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Diabetes and Aromatherapy – Is It Possible?

Be Gentle With Yourself,

You Are Doing The Best You Can

I love this thought, “Be gentle with yourself, you are doing the best you can”.

When someone has a chronic illness such as Diabetes, each day can be a challenge.  In this world, it’s good if you can be easy with how you treat yourself on a daily basis, and on how you react to life around you.

Today is World Diabetes Day, and as such, I wanted to highlight how aromatherapy can be beneficial to those who have a diagnosis of Diabetes, whether it’s Type 1 or Type 2.

Essential oils will not change your blood sugar levels, but they can play a role in some of the side effects that Diabetes brings into your world.  A few of examples are:

  • slow to heal ulcers
  • skin integrity
  • circulation
  • stress

Today, this blog will look at Slow to Heal Ulcers:

Slow to heal ulcers are best addressed by a qualified aromatherapist, but I wished to give you some guidelines that may be of benefit to you, to start you thinking along the lines of how you will be able to treat these if they do occur to you.  A great article covering all aspects of this has been written by Jane Buckle.

Essential Oils For Slow Wound Healing

Lavender – Lavendula angustifolia

Frankincense – Boswellia carteri

Sandalwood – Santalum album

Teatree – Melaleuca alternifolia

Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus globulus

Geranium – Pelargonium graveolons

German Chamomile – Matricaria recutita

These oils, diluted at a rate of 1 – 5 drops in 5ml (1 teaspoon) of carrier oil, can be applied to a sterile gauze.  The wound is packed lightly with the gauze and a dressing is applied.  Repeat this twice a day.  The carrier oils will ensure that the dressing doesn’t stick to the wound – that will be very painful and not serve to assist in the healing.

Obviously, all the essential oils would not be applied in one dilution.  Usually, as an aromatherapist, I utilise 1 – 3 essential oils at any one time.  The oils would be chosen based on their individual antiseptic, antibacterial and encouragement of cell regeneration.  The nature of the wound comes into play also, whether there is obvious infection or inflammation will guide the choice of oils to be used also.

Suggested carrier oils include:

Sweet almond

Tamanu

Evening primrose

Rosehip

Olive (not the culinary version!!)

Interesting fact: World Diabetes Day is 14 November, as it marks the birthday of the man who co-discovered Insulin, Frederick Banting (in 1922!)

Aromatherapy can assist you in managing your Diabetes in other ways as I highlighted above. Contact me for more information.

If you have a slow to heal wound, please contact me prior to attempting this for yourself.  This article does not constitute medical advice, nor should the advice be utilised in replacement of medical treatment.  Before using this advice on yourself, please also take advice from your GP and Diabetes health care team.

Diabetes

World Diabetes Day – 14 Nov 2014

How to have a massage without a massage?

As some of you may know, I’ve been training for a half marathon recently – well since March really!

 

Kindly borrowed from the Gold Coast Marathon website, www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au

Kindly borrowed from the Gold Coast Marathon website, http://www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au

 

Lately I’ve had a few issues with my training.  It started in mid-May, I’d just run my first 12km distance in my preparation, and suddenly I had very tight, painful glutes and upper thigh areas.  What to do?

 

Firstly, I thought it was my trainers.  When I began this journey, I was running in trainers that were more suited to bushwalking than road running, but I persisted with them, mainly because they were relatively new.  My thinking was I’d go for some “you beaut” running machines about 5 – 6 weeks before the race, giving me time to ‘break them in’.

 

Well, when I checked out my trainers, I could see quite a bit of wear on the outer heel, indicating that I was putting my foot down on the outer edge when running.  So, try new shoes.  Well, as it wasn’t quite time for a brand new road running pair, I tried the pair of same shoes that I had waiting in my cupboard.  This didn’t seem to fix the problem.  Week one of not training well!

 

Secondly, I then discovered I should really be stretching properly before I run and also after.  Something I had not been doing very well it would seem.  So, the following week, it was time to ensure stretching was occurring regularly and of the correct muscles.  This seemed to help the problem a lot, so I was back into some training.  Week two of training better, but not back to full steam yet.

 

Only to be suddenly halted again.

 

Nope, it wasn’t a physical injury this time – it was the COMMON COLD!!!  How embarrassing, I’m a natural therapist and it appears I had forgotten to look after myself well.

Oh well, sometimes the body needs to do some quiet resting and regenerating.  This resting and regenerating came about for me over the next two weeks while I took the time to recover, using my homeopathics and regular essential oils to ensure that the recovery was steady, even though it wasn’t as quick as I had hoped.

See my last post on Secrets to Winter Living to read about the different homeopathics, essential oils, dietary changes and herbal teas I used to ensure I managed a full recovery.

 

By this time, I had now purchased my “you beaut” running shoes, a great looking pair of New Balance shoes, complete with nitrogen filled soles (so the sales lady told me – she was lovely by the way, looking after the newbie that I am!)

 

New Balance Shoes

The new shoes – New Balance

New Balance Shoes Ready

Ready for running now!

Time to start running again.  Well, for the last 2 weeks, I’ve been back on the road again, making sure that the stretching is happening pre and post training, that the shoes are not wearing, that I’m running more on the ball of my foot rather than the outer of my heel.

 

 

 

However, I am still feeling tight muscles in my upper thighs and glutes areas.

 

What to do?  Well, the obvious answer is to go for a massage.  As an Aromatherapist, I truly know the benefits of massage to release those tight feeling muscles.  My issue is that I’m not a fan of deep tissue massage, and I feel that most therapists would be suggesting this to me once they knew what my issue was.

 

My way to overcome this?  Well, as an Aromatherapist, it is to create a blend that is warming to my muscles, a pain reliever of the tight muscles and all while easing the tightness in them too.

 

The joy of the essential oils is that a nice way to apply them is to have a massage, but essentially, it is the oils that are getting into the blood stream and hence into the muscles to work their own special kind of magic.

 

Thirdly & finally, my step last week was to create an essential oil blend that I can apply to my legs pre and post workout, to ease the tightness that is being created, to warm the muscles, to overcome fatigue, to relieve pains, to be uplifting and energising during my training.

 

That blend is:

Workout Blend

Black pepper (Piper nigrum)

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Lemon (Citrus limon)

Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)

in Sweet Almond Oil

If you’re making this at home, please contact me about the correct dilution and never put the essential oils directly onto your skin without a carrier oil.

 

I have now been using this blend for a week with my runs (my training partner informs me it smells of honey!) and my muscles are certainly not as tight, they are recovering well from my run and I am stretching further than I was a week ago.  I am also back up to running my 12km training on the road (with 9km and 6km runs between), looking at 15km next week, 18km the week after, then the half marathon (21km).  Very exciting indeed!

All up, I would recommend this blend on your muscles pre and post a training run to assist your muscles in recovery.

 

Do contact me if you would like a bottle of Workout Blend!

Aroma Blend – Turnaround Your Thinking

A continuation in my Aroma Blends series.

This blend is about assisting you in turning around your thoughts, taking them from the negative to the positive.

 

Turnaround the thoughts you are having, from I should to I will, from I wish to I do, in the process turning around the direction of your life. When you are making changes on your Life Journey, there are many times when you sit and think, I should or I wish. Take control of your life, leave the old thought patterns behind and move ahead by turning around these internal sayings to create positive energy that will support your journey ahead without the heavy energy of others pulling you back and down.  This blend is focusing on speaking up in a manner that will allow you to move forward in your truth, to speak that truth to yourself.

 

This blend contains three essential oils: Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), Spearmint (Mentha spicata) and German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

 

Cypress

 

Middle note, throat chakra

 

Cypress is used physically as an astringent and styptic, calming, antispasmodic, and a neurotonic. These properties bring with them the emotional aspects of:

 

  • drying up the flow of negative thoughts
  • calming the mind
  • balancing the nervous system

 

When direction is needed, when the ability to stand up for yourself is lacking, the will-power is weak, Cypress plays an important role.  When an idea takes hold, Cypress is to firm up that idea, to take it and hold true to that idea.  It also allows you to transition to these new ideas, and to hold true to them once that has occurred, while allowing the past to be let go and left in the past. It can assure the ideas are given confidently, with an inner peace and wisdom that the path is true. Cypress assists in counteracting the weak willed, which comes with the indecisive words such as I should or I wish. It gives balance to the true path of I will and I do.

 

Cypress will allow the journey to move ahead, with confidence, strength and balance, ensuring the doing of the life journey occurs, without being blocked by indecision.  Interestingly, while writing about Cypress, the negative attributes of being blocked came into being, until the positive attributes were brought forth, then the flow occurred with strength and determination.

 

Spearmint

 

Top note, throat chakra

 

Spearmint is used physically as an anti-catarrhal, cicatrizant and digestive. These properties bring with them the emotional aspects of:

 

  • releasing internal anger that focuses on your guilt at what you should have done
  • healing the scars of the old, and allowing the new thoughts to move ahead
  • breaking down the fear that is associated with moving ahead, with turning the thoughts around to a new direction

 

Spearmint allows you to release any guilt that has been holding you back, and empowering the weakening words of I should or I wish. It releases any anger from the past that is driving the indecision that is holding you back.

 

Spearmint will bring communication of the stronger words of I will and I do, with clarity, energy and invigoration, ensuring that the words have been digested and are communicated with an uplifted and carefree spirit, away from any guilt and internal anger.

 

The use of spearmint will allow the choice of the words to flow strongly, with consistency and reliability. The words will remain true to the purpose of I will and I do.

 

 

German Chamomile

Middle note, throat chakra

German Chamomile is used physically as an anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and decongestant.  These properties bring with them the emotional aspects of:

  • soothing the frustration of the negative thoughts
  • releasing the negative thoughts that are cramping the movement forward
  • stimulating the apathy that these thoughts will create

German Chamomile will allow for the organization of the thoughts to occur, to sift out the negative thoughts holding you back, and allow the clear communication of the positive thoughts that are required in your current life journey.

The ability to clearly break the pattern of the negative thoughts is the benefit of German Chamomile in this blend.  It will allow you to stop criticizing yourself and let the negative, weak words go from your vocabulary and allow the positive, strong words to come forward without the apathy that has been holding you back.

Crystals to use with the Turnaround blend

Sodalite: recognize and articulate the true doing words from within you, to move forward in your life journey with clarity and truth

Aqua aura: to release the blockages in communication

Aquamarine: assimilate knowledge about yourself, allowing for clear communication, relieving the stress that is put upon you by yourself

Lepidolite: the niggling negative thoughts that allow you to fail, no longer exist, clearing blockages

Kyanite: allows will and intent to become one

Pyrite: increases positivity when you are feeling inadequate

 

Daily tasks to use with the Turnaround blend

Write in your journal the positive doing words you will use today

Speak from your heart with clear intention

When you find yourself using less empowering words, stop, consider what is empowering, or doing, and change the internal language

Stand in front of a mirror and speak out loud your empowering daily words five times in the morning, and repeat them in the evening.

 

Turnaround your thinking

Turnaround your thinking

 

Aromatherapy Blends – Clarity

Today’s blend I want to share with you is about clarity, being able to see the wood in the trees, rather than being overwhelmed by all the little things happening around you.  To assist you in your heartfelt journey, seeing it clearly and with joy, understanding and peace.

Clarity

Letting go of the struggles in life allows you to move forward without the past baggage, without the old habits and limitations, moving forward you see clearly your true path of happiness, through understanding of yourself and others, with true joy in your heart.

This blend contains three essential oils, Mandarin (Citrus reticulata), Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) and German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

Mandarin

Top note, heart chakra

Mandarin is utilised physically as an antispasmodic, antifungal, antiviral, digestive, sedative and relaxing essential oil.  These properties bring with them the emotional aspects of:

  • relaxing the mind
  • relieving the emotional cramping within, that occurs due to holding onto past baggage
  • allowing for relaxation and joy, resulting in an uplifted feeling
  • alleviating the internal attack of emotions on your better self

Mandarin is an overall message of happiness and speaks especially to the inner child that everyone has within them, and allows you to welcome the inner child into your existence.  Mandarin has a sense of joy that allows you to embrace and enjoy life in the here and now, allowing the emotional baggage of times past to be released and let go.

When you require Mandarin in your life, you are usually experiencing a compulsiveness, especially about small things, examples of which are housework, dwelling on past experiences, tasks that take you away from stepping back and looking at the overall picture, what it is that you are striving for.  The clarity that Mandarin brings into your life is to allow you to let go of the small things in life, the past baggage, and to see the future clearly, with the inspiration and joy of your inner child that accompanies the clarity of your journey.

Mandarin allows you to have the clarity of your heartfelt journey, without allowing issues to detract you from that journey. It allows you to stop being self-pitying, and to move forward with joy in your heart, to experience the fun of your inner child, to enjoy self acceptance while relating to others compassionately and unconditionally with love and joy.

Mandarin removes the fear of betrayal and allows you to take a lighter approach to the clear heartfelt journey you see before you.

Teatree

Top note, third eye chakra

Teatree is utilised physically as an immunostimulant, anticatarrhal, analgesic, antifungal and antiviral essential oil.  These properties bring with them the emotional aspects of:

  • release of the struggle within
  • get the emotions off the chest
  • release the emotional pain directed towards self
  • release the attack on the better self

Teatree provides an overall message of understanding, releasing old ways, old events and old emotions.  This understanding of the role of these old ways, events and/or emotions in your life allows you to move forward with an intuitive knowing of the path ahead, with clarity.

Teatree will allow you to see intuitively what you have always known and understood to be true, but have never acted upon.  Teatree gives you the permission to follow your intuition.  It gives you the light to see clearly the knowledge you have always had within you, so you can answer your questions yourself.

Teatree gives you the knowledge of success in your future, with clarity and a knowing that it is there for you. It gives you the ability to see the truth within and the ability to act upon it with clear knowledge and trust that it is true.  The answers have always been within you, now you can access them with clarity.

German Chamomile

Middle note, throat chakra

German Chamomile is utilised physically as a digestive, antiinflammatory, antispasmodic, cicatrizant, decongestant and hormone-like essential oil.  These properties bring with them the emotional aspects of:

  • balancing to the emotions
  • healing the emotional scars within
  • clearing the foggy mind
  • calming to anger
  • reducing the cramping of the internal emotions

German Chamomile provides an overall message of calmness, peace, healing and soothing delivered with understanding and empathy.  It is especially useful for removing the irritation, resentment, bitterness or deep emotional baggage that is associated with old habits, self criticism and criticism of others.

German Chamomile is a great communicator, allowing for personal expression with active listening, giving great understanding to those around you in a soothing and calming manner. It allows you to clearly see and hear what is happening to those around you, so that criticism of either yourself or them does not occur.  The support German Chamomile gives is empathetic, relaxed and patient in nature.

German Chamomile allows you to clearly see your journey, and to communicate this to others with clarity and purpose. The truth of you walking your talk shines through in your ability to communicate clearly.

Crystals to use with the Clarity blend

Rose quartz: this allows you to become receptive to the joys of all forms of creative endeavours

Aventurine quartz: uplifting, encouraging lightness and enthusiasm for life

Purple fluorite: allows false illusions to be removed, increases your ability to concentrate

Azurite: helps support you to act on your intuitive information, to transfer your inner wisdom and knowledge to normal thoughts

Turquoise: helps to link your intuitive inspiration with all your self expression, to find your true path in life by attuning with your Higher Self, enables you to articulate your emotional issues clearly

Aquamarine: allows you to assimilate knowledge to the world, and to yourself, in a calming and soothing way

Daily tasks to use with the Clarity blend

Smile at everyone you meet every day

Rejoice in balance, good and bad, pain and joy throughout your day

Spend time in silence, to hear your intuition

See what is around you in nature, what colour is it, what shape is it? These details will enhance your ability to see with clarity what is around you

Begin a journal expressing your feelings, such as what you are grateful for daily, what your past emotions have been and how they feel to you today

Clarity

Clarity

Aromatherapy Blends

I’ve realised it’s been a while since I’ve written about one of my passions in life – aromatherapy, and the blends I make with these amazing products of nature.

Essential oils have more properties than just the physical ones that the scientists may rave over in randomised controlled trials (well, they actually are more inclined to rave over the physical properties of the individual chemical constituents than the oil itself, we do live in a reductionist society after all, where we need to break everything down to the smallest particle to ‘understand’ it!)

As many of you know, I’ve been on a journey this last few months, and within that journey, I’ve been turning to my essential oils to boost my mental and emotional wellbeing at the same time.

The question may be, how do I know what essential oils to use, and when?

The thing I love about essential oils is that they have the ability to work on more than just the physical level. There are different ways of using the oils, spiritually, emotionally and physically. They are even spoken about working on the aura.  No, we cannot document this, and we cannot show it scientifically in the current paradigm. One day, I believe there will be techniques available for measuring these changes – now that will be a WOW factor for me!

In the meantime, we operate on these levels based on feedback from the users of the oils for these particular purposes. We also evaluate what the properties are that relate to the physical symptoms that the oils are beneficial for, and then correlate them to emotions.

This can be shown in things such as

  • anti inflammatory = anti inflammatory for the emotions, e.g., reduce anger
  • analgesic (pain reliever) = suffering from pain of guilt, or pain of grief
  • litholytic (ability to break down stones in the body) = break down hardness, e.g., when one hardens due to a pain, and they do not forgive easily, so to soften a hardened person
  • carminative (gas-releasing) = someone with trapped emotions, that need to be released
  • cicatrizant (healing) = healing of emotional situations, e.g., where there are emotional scars remaining

As you can see, it becomes easier to relate the essential oils to emotional issues, when you delve further into the physical properties the essential oils are known to be effective on.

I now want to begin a journey of essential oil blends for you to share with me.  Over time, these will fill the pages of a beautiful book, but in the meantime, I’m happy to share them here for  you.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy

Wellness journey, tough day

It’s bound to happen occassionally when  you are on a journey. Nothing I’ve ever heard of has been plain sailing the whole time.

So, today has been a tough day.

What caused it?

Maybe it’s because I’m due to go away for a week for work?

Maybe it’s because I’m doing a cleanse day today and that means I couldn’t sneak off for a cup of delicious coffee?

Maybe it’s because……

Whatever the reason, it’s been a flat day, which makes it a tough day in my books.  I have been doing a lot of things to keep it bouncing along though.

Step out of your problem to see clarity

Step out of your problem to see clarity

Now for me to step out of feeling this way is to write about it here.

First, off to the gym early this morning. Even though it was a cleanse day, it was time to push myself a little further again. Managed to set the incline level a little higher on my Arc trainer this morning. Finished it without collapsing, so that’s a positive!!  As it is a cleanse day too, I decided to leave the weight training out today. Wanted to focus on pumping my blood around the body. Managed that too!!! Went on both the Arc Trainer and the Treadmill, managed to work up a sweat (know you were all waiting to hear about that!!) and finished off after 45 minutes. Pretty pleased with how that worked out.  I wanted to check out if my fat % had changed at all over the last 3 weeks of going to the gym. Sadly, the scales read the same, now that was disappointing!! However, on the bright side, they did read 3kg lighter than 3 weeks ago, and I feel within myself that the muscle is developing, so I’m planning on ignoring the fat % reading today!

The drive home (yes, I’ve not got into the routine of biking to the gym yet, it will come at some stage!) was beautifully uneventful, thankfully, as it’s only 5 minutes away!!

Next was to organise the internet connection to the clinic. Would you believe it took 20 minutes to sort out? Well, when I reflect on that, it was a remarkably short time for troubleshooting IT/telecommunications 🙂

The day itself has been fairly uneventful. Though I’ve felt tired physically.  I believe it must be working out on a cleanse day.

This evening was to be a visit to the movies, that has changed, in favour of rest, relaxation and some gentle nurturing.

What do you do in order to nurture yourself at the end of the day when you’re feeling flat?  For me, a relaxing massage, or a soothing bath with some wonderful essential oils.  I think a pick me up blend will work well.  For this I will look at the following oils:

Pick Me Up Joyfully

Frankincense

Protection from whatever is draining your energy

Mandarin

To light up your night and bring joy while feeling refreshed

May Chang

Put that spark back into your step

Relax and enjoy

Aromatherapy Blend Focus on the Future

Sometimes we get stuck in day to day routines and we can’t see clearly where we’re heading. This is a time we need to focus on the future so that the steps become clear where we are to head to achieve that future.

 

1. To give clarity when the future is obscured, allowing you to step back from what is holding you back.

2. To allow spiritual growth within, ensuring that the future is what we are going to achieve with inner strength, to be all that you want to be.

3. Visualisation, the future cannot be clear to us if we don’t visualise it regularly. Visualise it and it will manifest. Ask and you will obtain all you need for your future.

Lavender

Lavendula angustifolia

All that you want to be

4. Emotional clarity, release the irrational thoughts that are holding you back. Obtain clarity of your thoughts, allowing you to focus on what needs to be done, without self-doubt

5. Get positive results for moving ahead, get direction on where you are going with clarity.

6. Release resentment that may be holding you in your current place, release it with joy in your heart, allowing you to focus on the future with that same joy.

Lemon

Citrus limonum

Positive clarity and joy

7. Come out of your shell with passion and energy to achieve your goals

8. Unleash the woman/man within with a passion to be who you want to be, with inner strength.

9. Move forward in your own strength, with practical focused steps to lead you to your future.

Cinnamon

Cinnamonum zeylanicum

Passion with practical strength

Enjoy the combination of these essential oils to allow you to focus on what you need to do in order to achieve the future you know is there waiting for you, with inner strength and confidence, and a practical, clear and focused plan!

Lavender looking towards the future, with clarity and focus

Lavender looking towards the future, with clarity and focus

 

Aromatherapy Blend to Breakthrough Barriers

What do you want to break through in life? Is it in your studies, your business, your personal life, or something as simple as wanting to try a different hobby?

Whatever it is that you wish to break through, I’ve been looking at an aromatherapy blend that will assist you in doing this on the mental and emotional level.

The emotional barriers that will be addressed include:

1. Combat mental fatigue

This will ensure that you can keep going and focused on the task ahead, without giving up due to mental fatigue

2. Combat disappointment

Remember the old saying, if at first you do not succed, try, try and try again? We don’t always succed initially, so we face disappointment, when this happens we need something that is going to allow us to push through that disappointment.

3. Breaking down rigidity

When we’re trying to push through a barrier, it’s usually because we are outside our comfort zone. In these instances, we need to break our old comfort patterns that we rigidly hold onto. We need something that is going to allow us to break down that rigid pattern and allow a new one to grow

4. Breaking the conformist pattern

Often we are perceived to be certain people and to react or behave in a defined manner. In order to break through barriers, we need to change those patterns, to look within to see who we truly are, to stand in our own truth and believe in ourselves. Ultimately we know what needs to be done to break the pattern, we just need to do it

Petitgrain

Citrus aurantium var. amara

Trust the Knowing

5. Getting on with it

Breaking through barriers and we need to just get on with it, perserverance is required, an ability to move on regardless. To do this we need to ensure we’re not operating in extremes, we need to be steady and balanced

6. Boost self-esteem

Our self-esteem is to be strong when we are breaking through barriers and forging ahead outside of our typical comfort zone. In order to change patterns, to break through barriers, we need an inherent self-belief that we’re doing what’s right for us, only a strong self-esteem can support this type of break through

7.  Enjoyment

Breaking through barriers can be hard work, can take many different hours in your work day and can ensure that  you become focused solely on your purpose, forgoing all other fun! We must ensure we have balance to break these patterns, make sure we do so and come out the other side in a healthy and happy state of mind!

Geranium

Pelargonium graveolens

Balanced

8. Self-Doubt

How quickly does self-doubt undermine us when we are trying to break through barriers, it’s very easy to return to the old comfortable position, to second guess that what we are doing is right. We need to ensure that doubt is replaced by self-confidence

9. Stress

Stress builds up to create tension when we are working very hard at achieving a goal and breaking through a barrier. We need to ensure that calmness and peace reign strong

10. Emotional guilt

How often do you work all hours and feel so guilty about neglecting those you love, merely because you’re trying to achieve an outcome that suits your purpose? We need to put the guilt aside and wrap it up in love, allowing love for those around us to be sublime and encompassing, remove the guilt and replace it with love for all, this will allow you to push forward with confidence and support.

Ylang ylang

Cananga odorata

Peace

What are you going to breakthrough?

What are you going to breakthrough?

Enjoy the Breakthrough blend of Petitgrain, Geranium and Ylang ylang

Thuja, Sabina & Cedarwood

Remedies from the Cupressaceae family

I now also wish to look at Thuja and Sabina.  As these two remedies are also from the Cupressaceae family, I believe we will find more similarities than differences.

Thuja occidentalis

Also known as American Arbor-Vitae (tree of life), Eastern White Cedar, Yellow Cedar and Swamp Cedar, as well as other names.

Thuja - tree of life

Thuja – tree of life

The Thuja type is often described as having a low self-esteem, with a sense of ugliness inside, though they hide these feelings to the outer world and provide a picture of themselves that they believe others wish to see. This outer appearance is very important to them.

So, again, we see a lack of self-confidence, similar to the Cedarwood, however this time, the lack of self-confidence is derived from a sense of internal ugliness and worthlessness. The behaviour of the Thuja types is to present a pleasing picture, so we may not see the dominance of others around them, however in the early stages of their illness this can be seen when they portray themselves as confident and arrogant.  We do also see the dogmatic type of behaviour, this is portrayed as being a slave to duty, fanatic about their health and also religion, with a rigidity of ideas. The Thuja types are generally very closed, yet polite and mild mannered. They have an underlying feeling that if people really knew them, they would not like them, and they have the need to fit in, almost a desperation to fit in.  In early stages, the overbearing and dictatorial picture can be seen which relates to Cedarwood.  Cedarwood is utilized to improve a sense of self-worth and self-acceptance, which appears to fit well with the Thuja picture.

My internal ugliness means I must present what is acceptable, not who I am

Physically the sphere of action of Thuja is the mucous membranes, though of the genito-urinary region rather than the respiratory system, mind, nerves and skin.  The urinary sphere of action does fit with the Cedarwood physical picture also.

I would be happy to utilise Cedarwood in a blend when using the homeopathic remedy of Thuja. Both appear to be supporting an individuals need to improve their self-worth, and self-acceptance, providing the person with a confidence and belief in themselves to move forward with the next obstacle in their journey, with a degree of self-belief.  Thuja types may also have a past experience that was abusive, and as with Cedarwood, there will be an element of healing this past experience.  On a physical level the urinary mucous membranes are covered in both Thuja and Cedarwood.  I believe that Thuja and Cedarwood are working in the same direction and would be beneficial to work together.

Sabina

There is little to be found on the mental and emotional picture of Sabina, as the emphasis is more on the physical aspects of the remedy.  The picture that does appear on the personality type of Sabina is mainly one of sadness and dejection, nerves irritable, specifically to music, and overall lowered vitality of personality with an enhanced sense of duty towards their family.  This is difficult to compare to the Cedarwood, as there are few specifics, though an overall protection of the family, the weak ones, would be similar.  From a remedy relationship point of view, Sabina is stated to be complementary to Thuja.

Physically Sabina has a sphere of action on the female pelvic organs, specifically the uterus. This does not relate well to the physical actions of Cedarwood, so I would not use Cedarwood with Sabina.  Though, when I look further at Juniper berry/wood, it may be more appropriate to use that essential oil instead.

In beginning this journey, I have discovered there are many different oils that may be beneficial to homeopathic treatment, used as either a supportive treatment or used in conjunction with the homeopathic remedy to support the direction of cure, to improve the secondary action where the body begins the healing process itself.  I have also begun to look at the oils and the remedies in a new light, always a beneficial thing J

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Veratrum album & Cedarwood

Veratrum album

 

Liliaceae family. Also known as White Hellebore, usually grown in the mountains in Central and Southern Europe.

Veratrum_album

The Veratrum type is often described as being dogmatic in their views, being over-mentalised and not connected to those around them, that they have a drive in their daily work to achieve.  Initially this can be seen to be similar to the Cedarwood personality type in that they too can be dogmatic in their views, selfish and dominating.  However, for the Veratrum’s this drive is due to an underlying fear about their position in society/work/family.  They can, and often do, lie or cheat in order to maintain this position, due to the fear of losing it. It’s not due to an underlying lack of courage or self-esteem, Veratrum’s have plenty of that.

The outward personality symptoms of Veratrum appear to be relevant to Cedarwood, however, the underlying reasons for those personality symptoms do not correlate well with Cedarwood and the underlying need for strength and courage.  Veratrum’s are more concerned with maintaining their current position, no matter what.

The need to lie to maintain their position

Physically Veratrum album has an affinity with the nerves, specifically those in the abdominal region, though also heart and blood vessels.  There is also an affinity for blood, respiratory and digestive systems.  We can see a correlation between Veratrum and Cedarwood in the area of respiratory and circulation, however, like Lycopodium, there is an affinity for the digestive system that is not reflected in Cedarwood.

Overall, I would not be as confident using Cedarwood in conjunction with a Veratrum remedy as the underlying nature of the personality type does not fit, and as such, the essential oil and the remedy would be working on different aspects, not supporting the underlying causation, though an external personality is similar.  Hahnemann discusses how we are to strengthen the vital force to ensure the secondary action of the body occurs, the movement in the direction of healing. In order to undertake this, both the essential oil and the remedy need to be supporting the vital force.  I’m sure there is another oil that will benefit the Veratrum types.