Heal Sprains and Strains Quickly…Naturally

While gardening three days ago, sprained the middle joint of my middle finger. It HURT! At first, assumed the sudden pain was due to a cactus spine stuck in my gardening glove. But by early evening…as the pain increased, and the finger stiffened with swelling and bruising, I became concerned it was sprained or may somehow have been fractured?

Signs and Symptoms of a Sprained Finger

A sprained finger most often is experienced as a sudden onset of pain during activity. (With a ligament tear, an audible snap or pop might be heard at the time of injury.)

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Lavender Lemonade

Essential oils are DELIGHTFUL in your cooling summer drinks! Here’s a refreshing Lavender Lemonade recipe to try when temperatures rise to sweltering.


  • 7 Organic Lemons, peeled and juiced
  • 2 Organic Limes, peeled and juiced
  • 1 drop pure 100% Lavender Essential Oil* (no more!!)
  • 14 cups filtered Water
  • 1-1/2 cups Organic Agave Syrup

Mix all ingredients together, heat gently if needed to blend in agave syrup. Taste. Add more water or Agave syrup to the Lavender Lemonade, depending on the size and tartness of the citrus fruits.

Chill before serving. Garnish with whole lemon slices and a sprig or sprinkle of culinary lavender.

*NOTE: Be careful not to add more than a single drop of Lavender essential oil or it will overpower your lemonade.

If you would like the slightly pink hue shown in the photograph, infuse culinary lavender into the water by boiling it for several minutes, bring to room temperature before adding the rest of the lemonade ingredients.

Use Essential Oils for Swollen Joints (Heal Candida Skin Infections, too!)

 Soft swelling (not painful) on my thumb joint has been a chronic issue for many years. (Photo taken May 2010)

I had a soft, painless, swelling on my right thumb for many years… on the outer surface and centrally located just above the joint. My Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner thought it may have been a reaction to chronic overuse. It may also have been a reaction to habitual tension that I hold in my fingers when I’m concentrating on a project.

My family on my father’s side is also prone to developing osteoarthritic finger joints as we age. (See our article QUICK Relief for Sore, Inflamed Joints: Arthritis, Rheumatism, Injuries, etc.)

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Helichrysum Essential Oil for Steam Burned Fingers

 Badly burned my middle, ring, and little finger in a kitchen accident with scalding steam. This photo was taken less than 9 hours after the accident following LOTS of essential oils applications to prevent tissue damage, inflammation, blistering, infection, and scarring.

Saturday started with a kitchen accident. As I was pouring boiling water, prepping my morning mug of hearty Irish tea, the teapot lid fell off. A cloud of scalding, concentrated steam enveloped three fingers of my right hand. Instant, intense PAIN! Burned badly, I dropped the pot on the stovetop, turning towards the sink to run cold water over my fingers.

With a burn, it’s CRITICAL to cool the skin and deeper layers as quickly as possible. The longer the tissues are over heated the more damage occurs. Standing at the sink I gathered my wits, planned first aid strategy considering which essential oils to use. Decided to

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Lipoma Dissolving Essential Oils – Get Rid of Fatty Tumors without Surgery

In late February, a client from 2009 called for a clinical (medical) aromatherapy consultation. She wondered if essential oils dissolve lipomas? She had 2 lipomas growing on her arms. (Lipomas are non-malignant fatty tumors…often genetic, her mother has them, too.) One was getting sore to touch…worrying her.

Are there Essential Oils for Lipomas…. or do I have to use the Traditional Medical Surgical Approach?

The Traditional Medical Approach:

~ To live with them, if they aren’t uncomfortable (as weirdly unsightly as they are).
~ OR to do surgery leaving ugly scars….and more often than not, the lipomas grow back in the same or near by location.

After watching some YouTube videos on lipoma surgeries, my client decided that option was definitely NOT for her, prompting her call for this consultation and request a custom formulated essential oils remedy to dissolve fatty tumors.

“Our client called two weeks later, thrilled! The lipomas had become smaller. The painful one wasn’t sore anymore. My client had been faithfully applying our custom blend morning and evening. LOVES the relaxing aroma and is very optimistic about the outcome.”
Catherine H.

“I may be crazy, but it seems as though Les’s lump is shrinking!  I thought I noticed a slight change after two applications, but figured I was jumping the gun.  However, after 5 applications I was quite certain that there was a difference – is it even possible that it could work this quickly?  The lump is still there, and is still quite large, but if I am correct, WOW!

The other thing I am wondering – if this is, indeed, shrinking… is it fairly safe to assume that this is a Lipoma. or are these particular oils also apt to shrink other types of tumors?  I joined Young Living in 2000 or 2001 and was unfortunately too money-poor to continue… I didn’t realize until I was searching for the list of Lypos ingredients that you are actually using Young Living oils and was very happy to realize that in my haste to get something to help my hubby, I had been led to what I already knew was the best oils out there (in my estimation).”

Apr 29, 2017 
“Les also says he now sees a big difference in the lump on his neck- at some point I will send a picture of what his neck looked like a couple months ago, and will also take a picture when it is gone, or nearly so.  Unfortunately the “before” picture will not show it at its worst since it grew down to touch his throat, but I still think I have a picture that will show the obvious improvement.”
~Dale W.

“I would like to order another jar of Lypos. It’s working very well, but it was a very large lump (but now much smaller).”
~Sonia W.

7-14-17  “I ordered and received one jar of Lypos about a month ago. Please let me know how I can order an additional jar.  I am almost out, it is working and I hate to run out.”
~Toni H


Do Lipoma- Dissolving Essential Oils for Fatty Tumor Treatment Actually Work?

I researched fat-dissolving essential oils, compiling a list of seven, including Grapefruit (of course!) and Patchouli, among others. With my client’s permission, I dowsed for which essential oils would benefit her body’s ability to heal the lipomas, selecting 6 of the 7 essential oils for a custom blend. I then created Lypos™ a 10% dilution  strength using organic virgin coconut oil as the carrier. Both my client and husband, liked its Earthy – Spicy – Fresh Citrus fragrance.

illustration of lipoma under skinShe called two weeks later, thrilled with this natural lipoma treatment! The lipomas had become smaller. The painful one wasn’t sore anymore. My client had been faithfully applying our custom essential oil blend morning and evening. LOVES the relaxing aroma and is very optimistic about the outcome.

She thinks I’m a miracle-worker / healer. I think she’s a sweetheart… receptive and willing to use nature’s incredible holistic remedies. I feel honored to do this work.

Looking for a convenient, premixed natural lipoma treatment?

Need Pain Relief? Pure Essential Oils Work Faster than Aspirin!

steam distilled essential oils relieve painPure steam distilled essential oils are AMAZING when you need pain relief* in our and others’ personal experiences and have become our family’s ‘medicine cabinet’ go-to first-aid solution. Plus, you don’t have to worry about over dosing, drug misuse, scary side effects, or pharmaceutical drug interactions, if you happen to be taking prescription meds for other health issues.

Avoid Side Effects of Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers

otc pain relief drugs side effects brochure iconIf you thought over-the-counter (OTC) pain killers are nothing to be concerned about, think again! We have a NEW 5-page Information Packet ($4.95) on the common, rare, severe, and sometimes dangerous side effects of aspirin (Bayer, Easprin, Ecotrin), ibuprofen (Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Nuprin), acetaminophen (Tylenol, Panadol and others).

In the past month, our Tai Chi teacher has dealt with two painful health issues:
1) an infected, inflamed wisdom tooth (which she ended up having extracted)
2) and this week, chronically sore C5-C6 neck vertebrae

In both cases, I mentioned GERMAN CHAMOMILE  reduces inflammation*, counteracts infection*, and is an option for natural, safe, pain relief*.

photo of german chamomile flowers therapeutic essential oil bottle by original swiss aromatics German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita), a gently healing therapeutic essential oil contains the strongest anti-inflammatory compounds of all essential oils.

Jan 23rd ~ Joanne phoned in desperation about a terrible toothache. She asked if I had ANY essential oils I could bring to relieve her pain, so she could teach our evening class. I selected two products: GERMAN CHAMOMILE essential oil and a favorite essential oils pain blend.

Suggested Joanne use 1-2 drops of GERMAN CHAMOMILE applied right on the gum around the offending tooth. Followed by the pain-relieving essential oil blend rubbed in gently over her cheek and along the jaw line. Amazingly, Joanne’s pain level was reduced to tolerable within 12-15 minutes (faster than Aspirin)!! She was relieved. The rest of our class was impressed.

eGermanChamomile-botanicalHere are Joanne’s comments:
“I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you rescuing me. Without that help, I don’t think I could have made it through the class; it was a 10 + pain, and I had just pushed on through it all day with it getting worse, but I did not want to call everyone and cancel the classes.”

Feb 1 ~ Joanne emailed:
“As for the tooth, it came out extremely easily with NO pain since. Dr. Z asked me not to use anything on it at first, as I was to replace gauze pads every twenty minutes for the first two hours. Later in the day, after rinsing with salt water, I applied some of the German Chamomile. I had a meeting in Tiburon this morning, so I rather quickly brushed, rinsed, and ran off. It feels as if nothing at all was done – until I put my tongue up there and find a rather large space. At night, I will probably continue to use the oil. Again, many thanks”

Read more about GERMAN CHAMOMILE Essential Oil’s Healing Properties*

I have used GERMAN CHAMOMILE essential oil in combination with PEPPERMINT essential oil for neuralgia. Here’s the post on that situation: Essential Oils for Neuralgia Relief: Quick and Gone!*

botanical illustration of lavender herb Lavender botanical illustration by W. Mueller

Feb 20 ~ Our Tai Chi teacher’s C5-C6 neck vertebrae are chronically sore and were especially painful this week. During yesterday’s class I noticed Joanne seemed to have a stiff neck. Asking her about it, she said after being rear-ended in a couple of car accidents when she was younger, and now with chronic arthritis, she’s ALWAYS in pain. I suggested, since she had a bottle of GERMAN CHAMOMILE essential oil, to use it (2-3 drops) in combination with LAVENDER essential oil (5-6 drops) on her sore neck that evening to see if she could get some relief.

Feb 21 ~ Here are Joanne’s email comments from this morning: “Doctor Cynthe, You beat me to it!! A note was already written to you in my head when I awoke this morning. The Lavender and German Chamomile worked wonders and gave amazing relief. This regimen will definitely be an important part of each day now.
With appreciation and all good wishes,

Read more about LAVENDER Essential Oil Healing Properties or buy a quick reference sheet on Lavender’s versatile uses.

Lavender Essential Oils Tips: $2.50 (PDF)

*These anecdotal experiences and statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


Sonoma Lavender and Wine Festival 2013

chinese tourists in sonoma county lavender fields The Sonoma Lavender and Wine Festival was swarming with enthused Chinese tourists standing in the rows of lavender for photo opts. Delightful!

The Sonoma Lavender and Wine Festival 2013 ~ Our first year to go. What a delightful aromatic experience! Lavender can be a relaxing, stress releasing fragrance OR invigorating & stimulating. Within minutes of getting out of our car at the Sonoma Lavender & Wine Festival last month, the air infused with lavender’s distinctive herbal fragrance….we were feeling it’s uplifting effects! Everyone was

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Healthy Household Cleaning & Personal Care: Buy Products with Pure Natural Essential Oils and Safe Ingredients

 100% natural botanical essential oils are safer ingredients for healthy household cleaning products than cheaper, but toxic, synthetic aroma-chemicals. Women for the Earth ordered laboratory tests which identified household cleaning products with unlisted ingredients that are causing allergic reactions & serious long-term health impacts: Cancer, Birth defects, and/or Pregnancy complications.

SECRET, HARMFUL, TOXIC INGREDIENTS in cleaning products have been discovered by independent laboratory testing of common products from the USA big five companies “Clorox, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, SC Johnson and Son, and Sunshine Makers (Simple Green)!” Womens Voices for the Earth “found reproductive toxins, carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and allergens, and none of these chemicals were listed on the product label.
 Consumers deserve to know what chemicals they are

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Nasty Abscess (Skin Boil) Responds Quickly to Anti-Infectious* Essential Oils

 A close family member developed a nasty abscess on her back near the spine. Thinking it was a cyst, she fussed with the sore lump trying to get it to open…only to find the infected skin boil getting worse and intensely painful as days passed.

Mid-week while visiting us (before the recent Mothers Day holiday), mentioned she couldn’t lean back against her car seat when driving due to pain from the pressure. She was getting alarmed. The skin boil was so close to her spine, she feared the infection might become systemic. She was also afraid of what a doctor might do, attempting to lance the abscess, etc. and really didn’t want to make a medical appointment.

I asked if she would be willing to give gentle, strongly antibiotic, therapeutic-quality essential oils a try at least through the weekend to see how her body responded? Told her how essential oils bolster our immune system, infusing the body with natural compounds to fight and neutralize infections*. Despite having been an essential oils skeptic and naysayer, she now was willing to give them a try.

Four anti-infectious essential oils came to mind: CLOVE EO, LEMON EO, and two wonderful essential oil blends – one made from spices and another favorite blend with Tea Tree and Rosemary essential oils (my favorite reliable go-to choice for infections). Our relative has very sensitive skin, so I hesitated to offer either CLOVE or the spice blend, both ‘hot’ oils (skin and sensitive tissue-irritating)….which would need dilution.

Decided to check via dowsing, which essentials oils would be most effective to heal her skin boil…..a LEMON+TEA TREE-ROSEMARY essential oil blend was indicated. Further dowsing determined a 75% LEMON EO with 25% TEA TREE-ROSEMARY EO ratio as best for her. So I made this custom mix in a little 2.3ml bottle for her use. A bonus was its wonderful fragrance!

She gave me permission to apply the essential oils gently to the swollen, red, angry-looking abscessed skin boil twice before she left. In the couple of hours between applications, I could see a visible change in the surface texture of the abscess…the hard inflamed surface was softening. Suggested she carry the little bottle in her purse, continuing to apply the LEMON EO+TEA TREE-ROSEMARY EO blend am/pm after her morning shower, when she got ready for bed, and whenever she thought about it during the day.

If you don’t have essential oils on hand, and would prefer a convenient option, try one of our custom-formulated antibiotic blends: StaphRx™ or Trinity™. You’ll be happy you did.

Antibiotic Essential Oils Speed Healing Response* in Painful Boil

abscess boil healing after using therapeutic-quality essential oils (Left) Abscess opened and began draining less than 24hrs after applying therapeutic essential 0ils & a hot compress. (Right) Abscess continues to heal steadily 13 days after first using therapeutic essential oils, hot compresses, and antibiotics.

The next morning (Thursday) her mother suggested applying a hot compress to the skin boil and within 10 minutes the skin broke open, so the abscess could begin draining. My relative was really surprised at the quick results, happy the infection would now begin healing. In doing further research on-line, we found hot compresses are a classic remedy to use on boils and abscesses.

She did make a doctor’s appointment for the following day (Friday). The doctor examined the abscess, confirming it was very good it was draining and to keep it open. A lab test sample was taken to check for staph (a common cause of skin infections) or other bacteria. (I never heard the results of that test.)

My family member asked if the essential oils may have helped the skin boil start draining so quickly? The doctor, unaware of therapeutic essential oils anti-infectious properties, assured her they likely had helped by ‘softening the skin.’ The MD advised her to continue the hot compresses, morning and evening; to wash her hands well, before-and-after touching it; and prescribed a dose of antibiotics to prevent systemic infection.

By Sunday, 4 days later (when I took the left photo above), the sore had begun itching…a sure sign of healing. Putting on the LEMON EO+TEA TREE-ROSEMARY EO blend relieved the itching*. The next time we saw her, nine days later (photo on the right), her skin was well on the way to recovery. She was being erratic with applying hot compresses, was taking the antibiotics as prescribed, but experiencing diarrhea from intestinal disturbances, and applying the LEMON EO+TEA TREE-ROSEMARY EO blend at least morning and evening. Once the course of antibiotics is complete, she will have to repopulate healthy intestinal flora by taking a probiotic for several weeks, since she doesn’t like to eat yogurt.

Heal Abscesses and Skin Boils Quickly with Essential Oils and Old-Fashioned Remedies

If I had a skin infection, my choice would be to not take an antibiotic prescription. Rather, I would use strongly anti-infectious, therapeutic essential oils frequently: bolstering my immune system by putting 3-6 drops of an immune bolstering essential oils blend on the soles of my feet, morning and evening. I would apply a gentle essential oils blend on and around the sore, often. And definitely apply the comforting hot compresses once or twice daily to speed the healing process.

In researching healing protocols for abscesses and infected boils, came across an old-fashioned remedy: applying a thin slice of raw potato over an infection will draw out the toxins!* I wouldn’t leave it on longer than 30 minutes, flipping the slice over or changing to a new potato slice with each application. Our relative remembers using grated raw potato poultices over skin infections as a child to help them heal, something she learned from her mother. Simple old folk remedies often work, if we give them a try!

NOTE: *These anecdotal experiences and statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

If you don’t have essential oils on hand, and would prefer a convenient option, try one of our custom-formulated antibiotic blends: StaphRx™ or Trinity™. You’ll be happy you did.

Infected Eyes Heal Overnight with Rose Hydrosol (Rosewater)

Eye infections | eye irritations respond quickly to a few drops of diluted rose hydrosol.

Spring has arrived in northern California! My favorite time of year adorns our gardens in flowers and fragrance. But, the air is FULL of pollen from weeds, grasses, hay, and trees ~ all blowing around in gusty breezes. Folks with hay fever and allergies are feeling the effects. I’m not usually bothered, but this year was different…

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Cynthe Brush

Certified Clinical (Medical) Aromatherapist
Creating Custom Blends Since 1999

Therapeutic Essential Oils Practitioner & Self-Care Health Educator has used essential oils for personal, family, & client health issues since 1999.

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