Do you have foot pain or numbness? You could have a condition known as Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. Massage Therapy and Bodywork are very effective in treating conditions arising from muscular and connective tissue abnormalities. Like many painful conditions, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome responds quite well to treatment by massage therapy and bodywork.
Massage therapy can offer senior citizens a number of benefits that will greatly improve their sense of health and wellbeing. As the population continues to age, it is important to consider ways that we can work to improve the lives of those affected by the passing of time.
As many of you know, Clary Sage is currently one of my favorite essential oils to use during massage. Below you will find a little information about this wonderful oil!
An esteemed member of the Labiatae family - which also includes lavender, lemon balm and thyme - clary sage is a well-loved perennial that is native to France, Italy and Syria and is now cultivated worldwide for medicinal use. Its heart-shaped, fuzzy leaves and pale purple flowers yield a highly aromatic essential oil with both antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. As such, it has been a widely prescribed natural treatment for eczema and psoriasis, as well as for minor cuts and wounds. Clary sage oil is estrogen stimulating; the oil's ability to balance fluctuating hormones makes it a highly beneficial remedy for PMS, painful menstrual cramps and hot flashes and migraines associated with menopause. The oil has even been used during childbirth to minimize labor pains. In addition, clary sage oil's sweet, nutty scent is said to relieve those who are suffering from tension, stress, fear and depression. Herbalists also recommend the oil for inspiring creativity and awakening intuition.
To create a stimulating and inspiring atmosphere, blend clary sage with sandalwood and bergamot oils. Place the oils, along with lemon oil for a refreshing scent, in a diffuser or an aromatherapy lamp:
Comprised of such therapeutic components as linalool, sclareol, monoterpenes and tannins, clary sage oil is antispasmodic, antiseptic and calming. When used as a massage oil - or in a bath or aromatherapy lamp - the oil can help soothe menstrual cramps, treat acne, alleviate headaches and muscle strain, promote calm and lift the lowest spirits.
For Peace and Tranquility
A warm and aromatic bath enhanced with clary sage oil will help ease tension and encourage calm, paving the way for a good night's rest. Mix 3-5 drops in your bathwater just before you enter the tub. Remember, too, that less is best when it comes to essential oils, as pure concentrates, they should be used sparingly.
Facial Bath for Acne
Clary sage's antiseptic and anti-infectious effects are said to work together to effectively treat acne. Add 2 drops each of clary sage, geranium and Roman Chamomile oils to a bowl of steaming water; then cover your head with a towel and breathe deeply for 2-5 minutes. Do not use if you have broken facial capillaries.
For Dry Hair and Dandruff
Clary sage oil will not only help prevent dandruff but also condition dry hair, giving it a silky shine. When used as a scalp massage, it is said to encourage hair growth. Mix 4-5 drops of clary sage oil with 5 drops lavender oil in 2 tablespoons of shampoo.
- Clary sage oil's warming and relaxing effects make it an excellent massage oil for stiff, sore muscles. Mix 10 drops of the essential oil in 3 tablespoons of sweet almond oil, and then massage into affected muscles.
- Clary sage oil can lower blood pressure and is said to have a calming effect during times of stress. Place 2 drops clary sage and 1 drop of ylang ylang on a tissue and inhale to settle the mind and restore emotional equilibrium.
- For menstrual cramps, fill a bowl with steaming water and add 2 drops each of geranium, Roman-chamomile and clary sage. Dip half of a large cloth into the water; fold the cloth and apply the warm compress to the abdomen, with the oil soaked side away from the skin.
- Clary sage oil can help minor cuts, wounds and burns. Make a compress (above) using 3 drops clary sage, 3 drops lavender and 2 drops tea tree. Apply to affected area.
Clary sage has been known to create a state of euphoria in certain cases. Refrain from using clary sage oil with drugs or alcohol. It can cause their effects to become exaggerated, while also intensifying intoxication and hangovers. The oil can cause drowsiness as well and severely impair the ability to drive. In addition, clary sage oil should never be used if you are pregnant or trying to conceive.