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Essential Oils:

Essential oils are organic compounds  that have been extracted from specific parts of a plant (its flowers,  seeds, bark, etc). The essential oils I use are from Ashbury's  Aromatherapy in British Columbia. They are guaranteed to be 100% pure  essential oils. Essential oils are very powerful and need to be used  with care. Most commonly, essential oils are inhaled (personal inhalers, diffusers, etc) or diluted in a carrier oil (such as coconut, grapeseed, rosehip, etc) and applied topically. Although some people will tell you it is ok to ingest essential oils, my education and research indicate that inhalation and topical application provide excellent benefits with low risk. As a CAHP, I do not condone or practice ingestion of essential oils. It is much safer and more nutritionally advisable to squeeze a real lemon into your water in the morning instead of adding drops of lemon essential oil. If you are thinking about using essential oils for yourself or family members, please take the time to educate yourself, find appropriate sources of expert advice and seek the experience of a professionally trained aromatherapist. Ingestion of essential oils should only be done under the advisement of a practitioner trained in aromatic medicine. 

Hydrosols:

 Hydrosols, or flower waters are the by-product of essential oil  distillation.  Many essential oils are processed via steam distillation.  As the steam works through the plant product, the oils are released.  Through a condensation process, the water and oils separate. When the  essential oils are drawn off, microscopic drops of oil remain behind  in  the water (hydro) providing the lovely smell along with water-soluble  plant components (sol) providing the therapeutic properties.

Hydrosols  are gentle and safe and can be used on people of all ages (including  babies and the elderly). They are most often used as astringents, toners  and healing sprays. The Ashbury hydrosols I have available are in a  mister and are easy to use. A spritz or two can hydrate the face (close  eyes), or freshen a room or closet, or over the head will give you a  quick pick-me-up all in an instant ... there are so many uses of these  lovely products. 

You may be aware of how colour  is used in Reiki chakras and in Colour Therapy. It all relates to the  rainbow (ROYGBIV) and the impact that colour intrinsically has on our  body. The hydrosols have also been colour coordinated. Below you will  find more information about the hydrosols. We carry two sizes: the traveller-size (15 ml) sprays are $5 each and the 120 ml sprays are $12-20.

Sandalwood Hydrosol (Red)
• Comforting • Grounding • Protecting 
This  warm spicy fragrance calms and slows the psyche. Sandalwood is an ideal  remedy for the hectic, fast paced world we live in. Its grounding  qualities encourage openness & understanding. This floral water is  perfect for yoga or meditation. Also considered an aphrodisiac, it  restores sensuality in both sexes.

Orange Blossom Hydrosol (Orange)
• Hydrating • Luscious • Refreshing
This  sweet orange scent stabilizes and regenerates the soul. Esteemed by the  Egyptians for its great abilities to heal the body, mind & spirit.  Effective remedy for depression, anxiety, emotional exhaustion.

Lemongrass Hydrosol (Yellow)
Reviving • Uplifting • Cleansing 
An  uplifting aroma that helps with mental exhaustion, jet lag, clearing  headaches and relieving fatigue. Strong antiseptic. Effective with  respiratory infections. Use on aching muscles and to  stimulate circulation and to tone the skin. Helps keep insects away, a  pleasant alternative to Citronella.

Spearmint Hydrosol (Green)
• Cooling • Refreshing • Calming 
Spearmint  water is cleansing and uplifting, and the aroma sharpens the senses. It  is milder than peppermint and is good for upset tummies, nausea,  headaches and fever (spray lightly around the temples or stomach).  Spearmint has traditionally been used for stimulating the mind,  supporting digestion and as a decongestant and insect repellent.

Roman Chamomile Hydrosol (Blue)
• Relaxing • Alleviating 
A  highly respected, soothing hydrosol that eases tension, anxiety, anger  and promotes relaxation & peace. It has been applied as a calming  remedy for children for decades. Aids in reducing stress and insomnia.  Useful in regulating the menstrual cycle and easing pain from cramps,  PMS and mood swings. Known as a powerful skin tonic that decreases  inflammatory conditions.

Myrtle Hydrosol (Indigo)
• Anti-bacterial • Mentally Stimulating 
A  clear, fresh, camphoraceous, sweet-herbaceous scent. Myrtle is known to  be mild in nature so it is safe to use for children’s respiratory  irritations, asthma, bronchitis & coughs. Use as an immune booster  to combat colds, flus, infections, mucus afflictions and diseases. Its  astringent and anti-bacterial properties make it beneficial in treating  acne, oily skin, large pores and hemorrhoids.

Lavender Hydrosol (Violet)
Soothing • Cooling • Toning
Lovely,  deep floral aroma that gently warms the heart and steadies the  emotions. Lavender water is pH balancing. It is ideal as a toner for  every skin type. The most useful essence for therapeutic purposes, it  fights infection, and eases muscular pain & headaches. Wonderful  natural sedative for sleep problems.

Ravensara Hydrosol (Turquoise)
• Elevating • Releasing • Cleansing 
This  scent is reminiscent of Eucalyptus but is part of the Tea Tree family.  Helps treat flu symptoms and bronchitis and is useful for fighting viral  infections and to rid the body of toxins produced during illness. It’s  natural antibacterial properties make it great for cleansing wounds, and  surfaces like counter-tops, telephones, yoga mats and even public  toilets! Ideal as a hand sanitizer or to ease diaper rash.

Rose Hydrosol (Pink)
• Nourishing • Regenerating • Balancing 
Rose  is unparalleled in its beauty and scent. As an age old symbol of love,  it is not surprising that this aroma has a substantial balancing effect  on the heart. Rose water enlivens the spirit! It comforts and refreshes,  addressing heartache, sorrow and other psychological pain. A deep  loving aphrodisiac.

 

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