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Geranium MSDS

  1. IDENTIFICATION OF SUBSTANCE/PREPARATION & COMPANY.

 

SUPPLIER: Scents-ible Solutions

  1. COMPOSITION / INFORMATION ON INGREDIENTS.

DEFINITION/BOTANICAL ORIGIN: Geranium oil is obtained by the steam distillation of the flowers of the

herb Pelargonium graveolens, P. roseum.

H-No: 3301.21 CAS No: 8000-46-2 Status: natural

FDA: 182.10 IFRA: see section 16 Additives: none

RIFM: monograph EINECS: 90082-46-5

INCI name: Pelargonium gaveolens (Rose Geranium) Oil

  1. HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION:

Concentrated product. Do not ingest. Observe good housekeeping procedures.

  1. FIRST-AID MEASURES:

INHALATION: Remove from exposure site to fresh air. Keep at rest. Obtain medical

attention.

EYE CONTACT: Rinse immediately with plenty of water for at least 15 mins. Contact a doctor if

symptoms persist.

SKIN CONTACT: Remove contaminated clothes. Wash thoroughly with soap & water,

flush with plenty of water. If irritation persists, seek medical advice.

INGESTION: Rinse mouth out with water. Seek medical advice immediately.

OTHER: When assessing action take Risk & Safety Phrases into account

(Section 15)

  1. FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES.

EXTINGUISHING MEDIA Use CO2, Dry Powder or Foam type Extinguishers, spraying

RECOMMENDED: extinguishing media to base of flames. Do not use direct water jet on

burning material.

SPECIAL MEASURES: Avoid vapour inhalation. Keep away from sources of ignition. Do not

smoke. Wear positive pressure self-contained breathing apparatus &

protective clothing.

EXTINGUISHING PROCEDURES: Closed containers may build up pressure when exposed to heat and

should be cooled with water spray.

  1. ACCIDENTAL RELEASE MEASURES.

PERSONAL PRECAUTIONS: Avoid inhalation & direct contact with skin & eyes. Use individual

protective equipment (safety glasses, waterproof-boots, suitable

protective clothing) in case of major spillages.

ENVIRONMENT PRECAUTIONS: Keep away from drains, soils, surface & groundwaters.

CLEANING UP METHODS Remove all potential ignition sources. Contain spilled material. Cover

FOR SPILLAGES: with an inert or non-combustible inorganic absorbent material, sweep

up and remove to an approved disposal container. Observe state,

federal & local disposal regulations.

PRECAUTIONS IN HANDLING: Apply good manufacturing practice & industrial hygiene practices,

ensuring proper ventilation. Observe good personal hygiene, and do

not eat, drink or smoke whilst handling.

STORAGE CONDITIONS: Store in tightly closed original container, in a cool, dry & ventilated area

away from heat sources & protected from light. Keep air contact to a

minimum.

FIRE PROTECTION: Keep away from ignition sources & naked flames. Take precautions to

avoid static discharges in working area.

  1. EXPOSURE CONTROLS/PERSONAL PROTECTION.

RESPIRATORY PROTECTION: Avoid breathing product vapour. Apply local ventilation where possible.

VENTILATION: Ensure good ventilation of working area.

HAND PROTECTION: Avoid all skin contact. Use chemically resistant gloves if required.

EYE PROTECTION: Use safety glasses.

WORK/HYGIENE PRACTICES: Wash hands with soap & water after handling.

  1. PHYSICAL & CHEMICAL PROPERTIES.

COLOUR: Pale green to yellow-green

APPEARANCE: Mobile liquid

ODOUR: R0saceous, minty, fresh, geranium leaf

FLASH POINT (°C): 93

SPECIFIC GRAVITY @ 20°C: 0.882 – 0.899

REFRACTIVE INDEX @ 20°C: 1.461 – 1.469

  1. STABILITY & REACTIVITY.

REACTIVITY: It presents no significant reactivity hazards, by itself or in contact with

water. Avoid contact with strong acids, alkali or oxidising agents.

DECOMPOSITION: Liable to cause smoke & acrid fumes during combustion: carbon

monoxide, carbon dioxide & other non-identified organic compounds

may be formed.

  1. TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION.

See Opdyke D.L.J. Food cosmet. Toxicol. (1975) 13, 451 & FCT (1976) 14, 781

Acute oral LD50: >5g/kg Dermal LD50: >5g/kg

  1. ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION.

BIODEGRADABILITY: Data not available

PRECAUTIONS: Prevent surface contamination of soil, ground & surface water.

  1. DISPOSAL CONSIDERATIONS.

Avoid disposing to drainage systems and into the environment. Seek expert advice.

  1. TRANSPORT REGULATIONS.

Road (ADR/RID): n/a

AIR (IATA): n/a

SEA (IMDG): n/a

CHIP: See section 1515. REGULATORY INFORMATION. According to Directive 88/379/EEC

HAZARDS: n/a

SYMBOLS: n/a

RISK PHRASES: n/a

SAFETY PHRASES: n/a

  1. OTHER INFORMATION.

Cosmetics Directive 7th Amendment: Restrictions may apply. A source of Citral, Gerianol, Citronellol,

Limonene and Linalool, listed as sensitisers. Check maximum usage levels for skin care products.

PACKAGING:

Type Suitability

SHELF LIFE

When stored within advised conditions, re-test after 12 months, then at 3 monthly intervals up to a

maximum shelf life of 36 months.

Q.C. REQUIREMENTS.

In-line with general product specification. Always satisfy suitability for specific application.

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Rosemary MSDS

  1. IDENTIFICATION OF SUBSTANCE/PREPARATION & COMPANY.

 

SUPPLIER: Scents-ible Solutions

 

  1. COMPOSITION / INFORMATION ON INGREDIENTS.

DEFINITION/BOTANICAL ORIGIN: The volatile oil obtained by steam distillation from the leaves of the

shrubby perennial Rosemarinus officinalis L. (Fam. Labiatae).

H-No: 3301.2961 CAS No: 84604-14-8 Status: natural

CoE No: 406 FEMA: 2992 Additives: none

FDA: §182.10 IFRA: see section 16 Application: Aromatherapy, Skincare, Shampoos etc

RTECS: FCCIV: official

RIFM: monograph EINECS: 283-291-9

INCI name: Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) leaf Oil

 

  1. HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION:

Xn Harmful, Flammable liquid.

 

  1. FIRST-AID MEASURES:

INHALATION: Remove from exposure site to fresh air. Keep at rest. Obtain medical

attention.

EYE CONTACT: Rinse immediately with plenty of water for at least 15 mins. Contact a doctor if

symptoms persist.

SKIN CONTACT: Remove contaminated clothes. Wash thoroughly with soap & water,

flush with plenty of water. If irritation persists, seek medical advice.

INGESTION: Rinse mouth out with water. Seek medical advice immediately.

OTHER: When assessing action take Risk & Safety Phrases into account

(Section 15)

 

  1. FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES.

EXTINGUISHING MEDIA Use CO2, Dry Powder or Foam type Extinguishers, spraying

extinguishing media to base of flames. Do not use direct water jet on

burning material.

SPECIAL MEASURES: Avoid vapour inhalation. Keep away from sources of ignition. Do not

smoke. Wear positive pressure self-contained breathing apparatus &

protective clothing.

EXTINGUISHING PROCEDURES: Closed containers may build up pressure when exposed to heat and

should be cooled with water spray.

 

6 PERSONAL PRECAUTIONS: Avoid inhalation & direct contact with skin & eyes. Use individual

protective equipment (safety glasses, waterproof-boots, suitable

protective clothing) in case of major spillages.

ENVIRONMENT PRECAUTIONS: Keep away from drains, soils, surface & groundwaters.

CLEANING UP METHODS Remove all potential ignition sources. Contain spilled material. Cover

with an inert or non-combustible inorganic absorbent material, or

sweep up and remove to an approved disposal container. Observe state,

federal & local disposal regulations.

 

  1. HANDLING & STORAGE.

PRECAUTIONS IN HANDLING: Apply good manufacturing practice & industrial hygiene practices,

ensuring proper ventilation. Observe good personal hygiene, and do

not eat, drink or smoke whilst handling.

STORAGE CONDITIONS: Store in tightly closed original container, in a cool, dry & ventilated area

away from heat sources & protected from light. Keep air contact to a

minimum.

FIRE PROTECTION: Keep away from ignition sources & naked flames. Take precautions to

avoid static discharges in working area.

 

  1. EXPOSURE CONTROLS/PERSONAL PROTECTION.

RESPIRATORY PROTECTION: Avoid breathing product vapour. Apply local ventilation where possible.

VENTILATION: Ensure good ventilation of working area.

HAND PROTECTION: Avoid all skin contact. Use chemically resistant gloves if required.

EYE PROTECTION: Use safety glasses.

WORK/HYGIENE PRACTICES: Wash hands with soap & water after handling.

 

  1. PHYSICAL & CHEMICAL PROPERTIES.

COLOUR: Colourless to pale yellow

APPEARANCE: Clear mobile liquid

ODOUR: Characteristic, clean refreshing

FLASH POINT °C: 41

SPECIFIC GRAVITY @ 20°C: 0.895 to 0.920

REFRACTIVE INDEX @ 20°C: 1.460 to 1.474

SOLUBILITY IN VEGETABLE OILS: Soluble

SOLUBILITY IN WATER: Insoluble

 

  1. STABILITY & REACTIVITY.

REACTIVITY: It presents no significant reactivity hazards, by itself or in contact with

water. Avoid contact with strong acids, alkali or oxidising agents.

DECOMPOSITION: Liable to cause smoke & acrid fumes during combustion: carbon

monoxide, carbon dioxide & other non-identified organic compounds

may be formed.

 

  1. TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION.

Data not available 12. ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION.

BIODEGRADABILITY: Data not available

PRECAUTIONS: Prevent surface contamination of soil, ground & surface water.

 

  1. DISPOSAL CONSIDERATIONS.

Avoid disposing to drainage systems and into the environment. Seek expert advice.

 

  1. TRANSPORT REGULATIONS.

UN 1993: applies

Road (ADR/RID): Class 3.31c

AIR (IATA) : Class 3

SEA (IMDG): Class 3 Flam Liquids N.O.S.

CHIP: See section 15

 

  1. REGULATORY INFORMATION. According to Directive 88/379/EEC

HAZARDS: Harmful

SYMBOLS: Xn

RISK PHRASES: R10 Flammable liquid

R65 Harmful: may cause lung damage if swallowed

SAFETY PHRASES: S62 If swallowed, do not induce vomiting: seek medical advice

immediately

 

  1. OTHER INFORMATION.

Cosmetics Directive 7th Amendment: Restrictions may apply. A source of Limonene and Linalool, listed as sensitizers. Check maximum usage levels for skin care products.

SHELF LIFE

When stored within advised conditions, re-test after 12 months then at 3 monthly intervals up to a

maximum life of 36 months.

Q.C. REQUIREMENTS.

In-line with general product specification. Always satisfy suitability for specific application.

The data provided in this material safety data sheet is meant to represent typical data/analysis for this product and is correct to the best of our knowledge. The data was obtained from current and reliable sources, but is supplied without warranty, expressed or implied, regarding its’ correctness or accuracy.

It is the user’s responsibility to determine safe conditions for the use of this product, and to assume liability for loss, injury, damage or expense arising from improper use of this product. The information provided does not constitute a contract to supply to any specification, or for any given application, and buyers should seek to verify their requirements and product use.

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Top 10 Crystals for Winter

This blog post has been copied from an email I received, thanks go to Andrew Pacholyk, MS. L.Ac
http://www.peacefulmind.com/winter.htm
Therapies for healing
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Winter is the time for being introspective and meditative. Winter is our time to
rest and replenish. Because winter is a time of less light and colder
conditions, it can also be a difficult time for many people. Crystals can play a
part in brightening our nights, improving our outlook and encouraging us to look
within, peacefully. Here are my top 10 choices for Winter.

Angelite:
Properties: This stone is excellent at balancing, polarizing and aligning the
physical body with the Aura or ethereal network. It is very calming and its
shade of blue refreshes the eyes and spirit. This crystal helps us to be in
touch with angels and animal guides, as well as assisting in distant
communication with other humans. Most effective on the Throat Chakra, Angelite
helps in self expression, communication and allows us to speak our mind, helping
us to become more assertive. Its soothing effects on the Throat Chakra works
beautifully in calming and soothing anxiety or overactive children. Use this
stone to call your Angels for guidance and support. Angelite is often used for
psychic connection to oneness with the Universe, the angelic realm and for
spiritual guidance. Angelite is utilized for heightened sensory awareness, which
also makes it great for Astral travel. Angelite helps us to see paths to
surmount challenges. It dispels anger, renews connections with Universal
knowledge, and reduces the “upstream struggle” during new endeavors.

Azurite:
Properties: Referred to as the jewel of wisdom or Stone of Heaven. Azurite
symbolizes insight and discovery. It is said to increase psychic abilities.
Azurite activates the Brow and Throat Chakra for more assertive communication
and alertness. It allows for quite, deep access to the subconscious and as a
seeing stone offers access to other times, places and lives. Therefore, it is a
great stone to assist in astral travel. This great balancer helps those who talk
too much and allows for those who to be expressive when they have a tendency to
hold back. This opens our psychic intuition and gets us aquainted with our
innerselves. It is a stone that stimulates creativity, giving access to a
fountain of ideas, images and awareness of things around us. This is a wonderful
stone for decisiveness and decision making.

Black Onyx:
Properties: Balances and grounds. Reduces sex drive. Promotes fidelity. Absorbs
and flattens emotional intensity. Androgynous. Excellent for centering/aligning
total person with higher powers. Banish grief, enhance self control, wise
decision-making, encourages happiness and good fortune. Can be used to provide a
“peek” into the future, helps one to follow the path alone, promotes personal
strength, understand the reality of the moment, become the master of one’s own
future. Helps with disorders of soft tissue, bone marrow and the feet. Black:
Root Chakra. Grounding. Green: Heart Chakra. Yellow: 3rd Seriousness, logic.
Blue: 5th Chakra. Found in Italy, US, and in Mexico. The shapes or patterns that
Onyx holds inside it have led some to suggest that Onyx has a picture in it that
tells a story or carries a lesson. An Onyx will retain memory of the physical
occurrences surrounding a person. A strong stone to use in psychometry because
it tells the story of the wearer. A strength-giving stone. A good stone for
athletes or people under extreme mental and emotional stress. It brings balance
to mind or body as well as strength of mind. Good stone for those who are
flighty by nature. A strengthening stone that can help you approach a lesson or
task with greater self-confidence. Said to be good for the teeth and bones. It
is highly recommended that Onyx be used in conjunction with Pearl and Diamond.

Blue Chalcedony:
Properties: A type of Quartz that heads a family which includes Agate,
Carnelian, Jasper, Tiger’s Eye, and Onyx. Found in the US, Sri Lanka, USSR,
Mexico and Brazil. Chelcedony helps ease self-doubts, makes one more reflective.
It is used to eases bad dreams and problems related to the eye, gall bladder,
bones, spleen, blood, and circulatory organs. Cleansing in nature, this stone
will promote healing. It needn’t be cleaned afterward since it has such strong
cleansing qualities of its own. Chelcedony fosters the maternal instinct and is
said to assist lactation. Blue is used to open the throat Chakra and helps with
communication and self expression.

Citrine:
Properties: This stone is very versatile and is used for mental and emotional
clarity, problem solving, memory issues, will power, optimism, confidence and
self-discipline. It reduces anxiety, fear and depression. Citrine is one of two
crystals which never have to be cleansed of negative energy. An energizing and
highly beneficial crystal, citrine absorbs, transmutes, grounds and dissolves
negative energy, which makes it a very protective stone. Citrine crystals are
invigorating and positive. They can surround and fill anyone with its brilliant
color, energizing every aspect of life. Increases motivation and Persons
involved with education or business will especially benefit. Can guide you to
harness and utilize your creative energy. Helps us analyze events and steer them
in a positive direction. Develops inner calm and security, and makes us less
sensitive and more open to constructive criticism. Can dispel negative feelings
and help us to accept the flow of events.

Petalite:
Properties: Petalite, also known as Castorite, is highly spiritual. It has been
called the “stone of the Angels” (not to be confused with Angelite) and will
help one connect with one’s guides and enhances your angelic connection. It is
also said to dissolve negativity and black magic spells. Petalite has been used
on vision quests for strength, protection, and peace. It will balance one’s
yin/yang qualities as well as one’s mind, body, and spirit. It also enhances
one’s ability to feel energy in stones. Known as an aura calmer, this stone
works on the Throat, Third Eye and Crown Chakra in particular. This
environmental stone enhances it surroundings. It is a strong generator of
positive, higher energy.

Quartz: “Rock Crystal”
Properties:Quartz is the Master Healer and the “stone of power”! This crystal
has the appearance of frozen water and clear quartz appears to look like ice!
Probably the most versatile multipurpose healing stone. Easy to cleanse, store
information/energy in, program or amplify energy and is used as a healing
instrument. The natural tendency for quartz is for harmony. Quartz can both draw
and send energy therefore it is effective for sending/receiving guidance. Quartz
is used for transformation in healing and in all levels of change
(mentally/emotionally, physically and spiritually). Quartz stimulates the
natural crystal in body tissues and fluids to resonate at the highest healing
frequency. Quartz works with All Chakra and master gland for balancing,
cleansing and healing. It is the perfect stone for complete Aura balancing.

Selenite:
Properties: This crystal is Gypsum. This white/clear striated crystal can look
like snowy mountains or tumbled snowballs! Selenite is wonderful for mental
focus, growth, luck, immunity, kundalini. These are centuries-old recordkeepers
of events and information. Smoothes emotions. Holding this crystal can help with
visualizing and bringing white light/energy (higher ideas/consciousness) from a
transpersonal point above your head down through body, out through feet into the
earth/physical plane. May help physical and emotional letting go. This crystal
is great for emotional and athletic flexibility. It helps to send healing to the
earth expands your sensitivity and field of awareness.

Snowflake Obsidian:
Properties: This obsidian stone, which has inclusions of phynocryst, gives it
the snowflake pattern on it’s surface, and allows us to recognize unnecessary
patterns in our lives. Promotes self-esteem and confidence. Clairaudience and
owning our lower aspects for growth; Healthy balance. Allows us to be more
sensitive and aware of the beauty and love that is around us. This is a strong
grounding stone and is known as “the protector”. It is said to “mirror one’s
soul. This stone brings about objectivity, dis-attachment and is grounding. It
reduces fantasy and escapism. Absorbs and dissolves anger, criticism, fear, and
therefore is protective. This unusual black stone absorbs darkness and converts
it to white light energy, which is used at the Root Chakra, encouraging ones
survival instincts and is grounding. This stone is used for transformation.

Snow River Quartz:
Properties: This amazing quartz crystal is used for seeing into the future and
discovering our congenital past. These clear quartz balls are amazing in their
clarity on the inside and covered with a beautiful white frost on the outside.
The ends are sliced off so that you can see into it’s deep translucent center.
These “picture window” crystals are originally from the riverbeds of Brazil. The
crystals are washed down out of the mountains and tumbled over and over by
violent surging waters. This natural process gives the crystals their frosted
look. They are the “gazing” stone, also called “seer quartz”. These stone evoke
clarity, clear thinking and renowned insight.

Andrew Pacholyk, MS. L.Ac
http://www.peacefulmind.com/winter.htm
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit

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Can Indian Head Massage help to reduce Stress?

Indian head massage was traditionally practised by female members in Indian society. It was part of the grooming routine, oils were used to strengthen, condition & provide a luxurious texture.

To ensure that male members were not excluded, barbers began to include this service when customers came for a hair cut. This is known as ‘Champi’

The Hindi term for a head massage is ‘Champi-ed’ as this came to the western world the pronunciation changed to ‘Shampoo’.

Head massage should be used from birth. The sensation of touch creates a bond & provides comfort, security & a safe environment. Touch enables children to build good social skills & to gain confidence. Touch can also have an effect upon health. A person who has experienced a ‘loving touch’ may well be healthier than someone who has been deprived.

Enjoying an Indian Head massage from a therapist is a wonderful experience & is also relaxing for the therapist but you can benefit from a head massage from a friend or loved one. If you have ever had your hair shampooed by a hair dresser then you will know how good that feels. Simply do similar movements to create an head massage, okay it may not be the same as from a professional but it sure feels good.

If you have children, head massage can help to calm them, either if they are upset, emotional or you just want them to slow down in an evening. It can also help to relieve headaches in children without the need to administer pain relieving medication – not always but it is certainly worth a try. Refer to the neck stretches below & gently incorporate these into the massage, it is surprisingly relaxing when someone else is administering them.

The same techniques can be used on adults too but beware your services will be very popular!

In today’s society head massage can be invaluable to

  • Relieve stress & tension
  • Clear the mind
  • Relax tight shoulders & neck muscles
  • Relieve headaches & eye strain
  • Relax & promote restful sleep

Stress can affect us on two levels – Physical & Emotional.

Some of the signs of stress.

How many of them can you recognize in yourself?

Physical Stress

  • Tight feeling in the pit of your stomach
  • Rapid &/or shallow breathing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Ulcers
  • Hair loss
  • Diarrhoea
  • Disinterest in sex
  • Lank, dull hair
  • Perpetual tiredness even after sleep
  • Palpitations
  • Tension in muscles
  • Dilated pupils
  • Constipation
  • PMT/PMS
  • Impotence
  • Spots or poor skin
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Excess sweating

Emotional Stress

  • Low self esteem
  • Poor sleep pattern (often with nightmares)
  • Phobias
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Hypochondria
  • Feeling a need to escape
  • Panic attacks
  • Lack of concentration
  • Confusion
  • Feeling helpless
  • Insecurity
  • Forgetfulness
  • Frustration
  • Irritability
  • Lonliness

The more conditions we can identify with, the more stressed we are.

How can we help ourselves?

We can use essential oils ( See blog post How to combat Stress with Aromatherapy) or

A few simple non-strenuous exercises can make a difference

Neck Stretches

  • Slowly tilt the head from side to side
  • Slowly tilt the head forwards & backwards
  • Slowly take the right ear down to the right shoulder & hold for 5 seconds
  • Repeat wit the other ear to the left side
  • Do NOT raise shoulder to the ear
  • Repeart 3 times

Shoulder Lifts

  • Inhale deeply as you lift both shoulders as high as possible
  • Hold for a count of 3
  • Exhale whilst lowering shoulders quickly
  • Repeat 3 times

Arm Stretches

  • Inhale whilst stretching both arms out to the side
  • Shake the wrists & fingers for a count of 3
  • Exhale allowing both arms to drop to your side
  • Inhale whilst lifting both arms as high as comfortable
  • Hold for a count of 3
  • Exhale allowing both arms to drip to your side
  • Repeat 3 times

These exercises can reduce tension in the head, neck & upper body. When used regularly, mobility will improve & the effects last longer.

By reducing tension in our body, we are reducing stress & in turn reduce tension.

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Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is extracted from the flowers of the woody, evergreen Lavender shrub.

This oil is probably the most versatile & extensively used of all the essential oils, by therapists & enthusiasts alike. It is one of only two essential oils which can be applied to the skin straight from the bottle. Tea Tree is the other oil.For anyone new to aromatherapy or considering trying an essential oil, Lavender is the best oil to choose. It uses are so wide ranging it could be thought of as ‘First Aid in a Bottle’. The properties of Lavender include: analgesic, antidepressant, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericide, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, nervine, sedative & many others.

 

 Uses of Lavender Oil.

 Headachesmassage 1 drop into the temples, using slow, gentle, circular movements.

Burns – Apply 1 or 2 drops onto minor burns.

Lavender can prevent or reduce blistering, pain, infection, remove the ‘heat’ & encourage healthy new skin tissue re-growth.

Insomnia – apply 1 drop to each side of the pillow.

Do not be tempted to use more drops, this can have the opposite effect by becoming stimulating instead of sedative.

Cuts & Grazes – After cleansing, apply 1 drop to the affected area.

To reduce/prevent infection, pain & encourage healing.

Insect Bites & Stings – Dab onto bites & stings.

Reduce/relieve pain, itching & reduce/prevent infection

.Pain Relief – add to a massage blend for muscular or joint pain.

Skin conditions, eczema, dermatitis, hives, sunburnt skin can benefit from the addition of a few drops of lavender oil being blended into a moisturising cream/lotion or bath water.

Some people can be sceptical about the wide range of uses of Lavender oil, we are so used to using conventional medicines which we use, one drug for one purpose. There is room for the use of both of these ways to improve & look after our health.

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What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the use of plant oils, known as essential oils.

A holistic therapy; it takes into account the body, mind & spirit of a person before recommending treatment. Two people with the same condition may have totally different treatments.

Aromatherapy means ‘treatment through your sense of smell.’

Having little or no sense of smell does not affect the way in which aromatherapy works.

Each essential oil has their own set of properties; some are relaxing, stimulating, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic & analgesic. The most well known essential oil is Lavender, known for helping to relieve headaches, insomnia & aiding relaxation. 1 or 2 drops are all that is required. By using larger amounts, Lavender oil can become stimulating instead of relaxing. Less really is more.

Only 2 essential oils can be administered to the skin in neat form, Lavender & Tea Tree oils. All other oils need to be diluted into another substance, carrier oil, cream or lotion. Care needs to be taken when using the oils, they should not be taken orally or internally & some oils should be avoided with specific conditions, high blood pressure, pregnancy & epilepsy. If in doubt always ask a qualified aromatherapist.

Lavender oil –To relieve headaches massage 1 drop into the temples.

To relieve insomnia 1 drop at each side of the pillow.

Aromatherapy can be a pleasant way in which to treat a variety of ailments & conditions with the added benefit of a wonderful aroma, especially when they can be blended into a whole range of pampering products.

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Fabulous Flax Muffins

Another wonderful email today from the natural health group with this yummy recipe.

I have yet to try it but its now on my to do list, let me know by commenting if you try it & what you think about it.

Credit for sending the recipe through is at the bottom of the recipe with a  link to a food website, enjoy!

 

Recipe: Fabulous Flax Muffins

Ingredients:

1 cup flax cereal (or vegan bran/fiber/grape nuts cereal)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 and 1/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1/2 cup packed organic dark brown sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1 /2 tsp salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp canola oil
1/2 cup mashed banana (about 1 small banana)
1 and 1/2 tsp orange zest
3/4 cup frozen blueberries
1 tbsp agave (optional)
1 tbsp turbinado sugar (raw cane sugar) or stevia (optional)

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375 F. Line a muffin/cupcake tin with paper liners. Spray the bottom of each liner lightly with canola oil spray.
In a large bowl, combine the cereal and milk. Let stand for 5 minutes so that the cereal softens a bit. Add the next 11 ingredients (flour through zest) and combine. Next, gently fold in the blueberries. Evenly disperse the batter into the muffin cups.

Bake for 22 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

When you have about two minutes left in the baking step, remove the muffin tray from the oven and drizzle some agave nectar on each muffin, then sprinkle some of the turbinado sugar on top of each.

Return tray to oven and bake for those remaining two minutes (not exceeding 25 minutes total baking time). Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Serve warm.
Store in an airtight container to maintain freshness. Makes 12 muffins. And yes, they are also vegan.

Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
http://www.peacefulmind.com/food.htm
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit

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