Aromatherapy preparations go back thousands of years. Made into compresses, tinctures and used in cooking, the oil of a plant is a simple, yet natural medicine.


For nearly fifteen years, I have enjoyed using 100% therapeutic grade aromatherapy oils. I bring preparations and bottles to class and infuse the movement experience with the healing scents of plant oils. To read more, see my article on Young Living and the Recommended Oils to start your own collection.

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A plant’s lifeblood is full of healing qualities. A plant’s essence protects it from bacterial and viral infections, bringing oxygen and nutrients to its cells. For use on people, aromatherapy preparations go back thousands of years. Made into compresses, tinctures and used in cooking, the oil of a plant is a simple, yet natural medicine. Trans-dermal application of essential oils is most common. Take a drop or two of oil and rub it into the skin. Because essential oil is soluble with the lipid membranes of cell walls, they have the ability to penetrate, absorb and disburse throughout the body within minutes. Meditate on the effects as it is soaking in. If burning/tingling occurs, you can apply rose ointment (which will soothe the area. The plant essence, when taken in through the nose, moves straight to the olfactory area of the brain, where small cell particles carry helpful medicine. If an allergy does occur (either in the respiratory system or on the skin), apply the oil to the bottom of your feet instead.

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Peppermint: awakens and clears the mind, promotes healthy digestive system, cooling. Apply a few drops in water and sip throughout the day.

Believe (balsam fir, rosewood, frankincense): balances the emotions, releases the unlimited potential within us – so we can experience health, happiness and vitality now; it is antiseptic, nourishing and supportive for the skin. Apply to the belly and/or heart.

Longevity (thyme, orange, clove, frankincense): contains some of the most powerful antioxidants (elements that neutralize free-radicals), it supports youthful-looking skin. Apply to the hands and smell. Rub on your wrinkles!

M-Grain (basil, marjoram, lavender, peppermint, roman chamomile, helichrysum): relieves stress and nausea, brings well-being to the head and neck (great for headaches). Apply to the back of the neck, top of shoulders and/or temples.

Lavender (Lavendula angustfolia) Most versatile of all oils, relaxes and assists in deep sleep, cleanses cuts, soothes burns, heals bruises and rashes. Apply on location or rub into the temples.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata) Cooling, refreshing and energizing, this most versatile of all the types of eucalyptus, soothes symptoms of a cold and clears a stuffy nose. A great insect repellant!

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Warm, spicy fragrance that energizes, it supports a healthy digestive system, and is used to combat nausea, vomiting, or dizziness. Especially gentle, use for motion sickness.

Citrus Fresh (orange, tangerine, lemon, mandarin, spearmint, grapefruit) The best combination for make-your-own household cleaner, great diffused to freshen the house, use in the vacume cleaner to purify the air in your home! Brings a sense of well-being and over-all health. Do not apply directly to skin.

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Recommended Oils
The following are oil blends, exclusively from Young Living Oils, ones in which I encourage my students and fellow yoga teachers to purchase:

Dragon Time – calming & soothing, supports menstrual concerns

Grounding – relaxing & balancing, stabilizing influence on emotions

Inner Child – helps connect with your playful self, releases old memories

SARA – empowering & soothing, soothes deep emotional wounds

3 Wise Men – promotes spiritual awareness, uplifts the heart

Forgiveness – uplifting, assists in the process of “letting go”

Hope – connects you with your strength, helps uplift the emotions

Harmony – opens the chakras, clears blockages, reduces stress

THIEVES was created from research about the thieves during the 16th century plague in England who rubbed oils all over their bodies to protect themselves while they were robbing the dead and dying. The assumption was that these oils strengthened the immune system, thus protecting them from the disease. Diffuse periodically for one-half hour at a time in the work or home environment. It may be applied to the bottom of the feet or diluted with V-6 Mixing Oil for massage under arms to stimulate the lymphatic system and on the thymus to stimulate the immune system.

ENDO FLEX may help overall endocrine balance and may support and improve vitality of the body. Sage is traditionally known for assisting with hormonal balance for alleviating hot flashes, myrtle is known for thyroid support and spearmint is known for balancing metabolism and stimulating weight loss. Apply over lower back, thyroid, kidneys, liver, feet and all gland areas.

VALOR helps balance electrical energies within the body, giving courage, confidence and self-esteem. It has been found to help the body self-correct its physical and structural alignment. Diffuse, apply to bottom of feet, on throat, wrists, solar plexus and over thymus.

BRAIN POWER this blend has been shown to increase oxygen around the receptor sites around the pineal, pituitary, and hypothalamus. Research indicates it plays a major role in dissolving petrochemicals that plug the receptor sites. It may help clear brain fog, increase mental clarity, and mental potential.

RELEASE may stimulate a sense of harmony and balance within the mind and body and help to release anger and frustration, bringing about a sense of peace and emotional wellbeing. Apply over the liver directly or as a compress, on the bottom of the feet and behind the ears.

WHITE ANGELICA is a combination of 18 oils, some of which were used during ancient times to increase the aura around the body, bringing a delicate sense of strength and protection, creating a feeling of wholeness in the realm of one’s own spirituality. Its frequency protects against the bombardment of negative energy. Diffuse, wear on top of shoulders, on crown, wrists, behind ears and is excellent for a bath.

GATHERING was created out of the need to help us overcome the bombardment of chaotic frequencies that alter our focus and take us off our path of higher achievements. Galbanum, a favorite oil of Moses, has a strong effect when blended with frankincense and sandalwood in gathering our emotional and spiritual thoughts, helping us to focus to achieve our potential. Diffuse,wear on temples, neck, wrists, etc.

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