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Feeling Overwhelmed - How to Turn It Around, Part 5

This is the fifth in this series of articles about holistic health techniques to bring balance and calm when suffering from symptoms of overwhelm. There are two more blogs to come in this series. Tangerine (Citrus reticulate) - Cold pressed from fresh peel. Note: also sometimes referred to as Satsuma. Tangerine is often interchanged with Mandarin oil. However, for me the scent of these two oils is really quite distinctly different. Tangerine oil is calming and restorative with a high note that is playful, refreshing and lifting. Whereas Mandarin has a lower note that is softly soothing, more grounding and feminine, without any noticeable lift and less complexity. The primary chemical class Tangerine is Monoterpene. Phyto-chemicals present are Mono &...

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Feeling Overwhelmed - How to Turn It Around, Part 4!

  This is the fourth in a series of articles about holistic health techniques to bring balance and calm when suffering from symptoms of overwhelm. Clary Sage ( Salvia sclarea ) is well known for relieving deep tension in both men and women. Its strongly yang influence helps to balance out excessive yin states. Traditionally women have relied on Clary Sage for its effective hormonal support. The primary chemical property in Clary Sage oil is Ester. With over 250 biochemical constituents Clary Sage has a broad therapeutic application. Clary Sage with a high sclareol chemical content is known to have the most effectiveness for hormonal balance. Primarily used almost exclusively in the perfumery trade Clary Sage has a lovely floral...

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Feeling Overwhelmed - How to Turn It Around, Part 3

This is the third in a series of articles about holistic health techniques I've used, successfully to effectively bring balance and calm when you suffer from symptoms of overwhelm. Lavender ( Lavandula angustifolia ) is one of the most well loved and used essential oils in aromatherapy. Lavender is called the universal healer as it has a broad chemical profile and thus a broad application. The primary chemical property in Lavender oil is Ester. Grown and distilled at higher altitudes the oil has even higher concentrations of plant Esters up to 54%. The active properties of plant Esters are known to be powerfully effective for calming and nurturing the mind, body and emotions. Ester's archetypal power is the Protector and...

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Feeling Overwhelmed - How to Turn It Around, Part 2

This is a series of articles about the holistic health techniques I've used, including pure essential oils, to effectively bring balance and calm when you suffer from symptoms of overwhelm. Red Mandarin (Citrus delicosa) pure essential oil has the most grounding (base) note of all the citrus oils in aromatherapy. The pure oil is distilled by cold pressing of the peel. Citrus oils have a relatively short shelf life, usually 3-6 months though stored properly sealed and under refrigeration may last up to 1 year before it loses its vapors lose their effectiveness to produce the desired therapeutic results. Red Mandarin's chemical class and chemical action are as follows is Aldehyde (Cleaner), Lactone (Spiritual Director) and Monoterpene (Athlete). My own...

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Feeling Overwhelmed - How to Turn It Around
with Aromatherapy, Part 1

This is the first in a series of aromatherapy articles to help you with OVERWHELM. A condition that is rampant in our world at this time. We are faced with more challenges than ever before in our human history. Getting into a resourceful state by becoming quiet and still is the first step to taking back control of your mind and your life circumstances. In this series of articles I will introduce you to the essential oils I've used for more than 30 years to treat feelings of overwhelm, stress and confusion. As well, I will teach you very simple strategies to quickly and effectively calm your heart, mind and soul. Spikenard (Nardastachus jatamansi) Common name Himalaya Nard, steam distilled...

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