A Synergy of Herbs & Essential Oil Therapy — A
Series – Treatments • Aging Body
AGING, GETTING OLD, FALLING APART
by Jeanne Rose
What is it about some
men and women? They grow older, years going by, like the rest of us
and yet they seem to look much younger and physically often act much
younger. There are some interesting definitions in regards to age;
getting old is that age sometimes called, 1) the young old, which
starts about 65-74, 2) the middle old about 75-84 years and then
there are the oldest old 3) those who have attained the ripe old age
of 85 and above. Ripe is sometimes a great expression for these
elders. However, old is old and after the age of 65 much changes in
your body. At some point you just have to get used to it.
However, anyone who is
over 65 already knows that their body is definitely aging and
sometimes not so gracefully. So what can anyone do?
Unfortunately, the cure
is to have taken steps to combat aging when you were 20. Not having
done that, it is important as soon as you figure out that your body
is falling apart to do something. That something is diet and
We are not talking about
diet as if you are trying to lose weight but diet as in 1) what do
you eat; 2) when do you eat it; 3) why do you eat it; 4) how much do
you eat; and 4) what can you change. And exercise – do some.
HERBAL Treatments are listed in the
Herbal Studies Course;
in particular there is a chart at the beginning of chapter 25 that
lists 75 herbs and their essential oils and discussions of usage.
You can also refer to the Uses in the article
Essential Oils/Herbal Uses.
Rosemary tea and Jasmine
(green) tea should be drunk daily as a beverage. They can be taken
together. These herbs are both antioxidants and anti-aging items.
They will slow the aging process down and encourage the current good
health of your body. Add any other herb to your green tea that will
modify an existing condition such as using Marshmallow root/Milk
Thistle tea for intestinal troubles, Marshmallow flower or Mullein
flower tea for respiratory troubles, Marjoram/Hawthorn and Rose tea
as a cardiac conditioner, Cinnamon for diabetes, Rosemary and Red
root for joints and arthritis, etc. Drink herbal teas every day. You
do not need to drink quarts of tea, 2-3 cups per day of any variety
of herbs is helpful. Even one cup of concentrated herb tea will be
helpful. There are many herb teas, check the
articles file for specific ideas.
AROMATHERAPY Treatments are used by application,
inhalation or ingestion. These are all fully described in the
Studies Course. Aromatherapy treatments include ingestion
and application of hydrosols and application of essential oils.
ESSENTIAL OILS: Rosemary, Seaweed, An essential oil
Brain Boost is available from
Jeanne Rose Aromatherapy (415-564-6785). These oils are excellent to
inhale and to apply. It is also called the
Office Kit. The kit include a type of Basil that is
gentle on elder skin and boosts memory, a particular chemotype of
Rosemary for stimulation (mind, hair, stress-relief), two essential
oils for digestion and to soothe the digestive tract, two essential
oils for the respiratory system and to boost the immune system and
Douglas Fir for calming and a good feeling.
Rosemary essential oil,
the chemotype called ‘verbenone’ is the best one to use for the
getting old to elderly. We have it available in the
Relief Kit along with other stress relieving essential
HYDROSOLS: Rosemary, Lavender, Melissa and Bay Laurel
hydrosols are all excellent and can be used for skin care, and to
stimulate both memory and the immune system. You should use these
hydrosols as facial and body sprays and you can also take them
internally along with your herbal teas. The hydrosols are very
concentrated and 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon can be added per cup of
tea or water, depending on result wanted.
Once per week or as often as possible. Use skin care oils like
infused oil and add essential oils that will modify any
physical condition that you may have.
DIET: Eat a simple
breakfast of steel cut oats with a few Walnuts and fruit. Choose the
fruit to match the condition. As an example add chopped or dried
Papaya for the digestive system, Blueberry as an antioxidant, Apple
for more fiber. When you eat breakfast, do not add sugar to your
food. Start buying only those foods that do not contain added sugar.
Even people who frequent ‘health food’ stores will be amazed at how
many foods have sugar added to them. Sugar is an addictive substance
– do not eat it or at least consider it only as a ‘once a week
special’ or occasional delight.
Actually, eat everyday one Carrot,
one small Apple, one small Tomato and one small Orange. These do not
have to be giant size – these four items will supply the correct
fiber and supplements to your diet. Eat green foods, red foods, and
other highly colorful foods. These are the fruits and vegetables
that contain bioflavonoids, carotenoids and other anti-aging and
Eat oily fish 2-3 times per week, if you
are a meat eater – lamb is a good choice. Remember that every time
to shop you are participating in agriculture and farming. Choose to
shop at a Farmer’s Market where you can directly support farmers
with your dollars. You will be supporting healthy agriculture. Buy
foods grown organically. Buy from the grower. You may pay a bit more
but you will be supporting agriculture and farming by direct contact
with the growers. In any case, buy less, eat less, weigh less, be
The Herbal Guide to Food, has great charts and
lists of what herbs contain the vitamins and minerals that you want.
In addition it has some good family recipes and food information
about the herbs.
Hawthorn berry for the heart, Ginkgo for anti-aging, Bilberry for
the eyes, Milk thistle for the liver, Sunflower seeds for the
VITAMINS: Omega 3 (1800 mg/day); Co-Q10 is an
important antioxidant for the heart and liver; a complete B
supplement; Quercitin with bromelain and Nettle works
synergistically to provide the body with Bioflavonoids which the
body cannot produce alone; A, D, E especially for women because of
the osteoporosis issue; etc.
Seaweed/Rosemary baths. These two simple herbs have properties that
can be absorbed through the water. Take your shower in the morning
to wake up but in the evening before bed, at least three times per
week take a 25-minute soaking bath with herb Rosemary and a strand
of Seaweed. Of course if you have Roses, throw those into the tub –
Roses are sweet, and soothing to the skin. Dried buttermilk does not
spoil, is available at your corner store and works great in the tub
to relieve itchy skin and to soothe the body and promote skin
health. Of course, Oatmeal powder helps soothe the skin as well.
Read the Herbal Body Book
by Jeanne Rose for more bathing ideas.
Bath Salts Formula for
Ageless Skin and Relaxing Moments©
For 6-9 baths of
four-six ounces each, mix as follows:
14 oz XL salt crystals:
(Brazil salts are good and take on scent nicely); Sodium chloride
14 oz Epsom Salts – Magnesium sulfate
7 oz Dead Sea Salts which
are Magnesium chloride – 35%,
Potassium chloride – 24%; 40% other
2 drops blue food color and 2 drops green food color
drops essential oil — equal parts of Bulgarian Lavender, Bergamot,
and Rosemary verbenone
Use About 1-3 oz of Malto-dextrin to keep the
salt from clumping.
Directions: Mix the
salts together; mix the essential oils together and add them to the Malto-dextrin. Let that sit for a few days to integrate. Now add the
scented Malto-dextrin to the salts mixture. Stir thoroughly; divide
into 6 parts for six delicious baths.
EMOTIONS OR Other
Complementary Treatments. The inhalation of essential oils, the uses
of acupuncture or massage, Visual imagery are all helpful. Use what
is available to you.
ALWAYS USE combinations
of baths, essential oils, hydrosols, dietary supplements and
anything that you can possibly think of that will help with your
condition. Read everything from good sources, from magazines, books
and use only the best and most non-New-Age (not woo-woo!) common
You have read all of
this before. But my personal regime is SALEM. S.A.L.E.M. is simply a
mnemonic for five steps to restore or continue good health.
S.A.L.E.M. – For good health©
By Jeanne Rose
Think of being a good
witch in SALEM.
This mnemonic will help you to remember your new
S – Supplements – Investigate and incorporate the
proper supplements for whatever is troubling you. Survey what is out
there and what you need to do. Give it time to work – at least a
A – Attitude and
Aromatics – Change your attitude, watch cartoons, play with toys,
play with your kids or grandkids, and add Aromatic Aromatherapy
essential oils to your regime for good health.
L – Lifestyle Changes –
Maybe you should eat at 6 am instead of noon, add a real breakfast,
and eat early dinner at least 3 hours before bedtime. Analyze what
you eat and change it, if necessary. One of the most important items
is probably to eat less. Make sure your bed is clean and comfy and a
great good smelling place to sleep. Get up early and go to bed
early. Sleep at least 8 hours per night. Add whatever changes, and
give them a year to implement. It took you years to get in this bad
shape and it will take you months to make those changes.
E – Exercise – Enroll in
a rehab program and go – regularly. When your insurance is up, go
again and pay for it yourself. If you are not and have not been sick
– exercise every day for at least 20 minutes. Take a walk, go
swimming, garden, and pull weeds for the city –whatever. Just do it!
M – Medication
Consistency - Learn about your meds, what are their names, what are
they supposed to do and take them when you are supposed too.
Meditation too or maybe Dream therapy or Visualization. Get well, be
well, stay well.
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DISCLAIMER: This work is
intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for
accurate diagnosis and treatment by a qualified health care
professional. Dosages are often not given as that is a matter
between you and your health care provider. The author is neither a
chemist nor a medical doctor. The content herein is the product of
research and some personal and practical experience. Institute of
Aromatic & Herbal Studies - Jeanne Rose©
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