Natural Remedies 6: Aromatherapy



      I’m now taking an English class at a university. It’s not an ordinary conversation or grammar class. It’s a class for studying many methods of natural remedies. The sixth theme was aromatherapy.

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     How do we use aromatherapy in our everyday lives? Actually we’ve already adopted it in many ways for bathing, relaxing, oral care, colds, personal aroma, house work or personal hygiene. For example, we use vaporizer, bath salts, bath oils, mouth wash, perfume, cleaning products, or soaps.

     In B.C.3000, in Egypt people already used aromatherapy. It was for religious rituals, bathing, cooking and making mummies. Frankincense and myrrh were not only necessary for embalming bodies but also meant the sun and the moon each other.

     On the other hand, in India aromatherapy was developed in Ayurveda, mostly as aromatic oil massage. In China after Buddha it was used in religious ceremonies, but they used woods, herbs, and incenses, not oils. At the same time, B.C. 460, in Greece and Italy, aromatherapy was used for medicine and cosmetics by the advent of Hippocrates. In Aztec, South America, it was founded that they had used medical plants.

     Actually, it was recent to be discovered that essential oils have healing power. It was said that the first person who started using the word aromatherapy was a French chemist, Dr. René Maurice Gattefossé in 1920’s. He founded out the essential oils have healing power by accident. During the work, he burned his hand and happened to put his hand into a pot filled with liquid. It seems that he did that because he had thought it was water, but the liquid was not water. It was lavender oil. Surprisingly his injury was healed quickly. Through this experience, he discovered lavender oil’s wonderful efficacy.


☆Respiratory System
●Causes: cold/flu, smoking, allergy
●Method: gargle, dry inhalation, massage oil on chest
☆Oils: black pepper, marjoram, mellissa, sandalwood
●Other Suggestion: lemon drink with honey
◎Hey Fever
●Causes: grass and the pollen allergy
●Method: bathing, massage
☆Oils: chamomile, eucalyptus, rose otto
●Other Suggestion: deep breathing, yoga

★Heart & Circulatory System
◎High Blood Pressure
●Causes: heredity, smoking, obesity, sedentary lifestyle
●Method: bathing, massage, vaporizer
☆Oils: clary sage, lavender, mellissa
●Other Suggestion: deep breathing, relevant exercise, diet change
◎Low Blood Pressure
●Causes: nervous, exhaustion, poor circulation, anemia
●Method: bathing, brisk massage
☆Oils: black pepper, coriander, ginger, rosemary
●Other Suggestion: see the doctor
◎Varicose Veins
●Causes: heredity, too long sitting, low exercise, obesity
●Method: compress, ointment
☆Oils: cypress, frankincense, lavender rose otto
●Other Suggestion: diet, exercise yoga, rest with feet higher than head for 10 minutes a day

★Digestive System
●Causes: poor dental hygiene, gastric disorder, smoking, too much alcohol
●Method: mouth wash
☆Oils: bergamot, fennel, myrrh, tea tree
●Other Suggestion: brushing and flossing of teeth
◎Indigestion, Heartburn, Flatulence, Abdominal pain
●Method: abdominal massage, dry inhalation
☆Oils: angelica, clary sage, peppermint
◎Tooth Ache
●Causes: tooth decay
●Method: apply one or two drops directly into tooth cavity
☆Oils: clove, peppermint

★Muscular System
●Causes: build of tissue wastes, fault diet
●Method: footbath, cold compress, ointment
☆Oils: angelica, coriander, juniper berry, pine, rosemary, thyme
●Causes: injury, misalignment of spine, constipation
●Method: massage, bathing
☆Oils: chamomile, coriander, lavender, pine, rosemary

★Nervous System
●Causes: adrenalin imbalance, modern life
●Method: massage, bathing, vaporizer, perfume
☆Oils: citrus essences, cedar wood, clary sage, frankincense, juniper berry, coriander, lavender, pine, rosemary
●Causes: excitement, anxiety, lack of fresh air or exercise, heavy meal late at night, depression
●Method: massage, bathing, vaporizer, oil on pillow
☆Oils: chamomile, lavender, mandarin, melissa, ylang ylang

◎Insict repellent
☆Oils: eucalyptus, lavender, patchouli, tea tree
(3% dilution to exposed parts. 1~2 % dilution for face)
☆Oils: eucalyptus, chamomile, rosemary, tea tree
(2 or 3 cool baths through day adding 8 tablespoons of cider vinegar and 8 drops of essential oil)

★Effects of Aroma Oils
●Basil: Yang: Tonic, expectoration, cold, fever, stomach, depression, disinfection, perspiration, adrenocortico tropic, vomit, nausea, bronchitis, respiratory organs, ear-ache, hiccough, indigestion, nerves, ventilation, hysteria, whooping cough, insomnia, migraine, paralysis
●Benzoin: Yang: Arthritis, bronchitis, sore throat, cough, asthma, ventilation, dermatitis, cardiac, expectoration, disinfection, analgesic, deodorant, diuretic, cold, wounds
●Bergamot:Yang: Expectoration, cold, fever, depression, disinfection, tranquilizer, deodorant, wound, ulcer, psoriasis, bronchitis, halitosis, mouth ulcer, pimple, skin care, rash, diphtheria, indigestion, varicose veins, nerves, herpes zoster, gallstone, tonsillitis, cystitis, gonorrhea
●Black Pepper: Yang: Tonic, cold, fever, detoxification, stomach, spleen, stimulation, tranquilizer, diuretic, vomit, nausea, anorexia, cough, dysentery, catarrh, diarrhea, dysuria, tonsillitis, constipation, cholera, toothache, upset stomach, dizziness
●Camphor: Yin: Cold, hypotension, vasoconstriction, fever, depression, stimulation, disinfection, tranquilizer, analgesia, perspiration, diuretic, inflamed infection, vomit, ulcer, burn, cold, bronchitis, tuberculosis, diarrhea, cholera, bruise, pimple, toothache, nerves, cardiac, breakdown, skin care, ventilation, hypotension, fever, sprain, hysteria, insomnia, constipation, rheumatism
●Cardamom: Yang: Tonic, cold, stomach, disinfection, antiinflammation, diuretic, vomit, nausea, halitosis, indigestion, anorexia, breakdown, cough, headache, upset stomach
●Cedar wood: Yang: Expectoration, astringency, disinfection, diuretic, catarrh, bronchitis, respiratory illness, pimple, kidney pelvis, dysuria, urinary duct, cystitis, gonorrhea, dermatitis
●Chamomile: Yin: Lever, tonic, cold, vasoconstriction, defervescence, stomach, antiinflammation, depression, indigestion, disinfection, tranquilizer, analgesic, spleen, wound, diuretic, allergy, gastritis, stomach-ache, irritation, jaundice, vomit, burn, menstrual pain, conjunctivitis, diarrhea, menopausal disorders, toothache, ear-ache, gingivitis, indigestion, kidney inflammation, nervous disorder, colitis, vaginitis, headache, urolithiasis, fever, hysteria, dermatitis, anemia, dizziness, rheumatism
●Clary Sage: Yang: Tonic, cold, stomach, disinfection, antiinflammation, uterus, astringency, nerves, tranquilizer, deodorant, infective disease of throat, impotence, ulcer, menstruation, amenorrhea, frigidity, depression, hysteria, whooping cough, conjunctivitis, hypertension, indigestion, breakdown, kidney disease, skin care, leukorrhea
●Cypress: Yin: Hepatic, vasoconstriction, astringency, disinfection, tranquilizer, deodorant, diuretic, enuresis, diarrhea, menstrual pain, menopausal disorders, hemorrhoids, alveolar pyorrhea, varicose veins, nerves, skin care, dysenteric, asthma, whooping cough, rheumatism,
●Eucalyptus: Yin: Expectoration, fever, stimulation, disinfection, tranquilizer, deodorant, diuretic, wound, ulcer (skin), burn, cold, catarrh, asthma, herpes zoster, gallstone, maxillary empyema, typhus, bronchitis, tuberculosis, diarrhea, cholera, diphtheria, bleeding, diabetes, measles, sinusitis, migraine, indigestion, kidney inflammation, neuralgia, cough, cystitis, malaria, gonorrhea, rheumatism,
●Fennel: Yang: Tonic, expectoration, cold, indigestion, disinfection, diuretic, nausea, menopausal disorders, hiccough, renal calculus, ventilation, infective disease of lungs, stomach, spleen,
●Frankincense: Yang: Tonic, cold, uterus, astringency, disinfection, tranquilizer, menorrhagia, laryngitis, breeding, indigestion, skin care, cough, gonorrhea,
●Geranium: Yin: Tonic, depression, hemostasis, astringency, disinfection, tranquilizer, adrenocortico tropic, wound, diuretic, stomach-ache, sore throat, jaundice, ulcer, burn, ophthalmia, diarrhea, mouth ulcer, rash, bleeding, neuralgia, renal calculus, skin care, herpes zoster, diabetes, dermatitis, infertility
●Hyssops: Yang: Tonic, expectoration, cold, blood pressure, fever, disinfection, nerves, tranquilizer, perspiration, diuretic, catarrh, bronchitis, tuberculosis, dyspnea, cough, asthma, anorexia, indigestion, urolith, hypotension, hysteria, dermatitis, whooping cough, tonsillitis, rheumatism
●Jasmine: Yang: Tonic, depression, disinfection, tranquilizer, impotence, menstruation, uterus, skincare, cough, anxiaty, frigidty
●Juniper: Yang : Tonic, cold, stomach, anti-toxic, astringency, disinfection, nerves, tranquilizer, perspiration, wound, diuretic, ulcer(external) ,liver cirrhosis, kidney pelvis, renal calculus, neuropathy, skin care, cough, ventilation, diabetes, areteriosclerosis, urinary tract infection, infective disease of lungs, dermatitis, cystitis, amenorrhea, menstruation, rheumatism, hemorrhoids, indigestion
●Lavender: Yang: Cardiac, tonic, cold, anti toxic, depression, tranquilizer, deodorant, perspiration, spleen, wound, diuretic, vomit, nausea, alopecia areata, burn, catarrh, blepharitis, psoriasis, bronchitis, gallstone, typhus, headache, heatstroke, tuberculosis, conjunctivitis, diarrhea, hypertension, halitosis, laryngitis, pimple, ear-ache, rash, hysteria, dermatitis, whooping cough, insomnia, migraine, cystitis, diphtheria, indigestion, palpitations, breakdown, nerves, asthma, gonorrhea, rheumatism,
●Marjoram: Yang: Cardiac, tonic, expectoration, cold, disinfection, menstruation, hypertension, indigestion, nerves, asthma, headache, arteritis, hysteria, insomnia, migraine, constipation
●Mellisa (Lemon Balm): Yang: Cardiac, tonic, cold, fever, stomach, depression, uterus, nerves, tranquilizer, infertility, hypertension, indigestion, allergy, vomit, nausea, perspiration, menstruation, indigestion, palpitations, dysentery, asthma, migraine, dizziness
●Myrrh: Yang: Tonic, expectoration, cold, stomach, antiinflammaiton, uterus, amenorrhea, stimulation, astringency, disinfection, tranquilizer, mouth ulcer, catarrh, tuberculosis, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, gingivitis, alveolar pyorrhea, indigestion, anorexia, cough
●Neroli (Blossoms of Orange): Yang: Cardiac, tonic, depression, indigestion, disinfection, deodorant, tranquilizer, nerves, skin care, insomnia, hysteria
●Patchouli: Yang: Tonic, antiinflammation, depression, astringency, disinfection, tranquilizer, deodorant, skin care, anxiety,
●Peppermint: Yang: Liver, cardiac, expectoration, cold, vasoconstriction, fever, stomach, antiinflammation, astringency, disinfection, nerves, tranquilizer, perspiration, stomach-ache, vomit, nausea, cold, bronchitis, tuberculosis, menstruation, diarrhea, halitosis, cholera, toothache, indigestion, palpitations, nerves, neuralgia, breakdown, cough, asthma, gallstone, headache, ringworm, hysteria, dermatitis, sinusitis, migraine, paralysis, diziness
●Rose: Yin: Liver, tonic, stomach, antiinflammation, depression, hemostasis, astringency, disinfection, tranquilizer, spleen, impotence, menoxenia, uterus, infertility, menstrual pain, frigidity, vomit, nausea, conjunctivitis, ophthalmia, nerves, headache, insomnia, constipation
●Rosemary: Yang: Liver, cardiac, tonic, cold, stomach, stimulation, astringency, disinfection, tranquilizer, perspiration, adrenocortico tropic, wound, diuretic, jaundice, itch, burn, bronchitis, tuberculosis, menstruation, diarrhea, indigestion, palpitations, breakdown, skin care, nerves, asthma, gallstone, ventilation, headache, hypotension, arteriosclerosis, hysteria, whooping cough, migraine, rheumatis

: Yang: Tonic, expectoration, cold, antiinflammation, depression, astringency, disinfection, tranquilizer, diuretic, vomit, nausea, catarrh, cough, bronchitis, tuberculosis, diarrhea, pimple, skin care, hiccough, nerves, insomnia, cystitis, gonorrhea

●Ylang Ylang: Yin: Hypertension, depression, disinfection, tranquilizer, impotence, palpitations, nerves, skin care, insomnia, frigidity

     We may make our lives richer and more comfortable if we make the best use of aromatherapy in our everyday lives.

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