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Essential oils provide a fantastic natural alternative to common ailments we see at home. The actions of essential oils are broad, ranging from topical antiseptics and anti-inflammatories to analgesics, digestive system tonics, and anti-depressants. While essential oils should not be a substitute for professional medical care, they can be successfully employed for many minor complaints, and as adjuncts to other therapies.

Here we will have a brief look at ten essential oils which may comprise the ‘basic home care kit’. While by no means exhaustive, this list will go a long way to providing effective (and often pleasant!) treatments for you and your family for things like cuts and scrapes, sunburn, digestive troubles, stress related conditions and more.

Oil #1: Tea Tree Essential Oil

When first examined for it’s antiseptic properties, Tea Tree essential oil was found to be 100 times more powerful than carbolic acid – the medical standard at the time. Tea tree has an extremely broad range of antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal properties that have been confirmed by modern scientific research. Often used topically on small wounds, Tea Tree is also commonly found in oral hygiene preparations, and can also be effectively employed for Candida, athlete’s foot and acne, among other things.

Oil #2: Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender has often been called the ‘medicine chest in a bottle’ for its broad range of applications. Every home should keep Lavender on hand, even if no other oil is used, as it is so very effective on burns. It’s anti-inflammatory action is responsible for the beginnings of modern aromatherapy, as Dr. Jean Valnet discovered Lavender’s healing properties after being burned in a laboratory accident. Lavender is considered to speed wound healing and reduce scarring. The oil is also pleasantly calming, and can be used to reduce stress in a variety of situations – a commonly used technique is to apply Lavender oil ‘neat’ (undiluted) to the soles of the feet of patients recovering from almost any ailment.

Oil #3: Chamomile Essential Oil

Ah, the great tension reliever, Chamomile oil. This extremely gentle essential oil is useful for a wide variety of nervous conditions, and is often indicated for cases of stress in children (including teething and general ‘crankiness’). Rubbing into the solar plexus is a commonly used application if that is where one tends to ‘hold tension’. Chamomile essential oil is available in to varieties, German or Blue Chamomile and Roman Chamomile. The Roman variety is most often used for stress relief, whereas the German variety has the added bonus of being an extremely effective anti-inflammatory.

Oil #4: Peppermint Essential Oil

An excellent digestive tonic, Peppermint essential oil can sooth many stomach complaints. For the traveler, it’s effectiveness on calming motion sickness can be of great help. Further, at least eight controlled studies have shown Peppermint oil to be effective in reducing symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, a painful condition of the intestines. Beyond it’s support of the digestive system, Peppermint is delightfully stimulating to the mind, brightening and sharpening mental focus. Finally, Peppermint is considered by some to be a more effective insect repellent than citronella when used on the body (rather than in the surrounding air).

Oil #5: Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Another essential oil with a broad range of properties, Eucalyptus is most often used for respiratory conditions, being useful in clearing congestion with coughs and colds. However, it’s effects are certainly not limited to the airways – because of it’s broad range of effects, it has been called the aromatherapists ‘designer oil’. Eucalyptus oil can cool the body in Summer (or due to fever – use in a compress), and support the immune system in Winter. Diffusing Eucalyptus oil can kill most staphylococcus bacteria, again being supportive of bronchial infections. It is considered equally effective in cases of cystitis, candida, and sunburn, to name a few, as well as being an insect repellent.

Oil #6: Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium (sometimes known as ‘Geranium Rose’) works wonderfully on both physiological and psychological levels. It’s floral aroma is brightening and uplifting, while also working as a sedative. Malte Hozzel has made this statement regarding this oil : “Geranium’s vital, sensual presence is not subtle, but direct & unavoidable, making it one of the oils of choice for aphrodisiac qualities. (Geranium Essential Oil) inspires natural beauty & enjoyment, uplifts instantly & “tonifies” the mind & intellect in a powerful, nearly demanding attitude. Mobilizing hidden creative & emotional reserves, helping us to rise to our own earthly & spiritual identify. A fiery beauty for the spells of all worlds.” Particularly noted for it’s effect on female physiologic conditions, Geranium oil can be effective for menopausal problems, uterine and breast complaints.

Oil #7: Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary essential oil is an effective physical and mental stimulant, whether used in a diffuser or in a morning bath. It’s slightly spicy, rather than floral aroma, has a warming effect particularly useful for arthritic joints and other muscular complaints. It also has a long history of treatment for colds and flu – Rosemary was a component of ‘Four Thieves Vinegar’, which robbers rubbed upon their bodies to prevent infection when up to no good during the plague years of the middle ages. Also, Rosemary is the essential oil most often associated with improving hair growth in cases of Alopecia.

Oil #8: Thyme Essential Oil

Thyme oil is a powerful antiviral, antibiotic, antiseptic and diuretic, though it should be employed with great care. There are many types of Thyme oil available, but only the ‘linalol’ chemotype is appropriate for use with children; all varieties should be diluted prior to topical application. Given the precautions, Thyme can be a first line of defense in cases of flu, being used in a room diffuser. It also supports elimination of toxic wastes from the body (particularly noted for excessive uric acid), and it’s warming quality can eliminate mucous and phlegm. It’s application for the digestive system is that of a powerful anti-parasitic, and for the muscular system, it can be helpful for rheumatic aches and pains. Thyme oil may also be supportive in cases of hair loss.

Oil #9: Lemon Essential Oil

A recent study on test-taking college students showed the diffusion of Lemon oil into a room improved test scores more than any other oil. In addition to it’s mind-brightening qualities, it can also disinfect room air and act as a natural deodorant. Lemon has been noted to support liver function, and is also commonly used to assist in weight loss and cellulite reduction. In blends, lemon adds a pleasant top note, and can create a synergistic effect with other oils. Finally, Lemon oil is commonly used as both a fragrance and flavoring agent.

Oil #10: Clove Essential Oil

The power of Clove essential oil is noted upon the first sensing of the aroma – it is quite strong, sharp and earthy. Clove oil has been found to be the strongest anti-oxidant of any essential oil, and is a component of ‘longevity’ formulas. It is also an extremely potent antibacterial, effective against a broader range of microbes than any other oil except perhaps Oregano – Clove oil has even been employed to sterilize surgical instruments. Clove also has analgesic properties, and can be used to temporarily reduce the pain of toothache. Clove oil (or ground cloves) is also a component of Dr. Huda Clark’s anti-parasite protocol, helping eliminate parasites from one’s digestive system. This is a very powerful oil which should be diluted to 1% or less for topical application.

So, there we have a possible ‘top ten’ essential oils for the home medicine chest, a selection with an extremely broad range of uses for common ailments seen in a family setting. It is important to note that all essential oils are powerful, and they should be treated with caution and respect. Always refer to a trusted source before making specific applications of any oil, as many can be irritating or possibly toxic if used incorrectly.

About the Author: Misty is a Naturopath practicing in Boulder, Colorado. She regularly uses organic essential oils and other aromatherapy products with her clients.

Article Source: http://www.NewAgeArticles.com

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Four Elements Energizer

Four Elements Energizer.

Choosing your Pagan Name.

Magical Care Plan

Magical Care Plan

By:Aurora

So you think you’ve been spelled?

First and foremost if you feel you are being sent negative energy in any way, realize that the only power over you – is the power you hand over. Does not stress, worry, or imagine bad things happening to you. That is handing over your power, and creating those scenarios in your life. You are the creator and being conscious of that is key in designing your life every day. Not just when you suddenly have a concern.

Everything is connected so your home environment is a great place to start when you want to change the tone around you and your loved ones. Here are some things to do that will keep your home cleansed of bad energy, and charged for you.

  1. Get rid of clutter. Everyone has clutter! Old clothes, stuff laying around on kitchen tables, end tables, in your yard, in your car. GET RID OF IT It represents things that are no longer working for you in your life.
  2. Open the windows. Simple right? This is the breath of your home, stale air out – fresh air in. Open the curtains let the sun in too!
  3. Clean. For an added level of cleansing and protection you can sprinkle salt on the window sills,  & Around the perimeter of your house. You can add essential oils to your water when you mop the floors or do housework. Add rosemary oil or dragons blood to your cleaning bucket of water for more protection, lavender for calming, lemon to energize… (You get the idea, choose the oil you want)As you are cleaning visualize what you don’t want being swept out of your life.

Spellcraft

A spell is like an elaborate prayer with props. You are sending your intention out into the universe. Before you do spell work… make sure you have grounded. Meaning relax, go for a walk, meditate, spend 10 minutes listening to calming music or just spacing out the window and let your mind go blank. You need to be focused so do whatever works for you.

When you are ready, select your intention and what you will need. In this case I have done that for you. We are doing 2 spells, because I like options J

First spell – Return to sender/Candle Magic

You will need:

– 1  black candle (tapered, pillar, or tealight doesn’t matter. )

– lighter or matches

– small mixture of olive oil and crushed red pepper.

– pin, knife, porcupine quill, doesn’t matter. Sharp object to carve your intention into the wax of the candle.

-Candle Snuffer

-Small mirror (optional)

Once your all set up, relaxed and ready to begin… Take whatever sharp object you are using carve into the side of the candle “return to sender” as many times as you can fit on the candle. While you are doing this visualize your life shining brighter, and dullness or negative energy laying around evaporating.

Once you have finished carving, drop a bit of the oil mixture on the top of the candle. Light the candle and as the flame grows visualize your strength growing with it.

Then say: (This spell not written by me)

“I will not harbor their hate, their malice.
I will not accept their guilt or their intolerance.
Their words and thoughts are not mine to hold”
Hold the mirror behind the candle, or place the candle in front of a mirror and say:
“As this mirror reflects back the light of this candle
so shall these things be reflected back to (their sender)
and as the mirror neither adds or detracts from the reflection
I  add no malice or ill wishes,  As it comes to me so shall it return to them.

This is done for the greatest good, may it flow as it should.”

Blessed Be

Beltane

Beltane

by Doras Aura on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 2:45pm

Beltane

Beltane is almost here! (My personal favorite) A time to celebrate fertility, mischief and pleasure.  Beltane is a Neo pagan fire festival, celebrated around May 1st, which uses Gaelic and Germanic traditions to honor the return of the sun.  It is one of the biggest Wiccan holidays, second only to Samhain. Like Samhain, the veil is thin once again. A time where change is upon us, and personal power is at its peak. The energies are prime for meditation and divination, as we welcome love and the light of spring into our life.

The eve of Beltane is known as a lusty night and a perfect opportunity to remind ourselves of our ability to design our lives. Fire represents new beginnings, passion and the power of creation.  It is customary during this festival to jump over a fire for luck, light a candle and make a wish, or weave in your intentions for the upcoming season with your may pole ribbon.

It’s also ideal for upping the passion in your life, and setting personal goals. Take a moment to stop and feel,   reconnect with your core. Ask yourself: If you didn’t get a pay check what would you want to do with your life? What sets YOU on fire? When was the last time you tossed your inhibitions and surrendered to your senses? What needs to unfold in your life?

Above all else, Beltane is about pleasure, so enjoy yourself! I’ve included a cheat sheet below of custom’s, a recipe, colors, tools, and ideas to help you do just that!

Color associations: Traditionally the maypoles were decorated with red or green and White ribbon.  Red represented fertility and the sun god, green for the green man, and white representing the goddess and new life.  That said, feel free to use whatever color resonates with you and your intention.

Tool Options: Fresh flowers, candles, rose quartz, Carnelian, Garnet, Cherry Quartz, & bloodstone

Customs/Ritual Ideas:  Have a bonfire with friends, prepare a May basket for loved ones or a neighbor, wash your face in the mornings dew at first light, Make a May pole for the youngsters, or better – join them! Remember to weave in your intention and release your wish with the ribbon.

Recipe:  May wine punch

* woodruff blossoms or jonny jump ups

* 1 1/2 cups superfine sugar

* 1 bottle white wine

* 1 bottle champagne

* 12 fresh, ripe strawberries

In a large bowl, combine sugar & strawberries, Cover, and steep for 30 minutes. Remove the cover, stir mixture, and pour the wine and champagne over ice in a punch bowl. Garnish with woodruff or jonny jump up blossoms, and serve as soon as thoroughly chilled.

Serves 16 to 20

The Moon

The Moon

by Doras Aura on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 11:36am

The Moon

 

Just as the sun has an effect on earth bound life, so does the moon. The light and the gravitational pull of the Moon do have real effects on the vibe of our planet, the behavior of wild life, and you.

Nature has built life around the sun & moon, since the beginning of time. There is nothing their light doesn’t touch. Plants depend on sunlight for food, while we need the sun for Vitamin D. Aquatic creatures depend on the tides and nocturnal animals operate according to the amount of moonlight. Hosts of species hunt, migrate, and breed according to our celestial parents.

 

Over the years, there have been countless studies trying to prove or disprove the involvement of the moon on our psyche. The results have been inconclusive. As soon as a study is presented, one is quickly created to counter act its predecessor.  That’s all fine and dandy, because I’d rather think and experience for myself, than read a report.

If you don’t think the moon has any effect on you, I encourage you to take a walk on the beach. As you watch the waves roll in, chew on the fact that you are made of 80% water. Focus on the moment, what you hear, smell, and how you feel.

 

Do you notice when you can’t see the moon? What about when it’s full? What’s your reaction?

I *promise* you nature is in your veins, more than you know.

 

 

Crystals and Child Birth

 

Pregnancy is a time of great transition. These changes can bring incomparable happiness, along with fears, discomfort, and emotions that seemingly come out of thin air. One way to help ease yourself and your baby through the journey of pregnancy is with crystals.  Crystals are fun to experiment with, and make great gifts!

The classic pregnancy crystal is Moonstone. Moonstone is soothing, loving, and gently helps your body accept certainty amidst constant change. This stone is said to help balance out hormones, promote restful sleep, and comfort the carrier.

 

Rose quartz is another wonderful stone for pregnancy.  It is the quintessential stone of love!  This stone surrounds the carrier with love, acceptance and healing properties.  It also helps to open the heart chakra, and encourage growth.

 

There are several other stones that go well with pregnancy, relating to specific needs of the body.  Here are a few:

Hematite & Carnelian: are great for increasing circulation

Hematite and Smoky quartz:  Help the carrier to feel grounded and protected.

Blue Lace Agate, Lepidolite  & Aquamarine are powerful soothers.

 

When choosing a crystal, always go with what you are drawn to. Have faith in the fact that our bodies know what they need. If you are choosing for another person think about that person and focus on them, while choosing.  You can also incorporate their astrological correspondences or the babies.  If you are looking for a particular stone, or intention with a stone to fill it, let us know and we can find it for you!