Running, Snoring, Essential Oils and Father’s Day!

 

 

 

For years my husband and I would sleep in separate rooms for his snoring! When I became a Certified Aromatherapist, he pretty much begged me to develop an essential oil blend that would allow him to stave off snoring and come back into the bedroom!!

I went right to work perusing essential oils that opened up respiratory and were sedating at the same time! I came up with a very effective blend and it has come to be one of Honest Aromas biggest sellers! My report is that…it works!! He used to snore upon hitting the pillow making it impossible for me to fall asleep. He no longer has that issue. He reports that he feels more rested and has more energy at work the next day. He also likes to apply some before he works out or runs as it helps his all over respiratory when he does!

I use a variety of oils in this blend, but Thyme ct. Thymol and Lavender angustifolia are two of the main ingredients.  According to Pompeii Organics Thyme also has these amazing properties; Thyme is one of the most potently antiseptic essential oils. Thymol has been extensively documented for its antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal action.

Pompeii also has this to say about their Lavender: Lavender is most useful for it’s SEDATIVE and SKIN-HEALING properties: Cuts, burns (including sunburn), insect bites, inflammation, rashes, nervous conditions, insomnia, dermatitis, and eczema. My favorite use for lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is in a diffuser. If you have restless nights or have stress add a few drops to a diffuser or make a spray to mist over your bedding. Lavender is mood elevating and uplifting while at the same time is calming to the central nervous system.

These two oils, along with the others I have chosen, open respiratory and calm the nervous system allowing a restful nights sleep for all! Have you ever tried our Snore No More Blend? Would you like to? We are Celebrating Father’s day by offering this product for $10 (usually $12.99). Call, write, message or email today- we want to hear from you!

Carve Out Some Peace

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After reading Henri Nouwen’s, Spiritual Direction,  I was reminded how I needed to have a quiet space in my house where I can pray and make a spiritual impact to my life and that of my family’s. I typically do have quiet, meditation time, but I was doing it at the dining room table where it can be extremely peaceful first thing in the morning, and be rudely interrupted by a number of intruders later.

When my oldest children were little, I taught them not to officially come out of their rooms until 8 A.M., so we could all have focused quiet-time in the morning. When our younger two were little, that was much more difficult, as by that time I was also helping take care of my mother- in- law in our home. I remember feeling like the only place I could have peace was in the bathroom and that was only if no one was calling the dreaded name, “mom”!!

So at the time, I purchased a small bamboo top bistro table and chairs and put it in my bedroom to re-focus my mind in the morning. It was my “secret place,” as not secret as it was! Since we moved into our new home 4 years ago, I did not have a purposed place until yesterday! I bought a cute little set of reclaimed furniture at a tag sale over the weekend, with this very respite in mind. I lit some unscented candles in my room which is already permeated with the Lavender and Roman Chamomile essential oils I use, and the Thyme, Peppermint, Cypress and Eucalyptus my husband uses in our bedtime repertoire!

Peace! Tranquility! Hidden in the corner of the bedroom, tucked behind a large plant that blocks the view of the doorway. A blank canvas to begin my prayer and meditation time. A ,”look at the hand,” to the world and the interruptions that clamor for my peace! My intentionality at carving out peace in my life.  It’s all part of holistic health- carve out some for yourself! We would love to hear about it:-)

 

Do You Have the Thyme? (Part 2)

In Thursday’s post I talked about the different types of thyme, more specifically the linelol chemotype. As I said then, there are six different types of thyme, and I wanted to focus on two major ones – the ones I am most likely to use as I practice aromatherapy. (Today’s information comes from the Aromatic Wisdom Institute.)

Thymus vulgaris ct. thymol has many of the same properties as linelol. It fights infection and boosts the immune system. However, unlike linelol, thymol is more irritating to the skin and mucous membranes, therefore, it is not safe to use for children.

Thymol helps with pain and is antifungal and antiviral. It is also an effective antioxidant. One interesting and helpful property of thymol is due to the very thing that makes it unsuitable for more sensitive bodies: it’s irritative nature can improve circulation wherever applied, making it good for pain and swelling.

Thymol is great for the sinuses. I use it in my Snore No More blend, which is extremely effective to open respiratory passages and banish snoring!

On a more emotional note, thymol is great to support strength, courage, and motivation, and can help booster confidence.

Thymol should not be used on children, on the mucous membranes, or for people with kidney disease. It is important to make sure you use the right kind of thyme for your particular application. They can all be similar, but they have many differences too.

So the question is not do you have the thyme? But rather, do you have the right kind of thyme? 😉

Have you ever used thyme? What have you discovered that you never knew before? Have a great weekend!

Do You Have the Thyme? (Part 1)

When you think of thyme, you might think of yummy dishes seasoned with this pungent herb. However, thyme is also an effective remedy. There are six types of thyme, making the essential oil one of the most varying oils in aromatherapy. I will be focusing on two specific chemotypes: Thymus vulgaris ct. linalol, and Thymus vulgaris ct. thymol. Both have specific properties that affect how they should be used.

Today I will be looking at the linelol chemotype. (My information comes from the Aromatic Wisdom Institute’s data on thyme.)

Thyme linelol is very gentle, making it helpful for children who need a gentle and effective immune system boost. It is antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal. It helps to relax muscles, making it useful for spasms and cramps, and calms the nervous system, encouraging feelings of courage, willpower, and confidence.

Linelol, because of its gentleness, is safer to use on the skin than other types of thyme (although of course, it should still be properly diluted).

Of course, due to the different types of thyme, it’s important to remember that simply using a bottle of essential oil marked “thyme” does not mean you are using the right kind! Pay attention to the chemotype. They may all have similarities, but they can affect the body in incredibly different ways too! Linelol, which we looked at today, has different properties than thymol, which we’ll look at tomorrow. And both of them have different properties than the other four!

Check back tomorrow to hear about thyme thymol! (If you have the “thyme” 😉

Have you ever used thyme linelol? Did you know about all the different kinds of thyme? We want to hear from you!