Essential Oils – The Ancient Romans Lavishly Used Essential Oils For Everything

The Romans were much more generous in their use of oils and perfumes than either the Egyptians or the Greeks. The Romans were known for taking from other peoples not only goods and possessions but also knowledge. The Romans never wrote a single medical text but rather borrowed everything from the Greeks. If the Greeks used aromatic essential oils for healing the body-so did the Romans. If the Greeks used oils in their temples-then so did the Romans. If the Greeks had scented public baths, then the Romans improved this concept by having heated baths, scented with lavender flowers brought in daily by the slaves. In other words, they copied what the intellectual Greeks had accomplished and then took it to the extreme. History shows that the Romans fumigated their temples and political buildings with essential oils and their soldiers are reported to have used aromatic oils on themselves before going into battle to bolster their courage.

The Romans used three kinds of perfumes-solid unguents, scented oils and powdered perfumes to fragrance their hair, their bodies and their clothes and beds. The solid unguents included rhodium, which was rose scented and narcissum, from narcissus flowers. Their most popular scented oils included susinum, which was made from honey, calamus, cinnamon, myrrh, and saffron, and nardinum composed of calamus, cistus, cardamon, melissa, spikenard, and myrrh. These blends were very expensive and only the wealthy could afford them. They were what we would refer to today as “signature perfumes.”

The height of excess is exhibited by the report that the Roman Emperor Nero commanded that an entire year’s production of frankincense be burned at the funeral of his wife, Sabina Poppae. An entire fleet of ships was used solely to transport frankincense from Arabia to Rome. She obviously meant a great deal to Nero since the cost of such extravagance would be staggering in today’s economies. To learn more about the Roman society and how they used essential oils I invite you to attend an aromatherapy program that teaches about the Romans and also about other ancient peoples like the Egyptians, Greeks, and Arabians.

Essential Oils Descriptive Terms (Cathartic – Cytotoxic)

Glossary of Descriptive Terms – Essential Oils Properties, Actions & Effects

Cathartic – a purgative

Cephalic – relating to the head

Cerebral – pertaining to the largest part of the brain

Chemotype – plants of the same genus which appear externally identical but having a variation in their chemical constituents, often due to climatic, altitude, or soil conditions

Chlorosis – rare form of anemia

Chologugue – stimulates secretion of and flow bile

Cholecystokinetic – agent that stimulates the contraction of the gall bladder

Choleretic – aids excretion of bile by the liver, so there is a greater flow of bile

Cholesterol – a naturally occurring steroid alcohol. Excess can lead to gallstones

Cicatrizant – wound healing agent, aids formation scar tissue for burns, cuts, scars

Cirrhosis – degenerative change in any organ (especially liver), resulting in fibrous tissue overgrowth

Colic – Pain due to contraction of the involuntary muscle of the abdominal organs

Colitis – inflammation of the colon

Compress – substance applied hot or cold to an area of the body, for relief of inflammation and pain

Concrete – a concentrate, waxy, solid, or semi-solid perfume material prepared from previously live

plant mattter, usually using a hydrocarbon type of solvent

Constipation – congestion of the bowels, resulting in infrequent movement

Cordial – stimulant and tonic

Counterirritant – anti-inflammatory agent

Cutaneous – pertaining to the skin

Cytotoxic – toxic to all cells

PLEASE NOTE: There are many cheap, synthetic copies of aromatic oils, but these are not recommended for therapeutic use. For best results purchase the highest quality oils you can possibly find. Use certified organic essential oils, or oils that have been tested and are pesticide free.

Holistic MindBody Therapy, including pure essential oils, are gentle, noninvasive complementary forms of health care for balancing and synchronizing your body, mind and spirit and a natural, safe and effective way to enhance your health and well-being. Holistic health care may produce satisfying results where other methods have failed. Please consult with your physician regarding serious health concerns and do not attempt to self diagnose.

Capricorn and Essential Oils

Capricorn, 10th sign of the zodiac falls approximately between December 22- January 20. Symbolized by the Goat, Capricorn is a Cardinal Earth element sign meaning they are ambitious, creative initiators with a grounded practical energy. Capricorns are conventional, cerebral, cautious, hard working and reliable. Many people will seek out their Capricorn friends or family because Capricorns are the “rock” they need to lean on during times of melancholy or stress. Most Capricorns have a need for purpose and direction in life. Their ruling planet Saturn in astrology represents structure, boundaries, time, caution and wisdom.

Capricorns do have the habit of taking on too much always needing to be needed and in turn end up depleting themselves of emotional, spiritual and physical energy. I know a few Capricorns who are guilty of this, always worried about security in all forms: financial, emotional and physical, not just for themselves but for others as well. This can be exhausting to anyone on the outside looking in, not to mention the Goat themselves.

Capricorns are goal setters configured with definitive guidelines as they most happy with structure. More often than not, once a goal is reached they will soldier on to higher and better aspirations. The Saturn power helps the Capricorn with discipline, and staying power to achieve goals they set for themselves.

You will find a Capricorn is quite active with hiking, running, cycling… you name it they are involved in it or at least have tried it. With all this movement they may have to tendency to complain about their joints and muscles, which may be easily remedied with essential oil blends.

The Capricorn ego can get on the nerves of others, as they believe their way is the best way, no matter what way it is! What you may not know is that they are often hard on themselves, being a perfectionist who is never satisfied; the Cap needs to remember they also possess a goofy side which needs to be let out once in a while.

The grounding aroma of Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides) essential oil is sweet, heavy, deep and earthy. This oil is very often used in perfumery as a base note. Vetiver is not only often associated with the Capricorn and Saturn planet but also the root chakra, which makes Vetiver a good choice for those who are too airy and need some grounding. Commonly referred to as the Oil of Tranquility, this essential oil is superb for the Capricorn who is burnt out physically, mentally and emotionally. This musty aromatic oil may stir those deep soul secrets, softening those emotional blockages, awakening the Capricorn to recognize they are actually not alone in the world. Vetiver oil has a personality like that of a Capricorn, strong, full of wisdom, healthy self value and integrity. Another great purpose of Vetiver is to alleviate muscle and joint discomfort, indeed useful for the active Goat! Just blend 1 drop of Vetiver and 1 drop Pine in a tablespoon of unscented massage oil or lotion and massage into muscle.

The high vibrational energy of Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon) will boost any sour mood into sun-drenched joy. The light, clean, fresh aroma engages the psyche with liveliness and an aura of happiness. This uplifting Lemon scent bestows clarity, awareness and direction to those to inhale the aroma. A wonderful olfactory morning treat to help set the tone for the day ahead, just sprinkle a few drops on the shower floor allowing the steam to raise the aroma throughout the shower stall. For those washed-out Capricorns who are emotionally strained and need to lighten up, the lemon’s aromatic bliss can facilitate that vibe.

With Capricorn in wintery months, Pine essential oil (Pinus sylvestris) is a great choice. It has a clean, woody, leafy, aroma which resonate with the months of December and January. Just looking at a Pine tree noticing the straight structured trunk, reminds me of the logical and practical Capricorn. Pine’s aroma and personality encourages direction, self confidence, positivity, patience and strength, assisting the goal oriented Capricorn with their task lists.

Pine essential oil is also known to have stimulating action on circulation, helps with fatigue and makes a great expectorant. The essential oil is produced from distilling the Scotch pine tree needles, cones and branches. For colds, it is best to diffuse in a room with just a few drops in a diffuser, a little goes a long way.

This essential oil is invigorating, awakening the soul inside us, encouraging strength, trust and direction. Pine also blends well with Lemon essential oil creating an energizing, uplifting aroma that is clean and fresh.

Fun fact: Elvis Presley was a Capricorn

Healthy Weight Loss – Pure Essential Oils to Increase Fat Burning & Metabolism

This pure essential oil formula is a perfect balance of aromas for curbing your appetite, as well as to increase your fat burning and metabolism. It will also help to relieve food cravings and enhance your digestion. Citrus essential oils are natural body tonics. They have an alkalizing effect on the body and help to balance a too acid pH body chemistry, as well as promote cleansing and detoxification.

The synergy blend healthy weight loss formula (1:1:1 ratio) is easy to make and easy to use, and it really works amazingly well, so give it a try!

Organic Pink Grapefruit ( Citrus paradisi ) ~ “I can do it!” Pink grapefruit is often recommended for treating eating disorders and overweight or obesity issues and is especially helpful for controlling sweet cravings.

RESEARCH NEWS: Organic Style Magazine (June 2005) featured an article on 25 ways to lose weight naturally. At number 12 was the inhalation of grapefruit oil. Research from the Institute of Aromatherapy in Toronto, Canada noted that smelling grapefruit oil helps curb “sweet” cravings.

Sweet Orange ( Citrus sinensis ) ~ The Happy Oil! Sweet Orange is a rejuvenating and uplifting tonic that will keep you motivated.

Lemon ( Citrus limonum ) ~ Rapidly fires up your metabolism and fat burning cells! Lemon is a known physical tonic and helps stimulate blood and lymph circulation to effectively cleanse the body when you’re losing weight fast!

Brain research conducted to learn about the effects aroma has on the brain discovered that lemon oil activates the center of the hippocampus and triggers left brain, rational thinking. Take a whiff of Lemon oil and your emotional triggers for sweets and second helpings are instantly short circuited.

TIP FOR USE: Direct Inhalation Method – Dispense 1-3 drops of your healthy weight loss synergy blend onto a cotton ball or tissue. Inhale for 30-60 seconds before eating to curb your appetite and relieve your food cravings.

FOR OPTIMAL RESULTS FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS – Close your eyes and inhale your synergy blend healthy weight loss formula. Breathe in slowly and pause briefly on your inhaled breath. Then slowly exhale, letting go of any tension. Repeat this slow, rhythmic breathing five more times. Allow yourself to relax for a moment into a feeling of well-being.

WHEN TO USE: Inhale before you eat out in restaurants (before ordering), when you go grocery shopping, and whenever you get the urge for a snack. It is a simple pure essential oil formula that is not harmful to the environment and is wonderfully inexpensive to make. Over time you will notice your stomach capacity will shrink and so will your appetite.

PLEASE NOTE: There are many cheap, synthetic copies of aromatic oils, but these are not recommended for therapeutic use. For best results purchase the highest quality oils you can possibly find. Use certified organic essential oils, or oils that have been tested and are pesticide free.

Aromatherapy is a gentle and noninvasive complementary health care system used for balancing and synchronizing your body, mind, spirit and emotions to enhance your health. Properly administered essential oils are a natural, safe and effective way to enhance your health and well-being and may produce satisfying results where other methods have failed. Please consult with your physician regarding serious health concerns and do not attempt to self diagnose.

Yin and Yang Aromatherapy – Using Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils at Home

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for physical and emotional well being. They are comprised of naturally occurring chemicals that work in synergy with one another. Unlike prescription drugs, the healing properties of essential oils date back thousands of years.

Two of the most versatile essential oils are lavender and peppermint. Think of these two oils as yin and yang. Lavender is warm and relaxing, while peppermint is cool and invigorating.

Each morning, add eight to ten drops of peppermint essential oil to a fragrance burner filled with water to help wake you up. Peppermint is also helpful for fighting the afternoon blahs and has a natural cooling effect. Put a drop or two on a cotton ball, close your eyes and inhale deeply. If you are prone to headaches, mix one-eighth cup carrier oil, such as sweet almond or extra virgin olive oil to 12 drops peppermint and massage your temples, neck, and forehead.

In the evening, add nine drops of lavender to your bathwater, dim the lights and take several deep breaths to help you relax. Try a few drops directly on your pillowcase or on a cotton ball if you have a difficult time getting to sleep. Lavender can help balance your emotions, relieve stress and aid in lowering blood pressure. It is beneficial for the skin and can be used for blemishes, scrapes, sunburn, and rashes. Add a drop or two to a wet cotton ball and apply to the affected area.

One of the simplest ways to use lavender or peppermint is to make your own body lotion. Purchase a high quality, unscented lotion and add thirty to forty drops of either oil or a combination of the two oils.

Essential oils are naturally antibacterial and antiviral and are effective for treating colds and flu. Fill a bowl with water, heat carefully, then add a few drops of lavender and peppermint. Put a towel over your head, close your eyes and inhale. When the water cools, take a washcloth and use as a compress to cover your forehead. This helps relieve headaches and sinus pressure.

Replace your room fresheners and their inherent chemicals and ozone depleting propellants. Add several drops of lavender or peppermint essential oil to a spray bottle filled with distilled water and gently shake before misting your room. Use lavender as a linen mist and peppermint on your counters and floorboards to deter household pests.

Did you know there are approximately 70,000 synthetic chemicals now used in commercial products? What health consequences do these chemicals pose with daily exposure? Use essential oils as an alternative to these products for everyday health and well being. A few words of caution – with the exception of lavender and tea tree, essential oils should never be applied undiluted, directly to your skin. Handle with care and feel good that you are helping yourself, your family, and your environment.

What Is an Ultrasonic Diffuser – The Principles Behind This Amazing Essential Oil Diffuser

An essential oil diffuser is a tool used to alleviate the process of aromatherapy, or the inhaling of diffused particles of the essential oil to be able to feel its therapeutic benefits. There are different types of diffusers available in the market, and one of the best is the ultrasonic aroma diffuser. It is regarded as one of the best diffusers in facilitating aromatherapy along with essential oil nebulizers, because they disperse the natural oils in form of mist. Mist is a spray of fine droplets of particles, and it is readily absorbed by our lungs; thus, speeding up the process of aromatherapy.

Also known as the humidifying diffuser, the ultrasonic diffuser helps humidify the air with the lovely mists that it releases. Although the end product is almost the same as that of the essential oil nebulizer, this aroma diffuser operates differently.

The nebulizer works by blowing some amount of air across the small tube containing the essential oil which is ‘nebulized’ and blown into mists. Nebulizer is a very powerful device that it can use up a lot of oil in a short period of time but If the power released by the nebulizer is not regulated, it may produce too much mist that may shock one’s olfactory system. It should be operated with a timer to let the olfactory system process the oils before receiving more of it.

On the other hand, the ultrasonic diffuser uses an adiabatic process; meaning, heat is not utilized in order to break down the particles of the essential oil. Instead, this diffuser uses electronic frequencies to accomplish the misting of the liquid particles. The essential oil is combined with another fluid (usually water). A small disc placed under the surface of the fluid will vibrate rapidly due to electronic frequencies. This will disperse the oil into fine mist that will saturate the air in the room.

The mist produced by the nebulizer might smell too strong which is not the case with ultrasonic diffusers. The mist produced by this device is not pure oil; it has been combined with water so the scent is less intensified and more soothing as compared to that produced by the nebulizer. This eliminates the need for regulating the amount of mist released in the air by ultrasonic diffusers.

Ultrasonic aroma diffusers come in different variations and of course, in different prices. The more pricey variants are those infused with advanced technological enhancements for the convenience of the user. But, if you have a small budget, a basic ultrasonic diffuser will do; it may not have some advanced features, but the healing effect is still the same.

Hildegard of Bingen’s Healing with Herbs and Essential Oils

Europeans did not get into the production of essential oils until the 12th century. Many healers, particularly the monks and nuns in the abbeys and monasteries cultivated their own aromatic plants. They also used many spices, herbs and aromatic oils from the Far East in their healing ministrations. We need to remember that all literary knowledge as well as herbal knowledge rested in the monasteries since it was the monks and nuns who copied the ancient texts. We also know that it was the men and women in these religious orders who practiced various forms of healing. Lavender in particular, was studied for its medicinal properties along with rosemary, sage, basil, chamomile, melissa and thyme. These plants seemed to do well in the colder Germanic countryside. Some of these abbeys had vast underground storerooms where they kept their herbs and the oils along with the foodstuff, wines and beer. They dispensed medication to the ill in the form of herbal teas, herbal infused oils, medicated beers, medicated wines, brandies, and herbal tinctures and salves.

While in Europe a few years ago, I visited the ruins of many of these abbeys and found that they generally placed their herb gardens right outside the windows of the infirmary. During warm days, they would carry the sick out into the garden or open the great shuttered windows so that the breezes would carry the fragrances of the plants to the sick. It was believed that these heavenly scents would help cure the sick.

Hildegard of Bingen–A Healer for Our Day Hildegard was a Benedictine abbess in the 12th century. She wrote extensively on the use of herbal remedies, tinctures, salves, ointments and oils as part of her medicine. Her writings were used as a point of reference for abbeys throughout Europe during that time and for many centuries following. Hildegard’s work with herbs, crystals, gemstones and essential oils is now being studied extensively all over Europe and is being used in American classes on aromatherapy. Educational courses in aromatherapy that are taught from a Christian perspective can help us connect to our rightful role in healing and anointing. Hildegard is but one of the more famous teachers in history on the use of aromatherapy for healing body/mind/spirit. Discover more about her in the courses offered by the Institute of Spiritual Healing and Aromatherapy.

Essential Oils Descriptive Terms (Poultice – Sialogugue)

Glossary of Descriptive Terms – Essential Oils Properties, Actions & Effects

Poultice – the therapeutic application of a soft moist mass of herbs to the skin

Prophylactic – preventive of disease or infection

Psychosomatic – the manifestation of physical symptoms resulting from mental state

Pulmonary – pertaining to the lungs

Purgative – a substance stimulating an evacuation of the bowels

Pyelitis – inflammation of the kidney

Rubefacient – agent which reddens skin, dilates vessels increase blood flow

Refrigerant – cooling -reduces fever

Regulator – an agent that helps balance and regulate the functions of the body

Relaxant – soothing, causing relaxation, relieving strain or tension

Renal – pertaining to the kidney

Resolvent – an agent that disperses swelling, or effects absorption of a new growth

Restorative – an agent that helps to strengthen and revive the body systems

Revulsive – relieves pain by means of the diversion of blood or disease from one part of the body to another

Rhinitis – inflammation of nasal mucous membrane

Sclerosis – hardening of tissue due to inflammation

Scrofula – tuberculosis

Seborrhea – increased secretion of sebum

Sedative – agent that exerts a soothing, tranquilizing, calming effect on the body, good for nervous tension, stress, insomnia, anxiety and palpitations

Sialogugue – an agent that stimulates the secretion of saliva

Holistic MindBody Therapy, including pure essential oils, are gentle, noninvasive complementary forms of health care for balancing and synchronizing your body, mind and spirit and a natural, safe and effective way to enhance your health and well-being. Holistic health care often produces satisfying results where other methods have failed. Please consult with your physician regarding serious health concerns and do not attempt to self diagnose.

The Essential Oil Glossary: Common Aromatherapy Terms & Their Meanings (A-D)

One of the first things I noticed when I started getting hot and heavy with my research on aromatherapy and essential oils is that there is an entire jargon that surrounds the industry and can get pretty confusing to the average reader. If you’ve ever done any research on the benefits or history of essential terms, you’ve probably seen these terms and asked yourself, “What in the world does that mean?”

Now you can know!

If you’re thinking about investing in your own kit of aromatherapy inhalers and have started looking into all of the benefits, here’s some of the lingo you’re likely to encounter.

Anti-Fungal

This just means that the essential oil in question has been heralded for an ability to treat or prevent fungal growth or infections. Be sure to check these facts against credible studies before buying what you read hook, like and sinker.

Anti-Inflammatory

Reducing inflammation.

Antineuralagic

Inhibiting or preventing the occurrence of sharp pains along the course of a nerve or nerves.

Antiplogistic

Another word for anti-inflammatory, but can also include fever relieving properties.

Antiseptic

Indicates that an ingredient is clean and pure and that it prevents growth of disease-inducing agents or other microbials.

Antispasmodic

Something that works to relieve spasms that occur in involuntary muscles (like the intestines or the heart, that you can’t start or stop at will).

Apertif

An essential oil that works to stimulate your appetite.

Aphrodisiac

Something that stimulates or titillates sexual desire, attraction or excitement.

Aromatherapy

A branch of holistic medicines that utilizes plant materials and oils (including essential oils and compounds) in an endeavor to alter mood, mental prowess, psychological and/or physical well being of enthusiasts. For centuries, aromatherapy was the cutting edge of chemistry. Today, it is viewed as an alternative medicine, though new scientific studies emerge on a consistent basis showing that aromatherapy can have powerful applications.

Astringent

A solution that causes contractions in the tissues of the body in general, but is almost universally used in conjunction with the skin in health and wellness applications.

Bactericidal

This is a rather broad term that indicates a myriad of agents that kill bacteria, including disinfectants, antiseptics and antibiotics.

Carminative

A rather polite term for something that helps to relieve gas, specifically flatulence. Think Bean-o.

Cholagogue

Bile is a digestive fluid that is produced by the liver and measured out by the gall bladder. Cholagogues are items that promote the discharge of bile through and out of the system.

Cicatrisant

A pretty archaic term that basically translates into the process of being healed through the formation of scar tissue.

Cordial

Since this is also a pretty popular foodie term, ferreting out details on this one was pretty tough. As far as I could gather, it’s something that is reviving and invigorating. It’s also synonymous with medicine, specifically a stimulant or a tonic. The good news is that cordials, as the earlier association implies, are said to have a comforting or pleasant taste.

Cytophylactic

Certainly not a term that pops up over the typical dinner conversation, a cytophylactic is believed to protect cells and fight infections. They are thought to increase something known as leucocytes, which are responsible for stimulating cellular regeneration and repair.

Depurative

Those who are into detoxing and cleansing are all about the depurative, a term that means something has purifying and detoxifying properties, cleansing away wastes and toxins from the system.

Digestive

Something that aids in digestion.

Disinfectant

This means that the solution has anti-microbial properties or agents.

Diuretic

If you look to the very center of the word, “ure”, you’ll get a hint. Diuretics cause your body to increase the production and passage of urine.

That’s all for the A-D aromatherapy glossary.

Herbal Incense – An Essential Part of Aromatherapy

Incense is Essential to Aromatherapy

For those that believe in the relaxing and therapeutic abilities of aromatherapy, herbal incenses are an essential part. Aromatherapy involves all kinds of methods that infuse perfumed herbal fragrances into a room or your personal space to stimulate your mental state of mind and offers relaxation when you are stressed or need peace of mind. It is believed to improve the quality of your life and health because the perfumed smoke is believed to have magical abilities, when it comes to increased imagination and creativity, relieving stress and anxiety or depression and increasing sexual and erotic notions.

Aromatherapy is considered an alternative medicine practice that uses the therapeutic abilities of a variety of essential oils, whether they come from flowers, plant resins or tree leaves.

Because these essential oils are what give the plants fragrance, it is believed that they also have magical or medicinal powers when use in herbal incense and it is also believed that they have a wide range of healing effects. Essential oils have been used in a wide range of pharmaceuticals and they are capable of a variety of remedial effects, whether used in incenses, bath oils, candles or skin care treatment products for topical applications.

  • When it comes to examples of where it can be helpful, you just have to consider that these essential oils that are used in the manufacture of herbal incense products, which are commonly used in a variety of aromatherapy products for a variety of remedies. They have been known over the centuries to have the ability to fight bacteria and viruses, affect digestion and induce sleepiness, in addition to inducing heightened creativity, imagination and sexual awareness and desire.

Incenses can be used as part of an aromatherapy treatment that can affect arthritis, headaches, stress-related insomnia and anxiety.

There are a variety of things that essential oils are used for and herbal incense contains sufficient amounts, which indicates that it can be used for the same things that the essential oil is reputed for, in alternative medicine practices that involve aromatherapy.

  • For example, peppermint oil is good for a stimulant, nausea and travel sickness while lavender is for headaches, stress, insomnia and it has also been proven effective as a topical treatment for cuts, burns and insect bites. Those that have coughs or colds could benefit from the therapeutic properties of Eucalyptus, while Sandalwood and Rose essential oils are known as aphrodisiacs that promote the sexual and romantic imagination. No matter what herbal incense you choose, the importance of the essential oils contained in herbal incense offer a variety of cures for a variety of ailments.

The mental benefits of aromatherapy and incense come for the perfumed smoke or smells and feelings of the essential oils that are present when burned in the incense, soaked in as bath oils or applied as skin care treatments. The balanced mental states that herbal incenses can invoke are well accepted throughout many civilizations and have been for a number of centuries. Today, incenses are an essential part of aromatherapy treatments.