Corona Virus- Essential oils are wonderful allies when fighting infection of all kinds. Corona virus is no exception. Thus far using a variety of Aromatherapy methods, we are helping people to stay well and aid in recovery.
Dealing with infections like Flu is most challenging. Essential Oils are inti-infectious, especially those with high phenolic content. Diffusing the anti infectious oils in a room is very effective at killing microbes. This outbreak of Corona Virus is giving me a first hand experience in putting the eo's to practical use. Are they working, yes! Households using Aromatherapy people are managing the illness well.
Essential Oils for Pain- presented at UnLimited Possibilities Conference, San Francisco by Pierre Franchomme
Franchomme's Lectures provide the type of in depth knowledge that puts the "Therapy" in Aroma-Therapy. He draws parallels between the science behind medicinal properties of essential oils and their use in real time treatment. Correlating chemistry with pathology. For example; the mention of Petit grain (Bitter orange) and it's use in pain treatment. Most of us who have used this oil, know it to be uplifting. But Pierre explains that this is so because it stimulates secretion of endorphins. To go further into the science, specifically it is a " Stimulant of Morphino-mimetic substances". An "Aha" moment, I had never quite viewed petit grain with such bonafide action. This knowledge enhances and broadens my thinking on it's use when it comes time to formulate for my clients health needs.
Indeed Pierre Franchomme offers validity to the very important healing modality called "Aromatherapy".
Bravo and Thank you to Pierre.
Kurt's comments below, about the success of the recent Conference and the introduction of Asian essential oils into Aromatherapy....
November 27th, 2015 by Kurt Schnaubelt
After the Conference
The 8th PIA Conference on Therapeutic Uses of Essential Oils appeared to be a success in every aspect. We would like to thank all the participants, presenters and helpers who contributed. The diversity of the presentations showed impressively how aromatherapy is a healing modality with an expanding horizon.
Almost all presentations can be looked up in “Unlimited Possibilities,” proceedings of the conference. An overview of the presentations is still available on the New PIA site (www.newpacificinstituteofaromatherapy.com).
In addition, I would like to point to “aromatherapy 2.0.” This project of OSA and PIA offers new perspectives on essential oils that so far have not been at the center of attention. “aromatherapy 2.0” highlights essential oils of an Asian pedigree that have not been among those that the colonial powers of the 16th century and thereafter brought to the West. “aromatherapy 2.0” focuses on the wood, rhizome and resin oils of Asia, quite some of them at the center of scientific attention for their ability to help with chronic inflammation or to prevent tumors.
“aromatherapy 2.0” also introduces some of the most sought fragrances from Asia: Different Agarwood and Sandalwood essential oils.
All of this can be explored on our new site www.asia-aromatherapy.com. The objective of the site is to allow for leisurely exploration and gathering of information. It offers three main approaches
Experiences. This first approach introduces two offerings, “Monsoon” and “Smelling T’ang.” Collections of oils intended to transport and mediate a relaxed and balanced mood.
Explorations. Different collections of Asian essential oils assembled according to diverse cultural or therapeutic aspects.
Notes and more Reading. The asia-aromatherapy site is first and foremost intends to provide a slow and pleasant approach to the cultural connections in which many Asian aromatics are embedded and to stimulate curiosity. In the “Notes and More Reading” column we will sporadically add more texts referring to the healing properties of these oils, mostly from an Asian perspective.
San Francisco; Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy
Looking back from the first Conference I attended in the 1980's to the 2015 International Conference on the Therapeutic use of Essential Oils, the innovations presented by Speakers from around the Globe, as always, do not disappoint. Kurt Schnaubelt and Monika Haas bring together the innovators in all fields of Aromatherapy. New research in science, medicine, holism and metaphysical aspects of essential oils, push the envelope of the confines of what has become main stream aromatherapy.
I will be posting more about the proceedings and call upon any attendees to comment and post about the impact of what they heard, learned or used, as their own personal take away, from the San Francisco Event!
Aromatically yours, Marlene
Medicinal Plants-In the Field with Michael Moore by Michael Cottingham
M. Ericksen & M. Moore in the field
This trip (video 13) we studied plants of Colarado. Much gratitude to Michael Cottingham in preserving this knowledge in his videos. Michael Moore brought herbal knowledge to modern Americans. Without him we would lack much important Botanical knowledge of important healing remedies. I will always remember you Michel Moore!
Scene; The Players Club, Gramercy Park, Manhattan, New York City. Occassion; Ms Bacall's Birthday Party. Actors of stage and screen entertaining each other! Alan Ginsburg on stage, Imogen Coca, A Star Studded affair. Me, certainly in awe of this Grand Lady and fine actress. She was so beautiful and elegant , her mature years no less. Being invited to her party was an honor and she was indeed gracious to me. I still get lost in her films, enthralled with her characters, I could watch Casablanca a million times and never be bored! She will always be part of my memory and the Great American Theater! Ms Bacall you are remembered well!
New York Times on Bacall..
Lauren Bacall, the actress whose provocative glamour elevated her to stardom in Hollywood’s golden age and whose lasting mystique put her on a plateau in American culture that few stars reach, died on Tuesday in New York. She was 89.
Her death was confirmed by her son Stephen Bogart. “Her life speaks for itself,” Mr. Bogart said. “She lived a wonderful life, a magical life.”
With an insinuating pose and a seductive, throaty voice — her simplest remark sounded like a jungle mating call, one critic said — Ms. Bacall shot to fame in 1944 with her first movie, Howard Hawks’s adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway novel “To Have and Have Not,” playing opposite Humphrey Bogart, who became her lover on the set and later her husband.
It was a smashing debut sealed with a handful of lines now engraved in Hollywood history.
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CHILDREN NEED TOUCHING, HARVARD RESEARCHERS SAY By Alvin Powell
America's "let them cry" attitude toward children may lead to more fears and tears among adults, according to two Harvard Medical School researchers.
Instead of letting infants cry, American parents should keep their babies close, console them when they cry, and bring them to bed with them, where they'll feel safe, according to Michael L. Commons and Patrice M. Miller, researchers at the Medical School's Department of Psychiatry.
The pair examined childrearing practices here and in other cultures and say the widespread American practice of putting babies in separate beds -- even separate rooms -- and not responding quickly to their cries may lead to incidents of post-traumatic stress and panic disorders when these children reach adulthood.
The early stress resulting from separation causes changes in infant brains that makes future adults more susceptible to stress in their lives, say Commons and Miller.
"Parents should recognize that having their babies cry unnecessarily harms the baby permanently," Commons said. "It changes the nervous system so they're overly sensitive to future trauma."The two gained the spotlight in February when they presented their ideas at the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting in Philadelphia.
Commons and Miller, using data Miller had worked on that was compiled by Robert A. LeVine, Roy Edward Larsen Professor of Education and Human Development, contrasted American childrearing practices with those of other cultures, particularly the Gusii people of Kenya. Gusii mothers sleep with their babies and respond rapidly when the baby cries.
"Gusii mothers watching videotapes of U.S. mothers were upset by how long it took these mothers to respond to infant crying," Commons and Miller said in their paper on the subject.
The way we are brought up colors our entire society, Commons and Miller say. Americans in general don't like to be touched and pride themselves on independence to the point of isolation, even when undergoing a difficult or stressful time.
Despite the conventional wisdom that babies should learn to be alone, Miller said she believes many parents "cheat," keeping the baby in the room with them, at least initially. In addition, once the child can crawl around, she believes many find their way into their parents' room on their own.
American parents shouldn't worry about this behavior or be afraid to baby their babies, Commons and Miller said. Parents should feel free to sleep with their infant children, to keep their toddlers nearby, perhaps on a mattress in the same room, and to comfort a baby when it cries.
"There are ways to grow up and be independent without putting babies through this trauma," Commons said. "My advice is to keep the kids secure so they can grow up and take some risks."Besides fears of dependence, the pair said other factors have helped form our childrearing practices, including fears that children would interfere with sex if they shared their parents' room and doctors' concerns that a baby would be injured by a parent rolling on it if the parent and baby shared the bed. Additionally, the nation's growing wealth has helped the trend toward separation by giving families the means to buy larger homes with separate rooms for children.
The result, Commons and Miller said, is a nation that doesn't like caring for its own children, a violent nation marked by loose, nonphysical relationships.
"I think there's a real resistance in this culture to caring for children," Commons said. But "punishment and abandonment has never been a good way to get warm, caring, independent people."
Marlene Ericksen Healing Arts Therapist, Authoress
best selling book, Healing with Aroma therapy