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Essential Oils and Elder Care

June 13, 2011 By: Allison Stillman Category: Aging With Grace and Glory, Mind Body Spirit

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The last six months have provided an opportunity for me to work with a group of elderly residents in a convalescent care facility implementing essential oils to mitigate the symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Having cared for an elderly Aunt for 7 years who suffered from advanced stages of Parkinson’s, I learned firsthand how valuable essential oils are for working with people with delusional states of reality, agitation, anxiety and depression. I had such success working with oils, and endeavored to create a six-month study with the hopes of introducing aromatherapy and the use of essential oils as a protocol to work with the other residents who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s dis-ease.

Having completed the six-months, we are now looking at the best methods in which to implement using the oils as a protocol as the results we experienced were so outstanding and exciting with every resident experiencing positive effects100% of the time.

Very soon into the study, I discovered, and received feedback from caregivers, that my aromatherapy class was the favorite hour of the week, and Read more »


Aromatherapy and Women in Recovery

May 10, 2011 By: Allison Stillman Category: Mind Body Spirit

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Once a month I volunteer in a home for women in recovery, part of my aromatherapy seva and one of the more rewarding things that I do with essential oils. It was pretty obvious when I showed up last Thursday that almost all of the women in my class were suffering from major anxiety. Very few of them could sit still, nor could they resist the urge to talk out and talk over each other and me. So I quickly passed out some lavender oil, giving them each a few drops in the palm of their hands and instructing them to massage the oils into the back of their necks.

I then asked them to cup their hands over their noses and inhale deeply three times.
There was only one woman who did not like the smell, turning up her nose and letting us all know in no uncertain terms, that the fragrance was most unbecoming to her. Everyone else seemed to really like the fragrance, and immediately begin to soften their edges.Lavender is one of the most calming of all the oils and I like to start my sessions with lavender, as it begins to relax the central nervous system, which is why I like to massage it directly onto the neck, so as to penetrate immediately into the central nervous system which extends along the side of the spine. It takes a few minutes for that action to occur, but it is not too long after that I can perceive a subtle shift in the energy, with it dropping down a few degrees.

The inhalation serves to calm the portion of the brain associated with stress, not only the mental processes that spin wildly with thoughts, but also the emotional centers which process our thoughts and hold onto feelings, happy, sad, depressed, etc.. In addition to the emotional centers, the portion of the brain that is responsible for addiction, is directly affected by the olfactory system.

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The Rebirth of Aromatherapy

March 01, 2011 By: Allison Stillman Category: Mind Body Spirit

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When aromatherapy began its resurgence back into our modern world in the early 1920’s, we had not been using essential oils for almost a thousand years. We could speculate that literature about their use had been burned in the great libraries of Alexandria, and the healing art of using aromatherapy faded from view, but I believe that there was something much more profound at play.

The use of essential oils and plant medicine dates as far back as 18,000 years ago, and aromatherapy, or the use of essential oils, has always been the most concentrated form of the plant species. Essential oils, or the volatile liquid compounds found in trees, grasses, plants, flowers, roots and stems, are the life blood of every plant, the very soul of the plant if you will, and as such, contains every bit of information the plant needs in order to survive. The essential oil tells the plant when to produce flowers, when to go to seed, when to die, and delivers hormones for growth, natural insect repellent to deter pests and everything needed to stay fit and thrive.

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Lavender, An Essential Oil for Peace

January 09, 2011 By: Allison Stillman Category: Mind Body Spirit

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Lavandula officinalis, or angustifolia, commonly known as lavender essential oil is the most popular essential oil in use today. In the scientific community, it appears to be the second-most researched essential oil, only after tea tree or Melaluca alternifolia. This is probably due to the aromatic constituents, or properties of tea tree, and the widespread use of tea tree as an antiseptic, antiviral and anti-fungal agent.

The results are easily measured, and its actions are more familiar to the medical profession. Lavender’s actions are a little more challenging to define and measure, as its primary actions affect us on psychological and emotional levels. Yet recently, even these effects have been proven without a doubt by major studies performed at world-renown university and medical centers. Read more »


Love of Frankincense for Mind Body Spirit

October 01, 2010 By: Allison Stillman Category: Mind Body Spirit

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Last week I found myself in one of my all time favorite cities, Santa Fe, NM on a magical, mystery ride. I was finally getting to study with a master distiller of essential oils, one whom I have been waiting for years to study with, and the time had finally come. I have been working with essential oils for 36 years, and knowing that one day I would begin my exploration of distillation in earnest. I have taken a few distillation classes over the years, but had never been inspired to start the process of distillation, not until now that is. Read more »


Anointing Provisions for the Journey

August 03, 2010 By: Allison Stillman Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit

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Imagine gathering your closest loved ones, your nearest and dearest, and creating a ceremony, whereupon you came together to honor a sacred event that was occurring in your life, and invoke the blessings of your tribe to celebrate, witness and support your journey and the passage through this sacred event. Read more »


Anointing and Love

July 02, 2010 By: Allison Stillman Category: Mind Body Spirit

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Anointing with essential oils has been used in ritual and ceremony for thousands of years, with one of the most widely known rites being the art of perfuming as an attractant for love. While most everyone today is familiar with the use of perfume and cologne as a tool for attracting a mate, most people don’t know that essential oils were the original form of perfume.

The word perfume comes from the Latin phrase “per” meaning through, and “fumus” meaning smoke. The original form of perfume was actually incense, and has been traced back over 4,000 years to the use by Mesopotamians, who would use resins and woods to burn in their religious ceremonies. Many people would often soak the resins and woods in water, and then rub the water over their bodies anointing themselves with the fragrant waters.

The Egyptians were quite fastidious in the care of the body and used oils extensively to anoint their bodies and surrounded themselves with oils in elaborate containers. Their aromatic use of oils dates back more than 3,000 years and it was during this lavish period that essential oils made their greatest surge into everyday use. Read more »


The Sacred Art of Anointing

May 25, 2010 By: Allison Stillman Category: Mind Body Spirit, Sacred Art

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The ancient art of anointing is a sacred ceremony of using oil as a rite, especially for consecration. When we consecrate someone or something, we are devoting our selves with deep solemnity or dedication to the sacred. The definition of the word sacred means to entitle one to veneration by association with Divinity!

Anointing has been practiced for thousands of years as a method for invoking the Divine into our lives, our hearts and our minds. When we anoint ourselves with essential oils as in a sacred ceremony, we are invoking the presence and consecration of the Divine to be a part of our body, mind and spirit. Read more »




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