Alliance of International Aromatherapists http://www.alliance-aromatherapists.org Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:00:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Jodi Baglien, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, Certified Shiatsu Therapist http://www.alliance-aromatherapists.org/jodi-baglien-certified-clinical-aromatherapist-certified-shiatsu-therapist/ Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:00:24 +0000 http://www.alliance-aromatherapists.org/?p=6879 Continue reading ]]> “It is my passion and privilege to help educate and mentor health care professionals and health seekers rediscover how the scent and healing spirit of plants touches the soul and encourages well being.”

Jodi Baglien, blends her expertise as an Aromatherapy Educator, Shiatsu Therapist, wellness consultant, and business owner, with her passion for spiritual understanding, wholeness in living, and eastern healing traditions.

Her innovative Aromatherapy Inhalation Patch and patch training programs are now offered at Hospitals, and Nursing homes throughout the midwest.

 

I provide Aromatherapy Training and consulting to Healthcare settings. Choose from the Aromatherapy Inhalation Patch Training program for busy hospitals and clinics or our Core Training Program designed for Elder Care and Skilled Nursing.
At our beautiful Studio take classes on aromatherapy or experience Aroma Acupoint Therapy, get essential oil consultations, or enjoy rejuvenating Shiatsu or Tui Na Bodywork.

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Lora Cantele, RA, CMAIA, CSRT http://www.alliance-aromatherapists.org/lora-cantele-ra-cmaia-csrt/ Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:20:24 +0000 http://www.alliance-aromatherapists.org/?p=6876 Continue reading ]]> Lora Cantele is a Registered Clinical Aromatherapist through the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) and a Certified Aromaflexology practitioner and instructor through its creator, Shirley Price. In 2009 and 2010, she brought her professional expertise to a pilot program aimed at providing a better quality of life to children with life-limiting illnesses including; hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, and continues her work with children with Autism and other intellectual disabilities. As an Aromatherapy educator, writer, and international speaker she continues to inspire her colleagues. She is the co-author of The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness. 

 

I believe in the benefits of Aromatherapy and endeavor to educate my clients how to incorporate Aromatherapy into their everyday life as a pleasurable means to preventing illness. Stress is the underlying cause of 80% of all dis-ease.  Aromatherapy is an excellent means to alleviate stress and provide comfort. My focus is to identify and address the “root cause” of ill health, not just the symptoms. I empower my clients to be more proactive in their own health care.

 

I offer Aromaflexology (formerly known as Swiss Reflex Therapy). Aromaflexology offers me as a practitioner a unique tool to asses a client’s state of health and enhances the therapeutic relationship with my client. Aromaflexology provides an effective hands-on treatment and encourages a client or caregiver to perform self-care/care at home.

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Karen Williams http://www.alliance-aromatherapists.org/karen-williams/ Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:33:46 +0000 http://www.alliance-aromatherapists.org/?p=6873 Continue reading ]]> We are in love with essential oils! It is our passion and we have the privilege to visit many farmers and distillers around the world. Our customers are amazing and we have such positive feedback. We support teachers, students, and aromatherapists as well as those just beginning their journey into this amazing world of aromas.

 

We always do a GC/MS report batch of oil we receive except our “locally grown” oils we just started to offer. These oils are often very small batches and much loved in the communities! 

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The Bugs of Summer http://www.alliance-aromatherapists.org/the-bugs-of-summer/ Tue, 14 Jun 2016 23:01:36 +0000 http://www.alliance-aromatherapists.org/?p=6843 Continue reading ]]> Bugs of Summer

 

Bug season is upon us and that means it’s time for aromatherapy bug spray blends. Although all essential oils will repel some insects, there are a few that are more commonly used for the summer pests that many deal with such as mosquitoes, black flies, and ticks.

 

You may need to experiment to find out what works for your local bugs. Here are some essential oils classically used to deter the tiny biters…

 

  • Citronella (Cymbopogon winterianus)
  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica, Juniperus virginiana, Cedrus deodora, or Juniperus mexicana)
  • Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
  • Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi)
  • Geranium Bourbon (Pelargonium graveolens)
  • Lemon Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citriodora)
  • Lemon Tea Tree (Leptospermun petersonii)
  • Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

 

Try different combinations of these oils and experiment by adding some of your own.

 

Use distilled water with a touch of alcohol, witch hazel, or liquid Castile soap and blend at up to 2% (1% for kids, using kid-safe oils, of course). Hydrosols also make an excellent base and contribute to repelling bugs. Peppermint hydrosol smells especially good when combined with patchouli essential oil.

 

Try This:

 

Mix catnip essential oil into neem carrier oil and spray on plants and trees. The neem sticks to the plants and trees and keeps mosquitoes away. Use one tablespoon (30ml) neem per one gallon of water, shake well and spray (catnip eo is optional). Be sure to respray after it rains.

 

Suggested Proportions:

 

  • 1 Tbsp Neem oil ( Azadirachta indica)
  • 50 drops Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
  • 1 gallon Water

 

Bonus Tip:

 

Leave out Lemongrass as it attracts bees. Beekeepers use lemongrass oil to swarm bees to a new hive (click below to watch video):

 

Click to watch bee video

 

 

Use common sense beyond aromatherapy:

 

Check your property for potential breeding grounds for mosquitos. Empty anything that has standing water such as buckets and old tires to be sure that they do not nest near your home. Wear protective clothing and tuck pant legs into socks when walking through high grass.

 

Remember to write down your recipes as you make them so the winning one can be replicated! Share you recipes with us on the AIA Facebook page.

 

Emily Carpenter

Emily Carpenter is a Certified Aromatherapist, herbalist, and Reiki practitioner who also studies homeopathy. She blogs about her experiences on www.marvymoms.com.

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Dietary Supplement Regulations and Guidelines for Essential Oils http://www.alliance-aromatherapists.org/dietary-supplement-regulations-and-guidelines-for-essential-oils/ Sat, 11 Jun 2016 03:00:55 +0000 http://www.alliance-aromatherapists.org/?p=6764 Continue reading ]]> Consult a Colleague

 

Consult A Colleague

 

Do you have a burning question about aromatherapy that needs answering?

 

We’re here to help! Each month one of our colleagues will answer a question in our newsletter. So send them in and keep them coming.

 

Robert Tisserand, Gabriel Mojay, Anita James, Mindy Green, Mark Webb and others are part of our panel of consultants to answer these questions. Questions will be posted on our blog and in our email newsletter each month.

 

The questions need to be submitted to
info@alliance-aromatherapists.org
and put “Consult a Colleague” in the subject line.

 

This Month’s Question

I was wondering when essential oils are used as a dietary supplement what regulations or guidelines are used by manufacturers to assure safety and quality? I know they need to watch verbiage with structure function statements, but how would a consumer know if the oils being used are safe / not toxic, etc.?

 

The reason I ask is because I was asked to give an opinion about a dietary supplement containing essential oils that was promoting cellular regeneration. Please let me know if you want to know the product name.

 

Answer

 

Dietary supplement companies are required under federal regulations to manufacture products in compliance with a strict cGMP (current good manufacturing practice) rule (i.e., 21 CFR 111) and are subject to inspection by FDA to ensure compliance. That addresses the “quality” part of your question for finished products, as the cGMP rule defines the term “quality” to mean “that the dietary supplement consistently meets the established specifications for identity, purity, strength, and composition, and limits on contaminants, and has been manufactured, packaged, labeled, and held under conditions to prevent adulteration.” This rule and its definitions are relevant to all dietary supplements, including those that consist of or contain essential oils.

 

On the issue of safety, all supplement companies are required to sell only products that are reasonably expected to be safe for their intended use (in the relevant legal language, the product may not “present a significant or unreasonable risk of illness or injury under conditions of use recommended or suggested in labeling, or, if no conditions of use are recommended or suggested in labeling, under ordinary conditions of use.” 21 U.S.C. 342 (f)(1).

 

In addition, FDA commented in the preamble to the final rule on claims made for dietary supplements to express the agency’s view that any health consequences that may be associated with a supplement need to be disclosed:

 

“The agency also notes that there may be important health-related consequences associated with taking a dietary supplement, even if the product does not bear disease claims. For the labeling of a dietary supplement to be considered truthful and non-misleading (see sections 403(a) and (r)(6) and 201(g)(1) of the act), it must include all information that is material in light of the claims made for the product and the consequences that may result from its use (see section 201(m)) of the act.” 65 FR 1000 at 1005; January 6, 2000.

 

In making this statement, FDA acknowledged that there may, in fact, be “consequences” to the use of a supplement (of course this is also true for a food) but this does not make the supplement (or food) illegal. It is the marketer’s responsibility to be aware of such consequences and inform consumers.

 

So if a company sells a dietary supplement that consists of or contains an essential oil (or in fact, any ingredient) the company takes the position that the product does not present a “significant or unreasonable risk of illness or injury” and would need to inform consumers of any “consequences” that may be associated with the product.

 

—Michael McGuffin, President
American Herbal Products Association | www.ahpa.org
“This response does not constitute legal advice and use of this information should be subject to consultation with a qualified attorney.”

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Ayurveda Rituals for Beauty & Balance http://www.alliance-aromatherapists.org/ayurveda-rituals-for-beauty-balance/ Sun, 15 May 2016 15:49:38 +0000 http://www.alliance-aromatherapists.org/?p=6695 Continue reading ]]> Ayurvedic Recipes

 

At the April Mountain Region Meeting, Nellie Shapiro gave a lively and interactive presentation on Ayurveda. Her 2-hour presentation began with a discussion on the 20 “Gunas.” ‘Guna’ is the Sanskrit word meaning attribute or quality. This was an introduction to determining your Dosha or Bioelement that make up one’s constitution. While all three Doshas (Kapha, Pitta and Vata) are present in each of us, one generally dominates at any given time. The key is keeping them in balance. After learning about the Gunas, Nellie let her audience try their hand at determining the Doshas of each of the others in attendance and explained further the various nuances in determining each person’s constitution. This was followed by a brief break in which attendees sampled some tea Nellie prepared with fennel, cumin, turmeric and coriander and a delicious ginger and beet chutney. After the break, Nellie talked her audience through Dinachariya—a daily morning ritual to nourish and energize the body; including the appropriate time to rise, prayer, hygiene, exercise, breathing and meditation…all before breakfast! With each step, she explained the how and the why, as well as preparations she uses for herself including a tooth powder, body oil and deodorant made with herbs and essential oils. Her presentation concluded with the sharing of the following recipes for nourishment to support an Ayurvedic lifestyle for wellness.

 

Ayurvedic Kitchari

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 cup split yellow mung dahl beans
  • ¼ – ½ cup long grain white or white basmati rice
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger root
  • 1 tsp each: black mustard seeds, cumin, and turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp each: coriander powder, fennel and fenugreek seeds
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2Tbs coconut flakes
  • 7-10 cup water
  • ½ tsp salt (rock salt is best)
  • 1 small handful chopped fresh cilantro ( basil ) leaves
  • Can add vegetables – beets leaves, kale, sweet potatoes, carrots, etc
  • Ghee or coconut oil to the taste and according to constitution

 

I prefer to make my spice mixes every week ahead of time, roasted and powdered.

 

Directions:

 

  1. Wash split yellow mung beans and rice together until water runs clear.
  2. In a pre-heated large pot, dry roast the ginger and all the spices (except the bay leaves) on medium heat for a few minutes. This dry-roasting will enhance the flavor.
  3. Add dahl and rice and stir, coating the rice and beans with the spices.
  4. Add water and bay leaves and bring to a boil.
  5. Boil for 10 minutes.
  6. Turn heat to low, cover pot and continue to cook until dahl and rice become soft (about 30-40 minutes).
  7. The cilantro (basil) leaves and ghee (coconut oil) can be added just before serving.
  8. Add salt.

 

For weak digestion, gas or bloating: Before starting to prepare the kitchari, first par-boil the split mung dahl (cover with water and bring to boil), drain, and rinse. Repeat 2-3 times. OR, soak beans overnight and then drain. Cook as directed.

 

Takra: Ayurvedic Butter Milk

 

“He who uses takra daily does not suffer from diseases, and diseases cured by takra do not recur; just as amrita (divine nectar) is for the gods, takra is to humans.” Bhavaprakasha Chapter 6.7

 

Great probiotic.

 

Serves 1

 

Ingredients:

 

  • ¼ cup fresh cold yogurt (make your own fresh, when possible)
  • ¾ cup purified cold water
  • ¼ tsp cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp coriander
  • 1 pinch of rock salt
  • Fresh cilantro/ basil leaves – optional.

 

Directions:

 

  1. Place the freshly-made yogurt in the blender and blend for three to five minutes. Add the cold water, and blend again on low for three to five minutes.
  2. Collect and discard the fatty foam on top. Repeat blending and remove further fatty foam if yogurt still seems thick or solid white (should appear watery but cloudy in color when finished).
  3. Add the spices and herb
  4. Serve at room temperature.

 

For simplicity you can just combine all ingredients and mix by hand. The important part is 1:4 ratio yogurt/ water. Milk kefir is another great probiotic.

 

CCF TEA

 

  • 1/3 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/3 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1/3 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups of water

 

Combine ingredients in a medium pot and bring to boil. Turn down to a simmer and cover. After 5 minutes, turn off heat and allow to cool to a drinkable temperature. Strain to serve. Sweeten with a touch of honey or maple syrup or a splash of almond milk.

 

Skin-Nourishing Spice Mixture

 

  • 3 parts turmeric
  • 6 parts coriander
  • 6 parts fennel
  • 3parts fenugreek
  • 1 part black pepper
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Aromatic Medicine: Internal Dosing of Essential Oils http://www.alliance-aromatherapists.org/aromatic-medicine-internal-dosing-of-essential-oils/ Mon, 02 May 2016 20:52:45 +0000 http://www.alliance-aromatherapists.org/?p=6606 Continue reading ]]> Article by Amy Kreydin

 

  botanical medicine capsule  

 

If aromatherapy is a frequently misunderstood profession then the specialization of aromatic medicine is so out there we could be discussing xenobotany here. But we’re not talking about plant life on other planets, this is a unique branch of botanical medicine that employs volatile aromatic plant extracts in internal dose forms.

 

Twenty years ago I began studying botanical medicine in high mountain meadows, birthing rooms, greenhouses, gardens, and dining rooms in Northern New Mexico. Six years ago I studied clinical aromatherapy in a classroom at Boston Medical Center. Last year I began studying aromatic medicine at the Heal Center. It was an International effort coordinated by South African Roz Zollinger, Brit Gabriel Mojay, and led by Aussie Mark Webb. It was amazing and I’ve loved how it has taken my practice and education to another level. 🙂  

What is Aromatic Medicine?

 

Aromatic Medicine is the internal dosing of volatile plant extracts. Extracts used in aromatic medicine include:

 

  • steam- and hydro-distilled essential oils,
  • expressed/cold-pressed essential oils,
  • carbon dioxide extracted volatiles (CO2 extracts),
  • and deterpenated/rectified essential oils.

 

Other botanical ingredients used in formulations might include:

 

  • ethanol botanical extracts (herbal tinctures),
  • triglyceride (fatty) oils, waxes, and butters (think shea butter and almond oil),
  • and raw plant materials from powders to loose herbs.

 

Aromatic medicine draws on both pharmaceutical standardized methodologies (Galenic method) as well as botanical medicine methodologies to calibrate and formulate doses. This has proven to be the biggest leap in the evolution of how I prepare remedies. Twenty years ago I used dashes, pinches, scoops and generally eyeballed my measurements. That would be a terrific way to make a batch of bone broth, blood builder syrup, healing soup, or adrenal-nourishing tea but a terrifying approach to aromatic medicine! Today you’ll find me cozied up to a fancy little scale measuring active ingredients in milligrams with a handy little calculator and a mason jar full of pipettes. 

 

Dose Forms in Aromatic Medicine

 

You’ll recognize some of these dose forms from more common aromatherapy practices but I’m adding notes specific to how the dose may be different in aromatic medicine:  

 

  • Respiratory tract – an emulsified solution dosed via a nebulizer according to the constitution and age of the client; an emulsified nasal spray/wash; an aromatic suppository.
  • Gastrointestinal tract – milligram dosage according to the weight of the client and chemistry of the active ingredients employed and dosed via enteric-coated capsules, aperitifs and digestifs, emulsified gargles, liquid syrups, or aromatic suppositories.
  • Urogenital tract – milligram dosage according to weight of the client and chemistry of the active ingredients employed and dosed via aromatic suppositories or pessaries.

 

Should I try Aromatic Medicine?

 

Professionally, my aromatic medicine training has really elevated my formulation work and introduced me to some unique approaches to drafting wellness plans. Personally, I’ve enjoyed a broader range of wellness tools to support immune health during the 2015-2016 cold/flu season, and this year’s cedar fever season followed shortly by the mold and pollen sinus apocalypse ;-).   Aromatic medicine seems to particularly shine in the area of supporting the body during an acute or chronic infectious disease state. Examples of this include influenza, hospital superbugs, respiratory infections, gastrointestinal infections, and Lyme disease.

 

Is it safe?

 

Safety and efficacy should always be at the forefront of any aromatic intervention, be it inhaled, topical, internal, or oral. If you’ve read some of my other posts like Friends don’t let friends drink essential oils, and Why essential oils are not water flavoring agents, and Essential Oils and GRAS: What it really means then you know there are risks associated with oral dosing: mucosal lining damage, internal organ stress, stomach and esophageal damage, phototoxic reactions (worse with oral dosing than topical), and immune system stress (sensitization, triggering an autoimmune condition, etc). So if adding a drop to a glass of water isn’t safe how is adding a drop to a gel cap and swallowing it safe? Great question!

 

The only way for aromatic medicine to be safe is to have a firm grasp on dosing, chemistry, and pharmacology of these concentrated ingredients. We know that essential oils can safely be used to flavor beverages and foods when they have been appropriately emulsified (remember that oil and water don’t mix!), and used in accordance with flavoring doses. Oftentimes this means an essential oil needs to be rectified for it to be non-irritating to the mucous membranes in the mouth, throat, and stomach.

 

Dosing, chemistry, and pharmacology go hand-in-hand in a treatment plan. We select a dose based on weight and constitution of the individual – very different dosing and dose forms for a 190 pound adult with a strong constitution versus a frail 110 pound senior citizen. Then we further calibrate the dose according to the chemistry of the aromatics we’ve selected. After that we further calibrate based on the dose form we wish to employ. So each capsule, suppository, nebulizer dose provides the same dose of aromatics.  

Can I do this myself?

 

I get a lot of safety questions about using essential oils orally, and many of them are centered around the individual wanting to know if their at-home formula is safe or if a commercial formulation they’ve purchased is safe. With some inspiration from Jim McDonald, a Michigan herbalist, I’ve put together a list of questions to help you determine whether an oral dose of essential oils is appropriate and safe for you:

 

  • What is the binomial (latin) name of the plant this aromatic extract comes from?
  • Does it have a chemotype? (i.e. Rosemary CT Cineole)
  • How was this aromatic extracted?
  • Has it been rectified/deterpenated?
  • How was the plant grown?
  • What is the chemistry of this specific batch?
  • How old is it and what were the storage conditions like?
  • What is the LD (Lethal Dose) 50 of this extract?
  • What are the possible medication and health contraindications for this extract?
  • What is the maximum adult oral dose of this extract?
  • What is the nature of the condition being treated?
  • What is the dosage for the weight and constitution of the person being treated?
  • What delivery form will be the most effective, and safest for the condition being treated?
  • What is the dosage frequency and the treatment plan length?
  • What do the side effects look like?
  • What does an overdose look like with this dose form and aromatic?

 

This article, written by Amy Kreydin, was originally published at The Barefoot Dragonfly.

 

Amy Kreydin

 

Amy Kreydin is a Board Certified Reflexologist and Clinically-trained Aromatherapist, in private practice since 2004. Kreydin received her certificate as a Certified Reflexologist from the Palmer Institute in Salem, MA in 2004, and was awarded her board certificate in Reflexology from the American Reflexology Certification Board in 2006. She trained at a Harvard teaching hospital in Boston, MA and obtained her Certified Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner (CCAP) in 2011. She is passionate about whole body wellness and loves helping folks reach their health goals to live an abundant, vibrant, and balanced life.

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Gina Iudica LMT, CA http://www.alliance-aromatherapists.org/gina-iudica-lmt-ca/ Mon, 18 Apr 2016 20:35:53 +0000 http://www.alliance-aromatherapists.org/?p=6582 Continue reading ]]> I am an Essential oil blender
Custom blends tailored for individual results
All organic products
Made from the earth, Made with love
Only the best ingredients go into AromaGee products.

 

My holistic journey started by finding out how to cut the medication, chemicals and over the counter out of my day. Then I decided to help others with my holistic wellness discovery with Therapeutic Massage and Aromatherapy.

 

My mission is to provide our clients with peace, relaxation, and well-being through the healing power of massage. Our highly-trained staff will tailor a massage therapy treatment to your individual needs.

 

As a massage therapist:
I integrate all possible therapies from Gentle Relaxation – Swedish – Deep Tissue – Trigger point – Medical –  Prenatal Massage – Shiatsu – 12 Meridian Massage – Connective Tissue Therapy – Neuromuscular Therapy – Polarity / Energy work – CranioSacral Therapy – Reflexology – Elder Massage- Chair Massage – Myofascia release – Sports Massage- Aromatherapy and Home visit.

 

I believe each person is unique and deserves a service based on their own unique qualities, wants and needs.

 

Graduate of Massage Therapy at the Finger Lakes School of Massage
Continuing education: CranioSacral Therapy 1 Upledger Institute, Massage for Fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, 12 Meridian Massage, Medical Massage, Migraine relief and Advanced Certification in Prenatal Massage.

 

Certified Aromatherapist Graduated from Aromahead Institute

Currently enrolled in Graduate Clinical Aromatherapist program

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A 5 Element Approach to Understanding Essential Oils: The Wood Element http://www.alliance-aromatherapists.org/a-5-element-approach-to-understanding-essential-oils-the-wood-element/ Mon, 18 Apr 2016 19:21:19 +0000 http://www.alliance-aromatherapists.org/?p=6575 Continue reading ]]> Article by Marc J. Gian, L. Ac, LMT

 

5 Elements

 

There are as many ways to classify Essential Oils as there are to use them. As we use essential oils for “holistic aromatherapy” we need to become clear on what holistic means. All too often, the term holistic is thrown around for the use of treating symptoms without allopathic medicine. However, to accurately be holistic practitioners the inclusion of the emotional/mental aspect of our client is paramount. The philosophy of the 5 Elements is one system that can lead to sincere holistic treatment.

 

The 5 Elements or Wu Xing is a leading paradigm used in Chinese medicine and is a solution for the aromatherapist eager to understand the root of illness. The 5 Elements are used to describe many of the phenomena of the natural world including the human condition. Each element gives birth to another and then cycles back again, just like the seasons.

 

Let’s take a look a look at the basics of the 5 Elements:

 

5 Element Chart

 

We are all born with a predominance of one or two elements that make up our being. During certain situations and times of life one elemental trait will dominate. This can be equated to an essential oil blend. When blending, quantity and function/personality of essential oil determines dominance of one oil over the other.

 

As the seasons cycle towards spring, it suites that this article focus on correlating the Wood Element and Aromatherapy/Essential Oils. The organs that are associated with the Wood Element are the Liver and Gall Bladder. The mother of the Wood Element is the Water Element, the Wood Element gives rise to the Fire Element.

 

The Water Element is associated with the winter time and dormancy. The Water Element can be seen as those aspects of our lives that have not been experienced or have brought into the world. Quite often, this can be the expression of our emotions, an idea that has been in the works or the deepest purpose in life.

 

Naturally, in order to emerge from inactivity (Winter) to a state of renewal (Spring) and then to full expression (Fire) the directionality of energy needs to be in an upward and outward direction. In Chinese medicinal terms, this correlates to the function of Promoting the Movement of Qi. This function helps to maintain the movement of energy in our being and move dormant/suppressed Qi. For the purposes of this writing and to comprehend our energetic cycles we need to be clear that upward and outward direction or promoting the movement of Qi is used in all seasons, it is dependent on what is happening to with the individual.

 

From the above we can correlate that movement forward is associated with the Wood Element. As a matter of fact, symptoms associated with “sciatica” or “piriformis” and other forms of muscle tightness are associated with the Wood Element. Quite often, the emotional cause of pain in this area is a result of either not moving forward in life or suppressing our emotions or the direction we want to go. The Wood Element is associated with direction in life and the expression of anger. If our anger or direction in life does not progress outward it gets suppressed and moves downward. This is the opposite direction of spring.

 

This perverse flow on Liver Qi is an actual cause of physical pain and may also be a contributor to the western medical diagnosis of depression. Therefore, from the basics we already know, the proper essential oils to use would be those that have the function to Promote the Movement of Qi to unblock this dormancy (Winter). Essential Oils that are classified for the Wood Element and have this function include: Rosemary, Lemongrass, and Lavender angustifolia.

 

All of the above oils are associated with moving stagnant Qi yet do so in different ways. Naturally, when we experience irritation and frustration, our muscle tense. The Liver controls the sinews. Lemongrass the “tendinomuscular oil” is key in Promoting the Movement of Qi in the hips, legs and ankles. Consequently, Lemongrass is an excellent choice for muscle tenderness due to emotional suppression, i.e sciatica pain/piriormis syndrome. This warming oil has the ability to move stagnation in the muscle layer especially in the hips and legs. Treating physical pain is often the first step in the freedom from emotional stagnation.

 

Rosemary is commonly used with Lemongrass for the above symptoms. Yet, its spring like nature can also be seen in its ability to strengthen our digestive system. Our digestive system (Earth Element) becomes deficient for many reasons including diet and emotional experience. A common diagnosis is what is called Wood (Liver) Overacting on Earth (Spleen) Common symptoms of Wood Overacting on Earth include; irritability, bloating, alternating diarrhea and constipation and fatigue. In addition to being associated with the Wood Element it also has an affinity with the Earth Element. This dual association makes Rosemary the premier essential oil for treating this condition.The two functions that Rosemary has to treat this are Promoting the Movement of QI Upwards (the expression of self) and Raising the Spleen Qi.

 

The rising nature of Wood engenders the Fire Element (Heart and Small Intestine. Lavender is an oil that has an affinity with both the Wood and Fire Element. Similar to Lemongrass and Rosemary, Lavender promotes the Movement of Qi. However, Lemongrass and Rosemary are both warming in nature, while Lavender is cool and is distilled from a flower. As it is a flower, it calms with a cooler, softer and gentler quality. Lavender is a principal oil to be used when there are emotional issues of the Fire Element, such as anxiety, restlessness and nostalgia.

 

The system of the 5 Element deepens the understanding of essential oils and provides a framework to connect emotions and physicality. When practitioners start to use this structure they will observe the whole person and be able to treat in deeper and more efficient manner.

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Rehne Burge, Certified Aromatherapist, Medical Auditor http://www.alliance-aromatherapists.org/rehne-burge-certified-aromatherapist-medical-auditor/ Wed, 30 Mar 2016 18:00:32 +0000 http://www.alliance-aromatherapists.org/?p=6536 Continue reading ]]> As a Certified Aromatherapist, my focus is to give my clients that best education in Essential oils, blends that are made especially for their personal needs and bring new awareness to the safety and benefits of Essential oils. We post recipes and new information daily! Let’s learn together and grow in alternative treatments.

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