When Ginger does not help ——

The effect of Frankincense (Bowswellia frereana) in sobering and healing nauseachan-2

by Fai Chan, Aromatherapist

 

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is renowned and widely praised for its ability to reduce motion sickness or nausea. There was a short period of time that I experienced nausea whenever someone gave me a ride. To help reduce the symptom, I usually brought Ginger essential oil mixed with jojoba oil to massage. I also put 1 drop of Ginger essential oil onto the tissue to inhale. However, I was not happy with the result.

 

To enhance the effect of Ginger essential oil, I made a salve with Ginger and Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oils to massage when I was traveling. The blend had the following components:

0.25 oz Beeswax
1 oz Jojoba Wax
7 drops of Ginger
5 drops of Lavender

 

Together with the sedative or calming effect of Lavender on the central nervous system, the warm and spicy aroma of Ginger should be able to enhance the therapeutic properties in reducing motion sickness and nausea.  

 

When I first applied it, the smell is sweet and soothing that the salve improved the nausea but only temporarily. Repeated application did not help.

 

By chance I came across the oil named Frankincense (Boswellia frereana). I first encountered the oil when I attended a dinner, had some wine, and got half drunk.
After that dinner I applied Frankincense (Boswellia frereana) oil (1/4 tsp olive oil, 1 drop of essential oil) every 15 minutes twice on my forehead, temples, tip of the nose, area between the mouth and the nose, back of the neck, and shoulders; I also drank some hot green tea. I sobered up.

 

Thus, whenever I got motion sickness or nausea, I applied Frankincense [1/4 tsp olive oil, and 1 drop of essential oil] on the temples, back of the neck, and shoulders (apply several times or as necessary when needed). It worked great. The motion sickness or nausea went away after several applications and no longer bothered me.

 

Frankincense can also clear the mind and elevate the spirit. It keeps your spirit strong, focused, and positive. I used to take a nap after my breakfast, but as of today (Dec 15, 2014) I do not have to. Since I had back acne, and I was using frankincense to clear them with carrier oil. The whole process of application was rejuvenating. The inhalation of frankincense made me feel great and energetic about myself. As frankincense can achieve this objective, I suspect the application of it can relieve symptoms of mental illness. More research is needed to validate the claim.

 

The information or research about Boswellia frereana is very limited.  Known as the King of Frankincense, Boswellia frereana is usually imported from Somalia.  The therapeutic properties of Boswellia frereana are anti-inflammatory, uplifting, revitalizing, and centering.  It is also used for joint health. 

 

According to Stillpoint Aromatics (2014), Boswellia frereana is composed mainly of the chemistry of alpha thuyene, delta sabinene and para cymene – they are related to monoterpenes.  It also carries the characteristics of monoterpenes such as antiviral, antibacterial, analgesic, and so on.  Because of a high content of alpha thuyene, the aroma of Boswellia frereana is more pungent. 

 

People usually equate Boswellia frereana with Boswellia carterii.  From my experience, the latter is milder and more calming.  The invigorating effect of the former can make us stay awake all the night.

 

I think there are more benefits to Boswellia frereana.  More research is needed on its clinical application. 

 

References:

Boswellness. 2014. Retrieved from http://www.boswellness.com/sites/default/files/pdfs/Boswellness%20Frereana%20EO%20product%20sheet.pdf

Stillpoint Aromatics. 2014. Retrieved from http://www.stillpointaromatics.com/frankincense-frereana-Boswellia-frereana-essential-oil-aromatherapy?keyword=frankincense

Therapeutic properties mentioned above are from Aromahead Online Classes.

 

Bio: Bio: Fai Chan is the founder of Deli Aroma LLC. She received her certification from Academy Natural Health Sciences. She is now pursuing Advanced Graduate Certification online with Andrea Butje at Aromahead Institute. She is a Professional Member with NAHA and AIA. In addition, she has written articles for Lab Aroma, AIA, Aromatherapy Today (which will get published in the April edition), and Aromatherapy Thymes (which will get published in the Spring edition).
Email: deliaroma8@gmail.com

My First Blend, My Sickness, and My Fun

fai-chanby Fai Chan, Aromatherapist

 

I keep a journal of the blends that I made on every occasion that involves aromatherapy. The case study is about the first blend that I made for myself in relieving my sickness. It turned out to be a great success. I discovered a protocol I keep using in healing.

 

November 17, 2013
I caught cold yesterday. I realized that my immune system was weak. When I felt the headache in the evening, I used tea tree oil to massage my head and I felt better.

 

When I woke up next morning, I could not do anything as my head ached and I had a mild fever. Therefore, I took a delicious breakfast with a glass of strawberry milk & some biscuits. I felt a lot better after a good meal. A delicious meal can help speed up the healing process.

 

Today, I take my first step to try blending. It’s really fun. It requires knowledge and creativity.

My blend is as follows:
1 drop of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
1 drop of geranium (Pelargonium roseum x asperum)
2 drops of ginger (Zingiber officinale)
1 tsp (5ml) of olive oil

 

It is relaxing, comforting, and stimulating. The hot ginger can help to expel the surface wind cold, while lavender and geranium calmed my heated organs. It smells great, not too intense. The mild fragrance is very well suited to those who are sick.

 

I then use the mixture to massage my chest, the back of the neck, my ears, my nose tip, the area between the nose and mouth, and abdominal area.

 

This blend works well to calm the menstrual pain or PMS too. After the applications, I took a cup of lemon with salt water. It is so soothing. I have never thought that being sick can be an enjoyment. If I was not sick, I do not know when I will have my first blend. This is my first product. This blend helps one to sleep well when one is sick.

 

November 18, 2013

I still experienced some spillover effect of the wind cold today. As the symptoms had almost gone, I blended another oil which is more fragrant. It was because I could take more fragrance now.

 

My blend is as follows:

1 drop of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
1 drop of Jasmine absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum)
1 drops of sandalwood (Santalum album )
3 drops of lemon (Citrus limon)
1tsp (5ml) of olive oil

 

I used the blend to massage back of the neck, shoulder, temples, nose tip, area between the nose and the mouth, my shoulders, chest and upper back area.

 

It is relaxing and astringent — it lessens the mucus. This blend is very relaxing and will cause drowsiness. After falling asleep, I feel much energetic now.

 

Conclusion: The two blends that I made were not targeting at healing my fever or cold, but making me more relaxing to fall asleep. When I am in deep sleep, my body can heal quickly. In my own philosophy, I prefer my body to do most of the work in the healing process, instead of relying on “outside help”. This experience reaffirms my belief on that, and it really works well. Although I ate things that were not 100% natural, the improvement in my mood helped me to recover in a speedy way.

 

Fai’s Bio:The owner of Deli Aroma LLC, Fai, got her clinical & esthetic aromatherapy certificates from Academy of Natural Health Sciences. She is now furthering her study with Aromahead Institute. She founded Deli Aroma in 2014, providing holistic approach to alleviate her clients’ aliments. She is a Professional Member with NAHA, and AIA.

Email: deliaroma8@gmail.com

Teleseminar – July 16, 2014

The Sensual Kitchen with Kris WredeKris_photo-#1-h

 

Kris Wrede has been cooking up a storm for way longer that she wants to share or that can she remember! She has culinary roots from her wonderful Mama & Grandma. Some of the stupendously yummy essential oil based recipes I will share in the teleseminar include Passion Sun Tea and Melon Ginger chilled soup. Tune in to hear all the secrets!

 

The use of plant and flower essences for therapy of mind and body and spirit were once considered the exclusive provenance of Egyptian Priests. Now you can unlock this ancient knowledge with Kris Wrede, Aromatic Alchemist and Natural Perfumer. Kris’s specialties include perfumery, skin care and essential oil cooking.

 

Her classroom approach stems from her extensive research into the mystical rituals of ancient cultures, her philosophy of perfume as medicine, and the miraculous healing energy apparent in the art of essential oil use. Her knowledge of essential oils is enhanced by a passion for their history. Allow Kris to share her wisdom with you, let her lead you through the aromatic world and imagine the possibilities it can play in your life. Learn more about teleseminars...

Sebaceous Cyst Treatment

by Stefania Borrelli, Aromatherapist, Reflexologiststefania-borrelli
June 2014

About nine years ago I noticed a little harmless lump of fat grow on my right shoulder and was told that was a sebaceous cyst and that I could get it removed with a simple surgical procedure if it was painful or would become bigger. Over the years, it grew to a sizable lump. 

 

In November 2010 I put on some hot Ricinus communis (Castor) oil pack for few minutes to help to break down any inflammation and promote lymphatic waste removal. Also, I prepared the following balm. In a 20 ml carrier oil blend - Ricinus communis (Castor) oil, Nigella sativa (Blackseed) oil, Oenothera biennis (Evening Primerose) oil, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) oil, Azadirachta indica (Neem) oil - I added a 5% dilution of Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) leaf oil and Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil. In the balm I also included 5 gr. of Leptospermum scoparium (Manuka) honey.  Read more...

General Antiseptic Mist Spray

Anyone who uses essential oils once will continue to explore them and will discover the diverse aspects of natural, aromatic essences – relaxation, stress reduction, immune strengthening, preventive cures, personal hygiene, and other steps on the way to healing and staying healthy. Aromatherapy supports a healthy immune system. Some essential oils contain chemical constituents which are called tannins. Tannins provide immune-boosting benefits to the physical body. For humans and animals alike, essential oils are powerfully antiseptic, detoxifying and revitalizing, thus increasing resistance to disease while strengthening the immune system.

 

This article was contributed by Marlene Mitchel (4/30/09) about General Antiseptic Mist Spray and Cold & Flu Support.  Click here to read the article.

Non Toxic Cleaning Recipes

As Aromatherapists, those of us who have oils that may be approaching expiration, we can always make good use them as additions to our cleaning products!

 

Click here to read the non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes by permission from Victoria Bender, CA.

 

Recipes include; All Purpose Cleaning Spray, Streakless Windows, Water or Alcohol Marks on Wood, Wood polish, Floor Cleaner, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Wood cutting Boards, Coffee Maker Cleaner, Brass Polish and  Ant Deterrent.