Essential Oil Support for Smoking Cessation

Addiction to nicotine is commonplace in our society, one for which we have a variety of reasons. Cigarette smoking is thought by smokers to reduces stress; it provides a reason for a break, and gives the chemical compounds the body learns to depend on.

Looking at addiction through the lens of humanity, the use and abuse of substances does more than what we might think. As a communal animal, human beings depend on one another for support, companionship, shared work, ritual, and so many other interconnected needs. This culture of connection supports coping, the actualization of one’s capabilities, as well as service to others.

Now, with the sheer volume of expectations placed upon individuals, compounded by the speed at which we operate, daily life itself can be overwhelming. For many of us, the stress derives from our efforts to acquire food and shelter, and to build belonging. Work, family, and internal anxieties becomes the baseline to which other life stressors are added. Addictions offer a chemical release from the aggregate anxieties of life, and deaden feelings of isolation from the other people who, once upon a time, were a regular part of keeping us connected, accountable, and devoted.

Because of the breadth of impact of an addiction, they can be very hard to confront. Essential oils can support the process of breaking the smoking habit. To free yourself from an addiction to smoking, it is also necessary to weave more social support and self-care into the tapestry of your life.

Essential Oil Research

In Clinical Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in Practice, Jane Buckle identifies three essential oils that have the following effects: reducing cravings, simulating the respiratory sensations of smoking, and calming the anxiety of cravings.

Angelica archangelica

In a clinical trial that tested the efficacy of essential oils at curbing cravings, clinicians offered Angelica essential oil just after meals, at the time of the most intense cravings. The baseline time participants could wait before smoking was 2 minutes. The group who inhaled Angelica archangelica essential oil were able to wait 53 minutes, about 25 times longer than those without treatment.

Quoted in the same book, Rose and Behm (1994) suggest that to effectively quit, it helps to mimic the respiratory sensation of smoking. Black Pepper essential oil provides that sensation, thus making it easier to resist cravings

Ylang Ylang Flowers

Another test was conducted with a sample of women who were recovering from other addictions. The women slept for 7 nights with a few drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil on a cotton square in their pillowcases every night. During the day, they were asked to inhale a few drops from a cotton square if they experienced cravings. The women in the experimental Ylang Ylang group experienced an overall reduction of the number of cravings, over the control group, who inhaled Almond Oil. 4 out of 5 of the women in the Ylang Ylang group reported that, “smelling the oil relieved the stress and anxiety of that moment.”

Nicotiana Flower

Patricia Kaminsky and Richard Katz, in their book Flower Essence Repertory, highlight the efficacy of Nicotiana Flower Essence Remedy in assisting with smoking cessation.  True to flower essence form, Nicotiana addresses nicotine addiction by encouraging coping with deep feelings, and awakening the bodily and emotional numbing of the period of addiction. Nicotiana also helps a person to remain grounded and establish a stronger connection with nature.

In order to nurture oneself through the period of transition, the traditional methods of adequate rest, supportive nutrition, and enough water will help the body repair itself. In addition, taking time to relax in nature, to connect with loved ones and friends, and to do the things you love will also create in you the connection and nourishment that the cigarettes used to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Essential Oils Enhance Energy in Times of Stress

Make Your Stress Serve You.

Melissa Essential Oil

Stress relief is essential during times when increased heart rate and nervous tension is negatively impacting the nervous system. Other times, though, we need a boost of energy to confront and dispell the stress. There are a variety of situations that demand more energy to relieve stress: facing a situation that you have previously avoided, standing up for yourself, acting in spite of fear. Conjuring necessary energy is both courageous and creative, transmuting stress into power.

Whether the stress is coming from inappropriate boundaries with colleagues, friends, or family, from high expectations of self or others, or from the feeling of too much to do, cordials can help bring out the innate part of you that is prepared to tackle your own life’s challenges.

Cordials are essential oils with the ability to stimulate the mind and body. A source of clean, invigorating energy, a few drops of oil on the skin to inhale can make the difference between feeling stuck and overwhelmed and feeling able to show up to the task at hand.

Cordial essential oils include: Anise, Marjoram, Melissa, Neroli, and Peppermint.

Neroli Essential Oil

A light, refreshing blend to give you a creative edge:

5 drops Marjoram

5 drops Melissa

5 drops Neroli

Apply directly to the skin, inhale from the bottle, or diffuse into a room that needs some uplifting energy.

 

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Treating Stings and Bites with Essential Oils

Blue Tansy

Blue Tansy Essential Oil: Anti-Inflammatory, analgesic and anti-histamine.

The season of itching, stinging, swelling, and redness from insect bites is upon us. From bee stings, to mosquitoes, even to sunburns, essential oils provide a natural, and highly effective remedy.

Blue Tansy, an anti-inflammatory oil used for burned, damaged, and bruised skin, yields incredible results when applied to bug bites, stings, and other skin blemishes.

Blending Blue Tansy with soothing and regenerative Lavender, alleviates the misery of stings, bites, and sunburns, as well as eliminates the redness and swelling of acne.

“Just after being stung twice by bees , my spouse put [Blue Tansy and Lavender Skin Balm] on the stings. The itching cleared right away, which kept me calm, and kept swelling to a minimum. It has also helped with mosquito bites.” Kevin C., Boulder, CO.

Recipes:

Blue Tansy and Lavender Skin Balm

9 ml base of Tamanu Oil

2 ml Blue Tansy

1 ml Wild Lavender.

Apply a few drops directly to irritated skin to quell the itching, stinging, redness, and swelling of insect bites.

Wild Lavender

Sunburn Blend

8 Tbsp. Cider Vinegar

8 drops German Chamomile, Tea Tree, or Rosemary

4-5 pumps Blue Tansy and Lavender Skin Balm

Take an aromatic bath in tepid to warm water, adding up to 8 tablespoons of cider vinegar and 8 drops of essential oil. This eases the sting of the burn, reduces inflammation, and prepares the skin to absorb the Blue Tansy and Lavender Skin Balm. (Note: Applying oil or cream to burned skin before an aromatic vinegar bath traps the heat, and increases discomfort.)

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Anti-Viral Essential Oils Treat Common Warts

Though the six most common types of warts eventually heal by themselves, people often remove

Verruca vulgaris can be treated with essential oils.

common warts and plantar warts, as they are contagious and sometimes painful. Medical methods of wart removal can be draconian: burning, cutting, freezing, and peeling the infected skin.

Medical treatments eliminate the symtpom without addressing the cause: the Human Papilloma Virus. Essential oils with anti-viral and immune support properties both target the virus, and bolster the immune system simultaneously.

Anti-viral essential oils include: Bay Laurel, Cypress*, Eucalyptus and Bergamot, Frankincense*, Garlic, Helichrysum, Hyssop, Lemon, Thyme*.

* should not be used during pregnancy.

Blends for Adults and Adolescents

Combine in a 12 ml bottle:
4 ml Bay Laurel
2 ml Thyme
1 ml Melissa
2 ml Hyssop
2 ml Lavender

Soften the skin of the affected area in warm water for five minutes before applying oils. Apply 2-3 drops of the anti-viral blend to each wart, 2-3 times per day. Air dry, or cover with a clean bandage. Within 2-8 weeks the wart and its root virus will be gone. Though the natural treatment is a longer course, it is easy on the body.

Preparation for Children Under 12
In a 5 ml bottle, add 5 drops of the above concentrate into 2 tsp of cider vinegar. Use a cotton swab to precisely apply the mixture to the wart, taking care to avoid the skin around it.

Note: If the skin around the wart becomes irritated, apply Tamanu oil before and/or after the concentrate. Tamanu oil is known for its ability to heal skin and provide pain-relief.

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Helichrysum: The Chemistry of the Greatest Pain Reliever and Regenerative Essential Oil

Helichrysum Essential Oil by Synergy Essentials

Helichrysum Essential Oil by Synergy Essentials

Helichrysum is one of our favorite essential oils, as it has such immediate, profound pain relieving and healing effects for most folks who use it.

The particular species of Helichrysum italicum, also known as Everlasting or Immortelle (and sometimes even “Italian” Helichrysum), is the most broadly therapeutic of the 500 Helichrysum species — and the sub species (spp) of serotinum is considered particularly special. (This Helichrysum the oil produced by Synergy Essentials.)

The reason for its multiple, fast actions has to do with the chemistry of the oil, which is rich in highly bioactive compounds, that when applied to the skin, get absorbed to the site very quickly and go to work. Helichrysum has the properties of being anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and regenerative all in the same oil. Many people are really truly amazed at not only how well it works,  but how fast as well.

Inflammation Reduction

The anti-inflammatory effects can be attributed to the curcumenes present in the oil. Curcumenes have recently been very prominent in the field of natural nutrition, as the extract of the spice Tumeric, called ‘curcumin’ has become popular as an anti-inflammatory supplement. Helichrysum italicum species contain a significant quantity of ‘gamma’ curcumene, providing an excellent anti-inflammatory effect.

A Relaxing Agent to An Injury or Inflamed Area

Helicrysum contains a natural chemical called ‘neryl acetate’ which acts to relax cramped muscles, and even seems to do this on a cellular level. Imagine where an injury has just occurred: the area tightens up to protect itself, yet this slows the healing process.. Many Helichryum italicum essential oils contain in the range of 5% to 15% neryl acetate. The essential oil of the serotinum sub species contains in the range of 25% to 50% neryl acetate, with any amount over 30% being considered a very high-quality oil.

A Unique Regenerative and Safe Ketone for Wound Healing

You’ll see Helichrysum in nearly every formula for healing skin, and scar reduction. It contains a group of ketones called “Italidones”, which stimulate tissue regeneration. Typically, ketones can be toxic, and should only be used with caution (as in Sage or Hyssop essential oils).

However, those in Helichrysum are safe for use, and the oil is often employed “neat” meaning without a carrier oil. For wound healing, it is best to first allow the injury to close (if it had been bleeding, as Helichrysum is also an anti-coagulant), then utilize a blend containing a wound-healing carrier oil, such as Tamanu oil and Virgin Coconut (these two mixed together make an amazingly healing combination.)

A Unique Oil for Anti-Aging Skin Care

Because of this regenerative feature, a small amount of Helichrysum is an excellent choice for skin care blends where one is wishing to improve skin texture. The concentration should be much less than that used in cases of traumatic injury — more on the scale of 1/2 to 1% of the total blend. Still, Tamanu and Coconut oils are great choices here as well.

Sample Recipes

For healing wounds without scarring, use for each ounce of total formula:
35 drops Helichrsum
12 drops of either Calendula OR
25 drops of Sea Buckthorn
and fill the rest of the 1 ounce (30ml) bottle up with Tamanu oil, and preferably 50:50
Tamanu and Coconut. For injuries that are bruises, not open cuts, use 3 times the amount
of Helichrysum, plus 20 drops of Ginger CO2 and Frankincense Carteri CO2 oils for extra
inflammation relief.

For Anti-Aging Skin Care:
Look at oils such as Sea Buchthorn, Carrot Root, Frankincense, and Rosehip ‘Total’ CO2, and of course, Helichrysum. Seek carrier oils that best suit your skin’s needs, and go ahead and practice blending! It’s fun to do, and very rewarding. THE MOST important tip is to keep the total amount of essential oils around 3% (that’s about 95 drops per ounce) or LESS in your blend. The essential oils are powerful, and we’ve always found “less is more” when we’ve tried to blend for ourselves thinking “this is good, more must be better”!  A little investigation will go a long way, and you’ll find pre-made skin care blends on our site as well under the “Therapeutic Blends” section.

We hope you enjoy this, and please feel free to ask any questions that may help you personally make the best use of this “aroma-medicine”.

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