Recovering The Lost Art of Biblical Medicine
Mining New York Times bestseller The Maker's Diet for nuggets of wisdom.
October 9, 2013 - 10:00 am
Did you know that if you place a drop of cinnamon or peppermint oil on the bottom of your foot, you could taste it in your mouth in less than 60 seconds? According to the author, it’s true because the oils are composed of tiny molecules capable of passing through the “blood-brain” and skin barrier allowing travel to every part of the body within minutes.
To get you started here are some of my favorites:
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is your basic and most versatile oil. Use it before bed to relax. It’s the base ingredient in many blends.
Ylang-ylang (Cananga odorata) Soothing comforting use for relaxation. This is my favorite oil, mixed with Myrrh makes a wonderful lotion.
Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) Helps with focus and balance.
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) Relaxing, used for focusing and centering.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Is used for purifying, uplifting.
Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) Has revitalizing and uplifting qualities.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs.
Sandalwood (Santalum album) Use it to uplift and relax.
I’m not a doctor, and I don’t even play one on TV. So, I can only tell you what I do with my oils. Hopefully it will get you started. These oils have many more uses than what I’ve listed here. Simple searches will yield plenty of blends to suit your needs. Here are a couple of mine.
First let’s add Eucalyptus. When someone in the house is sick with a cold and has congestion I would make a eucalyptus steam tent. All you need is a few drops of eucalyptus oil and some steaming water in a bowl. Throw a towel over your head and the bowl–inhale.
A few drops of lavender on a pillow before bed is very relaxing.
A blend of Ylang-ylang, Myrrh and Clary Sage is wonderful in a diffuser to help concentrate while working.
To ease pain, my blend is 7 drops lavender, 3 drops Frankincense, 2 drops Clary Sage. Jasmine or rose can also be added. This can be put in a diffuser to fill a room, or put in a carrier oil, such as Almond oil, and use it like a lotion.
Aromatherapy- A Lifetime Guide To Healing With Essential Oils has been my go to book for many years. I highly recommend it.
The best part is just enjoying the aromas, and experimenting. Just think, with just a couple of clicks, you can have oils once reserved for royalty.
What is your favorite blend? Do you prefer a diffuser or carrier oil?