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Lavender - (Lavendula angustifolia) Lavender grown at high altitudes also tend to produce more 'linalool', a natural constituent of many essential oils that has been the subject of many studies involving improved sleep, lowering anxiety and lessening stress. We've sampled several Lavenders, and found this one to be very 'complete', with a great depth to its aroma. Its aroma is somewhat more earthy compared to our wildcrafted variety. Lavender essential oil is highly regarded for its relaxing effect on the nervous system, with an overall balancing effect on the mind and the emotions. Besides being versatile, its lightly floral and soothing scent is one that most people find appealing, and is often used as a perfume. It is also one of the few essential oils that can be safely applied neat in all situations (i.e. without being diluted in a carrier oil - another notable exception being Roman Chamomile). Applying directly to the feet can have a wonderful calming effect on many individuals. Adding to a foot bath can have a marked effect on relieving fatigue. Lavender has been studied for its ability to help restful, deep sleep; one clinical report noted Lavender oil to be better than Valium in helping folks get a good night's rest. One can diffuse Lavender in their bedroom or just sprinkle a few drops on the sheets for this effect. Lavender is one of the few oils still listed in the British Pharmacopoeia; it is highly regarded for it's ability to promote tissue regeneration and speed wound healing in some cases. This oil truly began the modern essential oil revolution - It was in the middle of the last century that the term 'Aromatherapy' was coined by French cosmetic chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse - Dr. Gattefosse discovered the healing properties of Lavender when, after burning his hands in a laboratory accident, he submersed them in the flower's essential oil. His amazingly speedy recovery prompted him to write his book 'Aromatherapy' in 1937. Now we don't recommend you try this at home - though we'd love to hear of your ways you enjoy this wonderful oil! Lavender is one of the most simple essential oils to gain benefits from. It is most often used in a diffuser for improved sleep, but it is just as simple to sprinkle a few drops of the oil on the bed sheets before retiring. Use just one drop under the pillow for children. Lavender is also a perfect oil to have with you throughout the day ~ we've noticed a quick and significant change in attitudes under stressful situations after inhaling its aroma. Lavender has a very healing effect on skin as well; it seems the same soothing it brings to the mind and emotions also happens to the skin. It can be used 'neat' (undiluted) to immediately reduce the pain of burns, mixed 50:50 with Tea Tree for an excellent soothing antiseptic (apply directly or onto a band-aid). It is also called for in many skin and hair recipes at concentrations between 1% and 3%. Linalool, the primary natural constituent of Lavender essential oil has recently been the subject of a study for anti-cancer activity. Linalool was shown to have potent anti-tumorial effects on a commonly studied Liver cancer cell line.
Sweet Almond Oil - Cold pressed oil from the seed kernel of the Prunus communis dulcis tree. Wonderfully emollient, soothing and moisturizing, with a sweet, pleasant scent. High in oleic, linoleic and other fatty acids that are beneficial for the skin. Nondrying, and useful in the treatment of very dry skin. Almonds are said to impart good tidings related to money, prosperity, and wisdom.
Neroli - The essential oil is extracted from the delicate blossoms of the Citrus arantium tree. This same tree, native to Italy, also gives us bitter orange oil from the peel of the fruit, and petitgrain oil from its leaves. Neroli has calming, uplifting qualities, and is good for mature and delicate skin. It also helps heal broken capillaries and stimulates new cell growth. Neroli is said to ease nervousness and anxiety, depression, fear, and to promote emotional stability and hope.
Bergamot - The essential oil is derived from the rind of a non-edible citrus fruit (Citrus bergamia). It is one of the classic scents used in perfumery, with a light, delicate, refreshing scent. It is antiseptic, astringent, and relaxive. It is also used to flavor Earl Grey tea. I use only FCF (furanocoumarin-free) bergamot oil to avoid sun and other sensitive reactions.
Thyme - The essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the Thymus vulgaris plant, and has antiseptic, disinfectant, deodorizing, astringent, and stimulant properties. It is soothing and smoothing to the skin, and helps treat inflamed, irritated, and problematic skin conditions. Thyme is said to foster health, healing, purification, love, courage, psychic powers, and restful sleep.
How to Give a MassageHere are a few of the most popular techniques of massage along with their benefits.
Massage is one of the simplest and oldest forms of medical treatment used for easing aches and pain in the body and also for alleviating psychological problems like anxiety and stress. Massage involves stroking and kneading the soft tissues of the body, the muscles and skin, using varying amounts of pressure, and has been in use in many traditional healing systems in the world like Chinese Medicine and Indian Ayurveda.
The practitioners of modern systems of alternative therapies such as reflexology and aromatherapy also use a variety of massage techniques. The sense of well-being and relaxation that a massage creates is due to the nervous system being affected because the nerve endings in the skin are stimulated, which helps to release endorphins, the natural ‘feel good’ chemicals of the body. It is these endorphins that are responsible for relieving aches and pains, along with stress and anxiety, because they reduce stress hormones in the body, like noradrenaline and cortisol. Thus the damaging effects of stress are reversed because high blood pressure is lowered, and metabolism, respiration, and heart rate are slowed down. More forceful massage improves blood circulation, which in turn results in body tissues getting a better supply of nutrients and oxygen and also stimulates the lymphatic system to clear away toxic waste products. It helps in easing stiff joints and knotted and stiff muscles, thus improving flexibility and mobility.
Given below are a few of the most popular varieties of massage therapy:
In the US, this is the most popular type of massage people opt for. Often, it is just called massage therapy. In this system, the therapist uses smooth and long strokes, and circular and kneading movements on the superficial muscle layers, using massage oil or lotion. This massage can be very relaxing and gentle. If you have never experienced being massaged before, this is a good one to try out.
Deep Tissue Massage
In this method, deeper layers of connective tissue and muscle are targeted. The therapist massages across the grain of the muscle, using friction techniques and slower strokes. Deep tissue massage is very beneficial for chronically painful or tight muscles, postural problems, when recovering from injury, or when the body experiences repetitive strain. Being a stronger massaging technique, it may result in a little soreness for a day or two after the massage session.
In this type of massage therapy, one or more aromatic oils, also known as essential oils, are used, according to specific needs. The essential oils that are used in the massage are selected because of their energizing, relaxing, balancing, and stress reducing characteristics. The aroma of the oils helps to calm emotions. Lavender and sage are two of the common essential oils used in aromatherapy massage. Usually, a few drops of essential oil is mixed with a base massage oil, which when massaged on the body allows the essential oil to be absorbed by the skin.
Hot Stone Massage
In this, smooth stones that are heated are placed on various points of the body. The warmth of the stones helps to loosen tightened muscles and stimulates centers of energy in the body. The therapist may also apply pressure gently on the stones to enhance the sensation. This massaging technique is beneficial for people who have tense muscles but would prefer a gentler massage.
This is a Japanese massaging technique wherein pressure is applied with the fingers in a rhythmic order on acupuncture points. At each point the pressure is held for 2-8 seconds, which increases the flow of energy, thus helping the body to regain its balance. Usually, when people try out this massage for the first time, they are pleasantly surprised, because, although the pressure applied is quite firm, it is relaxing, plus there is no post-massage soreness.
In this method, pressure is applied on certain points on the foot, which correspond to systems and organs in the body. People who have to stand all day or just have achy, tired feet find this massage technique particularly relaxing.
Similar to shiatsu, gentle pressure is applied on specific points of the body in order to align the body’s energies. However, additionally, stretches and compressions are also included. Hence, unlike other systems of massage, you don’t merely lie there; the therapist stretches and moves your body in a sequence of postures, much like yoga, except that you don’t have to make the effort of getting into the postures. Apart from reducing stress, it also improves range of movement and flexibility. Compared to other forms of massage, Thai massage is more energizing.
One of the areas of the body that is most adversely affected by modern sedentary lifestyle, which usually involves poor posture, is the back and the nape of the neck. A 30-40-minute back massage can relieve tensions in that area and also ease aches. If a massage clinic does not advertise a back massage specifically, you can book a session just for it.
Also referred to as prenatal massage, this massage method is growing in popularity with expectant mothers. The therapist has to be qualified in pregnancy massage, and hence knows the correct way to support and position the woman’s body while giving the massage. She is also trained to modify techniques and is customized according to each woman’s needs. Pregnancy massage reduces stress, relieves pains and aches, decreases swelling, and helps to reduce depression and anxiety.
As is evident from the name, this type of massage is designed specifically for people involved in sports. Apart from professional athletes, it can also be used by those who workout regularly or are physically active. This method focuses more on preventing or treating injury and increasing athletic performance. Here, a combination of various techniques is used, with the massaging strokes being generally quicker than used in Swedish massage. A common technique is facilitated stretches, and it helps in increasing flexibility and loosening muscles.