Ways To Use Aromatherapy

November 19th, 2015 by Natalie Rogers

I get asked many times how people can take advantage of aromatherapy and essential oils, but they don’t have a diffuser or are not allowed to use a diffuser where they work or study. Using a diffuser is not the only way to get the benefits of using essential oils. There are multiple ways to use aromatherapy as part of your daily life so I am going to go over these with you.

Plug In Diffuser
Plug in diffusers are a popular choice to use with essential oils while you are at home. It consists of a housing unit where you put a specific amount of water, and sometimes an additional piece to put drops of essential oils onto. If it doesn’t, than drop the oils directly I to the water. Diffusers break down the essential oils into tiny particles and disperse them into the air so you breathe in the benefits. Some diffusers can run up to 8 hours continuously and can have on/off timer settings. There are also ones that have multiple color changing lights so it can be used as a night light.

Diffuser Jewelry
Diffuser jewelry can be necklaces, bracelets, earrings, keychain, etc… They consist of an absorbent material to put drops of essential oils onto so you can have the benefits wherever you go. Most necklaces are either a locket style with a felt pad inside which holds the essential oil, or terracotta clay pendants which absorb the oil also. Bracelets and other jewelry items usually consist of terracotta clay beads or lava rock beads, which are also absorbent and stylish.

Bath Salts
Many people make batches of Epsom salts with essential oils in them and other beneficial oils such as coconut oil or olive oil. This is a great way to relax and take a hot bath and ease sore muscles. Baths is also a popular way of doing spiritual aromatherapy.

Body Butters / Lotions / Creams / Salves / Balms
There are many DIY people making everyday body care products using essential oils as an easier way for application. You are indulging your skin with moisture as well as getting benefits from the essential oils. It is also an easier way to travel with essential oils being more portable in this form.

Car Air Freshener
Sometimes you need a boost or pick-me-up while in the car or traveling long distances. A great way to do this is attach some ribbon to a clothes pin and clip it onto the air conditioning vents. The air will run across the ribbon and act like a diffuser in the car. There are also specific diffusers that are designed to plug into your car. Have an odor in your car? Make your own febreeze and spray down the seats and floors!

I hope these give you more options and ideas on how you can get the benefits of using your essential oils no matter where you are!


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Diffusing Spiritual Awareness

October 6th, 2015 by Natalie Rogers

I think it’s safe to say that many people get very excited when they purchase their first essential oils and they are very eager to start diffusing or making products for themselves. So they scour the internet in search of awesome DIY recipes and blends that have a very appealing aroma. I must admit, I did the exact samething when I bought my very first diffuser and essential oils from the store. It wasn’t until I diffused a blend I found on Pinterest that was for the Fall season of the year, that I first experienced a mental/emotional effect. This specific blend smelt absolutely wonderful, it really did. But, after a few minutes of diffusing it I started to feel really upset, angry, and just so down right negative. Needless to say, that diffuser was shut off and emptied and I never used that blend again. Nothing was going on that day or at that moment of time to make me feel that way.

When I started taking the Gritman Aromatherapy Certification course, I was told about how essential oils not only have physical properties, but also have spiritual properties to it also. Certain essential oils can trigger all sorts of feelings. Everything from anger and hatefulness, to a state of euphoria and sexually aroused. When people diffuse essential oils, they are usually not thinking about this level of effect. The most I see on the internet lately that has anything to do with mental effects is using essential oils to go from a depressed or sad state of mind to a happy state of mind or uplifted mood.

So I wanted to address some “common” essential oils that I see in popular blends and the spiritual uses that they have. So if you diffuse something, or topically use an essential oil blend and then have a sudden mood change, then you know why.
Peru Balsam (Myroxylon pereirae)
This is a popular essential oil used topically and also aromatically. Topically it is generally used to help with skin conditions such as rashes and eczema. People like to diffuse this essential oil in blends to help with stress and anxiety.
Spiritual uses: This essential oil is used to bring up anger in ones self which is caused by a past trauma and to rid the energy field of the negative energy you are holding on to. When the person becomes angry, they need to work through this anger to understand it (safely of course) so they can become at peace with what happened and regain control of how they are feeling towards the specific event.

Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
A popular essential oil used in fall and autumn diffusing blends. Usually people use this essential oil for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. When diffusing this essential oil or using it in a blend, if the person around the aroma has any repressed anger issues, this emotion can be brought up to the surface while exposed to it, or even later on that day. The essential oil helps to release this rage from the energy field.

Cajeput (Melaleuca minor)
This essential oil is used a lot for muscular pain and also diffused to refreshen the air and to clear the mind. But spiritually, this essential oil is used to help clear negative energy from sexual abuse. It can bring up the anger and shame from the traumatic event. It helps you to work through the emotional damage that has been done.


Before just diffusing any essential oils, I advise you to look into all the types of uses for the specific oils you plan to use. How can they make you feel? Can they make you sad? Can they make you feel angry? What state of mind do you want to be in or stay in while diffusing? Gritman does a fantastic job at listing the spiritual and emotional uses for every essential oil that they carry. Essential oils are delicate, but also very powerful, both physically and mentally. You might be diffusing for the intention of a wonderful smelling room for the holidays, or to help clear the air of odor, but you could also be doing other things as well that can directly effect you and others around you without realizing it. I hope this article helps you to understand the uses of essential oils a bit more than just for physical ailments. I encourage you to research more BEYOND what you are told or see on Pinterest or other social media platforms and not become afraid of using essential oils.


Winter Is Coming…

October 5th, 2015 by Natalie Rogers

Most people look forward to Fall and Winter because you get to wear the cute outfits, scarves, sweaters, boots, and sip on those delicious Pumpkin Spice lattes. But what we don’t look forward to is the onset of catching colds and getting sick from the season change. We constantly blow our runny noses in tissues that we have stashed in our pockets, we want to enjoy the holiday scents of candles and cookie baking but we can’t because our nose is so clogged and stuffy. We stock the cabinets of medicines to ease the fevers and aches and pains. We put tissue boxes in every room of the house and crank up the heater. Getting sick during the most busiest holiday season can really put a damper on enjoying things. But it doesn’t have to!

Using essential oils and natural products during the Fall and Winter season can tremendously make a difference in avoiding getting sick, or easing the discomforts after getting sick. But what do you use you might ask. Well, I am here to tell you! In this article I will go over some of the Gritman essential oils and a few of the other products available so you have a head start on what to do.

***Please research the warnings/Contraindications of each essential oil so you know if it is safe for you to use or not.***

Baby Sniffles
This is a wonderful blend that was formulated by Amy here at Gritman. It contains Eucalyptus, Ravensara, Nerolina, and Lavender in a carrier of Echinacea Maceration. This special blend is great for babies and children alike as it helps relieve little sore runny noses all while boosting their immune system so when you are out and about it will also help protect them from catching germs from other people. If the baby or child is already sick, you can still use this blend to help open the sinus’ to make it easier for them to breathe and not be all stuffy and nasally. The way to use this blend is very simple. You can apply to the back of neck and behind the ears but be very careful not to get it into the babies eyes. You can also put a drop or two onto a q-tip and apply to the end of the nose to help heal the dry cracked skin. To boost immune system, add one drop to the bath water during bath time.

Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
Oh sweet orange, how I love sweet orange. Already a favorite essential oil amongst many people, sweet orange is also great to use to avoid getting sick and also for after getting sick. Sweet orange has antiseptic and bactericidal properties so it is great to diffuse to get rid of airborne germs. Sweet orange is a great essential oil to use as a lymphatic stimulant. Our lymphatic system is a very important part of our immune system. It is made up of lymphatic vessels which carry a clear fluid throughout the body towards the heart called “lymph”. All these vessels are connected to what we know as lymph nodes and this is where lymph is filtered out. Our tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus are part of this lymphatic system. When these lymph nodes get enlarged and swollen, it usually means your body is fighting off an infection and has a blockage. So how sweet orange helps, is that it stimulates your lymphatic system to help push through this blockage so it can continue to filter lymph and pass the the toxins and drain.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Another favorite of essential oil users is Tea Tree oil. Tea Tree oil is widely used for many different ailments. It is a great essential oil to use for coughs and to open the sinus’. It has great bacterial, fungal, and viral properties and can be used to clean with to disinfect surfaces. Tea Tree oil will help boost your immune system and can prevent you from catching the flu and cold.

Eucalyptus 80/85 (Eucalyptus globulus)
This essential oil is a popular “go-to” when people are sick. It can help with many ailments such as sore muscles, disinfecting the air, respiratory infections, fever, etc. The reason this eucalyptus has 80/85 behind it means that the essential oil has been rectified so that the cineole (eucalyptol) is increased from the crude up to 78% and rectified up to 85%. This process increases the scent of the oil. This essential oil can help with pain, coughs, bronchitis, and pain and inflammation of the sinus’, as well as respiratory infections.

Cold & Flu Chest Rub
This is a wonderful product made here at Gritman that is similar to Vick’s Vapor Rub, but an all natural version. This product is ready to use when you purchase it and is a wonderful combination of shea butter, eucalyptus dives, rosemary, camphor, and peppermint. All you have to do is apply to your chest and breathe in the lovely aroma. This chest rub will help you fight off sneezing and sniffling symptoms of the typical cold or flu.

Written by: Natalie Rogers

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Essential Oils During Medieval Europe And The Renaissance

October 5th, 2015 by Natalie Rogers

Essential Oils During Medieval Europe And The Renaissance
Written by: Natalie Rogers

In the 12th century, aromatherapy was introduced from the East during the Crusades by physicians who were alongside the Arabs during this time. The knights were the ones responsible for gaining knowledge about medicinal plants and essential oils from the Arabs and bringing that knowledge back to Europe with them. They also learned how to obtain these essential oils during the process of which we know today as “distillation”. The Europeans were already aware of native plants such as lavender, thyme, and rosemary but now had the knowledge on how to distill the plant material to obtain the plant essences. Essential oils during this time were very expensive and not known to be available to average families. They were mostly used by the upper-class families. During the Middle Ages, many people fell ill due to diseases such as dysentery, scurvy, smallpox, leprosy, pneumonia, St. Vitus’ Dance, and St. Anthony’s Fire. During the 14th century, the Black Plague struck Europe’s population. The Black Plague was a devastating pandemic that resulted in the deaths of more than 20 million people over five years. During this time, physicians only knew as much as the patients they were trying to treat. All they knew was that it spread quickly, and it killed. Many families turned to burning incense such as rosemary and pine. The incense was also burned outside in the streets in the hopes of protecting people from the deadly disease. When people would need to go outside of their homes, they would douse handkerchiefs with essential oils and cover their faces with them to help prevent getting sick. This is where many believe that the “Thieves” essential oil blend started. In the late 1400’s, a noteworthy Swiss physician named Paracelsus started having success with curing leprosy. At this time, distillation of essential oils have grown beyond just lavender, thyme, and rosemary. Now it was including sage, frankincense, rose, and juniper. Paracelsus is credited as the one who coined the term “quintessence”. Unfortunately, Paracelsus was punished for his success and banned from the profession. When the 1700’s rolled around, Europes population had dramatically increased which also led to the increase of poor hygiene and worsened sanitary conditions. It was then that doctors started to carry essential oils in their medical kits. During this time, the perfumery industry also was booming and was prosperous. By the 19th century, scientists were beginning to study essential oils and isolating major constituents and finding out exactly how and why these essential oils were able to benefit and help many people.

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Anise Seed the Woman’s Oil and Why Men Should Know About It

February 13th, 2015 by Meg Shehad

anisedrawingThere are many anise scented oils. These include anise seed, star anise, anise mint maceration, anise raven, fennel, tarragon, and some basils. The chemical that is scented like anise is called anethole. Anise seed oil can be up to 90% anethole. Anethole is thought to stimulate estrogen. Interesting fact is that Anatolia (anethole is derived for this word) is the peninsula of land that today constitutes the Asian portion of Turkey. Because of its location at the point where the continents of Asia and Europe meet, Anatolia was, from the beginnings of civilization, a crossroads for numerous peoples migrating or conquering from either continent. Anatolia is considered the home of the Goddess. Isn’t is amazing that anethole found in all licorice or anise scented oils helps support the female reproduction system. Women with cancers that are estrogen stimulated like some breast cancers must avoid anise oils. While a lactating mother will enjoy using anise, as it stimulates her milk flow. Here at Gritman, we have formulated a blend that is called Got Milk for lactating mothers.

For many women it is a love it or hate it oil. When any one has this reaction to an oil. I tell them it means you need that oil. When you love it, it means that you are on good terms with your goddess nature. If you hate it, you are not on good terms with your goddess nature. Here is the thing that all men need to  know. If a woman loves the scent of anise, it can be a powerful oil of arousal. Men often complain that it takes too much to arouse their female partner. If they use anise, arousing them will be much more simple. Drop a few drops on her pillow or diffuse into the room. A relaxing bath with anise  can also speed the process of seduction. Women tend to enjoy sex more when the anise scent is present. What if she doesn’t like anise? Then of course you will not want to use it. Jasmine or Damiana would be a better choice.

Since menstrual disorders, PMS, and menopausal problems are known to be caused generally by an underproduction of estrogen and an overproduction of progesterone,  introducing anise oil would help balance the system and improve health. Progesterone levels surge directly before the menses, and then drop dramatically, with a rise in estrogen levels during the bleeding cycle. For women having difficulty with starting their period, anise supports the menstrual flow. Now because of this anise oils should be avoided during pregnancy because the high levels of progesterone at this time help the baby to grow well. With the birth of the child, anise is used to support the breast feeding mother.

Endometriosis may also have an estrogen based trigger, so it is important to remove anise from these women. Although there is no study that I can find that reports anise supports estrogen production in the body, there is too much discussion from chemists and biologists that anise does seem to induce estrogen responses. When I see this kind of information, I feel it is best to err on the side of caution until we get more definitive proof.

Here is another fact. Anise scented oils can help a men who are going through male menopause. Although men do not loose their hormonal production as quickly as women, men can and do feel the effects of diminished testosterone. As women can find anise arousing so can men. As women can get support to their sexual reproductive organs so can men.

Spiritual signature of anise seed is about supporting you to see the pain or the things you do not like. It wants you to know that you are not alone and support is there for you. There is also evidence that anise oil is a natural pain killer. It will help in reducing pain in individuals struggling with rheumatism, arthritis as well as joint pain. Anise oil detoxes as will as enhancing blood circulation. The antispasmodic qualities of anise oil can be useful for reducing pain within the muscles and pains brought on by spasms. Anise reduces pain in the body both physically and energetically.

There is some research done on Fennel oil which also has anethole in it. The research wanted to see if anethole would help improve thrombosis or blood clots within blood vessels. The research was named  “Protective effect of Foeniculum vulgare essential oil as well as anethole in the experimental model of thrombosis” by Tognolini M, Ballabeni V, Bertoni S, Bruni R, Impicciatore M, Barocelli E. They discovered that both Fennel essential oil as well as anethole (100 mg kg(-1) oral administration) offered substantial safety toward ethanol induced gastric lesions in rats. They concluded that anethole was  antithrombotic as well as being clot destabilizing with vasorelaxant action.

This study brings up an important issue, that of ingesting oils. Anise has long been known for its digestive support. This relates to the herbal qualities of the seeds. The essential oil of Anise is almost totally anethole, an ether. Ethers are big phenols and just as phenols are difficult digest so are ethers. Herbally they support digestion while the essential oil is difficult to digest. The liver can become taxed breaking down the anethole so that it becomes water soluble. I appreciate the results of this study, but as a qualified aromatherapist I can not support the ingestion of this oil. It would be better to ingest the seeds themselves.

As you can see Anise Oil can be important to the health and well being of men and women if used safely. Anise seed has a very pleasant aphrodisiac effect. We all need a little more anise and pleasure in our life.



A Summer Cold – What To Do?

September 18th, 2014 by Meg Shehad

Out of the blue we find ourselves having symptoms of a cold and it is hot summer. With all the tools we here at Gritman to help avoid this kind of thing, you would imagine we would be on top of this. We get busy and think we can just move through it as our noses become inflamed and our throats begin to feel sore. Then our six year old here seems to be symptom free which makes us think this is no big deal, but the adults are getting hit big time with this thing. What to do?

The first thing that we do is take tea tree. One drop every hour for 24 hours or until feeling better. This will tend to get most sore throats. The next thing we do is take an Immune Boosting bath. It can be the blend Immune Booster or any of the phenolic oils.

Oregano, Basil, Thyme, Cinnamon, Cassia Bark, Clove, Allspice, Birch, Wintergreen, Cayenne, Garlic, Onion ( do not take these oils internally)

These oils are the spicy hot oils that one must use a carrier or the skin will burn. These oils will rev up the immune system as well as nervous system and why they are also considered anti-depressants.  How many drops do you put in the bath? We can put a lot. 30-60 drops especially if we are feeling bad. The water is as hot as we can stand. You may need a fixed or fatty oil like olive oil to stop any stinging. Hydrate, hydrate, as you are even sweating while in the bath. If you used a fatty oil, be careful getting out of the tub and make sure that your tub can tolerate oils. Any plastic coated tub will be damaged by the oils. Any imperfections in your marble tub can be discolored over time with the use of oils.

Once out of the tub we wrap ourselves in towels, climb on the bed, wrap up in blankets, and sweat. Sweating is a wonderful thing to do especially after an essential oil bath. This is often all you need to do to break the cold or flu cycle. We may have been late in getting this process started, but it seemed to be working and then this thing just did not want to go away.

Now what do you do? Do not stop the baths. Changing the oils you are using is good. Stay hydrated and cut back on your work load. Take it easy. Colds can get your nose inflamed and mucus starts. The classic runny nose. Now it is time to start smelling or diffusing

Ginger, Eucalyptus, PeppermintTexas Cedarwood.

Most people choose Eucalyptus 80/85 but for children or elderly this is a bad choice. For any one with impaired lung function, the 80/85 may be too strong. Our Eucalyptus of choice is the Gully Gum. There is cineole, the eucalyptus smelling chemical, plus lots of terpenes which are good antivirals in the Gully Gum. It is a great over all choice.

The nose thing seems to be settling down, but now it seems to be going into the lungs. This stuff really seems to want to linger. Now what do you do? I was not about to let it get into my lungs, so I started smelling Texas Cedarwood, but it just wasn’t doing the job and I switched to Cedar Leaf Thuja. I smell the bottles, but you can diffuse into the air also. Lou made the mistake of just smelling it a little. I smelled the Cedar Leaf for almost an hour until I felt my lungs clear. I was mostly free of it settling in my lungs. There was some mucus but I continued with the Cedar Leaf and Texas Cedarwood and no infection and now it is gone. There was a lingering cough. Usually I use Spike Lavender rubbed on the throat and this stops a cough but not this time. We found that Peppermint taken internally and allowed to roll down the throat stopped the cough within a few minutes.  The sore throat tried to come back again and I continued with the tea tree.

The other thing that I noticed with this virus was that my eyes began to emit mucus and my eyes seemed clued to my face upon waking. Now what to do? Essential oils are not safe for the eyes. I started using Foraha. Foraha is both essential oil and fixed oil. It is amazing with viral and bacterial infections. I did not want to get infected eyes, so I started putting the Foraha around the eyes. Care must be taken not to get the Foraha into the eyes as it will sting. If it does get into the eyes, lightly blot with a tissue. I did this for a few days. Then started using rose creme around the eyes to keep the area moist and pain free. Eyes started to get better. While Lou did not, one of his eyes is swollen and we are having to deal with the infection. I have been able to stay at work and continue although slow at times.

Sometimes we can get these nasty colds, but with persistence, we can stay relatively healthy and active. Sometimes our old and true oils will not work as well as they use to, so not to worry. There are many many more oils out there and one of them will work. The more aggressive we are with the treatment; the better the results will be. Here is to health and well being.


Energy Clearing Your Animals with Essential Oils

January 16th, 2014 by Meg Shehad

Energy Clearing of a Horse Video

It is the end of the year and time to let go of the old and bring in the new. We often forget that our beloved pets need some help with releasing old emotional energy that they get from us humans and from just living their lives. Many animals get illness or just run into traffic when they become overburdened with energetic debris. We may know that they are doing this because they love us, but many do not know how to clear their animals. Dogs and horses response best to essential oils. Cats and birds need very special procedures. I am going to talk about dogs and horses today.

What is energy clearing? This is often hard for us to understand because we are dealing with what we cannot see. We all have an energy field around us. The Earth also has an energy field around it and is often described as a electromagnetic field. Humans, dogs, and horses also have electromagnetic fields. You cannot see it just like you cannot see air. We know it is there. Describe air. Hopefully you cannot see it, but you know it is there as you breathe it in and out. Energy is like air and is all around us even though we cannot see it.

If we clear this energy field and keep it healthy, we can increase the health and vibrancy of our dogs and horses. These animals are sensitive to energy and to their personal needs. It is important not to use any essential oil that they do not like. Dogs and horses know quickly if the essential oil will help them. There are exceptions and this is for traumatized or mentally damaged dogs and horses often found in rescues. They will need special handling. The oils can be very helpful for them, but they will probably not like the very oils that will help them the most.

Here is a list of oils that can be used in clearing. Choose the one you feel will be appropriate. Notice that energy clearing is also used with physical conditions.

Once you have selected the oil, drop a few drops onto your palms and rub together. Present the oils to the horse. If the horse moves his head towards the oils, it is giving its approval. If it moves its head away from the oil, it is not giving approval and you need to try a different oil. If the animal is having a hard time accepting the oil, suspect trauma of some kind that needs to be cleared.

Before clearing imagine a way of disposing of the energy debris that you will be clearing away. This can be hard for some because you can’t see it. You are just imagining and this can make some feel weird. I always tell people that this is when you need to pull out your little kid and allow yourself to just believe. Once you see this working, you will become a believer because you will see the evidence, but for now you just need to believe. Imagine!

Many people bring in angels or other energy beings and give the debris to them. Others like to imagine a trash can with fire in it. The debris is released into the trash can and it is burned up. Know that if you do not do this, the emotional debris is still in the space and will reattach.

Now the oil is selected, the animal has given approval, and a disposal site is imagined, you are ready to start. Begin at the head. For a horse you will have to go down one side of the body and then do the other side. With a dog usually you can get both both hands going down both sides of the body.  Slowly make your way through the animal’s energy. Do not touch the body of the animal . Stay about 3-6 inches away from the animal depending on their size. If you feel that you need to stop, do so. The head, the heart and the rear of the animal often need some time to clear. Wait until you feel you can go ahead and move on. Remember you are a kid and you are just pretending. Use your trash can and just dispose of the debris.  Once you are finished, clear the final debris into the trash can. With your imagination, allow it to disappear as you thank your animal, yourself, and your trash can for being there. I know it sounds silly but this is just good manners when it comes to energy clearing.

This process will allow physical treatments by you or your vet or other health care provider to be more effective. If you will be using essential oil treatment, you will not need to use as much oil. Remember this will save you money and greatly help the health of your horse.

Emotional clearing needs to be done before any form of medical or physical treatment is used. This will increase the effectiveness of the procedure. After the procedure is preformed, the emotional clearing is used once more.

Asthma – Out of Balance with Giving and Receiving.

December 10th, 2013 by Meg Shehad

Christmas is a time of giving and receiving. We all love to give and receive presents. Many believe that our world is out of balance and we care more for receiving than giving. When the giving and receiving principle is out of balance within the body, it will show up in some form of discomfort. Asthma is one way for the body to show you that you are out balance.

There are two basic forms of Asthma. One is when the receiving principle or feeling like a burden is predominant or out of balance. The other is that the giving principle or feeling depleted is out of balance. Of course it is ridiculous to think that asthma is this simple as it is a very complex issue and one that medicine can only treat and not cure. There are often undiagnosed emotional issues. Even the medical model believes that asthma has emotional triggers of which they are unable to treat but ask you to avoid. This is where essential oils can be of great help. They move emotion and bring to balance.

With the receiving principle is out of balance, the body has a difficult time letting go of air. The lungs are unable to take in air because the lungs are holding onto the air or life giving sustenance. There is fear that there will be no more air. I will die. There is also the feeling that I am a burden and take and take from my world but unable to give back. I want to give but no one is taking. I want to love but no one wants my love. There is a fear of dying and that one is not wanted within the world. Anger and fear oils are helpful for clearing these issues. The body systems that need to be addressed are the liver and/or the digestive system and the kidneys.

Anger Oils:

Cinnamon Bark,  Cinnamon Leaf, Cassia Bark, Ajowan,  Peru Balsam, Sassafras, and Onion and Garlic but the last two need to be used under the supervision of a Spiritually Certified Aromatherapist as they release rage.

Fear Oils:

Hops, Copaiba Balsam, Gurjum, Exotic Basil

Use these oils within a bath, massage, or diffusion. Be careful as working with these oils can trigger an asthma attack for those that are sensitive.

Goldenrod herb and maceration will help the kidneys. The anger oils will help clear the liver.

When the giving or depletion part of the cycle is out of balance,  the body is unable to receive air into the lungs. Here there is a feeling of giving but not getting back. The air goes out but no air seems to be returning. The lungs are inflamed trapping air in and not allowing it to go out.The environment may be a harsh one or there is a sense of not enough love or nurturing. The feeling of not being loved or cherished is at issue. There is a sense of not enough. There is not enough love for me. The body feels depleted not able to sustain itself. The body system that needs support is the adrenals. Asthma because of exertion or exercise fits here.

Love oils are actually the same anger oils listed before. Once the anger is released, love is able to come into the body. So anger oils work for both receiving and giving love. All flower oils are love oils.

Rose, Neroli, Jasmine, and Ylang Ylang are powerful love oils.

Adrenal Oils:

Black Spruce, Black Pine, Lavender, and Passion Flower. Any oil that calms and relaxes or revives is good for the adrenals.

Silver Fir Needle is the premier oil for balancing giving and receiving. Here at Gritman we consider it to be the ideal Christmas oil. Even if you do not have asthma, almost all of us are not truly balanced within giving and receiving. There is so much sadness about being inadequate in one way or another. The lungs hold sadness and grief. Many of us can benefit by smelling benzoin absolute. Benzoin is a resin that when extracted to form an absolute removes sadness and grief from the lungs. It cannot be used in bath therapy as it is totally not water soluble and will collect on the side of the tub and be completely stuck. Smelling or using in perfume blends is the best way to use Benzoin. Silver Fir Needle is ideal for diffusion within the environment, massage or bath therapy.

Breathe Well and Happy Holidays from the Gritman Family!


The Baby is Here. What Oils Can I Use NOW?

November 20th, 2013 by Meg Shehad

Ave as a baby

Gritman really enjoys working with mothers and babies. Usually the same rules that apply to babies will also apply to the Elderly. Smaller quantities work better. The blends found in aromatherapy books will need to be reduced by half. More carrier will be used with less essential oil. Do not put oils under their nose or in their eyes. Peppermint which can be helpful with colic rubbed on the stomach does not work well right under the baby’s nose. The epiglottis can spasm and the baby will go into a breathing crisis. Always put oils in a carrier. This applies even to lavender. The skin of babies is fragile and is more sensitive than adult skin. Be gentle and use only a little.

Angelica Root is an oil of transition and is especially appropriate for greeting newborns and helping elders to pass. Diffusing in the space is good at the birth and for a few days thereafter. It can also be used in massage for the baby and the mother to help with the transition.

For baths, use only natural soap like Lou’s Soap. Babies can be given massages especially after bath time to keep their skin moist. New Born Baby Massage is a great blend to help babies adjust to the their new world. Fractionated Coconut Oil is a much better product to put on baby’s skin than baby oil that  is a petroleum product and not good for baby or adult skin.

For changing diapers, soak cloth wipes in Rosalina or a blend of Lavender and Tea Tree to wipe bottoms. If you are using disposal wipes you can use a Rosalina Water Spray. This will prevent most rashes. If a rash does appear, use Self Heal Creme or Nappy Rash. After the bottom is wiped, Rosalina Baby Powder can be used to add extra protection. When you are out, use Diaper Rash Stick. The stick is small and takes up little room but  protects the baby from rash in no time.

For sleeping, the classic blend is lavender and roman chamomile. Gritman sells Lavender and Roman Chamomile sticks. Rub on the bottom of the feet and this will quiet a fussy baby and also help them to go to sleep. The feet are a wonderful place to apply oils especially in the very young.

Some baby’s will experience sour stomach or colic. The baby will be fussy and difficult. Apply Soothing Baby Massage to the tummy to help relieve pain, or add a few drops to a warm tub and soak the baby for a few minutes. Soon you will have a happy baby again. Peppermint is an oil that can be used later when the child is bigger to help tummy aches and motion sickness, but peppermint is too strong for babies. Angelica Root that you used in the beginning few days can also be used in a carrier to help colic.

In a few months, baby may get a cold or have a runny nose. Baby Sniffles rubbed behind the ears and/or on the chest can help symptoms. The blend can also help protect from getting viruses. Rub onto baby’s back and arms before going into public or in an area where people are ill.

For new Mommy’s, they also have special needs. Comfrey maceration is ideal for rapid healing and comforting sensitive sore areas. Comfrey will strengthen connective tissue, reduce inflammation and pain, promote rapid skin repair, and pull toxins from the skin. Use where needed. Warm baths with comfrey and other herbs is wonderful way to relax. See if husband or massage therapist can use Muscle Relaxation in a massage.

Some women will experience hemorrhoids for the first time after giving birth. Hemorrhoid Ezzz will help shrink and soothe the hemorrhoids. Yarrow is an essential oil that is often used to heal hemorrhoids.

For breastfeeding mothers, they may want to encourage milk flow. Got Milk is a Gritman Blend that can be rubbed onto breasts but avoid the nipple. Exotic Basil and Dill are also two essential oils that can be used to promote milk production. Rub onto breast after feeding baby or at least an hour before feeding so that the scent does not irritate the baby’s nose. What you smell is what you taste, so let time pass before feeding the baby.

It is natural and normal to feel overwhelmed at the birth. Joy goes hand and hand with added responsibility. Mommies get the baby blues. Sometimes this leads to postpartum depression. Use New Beginnings to diffuse or massage, but if the depression continues, please seek medical advise. Sleep is very important and it may be more difficult since Mommy is now in a heightened alert to hear the baby. Use Postpartum Sleepy Time rubbed across the shoulders and neck to get the sleep that you need.

Essential Oils Are Safe for Babies and Mothers if You Know the Oils to Use

November 18th, 2013 by Meg Shehad


When Amy was pregnant with Ava, there was great concern expressed for the health of the fetus. At that time, there was the general belief that essential oils were dangerous for pregnancy and would cause abortions. Then there were worries that there might be birth abnormalities. I use to joke that people were concerned that Ava would be born with two heads. The truth is that Amy successfully worked at Gritman without incident until her delivery. Ava was born naturally at home and she was just perfect.

No oil is a true abortive, but many oils come with an abortive label. What some essential oils will do is cause uterine contractions. If you might miscarriage or have a high risk pregnancy, these oils need to be avoided. Chemically these oils are phenolic in nature. These include all anise or licorice scented oils plus hot spicy oils. The oils that are emmenagogues (increase menstrual flow) are also considered uterine contractors. These include:

Allspice                                  Anise                                 Anise Raven

Anise Star                              Basil                                  Cinnamon and Cassia Bark

Dill                                           Fennel                               Nutmeg

Oregano                                 Parsley                             Pennyroyal

Tarragon                                Thyme                              Wormwood

Some women have attempted to abort with these oils only to find themselves still pregnant but having serious liver damage because they swallowed these oils.

Many oils will carry labels that they are not safe for women and babies because they have not been formally tested. It is always good to err on the side of safety, so when in doubt, do not use it. Many doulas, midwives, and mothers use essential oils every day. It is from their experiences that we draw our knowledge. Everyone agrees that lavender and tea tree are safe for mothers and babies. Lavender is calming and soothing and helps one to sleep. Tea tree is more medicinal and can help the mother or baby with illness, rashes, bites, or other skin issues. Tea Tree and Lavender can be blended together to create a wonderful product that prevents or relieves diaper rash. There is an essential oil called Rosalina coming from a special Melaleuca tree that naturally combines lavender and tea tree.

First Trimester usually needs help with nausea, fatigue, and lack of sleep. Oils for nausea are ginger, lemon, and peppermint. There is some concern about peppermint but most are comfortable using this oil. Fatigue is helped with peppermint, rosemary, tangerine, and fir needle. Gritman has blended oils for fatigue called Energy Rise. Oils good for sleep are lavender, roman chamomile, and passion flower. There is also some concern about roman chamomile but most feel confident about its use.

Second Trimester usually concerns itself with stretch marks. acid reflex, and swelling. Oils good for stretch marks are geranium, lavender, helichrysum, patchouli and ylang ylang.  These oils can be placed in fractionated coconut oil or other vegetable oils and rubbed onto the belly. Gritman created a cream called Belly Butter that is very effective. Oils good for acid reflex are ginger, lemon, or peppermint with a drop in 8oz of water. Gritman also has a vinegar called Acid Relief for Pregnancy that is also put into water. Oils for swelling include juniper, lemon, patchouli, and lemongrass. These oils can be added to Fractionated Coconut Oil and applied to swollen area.

Third Trimester usually concerns itself with need to sleep, headaches, and muscular pain. Lavender and Roman Chamomile is the classic formula for mothers and babies to put them to sleep. Lavender and Peppermint is the classic formula for headache control. Wintergreen, Peppermint and Ginger is a great combination for relieving muscular aches and pains. All these oils can be added to Fractionated Coconut Oil and rubbed into the appropriate place.

At the first signs of  labor, the mother needs to be calm and stay relaxed. Lavender and Geranium are a wonderful combination to diffuse into the space or rub across the shoulders and neck.  Gritman also has a blend called Calming Labor that can be used at this time. As the labor progresses and it is time to move the baby out of the body, the oils labelled abortive come into play now. They will begin to work with the contractions and make them very efficient so the labor will be shorter. Gritman has a blend called Labor Ezzz.

Tea Tree is applied as an analgesic and antiseptic if there is a tear or cut.

Angelica Root is diffused into the space to welcome the newborn.

Next week I will write more on now that the baby is here. What oils do I use?