Sunday, January 21, 2018

Aromatherapy & Herbs

Greetings & Salutations my friends!!  I do so appreciate you stopping in today!!  I’m rather excited about today’s topic. In my recent studies I came across a recommendation for burning a couple of bay leaves & the effect.  I’ve been trying it & want to share my findings with you.

I must be honest with you.  When I started this journey into the world of Aromatherapy, I did see it pretty much as Essential Oils.  But, that didn’t make a lot of sense to me.  I mean, “Fragrance Treatment” is a literal exchange for “Aromatherapy”.  So, in my brain that gives “aroma” a much larger meaning than just oils, but I wasn’t coming across anything else.

One day I’m on the computer & a posting regarding the benefits of burning a bay leaf caught my attention.   The claim was that burning a leaf or two in your home can relieve tension in the body & mind.  It’s been known to help alleviate headaches & it can improve your mood.

Well, with the self-improvement steps I’m taking, I realized that posting was another awakening for me.  I found a bottle of bay leaves in my spices & brought it down.  I took a small piece of aluminum foil to make a burner.  Then I proceeded to play with fire!! Lol.  I did find the aroma pleasant & lasted longer than I anticipated.  I really didn’t notice any other difference at that time.

Shortly into November my schedule went out the window.  I had a birthday & an anniversary, the husband was home & my work week was not normal.  This left me with a slight headache.  I’m blessed with the fact that is the worst my headaches have ever been, slight.  But annoying to me, regardless.

Using my little tin foil, I put fire to a bay leaf.  It sputtered, spat then took off.  It was ashes within 60 seconds, so I burned up a second one.  I noticed a difference within 10 minutes.  I could feel the tension lifting & the headache easing.  By the end of a half hour the ache was gone.  Now when I arrive home & need to relax, I burn a bay leaf.

Now my curiosity is aroused regarding herbs.  Ok, don’t get me wrong, I’m not a total innocent.  I know a little bit about “herbs”.  When I was in high school “herb” was code for marijuana.  Since that tender age I have come to learn more about marijuana & its many uses.  But that’s a subject for another time.  

Anyway, I first became aware of herbs as something more than flavoring for our food when I was in the work-provided car with a co-worker.  She had this little brown bundle, tied with a bit of string tucked up in the side window.  I, of course, inquired about it.  She told me it was a bundle of sage & for protection around the car.  (She had been the victim of a drunk driver, forever changing her life.)

Knowing she was about to retire, I asked her if I could have it.  She gladly gave it to me.  I placed it to my office, not really understanding the purpose, but figured it couldn’t hurt to have it.

It’s funny, but things started to change around the office.  Slowly, some of the negative people started to transfer out.  Then, due to an interesting chain of events one of the most negatively influential members of our office, quit.  She just up & moved her family out of the state even.  I really didn’t give the sage bundle the credit for clearing the atmosphere.

May of 2013 found my position in my town gone.  It had moved 30 miles away.  My little one-man show was now going to have to share with lots of different personalities.  Some of them were not friendly, that much I already knew. 

I now sat in a four-plex cubicle with offices pretty much on three sides.  Making the best of it, I placed my sage bundle as close as I could to the center of the four cubicles.  Within six months the most negative person left.  A month or so later then next one.  By my first 18 months the three most negative auras had moved on with their lives.  By the end of the second-year number four, the fifth one by the end of the third year.  Each of them replaced by a more positive soul.  (And for the record, once I became the most negative influence, awareness grew & I am no longer that negative.)

Was it the sage bundle?  I don’t know.  I don’t have enough data to say for sure, but it sure seems like it’s worth further research.

Especially now that I’ve found the family of herbs.  Now that I’m writing this, I’m feeling kind of silly.  After all, we just talked about Clove Essential Oil in our last meeting.  Clove is an oil & spice.  Same with cinnamon.  Clary sage & sweet basil are both an oil & an herb.  I realize it was only a matter of time before I discovered herbs & how they are as much a part of Aromatherapy as are Essential Oils.

Oh,& I learned something else interesting recently & that is how herbs & Essential Oils were used in Biblical Times.  Did you know that the plague God brought upon His people Israel He also gave Moses the cure?  God told Moses to tell his brother the priest, Aaron, to have all the priests take up the temple sensors, fill with hot coals, place some frankincense & myrrh in the top part.  They then walked among the encampment, filling the air with clouds of frankincense & myrrh, the people walking in the smoke, breathing deeply, their tents fumigated with the fragrant treatment.

The Native Peoples of the Americas long have used sage, Cyprus, cedar & pine needles, to name a few, as sacred plants to cleanse an area or space.  They would purify to send their prayers & invite “angels & sweet-spirited ancestors”.

I pray you are anticipating learning more about how herbs are just as important to our physical, emotional & spiritual health as Essential Oils as I am!

I thank you for your time.  As always, I have found it rather enlightening & enjoyable.

Until we meet again, my dear friends, Be Blessed.



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