Optimism in the face of world challenges: Geranium essential oil & Scotch broom flower essence

March Health Forecast: How to Use Geranium Essential Oil for Liver Stress !

As we move into March, I sense a vibrant, green energy that embodies the essence of Spring. The winds of March are ever-changing. One day, they are slight and warm the next day strong and cold. Strong winds carrying pollen can cause sinus problems and headaches. The weather can change rapidly from sunny and bright to cloudy with rainfall or snow in just a few moments. This fluctuation in energetic weather patterns can affect our emotions and well-being. Stress, anxiety, insecurity, and mood swings can occur due to these rapid changes.  Extreme temperature changes can make it difficult for our body to adjust, compromising our immune system and making us more susceptible to viruses. For thousands of years, Traditional Chinese Medicine has claimed that we are a microcosm in the macrocosm and that our internal environment must constantly adapt to the external environment. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, spring is associated with the Liver, the color green, and the element of Wood. As we transition from Winter to Spring, let us focus on the Liver and its importance for our health. It is a well-known fact that stress affects all organs in our body, but it tends to impact the liver first. According to Columbia University, the liver is the largest solid organ in the body. It is
located beneath the rib cage in the right upper abdomen and performs hundreds of vital functions. The liver removes toxins from the body & blood supply, maintains healthy blood sugar levels, and regulates blood clotting, among other important functions. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, liver stress can cause allergies, indigestion, headaches, and shoulder pain. On an emotional level, Liver stress and blocked emotions are the most common causes of “stuck Liver qi” in our society. Anger, frustration, sadness, hopelessness, and depression can all result from stuck Liver qi, and when not expressed or dealt with appropriately, can also cause our Liver qi to stagnate further and lead to other symptoms.
To help reduce stress on your Liver, I suggest using Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens L. Hér.) oil. It has a green, rosy, sweet, and flowery aroma, and its color is pale green. Geranium possesses properties that can fight against viruses, bacteria, and inflammation, and it also has antiseptic properties.
Due to its antiviral properties, Geranium is effective for treating Herpes Simplex I, which is a common viral infection that can cause painful blisters or ulcers on or around the mouth (oral herpes or cold sores). Herpes Simplex I virus lies dormant in the nerve cells of the spinal cord, and certain triggers like stress or foods high in L-arginine can cause cold sores to appear.
Here is what I do when I feel a cold sore coming on:
First, I apply  15 drops of Geranium essential oil in Rose hips oil neat to the area of the cold sore using a cotton tip or cotton pad. I repeat this at least three times a day.
Before using the Geranium essential oil blend, please perform a patch skin test to ensure that you will not have any allergic reactions.
It will help dry up the cold sore, release stress, and prevent virus reactivation.
Contraindications- Do not use in pregnancy, nursing, children under 3 years of age, or if you have allergies to Geranium.
To use Geranium for viruses like the flu, you can combine it with Lemon essential oil in a steam inhalation. Mix 5 drops of Geranium and 5 drops of Lemon in 32 oz hot water. Boil the water, remove it from heat, and pour it into a glass bowl. Add the essential oils to the bowl and cover your head with a towel. Inhale the steam from the solution for 3 to 5 minutes: 3 times daily to break up mucus in the nose, throat, and lungs, as well as kill the virus.
Contraindications- Do not use in pregnancy, nursing, or children under 3 years of age. One or two drops of each essential oil for children  4 -8 years of age. 3 drops of each essential oil for children 9 -12 years of age
“When liver qi stagnation leads to emotional symptoms like hopelessness and depression, I use a blend of Geranium essential oil and Scotch Broom flower essence. Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius) has bright yellow flowers and strongly angled green stems growing in areas of France and California, where its sweet fragrance is evident. However, it can also become invasive and take over. When feeling weighed down and depressed, we may become pessimistic, hopeless, and full of despair, especially in our relationship with world events. The flower essence of Scotch broom depicts these feelings. Scotch Broom brings sun-like forces of caring, encouragement, and purpose, filling us with optimism for the future.
How can I blend Geranium essential oil and Scotch broom flower essence to help with feelings of hopelessness and depression?
Hope Formulation:
23 drops of Geranium essential oil
4 drops of Scotch Broom flower essence
1oz. of Apricot oil
1oz. Roller ball bottle
Place essential oil and flower essence into the 1oz roller ball bottle. Add the Apricot oil. Roll the bottle between your hands to thoroughly mix the essential oil into the bottle. Tap the bottom of the bottle to ignite the energy of the flower essence into the formulation.
Apply to the Liver meridian acupoint L3 located on top of the foot in the hollow at the junction of the first and second toes three times daily.
Contraindications- Do not use in pregnancy, nursing, or children under 3 years of age. If pregnant or nursing or under 3 years of age use only 4 drops of Scotch broom flower essence. For children 4-8 years of age 4 to 6 drops of Geranium essential oil with 4 drops of Scotch broom flower essence. For children 9 – 12 years of age 12 drops of Geranium essential oil with 4 drops of Scotch broom flower essence
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