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Lavender Blend Supporting Skin Wellness

Ingredients

Essential Oil:
1 drop – Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)

Base Oil:
1 drop – Sesame oil (Sesamum indicum)

Instructions:
Apply oil to bruised skin one to two times daily.

Abstract

A 72 year old male has been taking various doses of Warfarin since he was hospitalized for blood clots in 1978.  The cell wall lining of his skin has become paper thin where he is tearing and bruising his skin on a daily basis.  He is also constantly scratching his skin due to the irritation.  Since administering the lavender blend, the client’s skin irritation reduces within five minutes of application and the skin’s bruises disappear much faster than before.

Case Description

Client (RS) is a 72 year old Caucasian male, who has very thin skin, bruises easily and has chronically irritated skin.  He scratches his skin constantly to relieve the irritation.  He would like an essential oil that reduces the duration of his bruises and skin irritation.

RS was hospitalized in 1978 for blood clots.  Since then he has been taking various doses of Warfarin.  He believes that due to the extensive use of Warfarin, his skin’s cell walls have weakened. He experiences bruises from the slightest bumps against objects and his skin tears easily.

RS is currently taking Warfarin 7.5mg, Amlodipine 10mg, Diovan 160mg, Pravastatin 40mg.

RS works out, golf and lifts weights at the gym, five to six times a week, eats three meals a day and drinks three to four 8oz glasses of water daily.  RS drinks coffee throughout a day, has two to three glasses of wine each night, and smokes a pipe throughout the day.

RS is not interested in seeking a comprehensive alternative holistic health treatment plan.  Ease of use is very important to him.  Since his wife currently uses Lavandula angustifolia, he is willing to try the oil on his skin.

Literature Review

Lavender Lavandula angustifolia essential oil is steam distilled from the flower and flower stalk of the plant.  There are several hybrids of this plant.  Their therapeutic attributes are also different.

Several authors have recommended Lavandula angustifolia for skin benefits.  Cooksley (2002) stated lavender has medical properties of “analgesic, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, decongestant, anti-toxic, restorative, sedative, and nervine” (p.353-354) and Valnet (1990) reported supportive properties as “ nervous system regulator, wounds, sores of all descriptions, burns, acne and acne rosacea.” (p. 144-148)

Treatment Protocol/Methods

RS placed one drop of lavender Lavandula angustifolia in one Tbsp. of sesame oil Sesamum indicum and applied the blend to all of his bruises especially his arms.  He was instructed to apply the oil blend one to two times daily.  He was also instructed to inform his doctor about the oil blend since he is taking several medications.  It was recommended that RS reduce and/or eliminate his coffee and smoking habit and to increase his water consumption.

Client Response

Client stated that he notices a reduction in skin irritation within five minutes of applying the oil to his skin.  He also noticed that his bruises are disappearing much faster.  RC is pleased with his results and he plans on incorporating the essential oil’s application into his wellness routine; however, he is not willing to change his coffee and smoking habit.

Evaluation

The overall treatment was a success.  The client’s quality of life has diminished since his skin began tearing and he was bruising himself daily.  He was also unwilling to invest his time in the reduction of his skin’s irritation.  Since the blend was easy to apply and the client enjoyed the scent and results, the client now has an additional product to improve his overall wellness.

References

Cooksley, V. G., (2002). Aromatherapy: Soothing Remedies, to restore, Rejuvenate, and Heal.  (pp. 353-354). New York, NY: Prentice Hall Press.

Valnet, J., & Tisserand R. (Eds.).   (1990).  The Practice of Aromatherapy: A classic compendium of pland medicines & their healing properties.  (pp. 144-148).  Rockester, VT: Healing Arts Press.




Menstrual Cramp Relief Essential Oil Blend

Ingredients

Container
5 ml Amber Bottle

Essential Oils
2 drops  Geranium Essential Oil – Pelargonium graveolens
2 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil – Salvia sclarea
2 drops Marjoram Essential Oil – Origanum majorana
2 drops Fennel Seed Essential Oil – Foeniculum vulgare
1 drop Lavender Essential Oil – Lavandula angustifolia

Base Oils
35 drops Sweet Almond Oil – Prunus amygdalis var. Dulcis
35 drops Camellia oil – Camellia japonica

Abstract

A 38 year old female half marathon runner experienced menstrual cycle fluxuations such as increase in cramping, menses beginning sooner then expected, and increase blood flow. Client was given a five ml bottle with geranium, lavender, clary sage, marjoram, and fennel seed essential oils. Almond oil and camellia oil were added to dilute the essential oil mixture. The client noticed a decrease in tension and a reduction in menstrual cramps within three to five minutes of using the oil.

Case Description

The client (C.L.) is a 38 year old Caucasian woman who is running a ½ marathon in three days and experiencing moderate menstrual cramps and heavy bleeding.  She would like an oil that can help balance her menstrual cycle and reduce the cramping experience.

C.L. has been in an intense eight week ½ marathon training program – running three to four times a week with an average of five to eight miles per workout.  She has noticed her menstrual cycle fluxuating during this training – menses begins sooner than normal, increase blood flow, and cramps more intense than usual.  She also stopped taking birth control over a year ago.

C.L. stretches two times daily ten to twenty minutes per session, eats nutritious meals three times a day and drinks six to eight 16oz glasses of water daily.  She is currently not on any medication.

Literature Review

Clary Sage Salvia sclarea essential oil is extracted from the plants flowers.  The main production of Salvia sclarea comes from Russia with smaller quantities from Morocco, the south of France, England, and the United States.

Salvia sclarea’s essential oil is produced from solvent extraction and steam distillation.  Solvent extraction is more common than steam distillation; however, solvent extraction will have different constituents than steam distillation and will contain some solvent residue, therefore, steam distilled essential oil is preferred in therapeutic aromatherapy.

(Ou, Hsu, Lai, Lin, and Lin 2012) conducted a double-blind clinical trial using an essential oil blend on menstrual cramping outpatients diagnosed with dysmenorrhea to determine the analgesic ingredients of the essential oils.  The blend they used was lavender Lavandual officinalis, clary sage Salvia sclarea and marjoram Origanum majorana in a 2:1:1 ration diluted in unscented cream at 3% concentration.  The study results are positive with a conclusion that “this blended formula can serve as a reference for alternative and complementary medicine on primary dysmenorrhea” (p. 822).

Fennel Seed Foeniculum vulgare essential oil is distilled from the plant’s seed.

Modaress and Asadipour (2006) conducted a two month study on 120 high school girls suffering from dysmenorrhea.  Half of the girls received a fennel extract and the other half received mefenamic acid – a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to treat or prevent pain, inflammation, and dysmenorrhea.  The study have a very positive result and concluded that “there was no significant difference between the 2 groups in the level of pain relief” (p. 427).

Geranium Pelargonium graveolens essential oil is distilled from the leaves and flowers of the plant.

Several authors have recommended geranium for it’s anti-inflammatory and emmenagogue characteristics.  Keville and Green (2009) recognize geranium’s oil as medically beneficial for treating PMS, menstrual cycle irregularities, and fluid retention.  Cooksley (2002) stated geranium’s physical benefits as menopause, heavy menstruation, excess fluids and psycho-emotional benefits as PMS (p. 348).

Lavender Lavendula angustifolia essential oil is steam distilled from the plant’s flower and flower stalks.  Higher quality oil will use only the lavender flower.

(Han, Hur, Buckle, Choi, and Lee 2006) conducted a randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial on 67 female college students who experienced intense to sever menstral cramps.  The experimental group received the essential oil blend: two drops of lavender Lavandula officinalis, one drop of clary sage Salvia sclarea, and one drop of rose Rosa centifolia in a five cc of almond oil.  The placebo group only received almond oil and both groups were instructed to massage the oil over their abdomen.  The control group received no treatment.

“The trial results concluded that this blend is effective in decreasing the severity of menstrual cramps” (p. 541).

Marjoram Origanum majorana is grown in Egypt, Hungary, France, and Tunisia.  The essential oil is steam distilled from fresh and dried leaves, stalks, and flowering heads (American College of Healthcare Sciences, 2012, p. 137).

Jean Valnet, MD (1990) recognizes marjoram’s external use properties as analgesic and tonic (p. 157).  Cooksley (2002) mentions the physical benefits as painful menstruations and psycho-emotional benefits as PMS (p. 356-357).

Treatment Protocol/Methods

C.L. was given the following essential oil blend in a 5 ml amber bottle: two drops of Geranium Pelargonium graveolens, one drop of Lavender Lavendula angustifolia, two drops of Clary Sage Salvia sclarea, two drops of Marjoram Origanum majorana, two drops of Fennel Seed Foeniculum vulgare.  To make the essential oil concentration 11%, Almond Oil Prunus amygdalis var. Dulcis and Camellia Oil Camellia japonica were added as base oils.

C.L. was instruction to massage the oil blend into are abdominal area and over her ovaries and uterus.  She was also given and read the following cautions/contraindications:

  • This blend contains oils with toxic rating II. A skin patch test is required.
  • Do not use during pregnancy.
  • Do not use for more than three weeks.
  • Contraindicated if there is a history of low blood pressure, estrogen-dependent cancer, endometriosis, and epilepsy.

Client Response

Client stated she enjoyed the aromatic quality of the oil during application.  She noticed a decreased tension and reduction in menstrual cramps within 3-5 minutes of using the oil.  She looks forward to using this oil before and during her monthly cycle.

Evaluation

The overall effectiveness of the essential oil blend was positive.  This case study cannot conclude which essential oil or that the oils themselves helped C.L. reduce her menstrual cramp pain.  The massage applying the oil and the act of paying attention to her body may also have helped reduce the pain levels.  However, the client is happy with her results and feels more empowered to reduce her menstrual pain levels.

References

American College of Healthcare Sciences. (2010). Marjoram Monograph. In ACHS Aroma 303 and 304 Essential Oil Monographs (pp 137-141). Portland: American College of Healthcare Sciences.

Cooksley, V. G. (2002).  Aromatherapy: Soothing remedies to restore, rejuvenate, and heal. (pp. 348-349).  New York, NY: Penguin Putnam Inc.

Cooksley, V. G. (2002).  Aromatherapy: Soothing remedies to restore, rejuvenate, and heal. (pp. 356-357).  New York, NY: Penguin Putnam Inc.

Han, S-H., Hur, M-H., Buckle, J., Choi, J. and Lee, M. S. (2006). Effect of Aromatherapy on Symptoms of Dysmenorrhea in College Students: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial.  The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 12(6): 535-541. doi:10.1089/acm.2006.12.535.

Keville, K. and Green, M. (2009). Aromatherapy: A complete guide to the healing art.  (2nd ed.),  (pp. 191-192).  New York, NY: Crossing Press.

Modaress, N. V., Asadipour M. (2006), Comparison of the effectiveness of fennel and mefenamic acid on pain intensity in dysmenorrhea.  East Mediterranean Health Journal,12(3-4); 423-427.

Ou, M.-C., Hsu, T.-F., Lai, A. C., Lin, Y.-T. and Lin, C.-C. (2012), Pain relief assessment by aromatic essential oil massage on outpatients with primary dysmenorrhea: A randomized, double-blind clinical trial. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research, 38: 817–822. doi: 10.1111/j.1447-0756.2011.01802.x

Valnet, J., & Tisserand, R. (Eds.).  (1990).  The practice of aromatherapy: A classic compendium of plant medicines & their healing properties.  (pp. 157).  Rochester, VA: Healing Arts Press.