Xenaland AROMATHERAPY


Rarer Essential Oils & Thalassotherapy

Aromatherapy & Thalassotherapy

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TANTRIC AROMATHERAPY! by LUCATH

Jasmin for the hands, patchouli on the cheeks and breasts, spikenard for the hair, musk for the mons Veneris, sandalwood on the thighs and saffron on the feet.

THALASSA was the goddess of creation in Greece and Mesopotamia, another name for TIAMAT, often a sea serpent.
LYMPHA was the Greek goddess of the healing power of water.
The MAILE in Polynesia were the 4 earth/arts goddesses, sisters - the four myrtles. They scented temples and the hula, & were sacred to the Greek gods.

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A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO RARER OILS


NB: Same family does not always mean same properties
Maggie Tisserand in her book STRESS: THE AROMATIC SOLUTION recommends RAVENSARA AROMATICA which is strongly anti-viral. RAVENSARA ANISEED exists also.
ELECAMPANE/INULA HELENIUM is a herb of ancient medical repute, which used to be candied and sold as a sweetmeat. It is used as an important spice, incense and medicine in the east. It is used in both western and eastern herbalism, mainly in the form of a tea for respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and whooping cough, disorders of the digestion, intestines and gall bladder and for skin disorders. In her AROMATHERAPY FOR WOMEN she also mentions INULA GRAVEOLENS/INULA ODORA (sweet inula), similar to ELECAMPANE/INULA HELENIUM, for sinusitis. Sweet Inula is described as the 'queen of mucolytic' essential oils, having properties as diverse as anti-inflammatory, hyperthermic, sedative, cardio-regulative, diuretic and depurative. It is described as being an excellent oil for the cardio-pulmonary zone including asthma, chronic bronchitis and unproductive coughs. This variety of INULA seems to avoid the sensitisation problems of ELECAMPANE, (which is a severe dermal sensitiser), It is the same family as CHAMOMILE, TAGETES, IMMORTELLE/HELICHRYSUM, CALENDULA, YARROW/ACHILLEA, arnica, mugwort (Moxa), wormwood/absinthe and COSTUS.
CISTUS /CISTE/ROCK ROSE is LABDANUM, a gum resin.
CHAMOMILE MAROC (ormenis multicaulis/anthemis mixta) is different chemically, although same family, from blue GERMAN/MATRICARIA or 'true' ROMAN/NOBILIS and should not be considered a substitute. Not to be confused with great mugwort/'blue chamomile'.
TAGETES for bunions, corns and fungal infections should not be confused with 'true' marigold, CALENDULA, which is excellent for all skin conditions, most often used as an ointment or infused oil/phytol. In India, tagetes mixed with sandalwood produces Attar Genda perfume.
AMYRIS (candlewood)is a cheap substitute for SANDALWOOD but is no relation. It is the citrus/rue family (Rutaceae). Also TANGERINE/MANDARIN are identical to each other. And PETITGRAIN/BIGARADE is from the same tree as NEROLI/BIGARADE/ORANGE BLOSSOM (BITTER ORANGE). BERGAMOTIER is BERGAMOT PETITGRAIN, MANDARINIER is TANGERINE PETITGRAIN. SWEET ORANGE produces an inferior NEROLI/ORANGE BLOSSOM. BERGAMOT may be obtained bergapten-free.
OTTO or ATTA/ATTAR OF ROSE (ROSA DAMASCENA/BULGARIAN ROSE Turkish), or ROSA CENTIFOLIA/CABBAGE ROSE/MAROC French, is blended with SANDALWOOD in India to produce AYTAR perfume, but sometimes used for toothpaste in India and Sri Lanka.
DAMIANA (turnera diffusa/turnera aphrodisica) as its name implies is an excellent oil to burn in the bedroom. A Native American herbal remedy.
CANANGA is related to YLANGYLANG but is considered inferior. YLANGYLANG is made into several distillates. EXTRA is the top grade followed by 3 further distillates, grades 3, 2 and 1. A 'complete' oil is also produced whichrepresents the total or 'unfractionated' oil, but this is sometimes constructed by blending 1 and 2, which are the 2 least popular grades.
ELEMI is closely related to MYRRH, FRANKINCENSE/OLIBANUM, LINALOE and OPOPANAX.
OPOPANAX (sweet myrrh) is different from opopanax (sweet acacia/gum arabic, Attar of Cassie perfume), which is MIMOSA/wattle family.
LITSEA CUBEBA/MAY CHANG/CORKWOOD - antiseptic, deodorant, digestive, disinfectant, insecticidal, stimulant, stomachic. Known as 'exotic' or 'tropical' verbena but not related to LEMON VERBENA, or vervain. It is the same family as ROSEWOOD/BOIS DE ROSE/, LAUREL, CINNAMON, cassia, camphor/hon-sho/HO LEAF and sassafrass/ohba-kusu.
CUBEBS is related to BLACK PEPPER, (respiratory/genito-urinary).
SPIKENARD/NARD is related to VALERIAN, and used as a substitute.
LINDEN/LIME (TILIA VULGARIS) is used as an infusion, tilleul, extensively by the French for its calming effect.
MANUKA is related to KANUKA, similar to TEA TREE (anti-viral).
CAJAPUT (whitewood) is related to TEA TREE, NIAOULI, EUCALYPTUS varieties, MYRTLE and BAY (WEST INDIAN/BAY RUM not LAUREL).
CALAMUS (sweet myrtle/sweet flag) is different chemically to MYRTLE, it's TOXIC.
SWEET MARJORAM/ORIGANUM MARJORANA is different to oregano vulgare, which is toxic. They are related to LAVENDER, MELISSA/LEMON BALM, the MINTS, BASIL, PATCHOULI, ROSEMARY, SAGE, HYSSOP, catnip, savory, THYME.
WHITE THYME is a further distillation or rectification of RED THYME (THYMUS VULGARIS); 'thymol' and 'carvacrol' types are warming and active: 'thuyanol' is penetrating and anti-viral: 'linalol' and 'citral' are milder, sweeter, non-irritant chemotypes. English WILD THYME is also known as SERPOLET.
LAVANDIN is a hybrid of LAVENDER and SPIKE LAVENDER.
GALANGAL is related to GINGER and CARDOMOM (Zingiberaceae).
GALBANUM, and ASAFETIDA (often adulterated), are the family of FENNEL, CELERY, CARROT, DILL, ANGELICA, CARAWAY, CORIANDER, LOVAGE, CUMIN, PARSLEY and ANISEED (Umbelliferae).
STAR ANISE is a different family but same properties as ANISEED (respiratory/digestive/rheumatism/immune).
COPAIBA is related to the BALSAMS and liquorice.
VETIVER/VETIVERT/KHUSKHUS is the same family as LEMONGRASS and CITRONELLA. Known in India as "The Oil of Tranquility".
VIRGINIAN CEDARWOOD is the CYPRESS, JUNIPER, CADE, thuja (TOXIC) family (Cupressaceae). ATLANTIC CEDAR is the PINE, TURPENTINE/TEREBINTH, spruce, hemlock, fir family (Pinaceae).
PISTACHIO/LENTISQUE is the mastic tree.

CARRIERS AND PHYTOLS (INFUSED OILS)

Apart from sweet almond, peach kernel, apricot kernel, grapeseed or coconut (fractionated/deodorised) try ADDING: AVOCADO (EFAs, unrefined is best), BORAGE (starflower, GLA), CAMELLIA (face and hair), HAZELNUT (astringent), JOJOBA (vit E, keeps well), MACADAMIA NUT (high BP), MONOI (gardenia in coconut), ROSA RUBIGINOSA (rose hip, skin), TAMANU (calophyllum inophyllum), WALNUT (GLA), WHEATGERM (VITAMIN E variety is GLUTEN free), SUNFLOWER (neutral), CASHEW NUT (vitamins), KUKUI (penetrating), SESAME (sun filter), EVENING PRIMROSE (PMS, high BP, GLA), CALENDULA (emollient), CARROT (carotene, skin - CARROT SEED is an essential oil), HYPERICUM (ST JOHN'S WORT - nature's PROZAC!), PASSION FLOWER (fine), LIME BLOSSOM (TILIA/LINDEN), MELISSA (LEMON BALM), ARNICA (bruises), COMFREY (fractures), ECHINACEA (respiratory), DEVIL'S CLAW (rheumatic), FENUGREEK (fever), MEADOWSWEET (sedative), CENTELLA (scars), SOYA (may sensitise), Arachis (Peanut), Cherry Kernel, Pumpkin Seed, Inula (Elecampane), NEEM (nature's pharmacy), Oil of Orchids, TURKEY RED (castor Oil, water soluble emulsifier, may sensitise) and MULLEIN (respiratory).

HYDROLATS OR FLOWER WATERS

for skin care and diffusers - ARNICA, CHAMOMILE (German/Roman), CLARY SAGE, CORNFLOWER, Cypress, ELDER (sinus/acne), Inula, Juniper, PEPPERMINT, EUCALYPTUS, Helecrysum, LAUREL, LAVENDER, LINDEN FLOWER (TILIA/LIME), Marigold, MELISSA (LEMON BALM), MYRTLE, ORANGE FLOWER (NEROLI oily skin), Pine, ROSE (dry skin), ROSEMARY, Sage, SEAWEED, THYME (linalol), Jasmine, Tea Tree, Verbena and WITCH HAZEL (astringent).

CAUTION: Some of these oils are NOT aromatherapy oils - they are not recommended for non-professionals - they may be TOXIC or SENSITISE! Always note different part of plant used. They haven't they same properties or toxicity. Always consult and ENCYCLOPAEDIA of essential oil safety before using a new oil.
Copyright lucath 1998

1998

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This seaweed therapy is the preferred treatment of French films stars such as Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche in La Baule!
Mineral salts in sea water have a natural affinity with blood plasma, so seaweed masks help strengthen and balance skin tissue while encouraging toxic elimination. Full-body seaweed wraps ease fluid retention and aid inch loss. Some treatments mimic hot and cold water stimulation by following a warm seaweed mask with a tingling cold menthol gel.
Good for easing back and joint pain, rheumatism, arthritis, bronchitis and menstrual and muscular problems. Thalassotherapy detoxifies and eases aches and sprains and is often tailored to anti-cellulite and skin-care treatments, but avoid if you have heart disease, high blood pressure or are allergic to iodine in seaweed.
Practise BALNEOTHERAPY at home by immersing yourself in a bath at 70F for 20 minutes. Add seaweed powder to relax you, lower blood pressure, and boost metabolism and elimination of waste. In HYDROTHERAPY, pine oil eases chest problems, oatmeal softens and soothes the skin, and Moor (mineral-rich peat from health stores) relaxes muscular tension.
Seaweed powder, hydrolat, absolute, marine algae and sea salts are available from specialist suppliers.
1998 Copyright lucath 1998

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