Balancing the Gallbladder Meridian with Chinese Herbs & Essential Oils

Our growing Common Scents Community continues learning how to use Chinese Herbs and Essential Oils and this month I taught the LIVE Workshop focusing on the Gallbladder Meridian.

According to Hassler et al., 20 million people in the US have gallstones a year! 

Even if you have had gallbladder surgery, this information will help you bring harmony to your digestive system.  

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You will be learning;

  • What is the Gallbladder Meridian in (TCM)?
  • The Gallbladder Yang
  • What Chinese Element connected to the Gallbladder ?
  • What Season is connected to the Gallbladder ?
  • What is the time of day for the Gallbladder Meridian?
  • Where is the Gallbladder meridian on the tongue
  • What does the Gallbladder Meridian affect?
  • What essential oils and Chinese Herbs to help balance the Gallbladder meridian?
  • CEU NAHA approved

REMEMBER for ALL Common Scents Community Members each monthly live webinar is included in your subscription! I would love for everyone to join us as we continue in 2022 learning how to use Chinese Herbs and Essential Oils to balance each meridian AND SO MUCH MORE. Please invite your family and friends so they can receive this information, too!

Visit HERE to learn the 10 reasons why you should JOIN the Common Scents Community and to see how you can be part of this ongoing training for as little as $19.95 per month. Plus get 12 archives about using Herbs and Essentials for Various Health Concerns.

Join now so we can send you your special code to participate for free as part of your membership. For all non-members this and every month’s Live Workshops are only $35.00.

Ready for an Emotional Clear Out?

Ever feel overwhelmed with emotions and feelings so that you think you will “lose” it? Looking for a way to spring clean your emotional house in order to cope with whatever life throws at you? Let’s clear out the unused and little serving emotions that can hamper our mental well-being and physical health.

Email lorrie@lorriehargis.com to find out when our next workshop will take place!

Emotional Healing Detox Workshop! 

You will learn:

1. How to Unlock the Keys to Change

2. Identify thinking, feeling & doing Obstacles

3. How to process and integrate your thinking, feeling and doing

3. NEW Essential oil & Flower Essences Sprays for Cleansing, Purifying, Calming, and Energizing to help you process and integrate

4. NEW Motivation and Self Confidence Herbal Teas with Essential Oils & Flower Essences to help you process and integrate

5. NEW Exercises to help you process and integrate your thinking, feeling and doing

6. Mindful and Relaxation Techniques with Essential Oils & Flower Essences

7. Keys to Make Changes

8. How to continue your Aromatherapy Journey?

Email lorrie@lorriehargis.com for more information……

 

NAHA CEU’s available

Ginger, The Spicy Root!

Ginger root from Madagascar

Ginger, the plant! This reed-like plant named Ginger(Zingiber officinale Roscoe) is native to the coastal region of India. It has been used in China before written history began. Marco Polo saw this plant in China between 1280 and 1290 A.D. Its name interpreted from the Greek, Arabic, and Indian means, “Known already to the ancient.” Ginger, the common name is derived from the Sanskrit “gringa” or horn and “vera” meaning body, in reference to the shape of the root. Ginger stimulates the secretions of ingestive fluids that lower cholesterol ( Samadi, 2022), helps with motion sickness (Haniadka, 2013) and morning sickness. The Chinese value this stimulating plant and add it to their meat dishes to detoxify it. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, they have used Ginger in their herbal formulations to warm the stomach and spleen (middle) and disperse the cold and alleviate vomiting (Hunt R et al., 2013).

Ginger also has an effect on a circulation, because of the stimulating volatile oils it contains. This valuable root has the ability to purify the blood and is valuable when indications of flu start coming on. It has also been used as a female and male tonic, liver, and kidneys, because of its effectiveness when used with other herbs.

Ginger, the Hydrosol!

Ginger water (hydrosol) along with Thyme water (hydrosol) from the steam distillation has been shown to detoxify and have antioxidant effects. Therefore, it is recommended to use them to avoid alcohol toxicity (Shati, 2009). 3 tbsps daily for 10 days per month.

Try this formulation to help you with Aches and Pains.

Ginger, the Essential Oil!

Warming, delightfully spicy, light yellow to dark yellow, aromatic, and strengthening is the essential oils of Ginger. The root is steam distilled. The Ginger essential oil warms the body internally. “Ginger has a pain-reducing effect and it can modulate pain through various mechanisms: inhibition of prostaglandins via the COX and LOX-pathways, antioxidant activity, inhibition of the transcription factor nf-kB, or acting as an agonist of vanilloid nociceptor (Rondanelli 2020).”

Ginger, the Flower.

Ginger, the Flower Essence

Ginger flower essence was a research flower when I first started using it and this is what my experience was like with this quite beautiful flower. I felt warmer physically, especially in the lower trunk. My mind was clearer and very calm. I was able to handle situations constructively with others. I could speak my true feelings in a warm and calm way. This flower helped me in relationships and communication.

Yellow ginger – Flower Essence

Relaxing to your body and your mind. Helps alleviate anxiety and panic attacks. Brings your energy down into your body, therefore grounding and stabilizing.

When we can relax, we can rejoice and know that all is well.
These flowers are carefully hand-gathered and made into our healing flower essences which: Yellow GingerFlower Essence helps your mind & body to let go and RELAX.

Applications: Excellent used topically and in massage to release muscle tension and pain.

Take 5 drops under the tongue or in water, juice, or tea. Place 10 drops in your water bottle.

Use topically, rub into hands, wrists, back of the neck, and places of tension or tight muscles. (https://hawaiianrainforestnaturals.com/product/ginger-flower-essence-relax/, 2022)

Haniadka R, Saldanha E, Sunita V, Palatty PL, Fayad R, Baliga MS. A review of the gastroprotective effects of ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe). Food Funct. 2013 Jun;4(6):845-55. doi: 10.1039/c3fo30337c. Epub 2013 Apr 24. PMID: 23612703 Available https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23612703/ Accessed March 5th, 2022

Hunt R, Dienemann J, Norton HJ, Hartley W, Hudgens A, Stern T, Divine G. (2013) Aromatherapy as treatment for postoperative nausea: a randomized trial, Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22392970, Last Accessed March 8th, 2022

Nunes CP, Rodrigues CC, Cardoso CAF, Cytrynbaum N, Kaufman R, Rzetelna H, Goldwasser G, Santos A, Oliveira L, Geller M. Clinical Evaluation of the Use of Ginger Extract in the Preventive Management of Motion Sickness. Curr Ther Res Clin Exp. 2020 Jun 15;92:100591. doi: 10.1016/j.curtheres.2020.100591. PMID: 32714473; PMCID: PMC7378854 Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32714473/ . Last Accessed March 5th, 2022

Rondanelli M, Fossari F, Vecchio V, Gasparri C, Peroni G, Spadaccini D, Riva A, Petrangolini G, Iannello G, Nichetti M, Infantino V, Perna S. Clinical trials on pain lowering effect of ginger: A narrative review. Phytother Res. 2020 Nov;34(11):2843-2856. doi: 10.1002/ptr.6730. Epub 2020 May 20. PMID: 32436242; PMCID: PMC7754412. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32436242/ Accessed March 8th, 2022

Samadi M, Moradinazar M, Khosravy T, Soleimani D, Jahangiri P, Kamari N. A systematic review and meta-analysis of preclinical and clinical studies on the efficacy of ginger for the treatment of fatty liver disease. Phytother Res. 2022 Feb 1. doi: 10.1002/ptr.7390. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35106852. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35106852/ Last Accessed March 5th, 2022

You can also see my article in AIA Aromatic Journal Summer 2019 in Action called Ginger, the Root of all Spices https://www.alliance-aromatherapists.org/

To learn more about Ginger essential oil and herb join me in the Common Scents Community for the Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbs and Essential Oils Monthly Live Workshops – https://www.lorriehargis.com/members/join-csc/

Better Health and Happiness,

Lorrie

Emotional Healing Workshops 2022

Essential Oils & Flower Essences 3 Days Total Immersion Emotional Healing
LIVE Online and Exclusive with Lorrie Hargis, RA

1 Day Introduction to Emotional Healing with Essential Oils & Flower Essences Workshop

2 Day Total Immersion Emotional Healing with Essential Oils & Flower Essences Workshop

Do you want to learn How to use Essential Oils & Flower Essences because you are, or someone you know is suffering from anxiety, stress, depression and physical pain? Can’t let go and forgive… find out how you can and emerge into your magnificent self!

We have the tools, techniques, essential oils & flower essences to help you!

I am so pleased to announce that I will be Live Streaming all the way from the California to lead this Emotional Healing workshop!

3 day Total Immersion =
1 day Introduction to Emotional Healing and 2 day Total Immersion Emotional Healing Workshops

Friday & Saturday – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm (New York Time)

(3 Day Workshop – $225.00 per person)

You will learn:

Breathe Work to Release Fears, Anger and Anxiety

Free yourself from Physical and Mental Limitations

How Essential Oils & Flower Essences effect the Mind, Body and Spirit

Improve your Daily Life by Integrating Flower Essences & Essential Oils into your Daily Routine

Mindful Techniques for Rebuilding Relationships

Build your Physical Strength and Vitality

How to Make More Essential Oil & Flower Essence Formulations for Life Changing Transformation

Make more Personalized blends each day as you evolve

*Please make sure you bring a yoga mat or towel to lie on, pillow, blanket, journal, pen +paper and sack lunch.

All supplies are provided.

Educational Materials needed –

Please purchase my book, “Common Scents, A Practical Guide to Aromatherapy,”

Flower Essence Repertory from the Flower Essence Society.

Can’t make it for 3 days? Then join us for *1 day – Intro to Essential Emotional Healing with Essential Oils + Flower Essence

11:00am to 5:00 pm (New York Time)

Your investment: $89.00

In the Introduction Emotional Healing with Essential Oils & Flower Essences One day Workshop!

Gain the tools needed to heal yourself & those around you, as well as valuable knowledge to reshape your negative past stories, in order to bring healing & balance!

You will learn:

What is an Essential Oil?

How are Essential Oils?

What is a Flower Essence?

How Flower Essences are Obtained?

Safe Selection & Contraindications

How to use Essential Oils & FlowerEssences to Emotionally & Physically Heal

How to Make Essential Oil & FlowerEssences Formulations for Life Changing Transformation!

The Ancient Art of Storytelling for Powerful Healing!

How to Make a Personalized Formulation + 3 other formulations

Only $89.00 per person

Please make sure you have a yoga mat or towel to lie on, pillow, blanket, journal, pen, paper and sack lunch all to hand for your own comfort on the day.

Educational Materials needed – Please purchase my book, “Common Scents, A Practical Guide to Aromatherapy,” and the Flower Essence  Repertory from the Flower Essence Society!

My book Common Scents – Click here 15.00 regular price $18.95

Flower Essence Repertory – Click here the Flower Essence  Repertory 

For Previous Students  who have already attended the 1 day Introduction to Emotional Healing:

Join me for the 2 day Total Immersion Essential Emotional Healing  with Essential Oils & Flower Essences Workshop

11:00 am to 5:00pm (New York Time)

Any previous Emotional Healing Workshop student can avail of special discounts to attend further training or to refresh their knowledge & confidence – email us at: ruth@lorriehargis.com to be added to our waiting list and to receive special pricing!

* All Attendees must  have taken the Prerequisite – Intro to Essential Emotional Healing to attend the 2 day Total Immersion Workshop.

Don’t Forget Your Essentials, Use Your Common Scents,

Better Health and Happiness in Las Vegas,

Lorrie

lorrie@lorriehargis.com

Sore Throat – Aroma Gargling!

According to Mayo Clinic, “A sore throat is pain, scratchiness or irritation of the throat that often worsens when you swallow.

The most common cause of a sore throat (pharyngitis) is a viral infection, such as a cold or the flu. A sore throat caused by a virus resolves on its own.

A study suggests, “Aroma gargling can be utilized as an effective nursing intervention for decreasing thirst, halitosis, and sore throat for patients with spine surgery in clinical practice.”

  1.  In the study, essential oils of peppermint, tea tree, and lemon in a ratio 1:2:2 were used on patients
  2. Significant differences in the degrees of thirst, halitosis, and sore throat according to interaction between group and duration.
  3. In the comparison among 3 groups, aroma gargling provided better oral health by decreasing thirst, halitosis, and sore throat for patients with spine surgery.

Learn how to do aroma gargling with these 3 essential oils.

Aroma Sore Throat Gargle:

2 drops Lemon essential oil

2 drops Tea Tree essential oil

1 drop Peppermint essential oil

4Tbsps sea salt

1 glass of warm water.

Mix the sea salt and essential oils in a bowl. Place 1 tsp sea salt mixture in a glass and add warm water, continue to stir the water until the sea salt mixture has dissolved into the water. Then gargle twice daily or when the throat feels sore.

Contraindications: Do not use in pregnancy, lactation, or with children under 2 years of age.

Think zinc too, the latest study of the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found zinc as a cold remedy between 75mg and 100mg daily in zinc acetate lozenges, reduced the length of a cold by nearly 3 days- close to half the 7-day average. Here is zinc that you can take orally and zinc lozenges to use to soothe your throat.

Leave your comments below and let me know what you gargle with for a sore throat.

Hope this helps your sore throat.

Better Health and Happiness,

Lorrie

Is it a Cold or the Flu?

Signs of the common cold or the flu can be a little sniffle or cough.

How can you tell whether you have a cold or flu?

The most important thing is knowing the difference between a cold and the flu. The common cold is a viral infection of your upper respiratory tract (nose, nasal cavity, mouth, throat, and larynx). Most often caused by common human coronaviruses or rhinoviruses. The infection is typically harmless. A cold might last as little as a few days or as long as a couple of weeks.

Cold Symptoms include:

  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Congestion

Usually, with a cold, you might only have one, two, or all of these symptoms, and the severity can range from delicate sneeze to room-silencing hacking. While the common cold is unpleasant most people recover fairly quickly.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “common colds are the main reason that children miss school and adults miss work. Each year in the United States, millions of people get the common cold. Adults have an average of 2-3 colds per year, and children have even more.”

The flu, on the other hand, is more serious.
The flu, or influenza, is a dangerous and highly contagious disease caused by the influenza virus. Each year, the flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and results in thousands of deaths. Many flu symptoms are similar to cold symptoms. Flu symptoms are typically more severe. A cold might force you to tote a tissue box around for a few days, but the flu can leave you bedridden.

The difference between the cold and the flu is the high fever. The flu comes with a higher fever. Both cold and flu can lead to other health complications. The flu can lead to pneumonia and lung infections, and complications can lead to death. The flu you need to nip in the bud immediately when it comes on. More about that in my next blog post.

Common cold

Several different viruses can cause a cold, but rhinoviruses are the most common cause. Wash your hands often throughout cold and flu season. Essential oils such as eucalyptus, niaouli, ravintsara, and rosemary all contain a chemical constituent called Eucalyptol or 1.8 cineole that is known to help the body with viruses. When you start having some sniffles, runny or stuffed up nose, and feel a cold starting to come on, try these 3 healthy tips with these essential oils.

3 Healthy Tips with Essential Oils for the Common Cold

Runny or Stuffed up nose

Sinus Inhalation:

5 drops Eucalyptus globulous or Eucalyptus radiata essential oil

1 bowl warm water

1 towel

Bring water to boil, add essential oil. Then take off the stove. Place a towel over your head as you breathe in the vapors for 10 – 20 minutes three times daily.

Contraindications: Do not use Eucalyptus in pregnancy, lactation, and children under 10 years old. For children from 3-8 years of age use 1 drop of Ravintsara in 1 bowl of warm water.

Sore throat

Usually, a cold starts with a sore throat. You can immediately start with a throat gargle to help reduce the inflammation in the tonsils and throat.

Sore Throat gargle:

2 drops Lemon essential oil

2 drops Tea Tree essential oil

1 drop Peppermint essential oil

4Tbsps sea salt

1 glass of warm water.

Mix the sea salt and essential oils in a bowl. Place 1 tsp sea salt mixture in a glass and add warm water, continue to stir the water until the sea salt mixture has dissolved into the water. Then gargle twice daily or when the throat feels sore.

Contraindications: Do not use in pregnancy, lactation, or with children under 2 years of age.

Think zinc too, the latest study of the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found zinc as a cold remedy between 75mg and 100mg daily in zinc acetate lozenges, reduced the length of a cold by nearly 3 days- close to half the 7-day average. Here is zinc that you can take orally and zinc lozenges to use to soothe your throat.

Cough due to a Cold

Cough

 Coughs are common during a cold and are “productive” getting the germy mucus out of your lungs when you’re sick. Most will go away in a few days. After a cold, though, some “dry” cough lasts weeks or months because coughing irritates your lungs.

Dry Cough formulation:

8 drops Roman chamomile essential oil

8 drops Lemon essential oil

1oz. carrier oil (Almond or Apricot)

1oz. amber bottle

Place essential oils and carrier oil in an amber bottle. Roll the bottle between your hands to thoroughly mix the ingredients. Apply to chest, back, and corresponding reflex points on the hands and feet 3 times daily.

For Children’s formulations see my book, Common Scents, A Practical Guide to Aromatherapy.

Please feel free to ask questions at lorrie@lorriehargis.com

Better Health and Happiness,

Lorrie

It is important to monitor your symptoms. Talk to your doctor if symptoms don’t get better.

For more information on How I overcame Covid.

Sleeplessness due to Anxiety and Depression Case Study

Anna Owusu, Certified Aromatherapist

Title: The Use of Lavender Sleeplessness due to Depression and Anxiety

Introduction

Kristopher is a 92-year retired journalist.  He relocated to Lorton, Virginia from his hometown of Hayward, California three years ago to live with his daughter because of his ailing health. His former career allowed him to travel around the world and his good nature and gracious personality earned him many friends during his travels. Kristopher loves reading, a glass of fine wine occasionally, storytelling, and spending quality time with his family.

History

I was first introduced to Kristopher in June of 2017 as his home health care-giver. His family felt he needed a companion to be with him and help him with his daily upkeep while they were at work because of his declining health. He and I got along right from the beginning. Some of the things we had in common included a shared love for reading, appreciation of creative arts, and traveling.

My time with Kristopher was spent by helping him with his meal preparations, transporting him to his doctor’s appointments, Library, and senior recreational centers, reminding him to take his medications, and whatever assistance he needed to improve his quality of life.

The medications he was on included Atorvastatin (to treat high cholesterol levels), Lisinopril (to treat high blood pressure) Donepezil (to treat light dementia), and Latanoprost, Dorzolamide, Brimonidine eye drops to treat glaucoma in his right eye.

In the fall of 2017, Kristopher fell on his way to use the bathroom at night. He broke his right femur as a result of the fall and underwent an emergency hip replacement surgery.  The surgery was successful but the recovery took a toll on him physically, mentally, and emotionally. Daily physical therapy left him feeling exhausted and not being able to go out as he was used to. This left him feeling depressed and anxious. This new development greatly affected his sleep pattern, especially at night.

 It was at this point that I asked and was granted permission by his daughter to help him have a good night’s sleep with aromatherapy.

Essential Oil Selected

Essential OilsBotanical NameCountry of OriginName of SupplierBatch Number
Lavender(Lavandula angustifolia Mill.)FranceNature’s Sunshine17034

Details of Essential Oil Blend

5 drops of Lavender in a diffuser filled with water at bedtime

Rationale

I chose a single oil because of the client’s age and frail health. I did not want to shock or overwhelm him with different smells all at once.  I wanted to use an oil that was mild and safe and was not going to cause any contraindications with his health medications. I specifically chose lavender because the client’s favorite hand lotion contains lavender and I felt it will be a familiar and comforting smell for him.

The key chemical constituents of Linalool 39.1% and Linalyl acetate 36.2% (Tisserand & Young, 2014) found in Lavender, gives it its antidepressant and sedative properties (Lawless 2013). A study entitled “The Effect of Aromatherapy

on Sleep Quality of Elderly People Residing in a Nursing Home” done by (Faydali & Cetinkaya, 2018) revealed that there was an improvement in the quality of sleep quality of nursing home residents who inhaled lavender oil drops on their pillows every evening for a week before sleeping.

Client Response to Treatment:

The client responded very well to the treatment. The floral, sweet, and clean smell of Lavender proved to be relaxing and calming for him. His restlessness and anxiety gave way to relaxation and sleep a few minutes after he inhaled the aromatic treatment. The treatment was administered for a week. This helped to get him back on a sleep schedule. After the first week, aromatic treatment was given as needed.

Conclusion and Reflection

The use of Lavender essential oil proved to be an effective treatment for sleeplessness as a result of depression and anxiety in an elderly client.  As a result of the client being able to get a good night’s sleep, his recovery drastically improved.

 He had more energy for physical therapy and the symptoms of his anxiety became minimized.  I also introduced the playing of` soothing, relaxing, and meditative music in the background during his bedtime. This has helped greatly in setting his mood for a goodnight’s sleep.

This case study has been very rewarding for me as I saw first-hand how single oil can be so instrumental in making such a huge difference in a person’s life. Less is truly more when it comes to Essential oils and the power each oil possesses cannot be exaggerated.

References

Faydali. S & Cetinkaya F. (2018) The Effect of Aromatherapy on Sleep Quality of Elderly People Residing in a Nursing Home. (Abstract)   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29210873

Lawless. J, (2013) The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils. San Francisco, CA: Conari Press. Pg.122

Tisserand. R & Young R (2014) Essential Oil Safety. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. Pg. 326

Thank you to Anna for allowing us to share this case study with you.

5 Ways to Slide into Autumn with Optimal Health

The changing of seasons has an impact on your body. Autumn has many things to offer us from picking out our pumpkin to getting out our sweaters, it is a season to enjoy. The thing that it brings is the change of temperature and its effects on your health.

Here are some effects that Autumn can have on the body and the 5 ways to combat it.

  1. Are you feeling depressed ?

Keep your endorphins up by sniffing essential oils known to boost the mood such, as Orange, Bergamot, Lime, or Lemon essential oils due to their high content of limonene and Pine to its high content in pinene! 

2. Experiencing more aches and pains?

Feel achier when Autumn hits? Research shows that joint pain is influenced by weather conditions. Reduce your pain with an Orange and Ginger Massage.

3. Trouble with Allergies?

According to LiveScience.com ragweed allergies are the worst in Autumn also mold spores are more prevalent in the air due to decaying leaves and other vegetation falling to the ground which worsens the allergy conditions. This causes inflammation in the sinuses and bronchial. Alleviate your allergies with the anti-inflammatory properties of Peppermint oil. Peppermint Inhalation – 5 drops Peppermint in a bowl of hot water. Drape a towel over your head and place your head above the bowl and breathe in the vapors of the steam for 5 minutes twice daily. Do not use in pregnancy or with children under 3 years of age.

4. Lack of Energy?

SAD just doesn’t affect your mood it affects your energy. Seasonal Affective Disorder not only makes you feel depressed, but it can also cause you to feel sluggish and agitated. If you are feeling this way then the herb Ashwagandha, known as the Ayurvedic Rejuvenator can help you.

5. Higher Risk of Getting Sick?

As the temperatures drop in Autumn and you are spending more indoors, you’re at risk of coming down with a cold or the flu. Build your immune system with the antiviral and antibacterial properties of essential oils. Learn How to Make a Protecting Essential Oil Spray with my video.

As you see Essential Oils and Herbs are the perfect tools for you to Slide through Autumn.

Find out how you can help yourself with SAD by having a FREE 30-minute session with Lorrie –

https://lorriehargisinternationalschoolofaromatherapy.setmore.com

Restore your Emotional Well-Being Now!

Transgenerational Healing
with Essential Oils & Flower Essences

Learn How to Have…..

Awareness and understanding of yourself

A Calming and Soothing Presence

Loving Relationships

Recognition and Acceptance between your thoughts and external events

Inner Balance Maintaining Harmony and Joy

Powerful Concentration and Determination

Freedom and Flexibility Security within one’s self

For attending: You will receive 5 CE’s approved by the NAHA due to the Lorrie Hargis, Registered Aromatherapist; a NAHA Educator and the Lorrie Hargis International School of Aromatherapy NAHA approved.

Prerequisite – Introduction to Emotional Healing with Essential Oils & Flower Essences – 1 Day Workshop

Join our Common Scents Community and learn more about essential oils and have special discounts on all workshops, classes, and programs here: https://www.lorriehargis.com/members/join-csc/

Please contact lorrie@lorriehargis.com if you have any queries or would like more information.

Breath of Life – the ability to take life in!

Ancient spiritual and physical practices use breathing exercises. Yoga combines prana or pranayama (life force or breath) with asanas or postures. Qigong from China uses breath to move qi or life force, energy throughout the body.


Psychotherapists heal emotional trauma by using breathing techniques (Ley 1999). Breathe enhances healing from cancer and chronic diseases (Manon et al.2003). From the beginning of time breathing has been part of the birthing process. In the 1970s women started using Lamaze breathing techniques to focus and breathe for each stage of labor.


Concentrated breathing cycles in meditation brings the life force into your cells
Breath with movement stimulates your muscles, organs, cells, and neurotransmitters. It balances hormones and keeps you youthful. Increased brainpower, elevated moods are benefits of movement with breath.


It also can help you to stay calm and relax when feeling stressed, tense, or pressured. Breathing is a way to nurture yourself. The military teaches a breathing technique when they get into a critical situation. This technique is belly breathing which is one of the breaths I use daily. Inhale life and exhale to let go is a great way for you to start using breathing techniques. I would like to share one of the many ways to use your breath to stop stress, tension, pressure, and pain. As soon as you feel any of these things coming on use this breath.


You also can use it to help you focus and stay in the present thus making you more productive in your daily life.


One Minute Mindful Breathing Daily Practice
1. Sit in a comfortable position with the spine straight
2. Feet flat on the floor
3. Close your eyes
4. Breath in through the nose like you are sniffing a rose
5. Breath out through the mouth like you are blowing out a dandelion
6. Continue this breathing for at least 1 minute building up to 3 minutes
7. If any thoughts come in let them go with the breath

Give this a try and let me know how you do with it. Please share with me what kind of breathing techniques you use. I love to learn.

Learn how to use this Mindful breathing technique with Emotional Healing.
Click here

Reference:

Ley, R. 1999, The modification of breathing behavior. Pavlovian and operant control in emotion and cognition. Behavior modification 23 (3) :441-79

Manon, R. R., Patel, T. Zhang, D. Henderson, W. Tome, J. Fenwick, B. Paliwal, and M. Mehta. 2003 CT based analysis of free-breathing vs. maximum inspiratory breath-hold techniques for 3-D conformal radiation therapy and intensity radiation therapy in lung cancer: A potential basis for dose-escalation. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics 57 (2 Suppl.) : S417