Thursday, April 28, 2011

Use Your Essential Oils for Seasonal Allergies!

I’m seeing a lot of wonderful people walking around with some miserable symptoms as the incredible (and hopefully warm and sunny) Spring season emerges this year.
 I’m talking about:
  • Red, itchy, watery eyes
  • Stuffy head
  • Runny and congested nose
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing, sneezing, and more sneezing!
If you have some basic essential oils or have access to buying some you can give yourself some much needed relief – very quickly and very efficiently.

Throat Spray:

NOTE: Because this method uses oils that go into your mouth, please make sure you are using 100% Organic Pure & Genuine oils only. If you are not sure of the quality, use topically instead by putting 1 drop each of the same oils below into a small amount of olive oil and rub it into your throat and chest area.

In a small bottle with a finger mister top, fill with filtered water and 1 tsp. of vegetable glycerin if you have it. If you don’t have it, just leave it out but keep the spray refrigerated – it won’t last as long. Add the following essential oils, shake well, and spray into the back of your throat while breathing in lightly. Ok to use up to 1x/hour as needed.

1 oz. bottle of water and vegetable glycerin
Cypress 3 drops
Lemon 3 drops
Tea Tree 3 drops
(optional: Stevia – herbal sweetener, 2-3 drops)

Eye Soother: (NOTE: NEVER put essential oils directly into your eyes!)

Would it feel better to you to put hot or cold on your eyes? Pour a bowl of water – either hot or cold depending on how you feel. Add 2 drops of Naiouli, 2 drops of Tea Tree, and 1-2 drops Lemon. Stir gently with your finger, then dip a washcloth into the water, wring it out, and lay it over your eyes. Softly press it onto and around your closed eyes. Ok to use up to 5x/day.

Breathe Easier:

If you have an essential oil diffuser – use it! If not, put one drop of Eucalyptus or Naiouli on the corner of a tissue, roll it up, and insert it into one of your nostrils. Leave in for 10 minutes, then do the other side if needed. Usually when you take it out you get a great rush of open fresh air that gives you the hope that you will get over these symptoms and have fun again. Ok to do this up to every 2 hours if needed.

If you still need extra help:

Make an appointment with a professional at the Oriental Healing Arts Center. We can do some great Tui Na bodywork to open your Bladder Meridian, strengthen your energy with some moxa to your lower legs, and possibly suggest a Chinese herbal formula to get you re-balanced and feeling great. 907-279-0135.

Learn tons of great information from my On-Line Essential Oils Course series. You can study here at our school in Alaska from anywhere in the world!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Natural Help for Red Itchy Eyes

My sister came home from work last night and I couldn't help but notice how irritatingly red her eyes were. She said they felt like there was dust or some kind of grit all over them. I had her dip a fresh lemon slice in a small cup of water and rinse her eyes out with it. She did this and went to bed for the night. Fresh lemon juice in water is recommended as a natural eye wash for red irritated eyes. (To do this, add 2 drops fresh lemon juice to about 1 oz water and rinse or spray into eye. Use several times throughout the day as needed.)

It's ok to put DILUTED essential oils gently on eyelids, but NEVER put essential oils directly in your eyes. 
This morning she looked terrible! Her eyes were swollen, red, and watery. They were so bad she couldn't see to drive to work and had to stay home. I immediately got a bowl of hot water and added 4 drops each of Tea Tree and Naiouli essential oils. I had her use a washcloth dipped in the water to gently place over her eyes, re-dipping the cloth several times over the next 10 minutes. I also put Tea Tree, Naiouli, and Lemon essential oils in my nebulizer (a special kind of diffuser) and turned it on so she could breath this at the same time the treated cloth was on her eyes. These 3 essential oils have antibacterial and cleansing properties, plus the lemon is cooling (to cool the heat of the red eyes).

According to Chinese medicine, physical problems with the eyes are related to Wood energy which includes the season of Spring and the internal organ of the Liver. Right now we are strongly coming into Spring so that energy is very permeating. My sister has also had other Wood/Liver symptoms in the past so I know she can be prone to them and has to watch herself to balance them out as soon as they start to appear.

After the essential oil treatments had soothed her eyes some, I had her sit up so I could do an Auricular Therapy ear treatment on her. This is an acupressure reflexology technique that uses little beads held in place by tape. I used the points Shen Men, Allergies, Liver, Eyes, and San Jiao. I am expecting this to have a significant effect. The beads will stay in for 1 week, then if she needs it I'll repeat the treatment.

I then had her drink a glass of water with 1 drop of organic medicinal quality Carrot Seed essential oil. She enjoyed this, and I recommended she call her eye doctor to at least have her eyes looked at. The Carrot Seed oil is beneficial to both the Liver and the eyes.

Several times throughout the day she used the essential oil water treatment on her eyes - we switched to cold water after the first bowl - and also continued the nebulizer. By 5:00pm she looked and felt amazingly better! It's about 85% improved with barely noticeable swelling. The redness and watering are gone.

I made a very light Spring soup for dinner. The Liver likes light and fresh right now. The soup was baby new potatoes, zuchini, leek, and purple Thai rice (I just found this at New Sagaya and had to try it!!) simmered in chicken broth and water. Once the potatoes were soft I turned it off and added 1 clove chopped garlic, and fresh chopped green and organge peppers. Then I juiced 5 tomatoes and 1/2 lemon with the peel and added that. Topped it off with a squirt of flax seed oil and plain yogurt. DELICIOUS!!

I still want her to see the eye doctor if this is not 100% gone by tomorrow, but at least now she can comfortably drive herself.

UPDATE: The next day her eyes were completely better, and have been for the past week. I asked what made the biggest difference, because this is always very important for me to know - directly from the other person's experience. She said the Auricular Therapy ear treatment immediately calmed her down and she could open her eyes some after that. But she loved the cloth dipped in essential oil drops in water best, saying it was incredibly soothing and created the most noticeable difference.

Learn tons of great information from my On-Line Essential Oils Course series. You can study here at our school in Alaska from anywhere in the world!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Healing My Dad's Leg Pain with Acupuncture

"My medical appointment today was, for me, a first: a first-time acupuncture treatment. Cynthia approved my choice of clinics here (where I live in the Lower 48) and had encouraged me to do it in hopes of relieving my leg pains. Not knowing what to expect, I had the idea that I would be instantly cured with the first thrust of the acupuncture needle. Not so -- but it helped a lot, and I'll have 3 more treatments next week.

The needle is a slender wire -- almost just a whisker -- about 3 inches long. I did not feel a thing when the acupuncturist placed any of the several needles in my back and legs. There was no blood. I was laying face down on the table with my legs resting on a pillow. He aimed a heat lamp on my back, told me to breathe deeply to improve blood flow to the area, and left me to 'cook' for about 1/2 hour. I was in considerable pain in my right leg at the start, and for quite a while nothing seemed to be happening. But as time wore on I began to have "spasms of relief." They lengthened and the pain dwindled until it was almost completely gone by the time he turned off the lamp and pulled out the needles. I still had quite a bit of pain turning onto my side and sitting up. He claims that this will be gone by the time he finishes my treatments.

I have noticed this evening that I feel better in my legs and hips (both of them). Going up and down stairs has felt much better than before and has let me go faster. I even notice a difference in sensation (better!) as I walk.

But if you decide to go for acupuncture, make sure to check with someone like (The Oriental Healing Arts Center) to get advice on how to choose a good one."

NOTE: This leg pain started out so bad my dad couldn't sleep at night, or barely get comfortable in any position. He went to his conventional doctor first and did not receive any treatment that helped. After about 8 acupuncture treatments his leg pain was completely gone and he experienced other seemingly unrelated benefits as well. This was almost 3 years ago and it has not returned. I knew it would help him!