Aromatherapy

Since ancient times, the etheric qualities of essential oils have been widely employed by priests and priestesses of virtually all religions.

As aromatics are both subtle and immaterial, scent has been regarded as divine. Fragrant oils have been used to attract spirits, gods and goddesses. Such oils have been used to banish evil energies and to purify the temples.

Devotees and worshipers long have anointed themselves and offered sweet aromas to the gods to help manifest their needs and desires, and to facilitate divine communion through the subtle energy of sacred scents.

Some common aromatherapy essential oils and their uses include the following.

Basil
Used for aura cleansing, purification and ceremonial cleansing of sacred space. Helps to attract spirit beings, courage, inner strength. Relaxing and revitalizing, and revered as a sacred herb all over the world. In the Hindu religion it is sacred to both Vishnu and Krishna. Use with caution and avoid during pregnancy.

Bay
Associated with the Delphic Oracle, and sacred to Apollo and Daphne. Used for prophetic dreams, spiritual cleansing and purification. Used to increase psychic sensitivity and empowerment, and symbolically signify honor. Has narcotic properties and should be used with caution. Avoid during pregnancy.

Bergamot
Used to elevate the spirit, clarify the mind, assist in boosting confidence and inner strength. Helps to overcome dis-empowerment, victim consciousness and despondency. Assists in connecting to higher self and inner purpose. Relaxing and revitalizing. Avoid the sunlight when using.

Clove
Used to revitalize and stimulate mental and physical energy, invoke courage and promote inner strength. Used for protection, healing, to stimulate kundalini energy, and in love potions and money magic. Use with caution.

Cypress
Used to promote spiritual understanding, for letting go of pain, in overcoming separation and losses, and in rites of completion, death, and purification. Avoid during pregnancy.

Frankincense
Considered as food for the gods. Used for purification, consecration, meditation, spiritual understanding, focus of intent, courage, protection, help in overcoming fear, negative feelings, loss, grief and compassion.

Jasmine
Used to increase inner strength, reawaken lost interest, attract love and stimulate kundalini energy. Thought to resonate on both physical and spiritual levels and so is used in Tantric rituals, for mental and emotional peace. Used in astral travel, to lift the spirit, dispel heavy emotions and in birthing rites. Avoid during first four months of pregnancy.

Lavender
Used for inner peace, purification, meditation, protection against emotional and physical violence, health, spiritual love, understanding and mental clarity. Use to lift the spirit, in centering and grounding, for love commitments, handfasting and marriage, birthing rites and new beginnings. Probably the most widely used essential oil in aromatherapy.

Myrtle
Used to attract love and peace, promote prosperity, fertility, happiness and rejuvenation.

Myrrh
Traditionally considered to be one of the most holy plants. Used for purification, dispelling of negative and harmful energies, protection, psychic sensitivity, protection on journeys to the spirit realm, rites of passage and spiritual understanding. Used for letting go or transcending pain, grief and sorrow, grounding. An essential ingredient of Egyptian embalming lotions. Use with caution and avoid during pregnancy.

Patchouli
Used as a potent aphrodisiac, to enhance sensuality, awaken kundalini energy, in grounding and to assist manifestation.

Peppermint
Used for purification, mental clarity, and in dispelling negative thought forms and energies. Used in cleansing sacred space and ritual objects, and to increase psychic sensitivity. Not recommended during first four months of pregnancy.

Ylang Ylang
Used to attract love, enhance sensuality. Used to dispel fear and apprehension, and for negative projections. Used to assist in gaining a sense of self-worth and confidence, helps to center one-self, and release guilt and other negative emotions such as jealousy and anger which prevent one from moving forward.


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Here's a brief guide to essential oils (EO's) and their aromatherapy uses.

EOs reputed to aid memory and recall: Cedarwood, Marjoram, Peppermint,
Rosemary

EOs reputed to aid relaxation: Chamomile, Clary Sage, Juniper Berry,
Lavander, Lemon, Mandarin, Marjoram, Neroli, Rose, Rose Geranium,
Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang.

EOs reputed to aid alertness: Black Pepper, Juniper Berry, Lemon,
Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Rose Geranium, Ylang Ylang.

...OK, you may be wondering, how can an essential oil (such as ylang ylang)
help relax you AND keep you alert? Ylang Ylang and Juniper Berry are among
the EOs that have a general balancing effect on the body and mind...

EOs reputed to aid depression: Chamomile, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Juniper
Berry, Lavender, Petitgrain, Rosemary, Sandalwood.

EOs reputed to aid congestion: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Patchouli,
Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary.

EOs reputed to have pain-relieving properties: Cajeput, Chamomile, Ginger,
Helichrysum, Lavender, Marjoram, Rosemary, Rose.

EOs reputed to have skin-rejuvenation effects on mature skin: Carrot Seed,
Frankincense, Lavender, Jasmine, Myrrh, Neroli, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose.

Some delightfully spicy essential oils are skin irritants, even when used
diluted. These can even burn your skin, so please use caution with these
oils and dilute them well in a good carrier oil: Allspice, Birch, Camphor,
Cinnamon, Clove, Oregano, Savory, Thuja, Thyme, Turmeric, Wintergreen.

These are potentially toxic oils. They have limited uses in perfumery, and
some people use them to create pesticides. But my advice is "don't try this
at home!": Arnica, Bitter Almond, Calamus, Hyssop, Mugwort, Mustard,
Pennyroyal, Sassafras.

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! These ARE toxic essential oils,
far too strong for use by the hobbyist. General aromatherapy use of these
oils may result in kidney and/or liver failure. When these oils enter your
system, the breakdown which occurs creates toxic molecules which bind to the
cells of the liver and kidneys, destroying them. This is serious, and too
scary! Pharmaceutical companies may know how to use these oils to control
certain human body functions, but I recommend that anyone else STAY AWAY:
Horseradish, Jaborandi, Narcissus, Parsley, Santolina, Rue, Tansy, Tonka
Bean, Wormwood. (Synthetic fragrance oils, such as narcissus, don't actually
contain any narcissus and probably won't hurt you, unless you have
allergies.)

Again, pregnant women need to exercise caution, don't use ESSENTIAL OILS AT
ALL, better safe than sorry. The jury is still out on the impact of
essential oils on a developing fetus. Sniffing the wonderful aromas of most
essential oils won't hurt, and may in fact help keep a pregnant woman's
emotions balanced, but direct application of any essential oil to the skin
probably should be avoided. Lavender, chamomile, rose, geranium, sandalwood
and some citruses (orange, grapefruit) are the safest known essential oils
and are probably OK, but please check with your doctor. The essential oils
mentioned above are also fine for young children.

Getting Started
Some of you have asked how to get started using essential oils. Which oils
should you have on hand? Well,there are many essential oils to choose from,
over 100 are readily available. You do not have to purchase all of them to
get started. I suggest you start with a bascic kit thatr contains some of
the more common oils then add some of your favorites. Purchase small
quantities and experiment with blending different oils together. Purchase
one or two good books on aromatherpy to guide you. Take a class. Many are
offered at health food stores, adult education classes and aromatherapy
boutiques. Some of the oils to have on hand are:

Lavender::known to be calming, used for insomnia.General first aid, burns,
bites. Use in baths (wonderful), massage, perfumes, inhalation.

Tea Tree: Antibacterial, Antiviral and Antifungal use for Cuts,
bites,dandruff, atheletes foot. A first aid must. A drop may be used neat.

Eucalyptus: A must have for this time of year. Diffuse daily to kill cold
germs in the air. Use for colds, sinus congestion, Use in diffuser,
inhalation and massage peppermint: Aids headaches, a digestive aid, pain
killer, travel sickness. Use in massage, compress, diffuser, inhalant.

Orange: Think happy! Another basic. Calming, yet uplifting, blends well with
the other cotrus oils and Lavender.

Lemon: Great for cleaning. Fights germs and bacteria.Another refreshing
citrus scent.Helps concentration.

Peppermint: Energizes, great when driving a long trip. Reduces nausea and
headache. Improves digestion.

ALL ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils are the natural substance extracted and distilled from
aromatic plants. These oils have the power to heal, containing antibiotic,
antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties, effective to both our bodies,
our minds, and our emotions.

Essential oils have to be combined with a �carrier� oil, and not used
directly on the skin. When blended together, they can be applied directly to
the skin or diffused through the air. Essential oils travel through the
entire body and can be used to �treat� or �affect� different systems within
our bodies.

When diffused through the air, essential oils affect our moods, emotions,
and energy or anxiety levels. They can contribute to our overall well being.
Also be sure to use pure essential oils and avoid �aromatherapy grade�
(translated as synthetic) oils. Other than to smell pleasant, they have no
therapeutic properties.

MEDICINAL USES FOR THERAPEUTIC OILS

I have included some basic information on some of the more commonly used
oils and how they might be beneficial in your life. Please don�t forget that
this information is not meant to replace medical advice or treatment from
your health care professional. I hope that you enjoy this information, and
encourage to research and learn more about this valuable subject.
Namaste�.Dusty

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils as a �holistic� treatment,
balancing and harmonizing your body, mind and soul. Essential oils
(sometimes referred to as �Medicines of the Earth�) are stored in tiny sacs
between cells that carry the plants life force, or immune system. Essential
Oils are extracted from different parts of flowers, fruits, barks, roots and
leaves. They are derived from many different methods of extraction and the
type of extraction depends on the type of plant the oil is being extracted
from.

Essential oils regulate the plants functions, they are the carriers of the
plants energy - they protect the plant from heat, cold, fungus, insects and
assist plants in the fertilization or pollination process. Essential Oils
are also considered the plants hormone system, which tends to mimic or own
endocrine (hormone) system.

Society is beginning to understand that illnesses may originate in the mind
and the �holistic� approach may be necessary for healing both mind and body.
Essential Oils act as a �biotic� in a non-evasive manner, building and
mobilizing your body�s own healing powers as opposed to a synthetic
�antibiotic� which adds further stress and trauma to living tissue,
eventually causing allergies and side effects. Naturally, essential oils
have a small number of constituents and trace elements. These trace elements
have a synergistic effect on the other elements. Only those �exact� elements
give Essential Oils their therapeutic quality. The synthetic industry
desperately tries to reconstruct these complex combinations of components
which is virtually impossible. They also lack the �vital� live force in it�s
natural origin. There is a type of photography called �Carillon - in which
you can see the energy fields that surround living organisms. Aromatherapy
is a valuable complimentary treatment to current mainstream medicines. A
photo of a freshly cut leaf, shows a distinct colorful aura. As time passes
and the leaf dies, that aura disappears. Photographs of high quality
essential oils show a strong visible aura.

Essential Oils affect our physiological well being and regulate physical
imbalances. They also remove �toxins� on which illness flourishes. Essential
Oils invite us to appreciate mother nature. Our physical well being depends
on us being totally well. We are intended to be in touch with nature and
living in the city with all the pollution and concrete, makes it hard for us
to do this. Essential oils allow us that luxury. The practice of
aromatherapy includes many different forms. Proceed to the next page to
start finding out about those forms.

HOW ESSENTIAL OILS WORK

Olfactory System

Our sense of smell is our most enduring and powerful of all our senses. It
is linked with emotions which are stored in our limbic brain. Our memory of
scent is longer lasting and more accurate than our sight or reasoning
memory. Scent triggers our emotions affecting the autonomic system (controls
nerves leading to your body�s glands and organs). Stress level, heart rate,
respiratory and digestive systems are all influenced by our emotional state.
Essential Oils fragrant molecules travel to the brain through the breathing
process - having the ability to affect the brain immediately through the
olfactory system. This is the only place on the body where the central
nervous system is directly exposed to the environment. Our other nerves or
senses must travel through our sensory path of neurons and spinal cord
before reaching the brain. The oldfactory bulb is lined on both sides with a
special tissue consisting of approximately ten million nerve cells covered
with a thin layer of mucous. These nerve cells are replaced every twenty
eight days. Each nerve cell has six to eight tiny hairs acting as receptors
by electrical impulse to the oldfactory membrane (actual brain cells)

Topical
Essential Oils absorbed topically (through the skins pores) reach the
bloodstream through connective and lymphatic tissues. This happens in
approximately 10-20 minutes. Essential Oils have a minute molecular
structure and the capability to penetrate the subcuteous or (fat) layer
allowing easy penetration of the skin.

Caution
Caution must be taken when ingesting the oils and in early pregnancy. Only
under the experience of a trained therapist are these methods to be
recommended. When essential oils are taken internally they are least
effective because they have to travel through gastric juices before reaching
the specified organ needing treatment.

METHODS OF EXTRACTION

Essential oils are extracted from various different parts of flowers,
fruits, bark, roots and leaves. There are many different methods of
extraction and the type of extraction depends on the type of plant the oil
is being extracted from. Here are some of the more widely used methods.

Distillation
Small pieces of plant material are put into the container in the still. The
Water below the container is heated to create steam and carries the oils
extracted through the tube to the cold water - which carries it to the
receptacle. The receptacle is filled with water and essential oils
(essential oils are lighter than water) float to the top of the receptacle.
Stainless steel stills are preferred to metal as some essential oils will
cause metal to corrode.

Cold Press (Expression)
Citrus fruit has small (very visible) oil glands deposited in the skin of
the fruit. The skin of the fruit is shredded, mixed with water, and
extracted by pressure. No heat is used in this process as this would destroy
volatile and important substances (as does overcooking vegetables.) It is
very important that fruit used by this procees be of organically grown
origin(ie. no pesticides).

Enfleurage - (Pornades)
Freshly cut plant material (such as jasmine) is immersed in a neutral fat or
oil and spread on sheets of glass. This process is repeated for weeks and
eventually the fat becomes saturated with the volatile oils and then alcohol
is used to separate the essential oils from the fat.

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Method
This method is a fairly recent discovery. CO2 or butane, when liquified
under pressure, extracts essential oils from plants. Essential oils
distilled in this manner allow the plants volatile components to remain.
Aromatherapists are still studying the properties of essential oils are
extracted by this method.

Upon extraction, essential oils fall into three of the following categories:

Concrete
Extracted by hydro-carbon (petroleum) type solvent from raw or live tissues
of the vegetable family. Usually solid and have a waxy non-crystalized
consistency. This method of extraction is used when heat takes away the
�nutrients� or goodness of certain plants (bark, flower, herb, root)
Concretes contain 50% wax and 50% oil therefore being more stable and
concentrated.

Absolute
Extracted from Concrete by a second process using pure alcohol. Not
recommended for thereputic work because of the remaining impurities from the
alcohol (2% or less). The texture is highly concentrated liquid. In rare
cases solid or semi-solid (clary sage).

Resinoid
Extracted from hydrocarbon solvent from dead organic material. Typical
resinoids (amber), oleoresins (turpentine) and oleo gun resins (frankinsense
and myrhh).

Various textures
Liquid, semi-liquid or solid. Is a good fixative to prolong the scent of a
fragrance

Origin of Essential Oils

Essential oils are meant to be harvested in the country where Mother Nature
intended them to grow. Aromatherapy is part of a multi billion dollar
industry and farmers and wholesalers are trying to grow crops of plants
where they are not intended to grow. Plants have their optimum healing
properties when grown and harvested in the optimal growing and climatic
regions. It is also important that the oils are grown botanically or
wildcrafted without pesticides and fertilizers.

Price
Basically - you get what you pay for. There are different qualities of
essential oils, just as there are different quality tomatoes, there will
also be some price fluctuation, depending on the harvest conditions. It also
depends on the amount of Essential Oils a plant produces: It takes 160 lbs
of Lavendar to make 1 lb of Esssential Oil, it takes 1000 lbs of Jasmine to
make 1lb of Essential Oil, etc. Some companies have re-labeling and high
overhead costs which are projected in their oils. Some Essential Oils are
also diluted (make sure the carrier is botanical). Become a label reader and
ask your seller for all of this information. There are some tests a consumer
can do to test the purity of the oils. Essential oils are not an �oil� in
the true sense of the word. Unlike fatty oils they are volatile and
evaporate without a trace (except maybe a bit of color) when dropped on a
piece of tissue or white silk, leaving no oily residue. The nose knows,
trust it !!!

Packaging:
Essential Oils should be kept in dark containers and should not be exposed
directly to light or drastic tempuratures - this can diminish the volatile
properties of the oils. All of the PURE Aromatherapy blends are confined to
the strict standards we have set for ourselves. As you can see by the photo,
our oils are stored and shipped directly to you in dark glass containers
which prevent contamination from UVA and UVB sources.

Shelf Life
Essential oils are fresh botanicals and should be treated as such. They are
at their optimum for healing power within the first few years. Citrus fruits
are more sensitive and should be used as soon as possible. Some essential
oils like, jasmine, rose, patchould, sandalwood, ripen over the years, much
like a good wine.
Finally, a word on safety. Most essential oils are safe to use in minimal
doses. Your body tends to take what it needs from the essential oils and
dispense of what it does not need through various organ elimination
(lungs,skin (sweat), and excretion (urine, bowels).

SUGGESTED USES/APPLICATIONS FOR ESSENTIAL OILS

BATH

Bathing with essential oils is a delightful experience for the body, mind
and soul. It is one of the most effective ways to benefit from Aromatherapy.
In warm water, essential oils are readily absorbed into the body tissues and
the aromatic vapors effortlessly inhaled. This benefits the 'entire'
body/mind system. After the tub is filled, add 5-10 drops of your
specifically chosen essential oil/blend to water. Breath deeply, relax and
let all your worries decimate into the water. For dry, sensitive skin add
essential oil(s) to a carrier oil (jojoba, grapeseed, etc....)

MASSAGE

Essential oils can produce incredible results when used in massage. They
have the ability to penetrate deeply into the skin tissues and then are
circulated throughout the entire mind/body system. Inhaling the aromatic
vapors also have an immediate effect upon the mind and emotions. Massages
are therapeutically beneficial for internal problems, stress, anxiety,
depression, lymphatic drainage, weight loss, detoxification, circulation,
easing pain, and sore muscles. Custom blend essential oils for your massage
to your specific needs.

SKIN CARE

Essential oils easily penetrate into the underlying layers of the skin
(dermas), promoting regeneration and rejuvenation of the skin cells. They
can be purchased pre-blended (make sure you read your ingredient listings -
look out for mineral oil, it is natural, but clogs pores) essential oils can
also be added to facial cleansers, toners, creams and lotions you may
purchase unscented skin care and add 10-15 drops of essential oil to 1 ounce
of liquid. Do not apply essential oils directly to skin without the advice
of an aromatherapist. Essential oils have incredibly rejuvenating and
moisturizing effects on your skin, also beneficial when inhaling essential
oils during your daily skin care regime.

HAIR CARE

Essential oils 'vastly' improve the health of your hair and scalp,
strengthening and stimulating the hair follicles, enhancing growth, and
regulating oil secretion. For dry damaged hair, mix 10-15 drops per 1 ounce
of jojoba and massage into scalp and comb through hair ( can leave on for
thirty minutes, then shampoo). Essential oils can moisturize, eliminate
dandruff, and add shine to your hair. Essential oils can be added to your s
hair to eliminate frizz may also be added to a 'hot oil' treatment.

INHALATION

The easiest way to enjoy the benefits of essential oils is to inhale their
aromatic fragrance directly. Try a few drops on a tissue, or a few drops on
your pillow at night, wonderful for the respiratory system when inhaled
through steam vaporization.

DIFFUSION

Also known as environmental fragrancing, used in Aromatherapy diffusers,
spray/body mists, air fresheners. There are a variety of ways to disperse
essential oils directly into the air. This is a very beneficial way to
refresh the air, kill airborne bacteria, promotes physical and well being,
creates various moods in your home, car or work place, can also protect your
aura from negative energies.

*NOTE*

Essential oils are highly concentrated and should be used with extreme
respect and care. Never take essential oils internally or during pregnancy
without the advice of your aromatherapist. This reference chart is not
intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

HISTORY:
Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years by many different
cultures. The first written list of herbs was compiled approximately 3,000
years ago by the Chinese. Ancient cultures of the Egyptian, Greek, and Roman
writings show the use of various plants and flowers to cure ailments.
Considered a alternate branch of the healing arts, aromatherapy has seen a
great increase in interest around the world. Stores commonly sell scented
objects such as lotions, candles, incense, and event scented pillows! There
are even more new aromatherapy products being created. It is important to
understand that the practice of aromatherapy is very individual. You may
like one scent and hate another. It is important to experiment and try
different scents and even combinations of scents to find what you really
enjoy.

Please read the following warnings about essential oils:
Oils which ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR HOME USE include, but are not restricted to:
cinnamon, clove, hyssop, and sage.
Oils which SHOULD NOT BE USED DURING PREGNANCY include, but are not
restricted to: basil, clove, cinnamon, fennel, hyssop, juniper, marjoram,
myrrh, peppermint, rosemary, sage, and white thyme.
Oils which SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR STEAM FACIALS include, but are not
restricted to: bay, clary sage, ginger, juniper, pine, and tea tree.
Oils which are PHOTOSYNTHESIZING include, but are not restricted to: lemon,
bergamot, lime, and orange. Do not go out into the sun for at least two
hours after applying these oils to your skin.

BATH:

Adding essential oils to a bath makes the experience even more relaxing, or
invigorating, than usual. Add about five drops of your favorite oil to your
bathtub, or try one of the recipes listed here (after it has filled), stir
the water, and soak for at least fifteen minutes. As a general rule, do not
to exceed ten drops of total essential oils per bath, and try to keep it
around five for maximum effectiveness. Please read all the warnings at the
bottom before using.

Balancing Bath: 2 d. rose oil * 2 d. neroli oil * 2 d. geranium oil.
Cleansing Bath: 3 d. geranium oil * 3 d. lemon oil * 2 d. petitgrain oil.
Cold/ Flu Bath: 5 d. eucalyptus * 5 d. peppermint * 4 d. lavender. Add 7 d.
thyme for chest congestion.

Concentrating Bath: 4 d. violet oil * 2 d. rose oil * 2 d. ylang ylang oil.
Eases tension and returns concentration.

Extra-Relaxing Bath: 10 d. lavender * 5 d. marjoram. To be used only right
before bed.

Feminine Bath: 4 d. ylang ylang * 4 d. petitgrain. Tension reliever,
preferred by women.

Hot Summer's Day Bath: 3 d. juniper oil * 3 d. patchouli oil. Best effective
in a cool bath.

Insomnia Bath: 4 d. chamomile oil * 2 d. lavender oil * 4 d. neroli oil * 2
d. marjoram oil.

Invigorating Bath: 3 d. bergamot oil * 3 d. petitgrain oil * 2 d. lemon oil.
This bath is helpful for winter dullness.

Jet-Lag Bath: 3 d. rosemary oil * 2 d. lemon oil * 2 d. frankincense oil.

Masculine Bath: 2 d. bay oil * 2 d. cedarwood oil * 2 d. lemon oil. Can be
applied to the skin before showering, diluted in oil.

Men's Relaxing Bath: 3 d. pine oil * 2 d. chamomile oil * 2 d. lemon oil.

Mental Confusion Bath I: 6 d. melissa * 4 d. bergamot * 6 d. lemon * 2 d.
lemongrass * 2 d. lavender.

Mental Confusion Bath II: 4 d. rosewood * 4 d. patchouli.

Muscle Ache Bath: 2 d. ginger oil * 3 d. eucalyptus oil * 4 d. rosemary oil.
Relieves muscle cramping and pain.

No-More-Nervousness Bath: 6 d. geranium oil * 2 d. basil oil * 2 d. neroli
oil.

Pain-Relieving Bath: 2 d. geranium oil * 3 d. cypress oil * 2 d. lavender
oil. Especially effective for relieving period cramps.

PMS Bath: 3 d. lavender oil * 3 d. clary sage oil.

Relaxing Bath: 2 d. lavender oil * 2 d. bergamot oil * 2 d. cedarwood oil.

Relaxing Bath II: 2 d. bergamot oil * 4 d. patchouli oil * 6 d. frankincense
oil.

Reviving Bath: 2 d. orange oil * 2 d. frankincense oil * 2 d. geranium oil.

Sensuous Bath I: 3 d. jasmine oil * 3 d. sandalwood oil * 3 d. ylang ylang
oil. An intimate bath, more feminine than masculine.

Sensuous Bath II: 3 d. cedarwood oil * 2 d. frankincense oil * 2 d. lime
oil. Stress-relieving as well as sensuous.

Shock-Reducing Bath: 4 d. cypress * 2 d. cedarwood * 2 d. sandalwood.

Soothing Bath: 2 d. galbanum oil * 2 d. geranium oil * 2 d. lavender oil.
Relieves anxiety and frustration.

Summer Bath: 3 d. lemon oil * 3 d. rosemary oil * 3 d. peppermint oil. Most
effective in a cool or lukewarm bath.

Tranquilizing Before-Bed Bath: 2 d. neroli oil * 2 d. rose oil * 2 d.
lavender oil * 2 d. ylang ylang oil. Flowery; good after a stressful day.

Water Retention Bath: 6 d. geranium oil * 6 d. juniper oil * 6 d. cypress
oil.

Welcome the Weekend Bath:2 d. geranium oil * 2 d. neroli oil * 5 d. lavender
oil.

FACE CARE:
Essential oils can be used to treat blemishes or acne, or can be used in
face masks or washes to balance and tone healthy skin. As a general rule, do
not to exceed ten drops of total essential oils per ointment, and try to
keep it around five for maximum effectiveness. Please read all the warnings
at the bottom before using.

Acne Medication: 8 d. tea tree * 6 d. bergamot * 4 d. lavender: in .75 oz of
jojoba oil. Apply to face every evening, massaging around, not on, the
pimple. Mix recipe with cream for daytime use (do not go into sun while
using). Add a few drops of carrot oil to the mixture after sking has cleared
to reduce spotting from previous breakouts.

Dry Skin Wash: 10 d. sandalwood oil * 10 d. bois de rose oil * 10 d.
lavender oil: in 2 tablespoons of avocado.

Hair Treatment: 2 d. rosemary oil * 1 d. lavender oil * 1 d. bay oil: in 20
ml olive oil. Use as a scalp massage, or apply to hair, cover for half an
hour, and shampoo as usual.

Problem Skin Wash: 10 d. myrrh oil * 10 d. palmarosa oil * 10 d frankincense
oil: in 1 tablespoon of Borage and 1 tablespoon of flaxseed.

Reviving Face Mask: 2 d. petitgrain oil * 2 d. lemon oil * 2 d. ylang ylang
oil: in 20 ml of iced water. Mix with enough crushed almonds to make a
paste. Apply as a face mask. Let dry, then rinse off.

Suncare Blend: 14 d. lavender oil * 1 d. peppermint oil: in 4-8 oz. of cold
water. Use in an atomizer on sunny days, spritzing yourself as needed.

FOOT CARE:

Your feet are the most abused part of your body. Especially for people who
spend a good deal of their time at work on their feet, in jobs like
waitressing or as a cashier, feet can become extremely sore and worn out.
These recipes, coupled with massage of the foot, will restore your tired
dogs to their fromer glory. As a general rule, do not to exceed ten drops of
total essential oils per ointment, and try to keep it around five for
maximum effectiveness. Please read all the warnings at the bottom before
using.

Aching Feet Massage: 2 d. chamomile oil * 2 d. eucalyptus oil: in 20 ml. of
carrier oil. Use sweeping strokes and gentle circular pressing motion for
optimal results.

Corn and Verucca Foot Massage: 2 d. lemon oil * 3 d. tea tree oil: in 20 ml
of carrier oil. Use over a period of time, rather than for one night only.

Soothing Foot Massage: 4 d. lavender oil * 3 d. rosemary oil: in 20 ml. of
carrier oil. Relaxes feet and refreshes fatigue.

Stimulating Foot Bath: 2 d. bay oil * 2 d. ginger oil: in a large bowl of
hot water. Soak feet in mixture for ten minutes.

Theraputic Footbath: 4 d. lemongrass oil * 4 d. lavender oil: in a large
bowl of hot water. Can also be used to control excessive persperation on the
hands or feet.

MASSAGE RECIPES:
Perhaps the most popular way to use essential oils, massage combines the
healing art of aromatherapy with the healing art of touch. Self-massage is
just as effective as being massaged by another person, and lack of a partner
is no excuse for not trying these relaxing recipes. Always use essential
oils diluted in a carrier oil- never place them directly onto the skin. As a
general rule, do not to exceed ten drops of total essential oils per
mixture, and try to keep it around five for maximum effectiveness. Please
read all the warnings at the bottom before using.

All -Purpose Face and Neck Massage: 3 d. violet oil * 2 d. rose oil: in 20
ml of carrier oil. Add vitamin E for extra richness.

Anti-Tension Massage: 2 d. petitgrain oil * 2 d. lavender oil * 2 d.
sandalwood oil: in 20 ml carrier oil. Especially effective on the neck,
shoulders, and temples.

Backache Massage: 2 d. eucalyptus oil * 2 d. lavender oil * 1 d. lemon oil:
in 20 ml carrier oil. Focus on areas of tension with fingertips.

Bedtime Massage: 3 d. sandalwood oil * 2 d. chamomile oil: in 20 ml of
carrier oil.

Calming Back Massage: 4 d. ylang ylang oil * 3 d. jasmine oil * 2 d.
geranium oil: in 20 ml of carrier oil.

Circulation Improvement Massage: 6 d. lavender oil * 4 d. rosemary oil * 2
d. vetiver oil: in 4 oz. of sesame oil.

Face and Neck Massage: 2 d. galbanum oil * 3 d. neroli oil: in 20 ml carrier
oil.

Hand Massage: 5 d. lime oil * 5 d. thyme oil * 5 d. eucalyptus oil * 5 d.
cajeput oil: in 4 tablespoons carrier oil.

Leg Massage: 2 d. cypress oil * 2 d. lime oil * 1 d. lemon oil: in 20 ml
carrier oil. Massage on calves, using gentle pressure on varicose veins.

Mature Ckin Massage: 2 d. myrrh oil * 2 d. lavender oil * 2 d. neroli oil:
in 20 ml wheatgerm oil.

Pain-Relieving Massage: 3 d. pine oil * 3 d. eucalyptus oil * 3 d.
frankincense oil: in 20 ml carrier oil. Especially effective on sore joints.


Relaxing Full-Body Massage: 3 d. neroli oil * 2 d jasmine oil: in 20 ml of
carrier oil.

Relaxing Massage: 2 d. geranium oil * 2 d. rose oil * 2 d. lavender oil: in
20 ml carrier oil. Can be used effectively as a face and scalp massage.
Relieves anxiety.

Sensual Body Massage: 2 d. patchouli oil * 3 d. geranium oil * 3 d. rose
oil: in 20 ml carrier oil.

Stimulating Body Rub: 1 d. peppermint oil * 1 d. myrrh oil * 2 d. lavender
oil: in 20 ml carrier oil. This is an excellent winter rub.

Summer Stimulating Massage: 2 d. lemongrass oil * 3 d. orange oil * 1 d.
rosemary oil: in 20 ml carrier oil. Good for back and shoulder massages.

Uplifting Massage: 2 d. bergamot oil * 2 d. orange oil * 2 d. petitgrain
oil: in 20 ml carrier oil. Good early-morning body rub.

Varicose Vein Massage: 2 d. lime oil * 2 d. cedarwood oil: in 20 ml carrier
oil. Rub lightly, using only fingertips.

Wrinkled or Puffy Face Massage: 2 d. rose oil * 1 d. violet oil * 1 d.
geranium oil: in 20 ml carrier oil. Rub lightly on face, using only
fingertips.

MEDICINAL:
Aromatherapy can be used to treat minor pain, in conjunction with a doctor's
or homeopathist's treatment. If you are experiencing severe physical pain,
or discomfort of any kind, do not rely on aromatherapy alone to alleviate
your symptoms. Visit a liscensed medical practicioner. As a general rule, do
not to exceed ten drops of total essential oils per recipe, and try to keep
it around five for maximum effectiveness. Please read all the warnings at
the bottom before using.

Athlete's Foot: 3 d. lavender oil * 2 d. tea tree oil: in 4 oz. of hot
water. Soak foot in water for at least 15 minutes. Eucalyptus oil may be
substituted for tea tree oil.

Bronchitis Bath: 6 d. eucalyptus oil * 2 d. hyssop oil * 2 d. sandalwood
oil.

Bruises: 2 d. lavender oil * 2 d. fennel oil: in cold water. Wring out a
cloth in the water and apply as a cold compress to affected area.

Cellulite: 5 d. fennel oil * 4 d. rosemary oil * 2 d. juniper oil * 4 d.
lavender oil: in 20 ml of carrier oil. Massage into affected area.

Constipation Massage: 6 d. rosemary oil * 6 d. thyme oil: in 1 oz. olive or
almond oil. Massage on abdomen in a clockwise circular motion.

Cough and Cold Treatment Bath: 3 d. tea tree oil * 2 d. lemon oil * 2 d.
pine oil. Soak for at least 15 minutes in bathtub to relieve tightness and
congestion.

Cramps Bath: 5 d. marjoram oil * 5 d. basil oil.

Cystitis Bath: 3 d. lavender oil * 3 d. sandalwood oil * 2 d. cedarwood oil.


Dermatitis Bath: 4 d. geranium oil * 2 d. juniper oil * 2 d. lavender oil.

Diarrhea Massage: 5 d. lavender oil * 5 d. patchouli oil * 5 d. cypress oil:
in 20 ml of carrier oil. Massage onto abdomen in a clockwise motion.

Eczema Massage: 3 d. bergamot oil * 3 d. geranium oil * 6 d. juniper oil * 3
d. lavender oil: in 20 ml massage oil.

Fever Compress: 3 d. tea tree oil * 2 d. bergamot oil: in 4 oz of iced
water. Wring out a piece of fabric in water, and apply to forehead or back
of neck. Re-apply when it has warmed to body temperature.

Hangover Bath: 3 d. rosemary oil * 3 d. rosewood oil.

Hangover Compress: 1 d. peppermint oil * 1 d. rosewood oil * 1 d. lavender
oil: on a cool, wet rag. Apply to temples for ten minutes.

Headache Inhalant: 1 d. rose oil * 1 d. basil oil * 1 d. orange oil * 1 d.
rosemary oil.

Hemhorroids Bath: 5 d. cypress oil * 3 d. juniper oil * 3 d. frankincense
oil.

Hives Massage: 4 d. chamomile oil * 4 d. melissa oil: in 20 ml carrier oil.

Hot All-Purpose Poultice: 5 d. cypress oil: in 4 oz. of hot water. Wring out
a peice of fabric in the water. Apply to stomach for stomachache or period
cramps.

Indigestion Massage: 4 d. peppermint oil * 4 d. marjoram oil * 4 d.
coriander oil * 4 d. fennel oil * 4 d. basil oil: in 1 oz olive oil. Massage
gently into stomach.

Inflammation-Reducing Compress: 3 d. clary sage oil * 2 d. geranium oil: in
4 oz. iced water. Wring out a piece of fabric in water, and apply to
forehead or back of neck. Re-apply when it has warmed to body temperature.

Insect Bites: 1 tbsp. Aloe Vera * 5 d. chamomile oil. Apply to affected area
until skin no longer itches.

Muscle Pain Poultice I: 3 d. ginger oil * 3 d. eucalyptus oil: in 600 ml hot
water. Wring out a piece of fabric in water, and apply to forehead or back
of neck. Re-apply when it has cooled to body temperature.

Muscle Pain Poultice II: 3 d. petitgrain oil * 2 d. eucalyptus oil: in 600
ml hot water. Wring out a piece of fabric in water, and apply to forehead or
back of neck. Re-apply when it has cooled to body temperature. Good for
period cramps.

Nausea Inhalant:1 d. lavender oil * 1 d. peppermint oil.

Puffy Eyes: 1 d. chamomile oil: on a cool, damp ball of cotton wool. Apply
to closed eyes for ten minutes.

Period Cramp Poultice: 3 d. juniper oil * 2 d. clary sage oil: in 600 ml of
hot water. Wring out a piece of fabric in water, and apply to forehead or
back of neck. Re-apply when it has cooled to body temperature.

Pre-Menstrual Stress Massage Oil: 10 d. rose oil * 8 d. ylang ylang oil * 7
d. bergamot oil * 5 d. geranium oil: in 2 tablespoons of sesame oil. Rub
gently onto abdomen, using more massage oil if needed (do not increase
essential oil amounts).

Skin Rash Compress: 3 d. cedarwood oil * 2 d. lavender oil: in 600 ml iced
water. Wring out a piece of fabric in water, and apply to forehead or back
of neck. Re-apply when it has warmed to body temperature.

Sore Eyes: 1 d. fennel oil: on a cool, damp ball of cotton wool. Apply to
closed eyes for ten minutes.

Sprained Ankle Massage: 5 d. chamomile oil * 5 d. peppermint oil * 5 d.
cypress oil: in 3 tablespoons of carrier oil.

Sunburn Bath: 6 d. peppermint oil * 4 d. lavender oil.

Tired Eyes: 1 d. chamomile oil: on a cool, damp ball of cotton wool. Apply
to closed eyes for ten minutes.

Urinary Tract Infection Bath: 10 d. eucalyptus oil * 10 d. sandalwood oil.
Add to a lukewarm bath.

Varicose Vein Bath: 5 d. cypress oil * 5 d. geranium oil.

When used in moderation, essential oils can make very effective moisturizers
that can relax or invigorate. Do not use these on broken or cut skin. As a
general rule, do not to exceed ten drops of total essential oils per lotion,
and try to keep it around five for maximum effectiveness. Please read all
the warnings at the bottom before using.


MOISTURISERS:
Cellulite Rub: 2 d. bay oil * 2 d. lemon oil * 4 d. lavender oil: in 20 ml
sesame oil.

Chapped Lips: 3 d. chamomile * 2 d. benzoin: in 1 teaspoon sesame oil.

Dull Complexion Moisturizer: 2 d. orange oil * 1 d. lemon oil * 1 d. lime
oil: in 20 ml carrier oil. Good also for thread veins.

Oily Skin Moisturizer: 2 d. cedarwood oil * 1 d. juniper oil: in 20 ml
carrier oil.

Rich Moisturizer: 3 d. myrrh oil * 2 d. rose oil: in 20 ml carrier oil.

Stretch Mark Treatment: 1 d. frankincense oil * 1 d. sandalwood oil * 2 d.
lavender oil: in 20 ml carrier oil. Rub in lightly, using only fingertips.

Winter Weather Moisturizer: 2 d. patchouli oil * 2 d. sandalwood oil * 2 d.
myrrh oil: in 20 ml carrier oil. Use almond oil for more sensitive skin, and
sunflower oil for oily skin.

STEAM FACIALS:
To use essential oils in a steam facils, put the correct amounts of the
essential oils you are using into a bowl, and add boiling water from a
teakettle. Put your face near, but not in, the steam, cover your head and
the bowl with a towel, and breathe ddeeply for a few minutes. As a general
rule, do not to exceed ten drops of total essential oils per bowl, and try
to keep it around five for maximum effectiveness. Please read all the
warnings at the bottom before using.

Combination Skin Steam Facial: 3 d. lavender oil * 3 d. geranium oil * 2 d.
lemon oil: in a bowl of hot water. Very helpful for oily skin; astringent.

Deep Moisturizing Steam Facial: 3 d. sandalwood oil * 2 d. rose oil: in a
bowl of hot water. Good for normal and combination skin.

Depression and Anxiety Inhalant: 3 d. frankincense oil * 2 d. chamomile oil:
in a bowl of hot water. Use with deep breathing.

Dry Skin Facial: 2 d. chamomile oil * 3 d. jasmine oil: in a bowl of hot
water. Very moisturizing.

Mature Skin Steam Facial I: 2 d. neroli oil * 3 d. rose oil: in a bowl of
hot water.

Mature Skin Steam Facial II: 3 d. galbanum oil * 2 d. frankincense oil: in a
bowl of hot water. Deep cleaning.

Pre-Bedtime Steam Facial: 3 d. jasmine oil * 2 d. ylang ylang oil: in a bowl
of hot water. Relaxing.

MISCELLANEOUS:
Essential oils can be used in so many different ways. In this section, I
have included all the recipes which do not fit anywhere else. Room
deoderizers are included here. As a general rule, do not to exceed ten drops
of total essential oils per ointment, and try to keep it around five for
maximum effectiveness. Please read all the warnings at the bottom before
using.

Carpet Deoderizer: 35 d. eucalyptus oil * 30 d. lavender oil * 25 d.
rosewood oil: in 4 cups of Borax. Mix well in a bowl. Sprinkle onto carpets
and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Vacuum up.

Children's Calming Mist: 10 d. allspice oil * 10 d. chamomile oil * 10 d.
mandarin oil * 10 d. vetiver oil: in 4 oz. water. Mist into rooms where
hyperactive children play.

Citrus Air Freshener: 20 d. orange oil * 10 d. lemon oil * 7 d. grapefruit
oil * 5 d. cedarwood oil: in 4 oz. water.

Floral Air Freshener: 20 d. rose * 10 d. orange * 10 d. clove: in 4 oz of
water

Guilt Reliever: 8 d. sandalwood oil * 8 d. neroli oil * 4 d. geranium oil:
in 20 ml. of carrier oil. Use as a massage, paying special attention to the
temples.

Insect Reppellant: 10 d. jojoba oil * 10 d. granium oil * 5 d. cedarwood oil
* 5 d. sweet bay oil * 5 d. lime oil * 5 d. pine oil: in 2 oz. of vodka.
Sprinkle around outside where insects are the most annoying.

Memory Lapses: If you find yourself the victim of frequent problems with
your memory, use rosemary to counteract the problem. It works as a room
spray, as an inhalant, or on a cold compress applied to the forehead and
temples.

Mint Air Freshener: 5 d. peppermint oil * 5 d. spearmint oil * 2 d. peru
balsam oil: in 4 oz. of water.

Pet's Calming Mist: 5 d. lavender oil * 5 d. chamomile oil * 2 d. mandarin
oil: in 4 oz. of water.
Scent For a Winter Fire: 4 d. ginger oil * 4 d. sandalwood oil * 4 d. orange
oil. Sprinkle mixture onto logs 15 minutes before starting fire.

Working Spritz- Productive: 3 d. peppermint oil * 2 d. lemon oil * 2 d.
juniper oil: in 1 oz of water.

Working Spritz- Focused: 3 d. basil oil * 3 d. rosemary oil * 2 d. lemon
oil: in 1 oz of water.

Working Spritz- Stress Free: 4 d. geranium oil * 4 d. lavender oil: in 1 oz
of water.

Working Spritz- Clear Thinking: 3 d. rosemary oil * 3 d. lemon oil * 3 d.
basil oil: in 1 oz of water.

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! These ARE toxic essential oils,
far too strong for use by the hobbyist. General aromatherapy use of these
oils may result in kidney and/or liver failure. When these oils enter your
system, the breakdown which occurs creates toxic molecules which bind to the
cells of the liver and kidneys, destroying them. This is serious, and too
scary! Pharmaceutical companies may know how to use these oils to control
certain human body functions, but I recommend that anyone else STAY AWAY:
Horseradish, Jaborandi, Narcissus, Parsley, Santolina, Rue, Tansy, Tonka
Bean, Wormwood. (Synthetic fragrance oils, such as narcissus, don't actually
contain any narcissus and probably won't hurt you, unless you have
allergies.)

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.

 

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.

 

Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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