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Aug 02 2011 View Post It was October in New York when I attended an aromatherapy class by Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt. Since the subject of discussion Helichrysum italicum, also known as Everlasting or Immortelle Essential Oil – was a rare and costly oil, I did not consider it important to focus much on its benefits. It wasn’t long before my personal experiences made me realize the importance of this healing oil and I proceeded to research its versatile healing properties. Since then, I have been a firm believer and promoter of this therapeutic oil and many of my clients have experienced its goodness too.

My personal experience

It was a burn like no other, which I received on the middle finger of my left hand while handling a cast iron baking tray without a glove. The excruciating pain that radiated through my hand was too much to bear and dipping my hand deep in iced water did not help either. Although my first reaction was to apply lavender neat on the burn, it did not provide much relief. It was too late in the night to think straight, and then it finally hit me – I asked my worried husband to get me the bottle of Helichrysum oil, and voila! Like magic, the pain was gone in a couple of seconds, and the burn did not leave even the slightest scar behind.

What the experts say

I enjoy researching the properties of essential oils,  and now I had a new subject. It gives me great pleasure to share some nuggets of what I have been collecting.  Starting with the name, the word Helichrysum comes from the Greek helios = sun and chrysos = gold, the oil has proven to be as powerful as the sun, and as valuable as gold, at least to me. Dr. Schnaubelt attests to its great antiseptic powers without the pain and burning generally associated with disinfectants. He also advocates its use to reduce pain and swelling, saying that
“Helichrysum italicum works for all conditions in which inflamed tissue needs to be calmed down and regenerated”. [1]
For instance, a helpful recipe for relief from painful hemorrhoids, blend 1 oz Jojoba oil, 10 drops Cypress, 12 drops Helichrysum and 7 drops Niaouli applied to the affected area twice in a day. Eliane Zimmerman furthers these therapeutic uses, saying “One of the components is Beta-Diones which is not toxic for people and has anticoagulant properties, making it very effective for the treatment of hematomas.”[2] Further, I learned that the plant from which this is oil is extracted is actually an aromatic shrub, native to the Mediterranean area, Italy, Spain, Dalmatia and Corsica. What I found most interesting, however, in the writings of Gabriel Mojay, is its effect on emotions, when there is an enduring anger, bitterness or resentment.
 “Everlasting oil’s capacity to dissolve clots give it on a subtle level, the power to break through the deepest, most “stuck” of negative emotions.” [3]
Can you imagine the possible benefits of this magical oil?

Helichrysum essential oil therapeutic properties:

  • Anti-Spasmodic: Helps in relieving headaches, migraines, asthma, bronchitis and irritable bowels.
  • Anti-Haematoma: Helps in dissolving blood clots and aids healing of the surrounding tissues.
  • Anti-Inflammatory: Very effective in treating cuts, burns, infections and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Cicatrisant: This property makes your wounds and cuts heal and scars disappear. It is equally effective on spots left on your skin by pox, boils, etc.
  • Cytophylactic: It encourages recycling of dead cell and production of new cells. This property can be particularly beneficial for skin care, especially when used in rejuvenating facial oils.
  • Relaxant and Anti-Depressant: Curbs negative emotions and stimulates positive thoughts and actions.
As you can see for yourself, the benefits of this oil are unending, and despite its apparently high cost, it could be an invaluable addition to your medicine cabinet. Who knows, like me, you may find some use of it someday that will more than justify the small monetary investment. References: [1]Schnaubelt Kurt 1999 Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils. Frog, Ltd., Berkeley, California [2] Zimmermann Elianne 2006 Aromatherapie fur Pflege un Heilberufe. Sonntag, Stuttgart [3] Mojay Gabriel 1996 Aromatherapy for healing the spirit: Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils. Gaia Books, London
© 2011, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC – Aromatherapy blog This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
 
Mar 30 2011 One of the things I love about aromatherapy is that it uses the two senses that are most connected to the heart – the sense of smell and the sense of touch. Being from Latin America, I’m quite used to greeting friends with kisses and hugs, to touch and be touched, without feeling awkward or uncomfortable about it. That’s why moving to the United Sates came as sort of a culture shock. It took me some time to get accustomed to the more formal social etiquette and I had to sometimes stop myself from jumping to hug the person I was greeting. I have always been amazed with the power of our tactile senses and its incredible healing qualities. These qualities increase in potency when combined with the application of essential oils. I recently read an article on CNN that describes the benefits of touch for better mental, physical and emotional health. Scientific studies have proven that the simple massage can increase the number of white blood cells in our blood and help our bodies fight infection. The act of hugging, being hugged or holding hands is not only comforting and reassuring, it also stimulates the release of Oxytocin, the feel good hormone, that uplifts our mood and brings about a general feeling of wellbeing. Intimacy with a loved one is known to alleviate stress, anxiety, loneliness and depression. Our sense of touch is a divine gift that we must use towards our wellbeing as well as that of our loved ones. You can read the complete article here:

  http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/01/05/touching.makes.you.healthier.health/index.html?iref=allsearch
© AROMANDINA 2011 – All rights reserved This information on this blog is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
Dec 21 2010

It is very often that clients ask me for aromatherapy solutions to relieve pain. Pain can have numerous origins and manifests itself in different ways. Several disorders such as rheumatism, arthritis, gout and tendinitis cause pain in the muscles or joints, which can be quite debilitating at times.

While some essential oils are very effective in providing localized relief, others work from deep within to eliminate toxins and reduce inflammation.

Hot compresses give considerable relief and several massage therapists have shared with me that alternate hot and ice cold compresses work the best.

Massage is an age-old and time-tested remedy for pain as it stimulates circulation and expels toxins.

If inflammation is the cause of pain, a warm aromatic bath can relieve the soreness and comfort the joints. It is also a great way to detoxify the system.


Always bear in mind that a painful muscle is often a manifestation of mental stress and anxiety. The wonderful thing about aromatherapy is that it always addresses physical, mental and emotional aspects and promotes holistic healing. Incorrect posture can cause chronic pain, especially in the shoulders and back.
According to Shirley and Len Price, authors of Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, “Most people with pain usually become anxious about the possible implications; this leads to muscle tension and muscle tension increases the pain that increases the emotional response and so on, each perpetuating the other into a vicious circle that can become a spiraling process.”

Muscle pain is usually caused due to the accumulation of toxins and uric acid within the muscle tissue. Essential oils penetrate deep to help eliminate toxic build up and also prevent further accumulation of uric acid. Here are some the oils that can be used safely at home:

Methods of use:

Mix a total of 60 drops of the essential oils you choose with 4 oz of carrier oil. Massage sore areas with this blend twice a day.You may also follow up with alternate hot and cold compresses. Soak in a bath with a choice of three of these oils, 3-4 drops each: Lavender, Ravensara, Cardamom, Frankincense, Niaouli, Pine, Geranium and Patchouli oils added to it. This relaxes the muscles and provides instant relief from pain.

Aromandina Recommends:
  •   Circulation Body Oil with Cypress, Geranium, Ginger and Niaouli to stimulate circulation of blood and lymph and prevent accumulation of uric acid in joints
  •   Pain Begone Body Oil for instant pain relief. A blend of Birch, Peppermint, Ravensara and Lavender acts as natural and refreshing analgesic and anti-inflammatory
  •  ALIVIO Bath Soakto boost lymph circulation and remove toxins from your body. Warming and restoring oils like Clary Sage, Lemon and Cardamom comfort and invigorate the muscles.

Other articles about essential oils for pain relief:
Helychrisum italicum (Immortelle) – essential for your medicine cabinet, and your life in general
How to Use Helychrisum Or Everlasting Oil

© AROMANDINA 2010– All rights reserved – aromatherapy blog The information on this blog is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
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Nov 16 2010

The Pain Relief  Massage Protocol is designed with particular attention to promote circulation of blood and lymph fluid. Many symptoms of pain relate to an unnatural contracted condition in the body. In many painful conditions, for whatever reason, toxins are held in the body rather than easily flowing out as waste.
This Pain Relief treatment utilizes essential oils that are known to penetrate, reaching deep into the tissue, assisting in the circulation of fluids which will release held toxins that tend to cause pain.

On an energetic emotional level, this treatment assists the client in replacing feelings of worry, related to thinking that life is hard and painful and something that must be endured, with feelings of ease and relaxation through belief that life is enjoyable and always moves in cycles of greater fulfillment.

It is useful for cases of fibromyalgia and chronic pain.

Products in the treatment:

Body Oil for Circulation
Pain Begone Body Oil

Lavender Essential Oil
ALERTA Body Mist

Room Set Up:

One bowl filled with cold water.
Crockpot filled with warm water on low setting with 1 tbsp table salt that has previously been mixed with 5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil.

Have 1 hand towel soaking in both the crockpot water and the bowl with cold water

Supplies on Hand:

2 Hand Towels

Table Set Up:

Set up the table for a massage

Home Care Products:

Begone Body Oil
Body Oil for Circulation
Headache Begone Roll On
ALERTA Body Mist

Procedure:

1. Wring out the hot water from the hand towel that is in the crockpot and lay it over the painful body area. With a flat hand press the hot water into the body tissue. Using your thumb you can press firmly into Trigger and Shiatsu points for deeper release.
2. Wring out the hand towel that is soaking in the cold water and place it over the same body area you just compressed. With a flat hand press the cold water into the body tissue. Using your thumb you can press firmly into Trigger and Shiatsu points for deeper release.
3. Continue back and forth using the hot and then the cold compresses on the painful body area 3 times each promoting blood and lymphatic flow out to the surface of the body and then back into the core. The whole process should take about 12 minutes.
4. After hot and cold compressing the painful body area massage it with  Pain Begone Body Oil .
Utilize the massage techniques you have learned that assist with pain relief, such as NMT, Trigger Point, Shiatsu and Myofascial Release. As you massage, in your mind’s eye see the painful contraction and toxicity completely dissipating from your client’s body. Feel the joy of easiness, freedom of movement and release, communicating that in your touch to your client.
5. Continue in the same sequence; 3x each alternating hot and cold compresses and then massage, on each painful body area.
6. Finish massaging the rest of the body with Body Oil for Circulation. Use complete body strokes to soothe, calm and reintegrate the whole body as one.
7. Turn your client over and continue the same sequence on the other side.
8. Finish treatment with a gentle spray of ALERTA Body Mist  on their faces.

Note: Starting your client prone or supine is the therapist’s choice depending on preference.

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© AROMANDINA – All rights reserved The information on this blog is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
Jul 16 2010 Aromatherapy compresses

This is one of my favorite methods of essential oil application for many acute conditions. It is very useful to allow essential oils to penetrate in a particular area of the body.
1)  Mix 6 drops of essential oil(s) and 1 tablespoon salt in an empty bowl
2) Fill bowl with hot or cold water
3) Soak a piece of cloth, wring it out and cover the affected area
4) Repeat this process for 5 to 15 minutes, as needed.

For alternate compresses fill one bowl with very warm water, and the other one with iced water .

Here are some examples:

KIDNEY STONES:

Years ago we were invited to a family party, the moment we arrived my sister started to scream out of pain, she had an awful kidney stone that started to bother right at that moment.  Luckily for her, I carried my essential oils with me.  I asked the host of the party to give me two bowls.

I mixed 3 drops of Grapefruit essential oil and 3 drops of Fennel essential oil with 1 tablespoon of regular salt and added to one bowl.

I created another mixture and added to the other bowl.  One bowl was filled with hot water, the other one with iced water.

Fennel and Grapefruit are said to be litholytic which means they can dissolve stones. [1]

She was crying and initially would not even allow me to touch her.  I applied one compress at a time, first the hot one, then the cold one for about 15 minutes. 

The pain subsided, she literally woke up and went to the bathroom, expelled the stone and went to dance!

After the party I made a massage oil with orange, grapefruit, fennel and other detoxing oils, she applied it on her lower back and lower abdomen every day and never complained about a kidney stone again. I have recommended this method to many more friends and clients, they have always reported great results.

Aromandina’s recommendation: Detoxing Body Oil

MENSTRUAL CRAMPS – DYSMENORRHEA

I’m one of those lucky women who hasn’t had a problem like that, but since I have worked in several spas I knew how my fellow coworkers felt on one of those days when they could not do a treatment out of the pain they were feeling. The essential oil  that have worked very well for me are: You can also use some Frankincense if the pain is excruciating.  I remember that every time I applied these compresses I could feel their organs moving, almost like dancing, like stretching. 
After 10 minutes, the pain was gone!
I then recommended them to use a massage oil with the same oils on a regular basis in order to not only address the symptoms but also to start regulating their bodies and hormonal system.

Aromandina’s recommendation for compresses: RADIARE Essential Oil, for massage oil: Woman’s Help Body Oil

MIGRAINES

When my husband suffered from migraines, I used cephalic and analgesic essential oils, to stimulate circulation. I applied the alternate compress method and again, it only needed 10 minutes for him to feel great again. The following  essential oils are very useful: Aromandina’s recommendation for compresses: Memoria Blend, for daily application: Headache Begone Roll On
NOTE: Headaches and migraines are usually symptoms of many other conditions.  This is just a method to help with the pain, but I highly recommend visiting a holistic practitioner who can help you get to the root of the causes.

FEVERS

I always tell my students and clients that my son, in his 13 years of life has had only  5 infections.  He doesn’t remember if he ever had a fever, and yes, his last fever was when he was 8 years old where he had an ear infection.

For fevers, think about cool oils like Spearmint and Lavender.

Apply cold compresses on the forehead, abdomen and feet.

OTHER USES

Muscle Pain: peppermint, rosemary, lavender, marjoram, birch – cold or hot compresses

Stomach Cramps: ginger, cardamom, fennel, cinnamon [1]

Aromatherapy for Health Professionals (Price, Aromatherapy for Health Professionals)
© 2010, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina, LLC Disclaimer: these are effective methods that can help with the pain and discomfort but they don’t offer any diagnosis or treatment of medical,  or health issues. Please consult your licensed practitioner any medical or health.
This information on this blog is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.

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