Part 2:Re-Energize with Aromatherapy

Dropper the Anise into a cup, add salt, and pour the water over it. Mix. Gargle 3 times for 30 seconds each time. Do this 3 times a day. This will clean the throat of impurities, and the Anise will soothe any irritation.
Daily hot baths cleanse your body of toxins, and speed healing. Dropper 3 drops each of Eucalyptus and Rosemary into a full tub. Relax and inhale the curative vapours. Envision yourself whole and healthy. This salt scrub will help open the pores, speeding detoxification and leaves you with a tingly clean feeling:
1 cup sea salt
7 drops Peppermint
7 drops Orange
7 drops Lemon
7 drops Grapefruit
3 drops Rosemary
3 drops Juniper
Mix in a cup or small container. Place a little on a sponge, washcloth, loofah or brush, and rub in circular motions all over the body. Use in the bath or the shower. The Peppermint and Juniper heal you from negative thoughts, while the citrus and Rosemary oils calm mental fatigue, heal anxiety, insomnia, and sluggishness, and induce euphoria! After your bath, rub your chest and upper back with the de-congestant oil described above.
Finally, try this stimulating, cleansing spritz! (Purchase spritzer bottles at body shops, or use a plant mister.)
1 cup Aloe Vera Water or spring or distilled water
7 drops Peppermint
5 drops Lavender
5 drops Rosemary
5 drops Lemon
2-3 drops Eucalyptus
Dropper the Essential oils into the spritzer and blend. Pour the water in over the blend and shake. Aloe Vera water will keep your face moisturized. This blend is stimulating, anti-bacterial and anti-infectious, effectively cleansing the air around you. You can use the spritz as often as you like.
You can supplement these treatments with Zinc and Echinacea lozenges for your throat, a fruit and vegetable diet for a few days, and tons of Peppermint tea and fresh water. Place an orange-colored candle in a fireproof jar and keep it lit for the duration of your illness. Z. Budapest tells us in her book The Goddess in the Bedroom that orange is the color of health and vitality. If you have a fever, use a light blue candle to cool and heal. Good luck, and get well soon!

In Bed With a Cold?

Calling in sick doesn’t have to mean losing momentum or wasting time. Using aromatherapy, you can put your “downtime” to work and rejuvenate yourself physically, mentally and spiritually.
Aromatherapy eases symptoms without the side effects associated with over-the-counter drugs. Last year Americans spent 2 billion dollars on over-the-counter (OTC) medications, many to avoid missing work. However, the Mayo Clinic states that symptom suppressants – which is what most OTC drugs are – can actually slow the natural healing process.
Instead of drugs, the Mayo Clinic recommends plenty of fluids and rest. Aromatherapy treatments create an atmosphere of peace and tranquility, and this truly restful state frees the body to heal itself while re-energizing the spirit. You’ll be ready to tackle that frantic schedule of yours armed with a refreshed, de-stressed mind and a pumped up immune system.
To put the power of aromatherapy to work for you, you’ll need a few basic ingredients. These are typically available at health food stores and body shops:
Vitamin E oil serves as the “preservative.” You’ll also need a “carrier oil,” which can be any one or a blend of the following:
Sunflower oil
Sweet Almond oil
Imported Olive oil
Aloe Vera oil
Be sure you are purchasing pure essential oils, not fragrance or perfume oils or blends.
All finished products should be kept in covered containers in the refrigerator. They’ll keep for a few months with 2 drops of Vitamin E oil as a preservative.
Ready to re-energize? First let’s clear those sinuses! This garlic snuff, invented by Aromatherpist Jeanne Rose, is the only way to go.
You need:
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoons spring or distilled water
Crush the garlic into the water and let it sit for ten minutes. Blow your nose gently. With a spoon, being careful not to pick up any bits of garlic, snuff a drop of the garlic-infused water up each nostril. It will feel like a bomb going off. Your sinuses will start to drain immediately. Blow your nose again gently. Do this 3 times a day for 3 days, making a new batch of garlic snuff each time.
Next, try this essential oil mixture for decongestion.
2 tablespoons carrier oil
5 drops Rosemary
5 drops Eucalyptus
5 drops Camphor
5 drops Peppermint
Dropper the essential oils into a container. Shake well. Pour carrier oil over the blend and shake. Massage on chest, upper back, and temples to relieve respiratory problems and headache. Massage sides of nose and upper cheeks to relieve sinus congestion. The ingredients in this blend have purifying properties including healing negative thoughts, stimulating the mind and body, and relieving mental fatigue.

For swollen glands:
3 drops Juniper oil
1 tablespoon carrier oil
Dropper the Juniper into the container and pour the oil over it. Shake. Rub a little of this on the swollen areas (throat, under-eye, etc.) 3 times a day. It will take effect very quickly. Inhale this blend and visualize being guarded from negativity and danger.
For sore throats:
1/2 cup warm spring or distilled water
1 drop Anise
1/2 tsp. sea or table salt       click to continue