“… Because it is straightforward and effective in its application, aromatherapy returns the power of healing back to the individual, especially to the individual woman…” ~ Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt
Women’s healing wisdomWhen I was little, we used to live with my grandmother Carmelita. When we couldn’t sleep at night she would heal us of “espanto or susto”*.
I still remember vividly the smell of the cotton soaked in Eau de Cologne that she passed behind my neck, behind my ears, and on every joint while she calmly and quietly said the Father Prayer.
When I was sick, I remember that the first thing my mom would do was to put her hand on my forehead. The warmth and feeling of reassurance I had from that gesture represented half of my healing. Then she would use oregano leaf tea for an upset stomach, or apply a cabbage leaf on my cheek after a tooth extraction. She also used to lay branches of eucalyptus under our beds when we had a cold to disinfect the environment and help us get better.
I think many of you can relate to these stories, where the women of the family were the primary health care providers, and who would use nature, tradition and common sense to treat common ailments. Healing was the dominion of women where they combined the art of healing with tenderness, skills and motherly instinct.
We could say that aromatherapy brings back these traditions in a concentrated way, with the distilled essences of the aromatic plants.
Every week I teach and train different groups, which are usually composed of 99% women (another telling statistic). One common thing in these discussions is that women always ask me questions not for themselves, but for people they want to help, their parents, partners, children, and friends.
Nurturing and caring with Aromatherapy:Here are some examples to help you start working with essential oils:
Aromatherapy for FeversIn an empty bowl put ½ tsp regular salt and 2 or 3 drops of Peppermint essential oil. Mix well and add cold water. Soak a few face towels in the solution for a while and wring out the excess water. Apply compresses on forehead, abdomen and feet. This will help control the fever.
Aromatherapy Remedy for Stomach AcheDigestive essential oils like Cardamom, Ginger, Orange and Spearmint are great for indigestion and abdominal pain. Mix a drop of each with a tablespoon of carrier oil and massage the abdomen and the soles of the feet using circular movements. Cover abdomen with a warm towel or water bottle to help the healing process.
Aromatherapy Treatment for HeadachesUse cephalic essential oils like Cardamom, Basil, Rosemary and Peppermint. Combine a total of 3 drops with 1 tsp of carrier oil and massage temples, back of the neck and sinus area.
Aromatherapy solution for poor sleep and anxietyThe calming Lavender essential oil , together with the sedative Mandarin and the grounding Palo Santo create a fantastic combination to help you sleep better.
Add 1 drop of each on a cotton pad and tuck it under the pillow case.
This is useful for babies who can’t sleep well, hyperactive children, adults with anxiety and elderly people who are losing their sleep. All of these recipes show us that essential oils are indeed nature’s gift to us.
From what my experiences have taught me, I think that it is the nurturing instinct of a woman that adds much strength to any medication. The true power of aromatherapy lies in its ability to harness your femininity.
How about you – do you feel the same compulsion to heal and nurture those you love? What successful stories do you have? Let us know about it in the comments.