Point Prescriptions

Anyone with training in TCM will be able to select points on which to apply the blends. However we do give a basic outline of suggested points. When we send patients home with a blend, we generally don’t give them points on the back, as those points can be...

Creating Blends of Essential Oils

Many times the blends we create will not exactly match the functions and indications of any specific herbal formula. We do provide essential oil versions of the formulas here, but our purpose is not to limit the practitioner, but to offer examples or suggestions as to how one might...

Internal Conditions for Essential Oils Usage

For internal conditions, apply the oils by lifting and thrusting. You can also rub them in the direction of the channel, against the direction of the channel or you can hold the roller bottle or glass rod on the point and vibrate it. To rub them in the direction...

Top, Middle and Base Notes – Essential Oils

Essential oils are divided into three categories, based upon how rapidly they evaporate. These are top notes, middle notes and base notes. Top notes last 2-4 hours. Middle notes last approximately 6 hours. Base notes last 1-2 days. We believe these “notes” also correspond roughly to the three jiao...

Other Techniques of using Essential Oils

Compress: Apply a few drops topically, then cover with a hot, moist towel. Cover this with a dry towel to lock in the heat. Do this until the hot towel cools down, or until the patient decides to quit. It shouldn’t go more than an hour or so. For...

Cautions and Contraindications of Castor Oil

Make sure you are cognizant of the cautions and contraindications of the various oils. Castor Oil could be used on Lips or for the Piles. Many oils, especially citrus oils, can be photosensitive. Use them carefully if the skin is going to be exposed to the sun. This is...

Testing the Oils

We always test the oils before we use them. Some patients will be sensitive to certain oils. Sometimes this can come as a surprise. People with no history of allergies can have reactions to essential oils. Before applying the oils therapeutically, try them in small amounts on the soles...

Diluting Essential Oils

We always dilute the oils. Sometimes people will tell you to apply them “neat.” That means to apply them directly to the skin without dilution. We don’t do that. We mix the oils with a carrier oil. This dilutes the oils significantly, however the oils are quite powerful. You...