plant. Examples include geranium, rosemary and tea tree. These oils are good for reducing inflammation, balancing and maintaining skin healing.

Now for the deeper structures in skin we would look at oils that are extracted from the roots, resins and woods. Some suggestions include sandalwood, cedarwood, frankincense and myrrh. These essential oils provide stability and strength to the subcutaneous layer. Often chronic conditions respond well to these oils and can strengthen the skin from deeper layers. These are some of the oils suggested for mature skin or damaged skin.

PS: Want to learn more about how you can use essential oils to heal your body? The Institute of Spiritual Healing and Aromatherapy is offering a Virual Aromatherapy Circle (club) that addresses many health issues and how essential oils can bring us into balance and restore health. Become a member and receive weekly teleseminars and periodic ebooks on interesting topics of concern. Go to Http://www.ISHAhealing.com and visit our healing store to sign up today.

Copal or Copaiba is an amazing essential oil that comes from the jungles of Brazil. It is from the plant Copaifera reticulata. Copal is the only essential oil which is not steam distilled – it’s tapped sustainably from the heartwood of the tree, so it’s still “living” when it is extracted! It’s never been sold in the USA until now. Copal has similar properties to helichrysum, melissa, and neroli oils. It is one of the most powerful essential oils studied for inflammation – twice as strong as wintergreen, yet is gentle on the skin. In a peer review paper in France, Copal was listed as the second most powerful oil against inflammation (second only to Myrrh resin).

There are many varieties of Copal, however there is only one variety which is powerful – that’s the one comprising 60% of the anti-inflammatory sesquiterpene called “beta caryophyllene.” Other varieties of Copal only have 9% beta caryophyllene, so they don’t have the same anti-inflammatory action. There is only one other essential oil which has anywhere near 60% beta caryophyllene, and that’s Clove oil…but because of clove oil’s numbing properties, it’s not always appropriate to use. Copal is therefore more versatile. 

 PS: Want to know how to get copal oil? Go to http://www.Youngliving.com/HTSMsmith to purchase a bottle. It’s fragrance is very soft yet this is a very powerful oil.

PSS: Become an aromatherapist so that you too can be knowledgeable about the healing properties of essential oils and how they can help you balance your health physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Go to http://www.ISHAhealing.com to find out how you can take courses about these healing plants.

Clary sage (Salvia sclarea) has a very complex chemistry like many other essential oils. Only clary sage’s chemistry has as molecule that makes it “hormone-like” meaning it can certainly help peri and menopausal symptoms. It is probably the most well known essential oil for treating hormone imbalances. In fact it has a “euphoric” effect. Perhaps that’s why the German beer makers used to throw clary sage in with their hops when they brewed their beer. It’s also “loco” weed and that’s why ranchers don’t want their cows to get into clary sage!

The compound that makes all the difference is a diterpene alcohol called sclareol which give it the estrogen-like effect on the body. It’s considered a good uterine tonic, helps with amenorrhea, hot flashes, post-natal depression, panic attacks, impotence, and frigidity. It can get rid of monthly bloat,  regulate the menses, and balance the endocrine system including the pituitary and pancreas making it helpful with diabetes.

How Should You Use This Oil?

I would start by using it topically on the soles of the feet–a few drops twice a day. If that does not control the symptoms, just remember that clary sage has a wide safety factor–you could apply it over the ovaries or rub it on the belly. If that works there is no need to take this oil internally. But if it does not control your peri and menopausal symptoms, then consider putting a few drops in a vegetable capsule and taking it internally once or twice a day. Always start conservatively then gradually increase the number of drops just until your symptoms disappear. Avoid using clary sage during pregnancy and in certain hormone-related cancers because of its hormone-like properties.

PS: Want to learn more about the effects of essential oils on the body? Consider becoming a certified clinical aromatherapist. Go to http://www.ISHAhealing.com to find out how you can add this certification to your credentials.

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I’m on my way to New Jersey where I will meet more than forty students who are eagerly awaiting the third and final course in our certification in clinical aromatherapy program. This is a 240 hour course in all which means the students will have done a research project, read five books, completed homework booklets and taken two exams. It’s an extensive program that covers anatomy and physiology, science including organic chemistry and vibrational frequencies of the oils, safety and toxicity of oils, assessment, business principles, ethics and standards of practice, botany and of course the ancient and modern uses of over 55 essential oils.

Why Study Essential Oils?

The number one reason is your health! Essential oils are nature’s medicines and are far safer than pharmaceutical drugs which all carry some form of side effects. Nature’s medicines are living substances and carry a complex chemistry found only in nature. Drugs are inert, created in a chemistry lab with very simple chemistries. There may be times when drugs are useful on a short-term basis but used over time will produce harmful effects on the body.

PS: Want to learn how you too can become a certified clinical aromatherapist? Go to http://www.ISHAhealing.com and read about our program, then find a course near you.

PSS: What do these New Jersey students know about aromatherapy that you don’t? Find out when you go to our website at http://www.ISHAhealing.com

Menopause literally means “last period.” it usually occurs somewhere between the ages of 45 to 52 with the cessation of egg production. With this comes changes in hormone levels of estrogen and progesterone. Keeping a balance becomes increasingly difficult. Menopausal symptoms may include hot and cold flushes, heavier or lighter bleeding, night sweats, excessive hair growth, mood swings, aches in the joints, weeping, anxiety, irrational fears, chronic fatigue, PMS, depression, digestive disturbances, sleeping problems, cravings for sweets and carbohydrates, weight gain, fuzzy thinking, palpitations, vaginal dryness and dry skin.

How Can Essential Oils Help?

Clary sage is probably the most well known essential oil for treating hormone imbalances. It contains a diterpene alcohol called sclareol making it estrogen-like in its effect on the body. It has a euphoric effect so you definitely don’t want to be taking this oil internally and drink alcohol. Clary sage is considered a good uterine tonic, helps with painful periods, hot flashes, post-natal depression, panic attacks, impotence, and frigidity. it can get rid of monthly bloat, can regulate menses, can balance the endocrine system including the pituitary and the pancreas making it also helpful for diabetics.

Geranium is a companion oil for clary sage and has a very pleasing fragrance. The effect on the reproductive system will be more subtle than the clary sage. It is used primarily for breast engorgement, vaginal thrush, painful periods, PMS, and uterine hemorrhage. It has a calming, uplifting and strengthening effect. Some find this to be a great oil for hot flashes and vaginal dryness.

There are other helpful oils for menopausal symptoms like fennel, sage and yarrow. Fennel is estrogen-like because it contains phyto-estrogens. Sage is estrogen-like and when used externally has a very strong estrogenic properties that can be helpful for hot flashes, water retention, and prevention of wrinkles. Yarrow is good for menstrual problems like PMS, fibroids, and varicose veins. It is hormone-like as well. 

PS: Want to learn more about how to care for yourself during that “change” of life? Join us on a weekly teleseminar series on valuable topics on aromatherapy and how they can help us live balanced lives. Go to http://www.ISHAhealing.com and visit our healing store to sign up for ISHA’s Virtual Aromatherapy Circle.

PSS: If you want to get the best quality essential oils like clary sage, geranium fennel, sage and yarrow, then go to http://www.Youngliving.com/HTSMsmith to order yours today.

Yes, you read correctly–the three oils given by the Magi as gifts fitting for the Christ child were frankincense, myrrh and liquid gold, better known as balsam fir. Research shows that these three essential oils were found in King Tutankhamen’s grave when it was opened in 1922. So in ancient times, these were considered oils fit for the king and were considered of royal nature. They were so important that they were the only oils placed in the King’s tomb. What does this have to do with cancer?

Look at the chemistry and then look at the vibrational frequencies of these oils. Frankincense and balsam fir are both very high in monoterpenes whereas myrrh is very high in sesquiterpenes. You will find that they are all highly anti-inflammatory and anti-tumoral. They are all immune stimulating, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal oils. Check out the research and you will find numerous studies showing anti-carcinogenic and anti-tumor activities with one or more of these kingly oils. Most recently a study made news showing that boswellia carteri (frankincense) kills bladder cancer cells without affecting non-cancerous cells.

Now I understand why these were the gifts given to the “new king.” They are the best of what nature has to offer. These three oils can keep us healthy and are a sign of “wealth.” This was not only an acknowledgement of Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah, but was meant to help him stay healthy for his task here on earth.

 We all have cancer cells at one time or another in our life. When our immune systems are lowered, cancer cells have an opportunity to multiply forming tumors. When cancers develop, it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies that could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.  Cancers will feed on sugar and thrive in an acid environment. Changing one’s diet, reducing stress, recognizing the connection between mind, body and spirit, exercising daily and deep breathing to get more oxygen down to the cellular level and using the three kingly oils will go far in helping a person with cancer to return to a healthy body/mind/spirit.

PS Want to learn how to get the three “Kingly oils?” Go to http://www.youngliving.com/HTSMSmith to order yours today. Don’t go the health food store–you will only get perfume grade oils. You need therapeutic grade oils and I work with only the best.

Hot flashes and night sweats are so common during menopause that women are led to believe the two go hand-in-hand. But this assumption is misleading for women who may be younger–in their twenties and thirties who because of the stresses in their lives are experiencing hot flashes. Hormonal balance is your body’s natural state but when there are too many demands on your body, its ability to balance your hormones is overwhelmed. The resulting hormonal imbalance gives rise to hot flashes or night sweats. Basically, the heat regulatory area of the brain is “tricked” into thinking the body needs to dispel heat, causing it to send out signals for blood vessels to dilate, heart rate to go up and sweat glands to open.

Factors That Increase the Likelihood of Hot Flashes

High levels of anxiety will increase the likelihood of hot flashes and night sweats up to five times. Being overweight contributes as well as smoking can double your risk. Certain foods like sugar, caffeine, alcohol and hot spices trigger hot flashes in some women.

How Can Essential Oils Help Decrease these Symptoms?

Clary sage is called the “gift to the female” because of its estrogen-like qualities. It helps to decrease excessive sweating, is mood elevating, and will generally balance out your hormones. Cypress is also good for excessive perspiration and peppermint is very cooling. Pine which is also estrogen-like is good for excess sweating. Plus–essential oils can help with relaxation, weight control, smoking cessation and much more.

We have essential oils from nature which can help us and they don’t have side effects. Neither do you have to worry that they will cause cancer like many drugs have in the past.

PS: Want to learn more about essential oils and the many ways they can heal us? Join us for a weekly teleseminar on topics in aromatherapy. Go to http://www.ISHAhealing.com and visit our healing store to sign up for ISHA’s Virtual Aromatherapy Circle.

PSS: Want to get the best quality essential oils? Go to http://www.youngliving.com/HTSMSmith

When pain hangs on longer than three months, doctors classify it as “chronic.” What is the usual treatment? You know the regime: ice or heat, pain killers, muscle relaxers, massage and physical therapy. Does it work? Sometimes yes and sometimes no. And when it doesn’t, we tend to just “live with it.”

There are holistic treatments that do not involve surgeries and drug therapies. Things like massage, accupuncture, accupressure, chiropractic, and energy healing. As a healer, it is my job to help those who have chronic pain by finding the right combination of holistic treatments to help them become restored to health without pain. One of the treatments I have found most beneficial is essential oil application.

Essential Oils Can aid chronic pain Sufferers

How? By increasing levels of endorphins and enkephalins through stimulating the pituitary and thalamus in the brain. Essential oils known to be “euphoric” or “aphrodisiac” can produce a feeling of well-being. Those that are known to stimulate the pituitary which secretes the neurochemical endorphins are for example clary sage, jasmine, patchouli, and ylang ylang. Those that stimulate the thalamus which produces enkephalins include clary sage, jasmine, graperfruit and rose.

This is but one way essential oils can aid chronic pain sufferers–through the brain. Finding the cause of the pain is a critical first step–is it mechanical, muscle related, nerve impingement, degenerative bone or joint conditions, congential, trauma or old injuries, or deterioration caused by arthritis or other joint problems. don’t wait until all other measures have failed–essential oils are nature’s medicines and they can be pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic as well as euphoric and uplifting.

PS: Our virtual Aromatherapy circle is addressing problems like chronic pain in our weekly teleseminars. No experience needed to join. Go to http://www.ISHahealing.com and click on our healing store for details on how to join.

What is arthritis? It’s not just an “old person’s disease.” Osteoarthritis involves the breakdown of the cartilage that forms a cushion between two joints. And rheumatoid arthritis is caused from a swelling and inflammation of the synovial membrane which is the lining of the joint. These can strike at any age although as we age, we become more prone to developing arthritis because of our diets and sedentary lifestyles. Arthritis can often affect the lower back and sacroiliac joints. Arthritis of the spine can lead to lowe back pain and stiffness, which is typically worse in the morning–“the creaky bone syndrome” as we start our day. These conditions usually begin the second and third decades of life and progress as we age.

How Can Essential Oils Relieve Joint Discomfort?

Many essential oils are pain relieving. Some are anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and they can detoxify and relax. These properties are exactly what is needed for arthritis. I suggest wintergreen, nutmeg, clove, German Chamomile, helichrysum, Idaho Balsam fir, Douglas fir, white fir, spruce, pine cypress, peppermint, vetiver, marjoram, rosemary CT cineole, Eucalyptus citriodora, basil, oregano, lemongrass, Idaho tansy, black pepper, elemi, Palo Santo or lavender. You can also try blends like PanAway, Relieve It, Aroma Siez, or Peace and Calming. Just topically dilute 50-50 and apply to the affected area or joint 1-3 times daily as needed.

PS: There is much to learn about how nature’s medicines can help us live fuller lives without pain. To find out more, go to our website to see how you too can become a holistically trained aromatherpist. http://www.ISHAhealing.com

PSS: Join our virtual Aromatherapy Circle which is a monthly club. You will get weekly teleseminars, mp3 files and ebooks all on aromatherapy from the comfort of your own home. go to http://www.ISHAhealing.com and click on the healing store to find out more about our offerings.

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