Fall 2018 Essential Oil Blends

In Chinese Medicine, seasonal transitions are important times of the year for rebalancing health. It is said that if you get acupuncture during the change of season, imbalances that lead to illnesses are less likely to manifest. The change of season affects the body’s Central Energy, Zhong Qi, (Qi = Energy) because Central Qi rebalances and recalibrates the body for the different environmental influences of the next phase. Secondarily, the body’s Defensive Qi, Wei Qi, which loosely correlates to the immune and upper respiratory system, also plays a role in adjusting to seasonal change and is similarly affected.

At the end of a long, hot, humid and slow summer our bodies are trying to expel the hot and humid residue of the season and step into a drier, faster pace with fall. In Chinese Medicine, the Lung Qi becomes active in the fall. The dryness typical of fall energy impacts the functioning of the Lung Qi. The past several years have presented us with an extended summer, as well as an overlapping of excess heat and humidity over the natural cool and dry energetics of fall, resulting in a longer allergy season in late September and early October. The fluctuating climate, from typical cool and dry days, alternating with hot humid summer days, combined with the high pollen count can create an environment where the already sensitized lungs and upper respiratory tract easily become inflamed.

I have created two essential oil blends, available for purchase in the office, to help soothe and nourish the Lung energetics for this relatively new early to mid-autumn pattern. The blends can be customized for each patient’s individual symptoms.

For adults, we start with Niaouli, an aromatic Australian myrtle, which soothes, cools and calms inflammation in the lungs. It combines well with Oakmoss, a lichen extract, which nourishes the lung fluids and resolves latent congestion. Finally, Orange is added for its ability to soothe the spirit and balance Central Qi.

For children, Rosalina, another Australian myrtle, with a gentle aroma and action, is more subtly calming for children. I have paired it with Tangerine, because it is gentler than Orange and thus more appropriate for children.  A touch of Cardamom is also added to strengthen the delicate digestion of children.

Adult Blend: Niaouli 50%, Oakmoss 30%, Tangerine 30%, Orange 20%

Children’s Blend: Rosalina 50%, Tangerine 30%, Cardamom 20%

For acute conditions apply a stronger dilution, up to 8% for adults, and 6% for children. For everyday us, a 6% dilution for adults and 4% dilution for children is suitable. Custom blends can also be created for patients when they have a treatment with me.

I hope you enjoy the new blends this fall season,

Ioana Boambes 

Essential Oil Blend for Winter

Warm the Joints Blend

  • 8 drops of Orange
  • 12 drops Carrot
  • 14 drops Ginger
  • 6 drops Cinnamon
  • Almond Oil base (10mL bottle)

This soothing blend nourishes the blood and warms the channels to ward off cold in the joints.  Apply to the spine at Du 14 and Du 4, which are located on the spine where the neck meets the shoulders, and on the spine in the low back region.  It can also be applied to the ankles and wrists and anywhere you feel stiffness or cold in the joints.  Apply 2 to 3 times a day and enjoy.  The blend is also available at our clinic.

Spring Allergy Essential Oil Remedy

  • German Chamomile – 14 drops
  • Lavender – 6 drops
  • Eucalyptus – 7 drops

Mix with 10 ml of sweet almond oil.

Apply to chest, behind ears, the back of the neck and in the fleshy area on the acupuncture point between the thumb and forefinger. Use a small amount, apply 2 to 3 times per day.

Winter Bath

  • 1 Cup bath sea salt
  • 1 tbsp almond oil or 2 tbsp whole milk
  • 3 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 – 2 drops ginger essential oil
  • Mix together.

Here is a simple recipe for a winter hot soak. It will keep you warm and healthy all winter long. The sea salt bath gives our bodies much needed minerals. The sweet orange and lavender calm the nervous system and release tension. The ginger warms the muscles and relieves pain. The oil or milk acts as an emulsifying agent.

Scar Ointment (for New Scars)

Nelson’s Calendula Cream with Hypericum (the cuts and scrapes formulation):

Add 10 drops of helichrysum essential oil (purchased separately- Sunrose is a good brand) per ounce of ointment.  Mix thoroughly.  Apply to the affected area twice daily and avoid sun exposure to the affected area