Wounded Healer; The Series/ Part 4
In our continuing Wounded Healer Series , we will now explore the benefits of Aromatherapy, but first let’s review;
What is a Wounded Healer?
A Wounded Healer is someone volunteering or working in the healing profession who is helping others but bleeding from their own wounds while they help.
According to Carl Jung the psychiatrist; a wounded healer must go through their wound. He explains that To go through our wound is to embrace, and say “yes” to the mysteriously painful new place in ourselves where the wound is leading us. Going through our wound, we can allow ourselves to be re-created by the wound. Our wound is not a static entity, but rather a continually unfolding dynamic process that manifests, reveals and incarnates itself through us, which is to say that our wound is teaching us something about ourselves. Going through our wound means realizing we will never again be the same when we get to the other side of this initiatory process. Going through our wound is a genuine death experience, as our old self “dies” in the process, while a new, more expansive and empowered part of ourselves is potentially born (wikipedia).
Some characteristics of a Wounded-Healer;
1 Someone who is helping others and bleeding from their own unhealed wounds at the same time.
2 Not taking care of your own unhealed issues while trying to help heal others.
3 Not filling your own healing cup up after pouring it out for someone else!
Visualize a glass of healing, energy water being poured out to help heal others yet it is left empty. We all need to fill that glass of healing energy back up to keep ourselves healthy.
A Wounded-Healer can truly help no one until her personal wounds are healed or in the process of being healed.
So how do you heal your wounds?
In our Wounded Healer series we explore some ways to pamper yourself and move closer towards a healed new you.
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What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is an ancient form of healing that uses natural oils taken from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to improve and enhance mental or physical health. The plants are usually inhaled or massaged into the skin. Do not ingest plant essences or oils, as they can be toxic, without consulting a medical doctor first.
Essential oils have been used therapeutically for over centuries by cultures from all over the world including Native Americans, Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Romans and the Greeks.
Each plant is believed to have its own unique healing property, which is then used to influence your body’s potential to heal. Essential oils are super concentrated plant essences that absorb into the skin and the cells. For this reason, it is important to use only pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils that do not contain added chemicals, fragrances or other additives. Do not apply pure essential oils onto the skin; they need to be diluted first.
How does aromatherapy work?
Researchers speculate that aromatherapy works when the smell receptors in your nose activate areas in your brain that stimulate or influence physical, mental or emotional health. Also, when an essential oil is massaged into your skin, molecules from the oil interact in the blood with hormones or enzymes to affect physical and emotional health.
Common Uses of Aromatherapy Include:
· Natural or DIY cleaning products
· Bath Salts
· Perfumes, Lotions or Massage Oils
· Air Freshener, Incense, Scented Candles or Diffusers
Aromatherapy: University of Maryland Medical Center: http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/treatment/aromatherapy#ixzz2mO1M0Hxg
The Aromatherapy School: http://www.aromatherapy-school.com
Aromatherapy is an ancient form of medicine that uses essential oils and scents to improve and enhance emotional and physical health.
Essential oils are super concentrated plant essences that absorb into the skin and the cells. For this reason, it is important to use only pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils that do not contain added chemicals, fragrances or other additives. Do not apply pure essential oils onto the skin, they need to be diluted first.
Citrus Scents (lemon, lime, orange, maychang) lift the spirits, ease depression and give energy
Lavendar, Jasmine and Chamomile are used for relaxation. Lavendar may also help ease a headache.
Patchouli boosts positive energy.
Neroli, Rose and Jasmine helps open blocked energy and increases creativity.
Easy Homemade Facials: http://www.easy-aromatherapy-recipes.com/homemade-facials.html
Softening Foot Soak:
4 cups warm milk
2 TBSP Epsom Salt
5-10 drops of essential oil or perfume
Mix together in a basin. Soak your feet for 25-30 min. Pat dry. You may consider using scented lotion on dry feet.
Scent is very important to detecting taste, and the sense of smell is also closely linked to cravings and feelings of satisfaction related to food.
Using fresh herbs, fresh fruits and vegetables, flavored butters, infused oils and meats marinated in natural herbs, seasonings or infused oils will create amazing flavor to your recipes and re-invigorate your senses.
Tips for Cooking and Aromatherapy: http://www.allfoodsnatural.com/article/aromatherapy-and-cooking.html
Aromatherapy and Using Healthy Herbs: http://www.nyrnaturalnews.com/article/aromatherapy-in-your-kitchen-part-1-cooking-with-herbs/
Five Natural Aroma Pot Simmering Recipes: http://www.deniseinbloom.com/5-natural-aroma-simmering-pot-recipes/
Light a Scented Candle
Massage with scented lotion or oatmeal lotion (great for sensitive skin). You can also rub scented lotion on the wrist, temples and feet for a quick boost.
Soak in a bath using scented soap or bath salts.
Homemade Bath Salts:
½ cup Epsom salt or bath salt
Add 5-10 drops of essential oil OR if mixing different oils, 2 drops per fragrance
Stir essential oils into the salts. Store in a glass jar. Pour salts under a running tap, mix well.
(Can also be used to lift your mood)
Fill a glass jar with 1 cup of baking soda and 10-15 drops of essential oil or perfume. For fun, throw in some glitter. Use a nail to prick holes into the top of the jar. Put lid on jar and place in a room, closet or area needing freshening. Baking soda will absorb odors. Shake jar for a refresh.
Place a few drops of essential oils or perfume onto a cotton ball, and place on a dish. Can also place in a closet or drawer (lavender or lemon will keep moths away).
Light a scented candle
(Polishes chrome and metal fixtures. If using essential oils, they will prevent fogging if use on a bathroom mirror.)
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup of water
8-10 drops of essential oil
Combine in a plastic spray bottle and shake before use.
Fill a bucket with hot water. Add ¼ cup white vinegar and 10-15 drops essential oil. Wash and Dry, no rinse.
More floor recipes at: http://www.easy-aromatherapy-recipes.com/homemade-floor-cleaner.html
Clean Garbage Disposal and Freshen Kitchen: Put lemon, lime or orange peels (not the pulp) into the garbage disposal, turn on the hot water for 30-45 seconds and grind together. Do this 1x a month.
FRESHEN & CLEAN MICROWAVE:
Cut up lemon, lime or orange and place in a bowl of water. Microwave the bowl and fruit for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, remove from microwave (be careful of steam, water will be boiling!). Microwave will smell fresh. Steam makes it easier to clean microwave, and removes tough stains.
Aromatherapy Basic Recipes: http://www.your-aromatherapy-guide.com/aromatherapy-basic-recipes.html
Aroma Web Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Information: http://www.aromaweb.com/
Essential Oil Safety Information: http://www.aromaweb.com/articles/safety.asp
Mood Properties of Essential Oils: http://www.essentialoils.co.za/mood-
Some quotes about Aromatherapy:
“Aromatherapy is a natural, non-invasive modality designed to affect the whole person not just the symptom or disease and to assist the body’s natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself by the correct use of essential oils.” Jade Shutes
“..Aromatherapy is a caring, hands-on therapy which seeks to induce relaxation, to increase energy, to reduce the effects of stress and to restore lost balance to mind, body and soul.” Robert Tisserand
“Aromatherapy can be defined as the controlled use of essential oils to maintain and promote physical, psychological, and spiritual wellbeing.” Gabriel Mojay
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