Sunday, 8 August 2010

Shirley Price - Blending

Shirley Price's blending recipes for common ailments are preserved in her publications.

An interesing schedule of these recipes is in the Company training records. 

Its not easy to advise on a blend suitable for their common ailments over the phone.  We refer the caller to an IFPA registered aromatherapist local to them who can also make up and advise on blended products.

The artistic idea behind blends of oils is that a blend is more powerful than a single oil and creates a synergy.  The science is that while a single oil may contain chemical components which can achieve the desired effect a blend multiplies the effect by doubling or tripling the chemical components from which the body can choose.  Shirley Price recommends that usually no more than three oils are combined.

Self help with essential oils mininmises antibiotic use.  Besides the side effects of antibiotics the fact is that drug resistant bacteria are on the increase and this is of concern.

According to an article published in The Lancet a new gene, NDM-1 has emerged which allows bacteria to be highly resistant to almost all antibiotics. NDM-1 has spread in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. It was found in 37 patients from the UK, who travelled to India or Pakistan for medical procedures including cosmetic surgery,  "The potential of NDM-1 to be a worldwide public health problem is great, and co-ordinated international surveillance is needed," Timothy Walsh of Cardiff University and his international colleagues wrote. The gene was mostly found in E Coli, a common cause of urinary tract infections and pneumonia, which is highly resistant to antibiotics. The authors said it could be easily copied and transferred between different bacteria, suggesting "an alarming potential to spread and diversify among bacterial populations". The authors wrote: "India also provides cosmetic surgery for other Europeans and Americans, and it is likely NDM-1 will spread worldwide."

Study co-author Dr David Livermore, director of antibiotic resistance monitoring at the Health Protection Agency, said: "The findings of this paper show that resistance to one of the major groups of antibiotics, the carbapenems, is widespread in India. "This is important because carbapenems were often the last 'good' antibiotics active against bacteria that already were resistant to more standard drugs. Few antibiotics remain active against these bacteria."

Essentia

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