Ecuador Shamans & Essential Oil


Ecuador shamans use essential oils in their healing ceremonies and in many other ways.  

While living in Ecuador with the shamans, Merri, I and our friend Candace Newman learned many additions to existing healing techniques with essential oils.

Here is Candace with a Taita Yatchak, our daughter Francesca and friends at Machu Pichu.

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Essential oils offer many health balancing features and can be delivered though breath, the skin, the soles of our feet and the palms of our hands.

Ecuador shamanic healing wisdom, uses essential oils and the palms of our hands because our hearts extend to others through our palms.

Ecuador shamans hold the hands in high regard as the instruments for giving and receiving….which they view as a scared act. In Ecuadorian agriculture for example the elders are given the sacred honor of planting the seeds. Special bags (shigras) are woven from the threads of the Cabuya  (Agave or Century Plant).

Here I am with an Ecuador shaman next to a Cabuya.

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These long leaves are then scrapped by a master.

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Until the pulp is removed and all that is left are fibers.

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This is the raw material of the shigra.

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This fiber is then hand died and woven into these colorful bags.

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The bags are worn over the heart in the seed spreading ceremony… not around the waist where it would seem easiest to cast the seeds.  The seed must be given from the heart and the hands.  Shigras have been part of women’s daily life since Pre-Columbian times. Archeologists have found similar bags that are 1000 years old! Why have they withstood the test of time?  Because they are part of the sacred giving of life.

In and out. This is life… the law of action and reaction.  We cannot have one without the other and most of this process takes place through the hands…. and this means giving and taking from the heart.

Once a Taita Yatcak (the highest of shamans) in Ecuador explained that banks were places of great energy.  When we receive money, he told us, we should always receive it with the left hand… the hand of receiving.  When we give money… always with the right…. subtle but powerful energy!  From the subtle, we are formed.

Candace writes about the palms of our hands:

Healing Palms with Essential Oils in Ecuador

In developing our Touch With Oils® work over the last 17 years of private appointments, retreat work and Hospice, I noticed that the most comfortable and familiar place for one to be touched is the hands. Feet and face can be uncomfortable and invasive for some people. Shaking hands is an acceptable way to greet people, and a way of extending a welcome. So we are already used to touching with our hands. They are also easy to get to!

The palms of our hands, like the soles of our feet, are a highly absorptive part of our body. These are excellent pathways for the benefits of essential oils to enter our systems. The two most common places for reflexology are hands and feet. We reach into the core of our body through our palms, just like the soles of our feet. The fingers have reflex points for head, sinus, and face tension. An overall gentle hand massage can balance the autonomic nervous system and change the way we feel in minutes. It’s also a wonderful tool to have for helping others.

One day during my month’s stay at Rosaspamba, the Ecuador Shaman said one of his apprentices was in bed with a stomach ache and would I help him…..so out come the palms of my hands to the rescue.  I made a little puddle of Jojoba oil in my palm and added 2 drops of pure Peppermint essential oil.  I applied a little to his nose first to get the “Peppermint Medicine” into his system (through the biochemistry of the nose-brain connection)…and then did a slow gentle belly rub.

Later as I sat on the steps of the little “cabin”,  looking out over the tops of the Andes mountain range,

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Candace at our hacienda, Rosaspamba.

I noticed  a place in the mountains that looks just like the palm of a hand open towards the sky. Just an awesome sight, as if the mountains were making an offering to us as we rest in their sanctuary of nature. I have always said “God’s grandest cathedral is Nature….in all her majestic garb”.

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Candace’s view.

There was another time in the hotel in Quito where a Palm Blend of Jojoba and a drop of Peppermint helped another person in the group with belly rubs due to an upset stomach. Then after a long day in the van visiting areas outside Quito, another traveler was feeling queasy and a little hypoglycemic due to lack of food. This time I put 1 drop of pure Peppermint straight in her palm, had her rub her palms together, cup her nose, close her eyes and breathe deeply.  Essential oils are so strong,  the effects from this palm cupping is immediate.

All we need to do is show up with the palms of our hands….and a little bit of oil.  Peppermint is a necessary for traveling.

Easy and immediate things to do: (1) For inhalation and a quick response, put 2 drops of pure essential oil in one palm, rub palms together, cup nose, close eyes, and breathe deeply. Use Lavender to help with stress, anxiety, panic. It works like smelling salts, with the added benefit of a lovely aroma.

Rub your palms together and apply the blend to the nose, temples and back of neck.  This is enough to affect the way your feel right away. You can also do this in the bath or for a massage.

PEPPERMINT, the oil of digestion is a general tonic, refreshing and invigorating, calm, vitality, traditional medicine in British Herbal
Pharmacopoeiais antibacterial, antispasmodic, antiviral.

Common uses:  Use Peppermint for nausea, motion sickness and sinus-headaches. Stomachaches – blend 1 drop with base oil in palm, apply to nose and massage abdomen clockwise.  Headaches – inhale from bottle, blend with base oil and massage neck, head and shoulders. Sinus, cold, flu – inhale from bottle, steam tent, bath, blend with base oil and massage nose, neck and chest. Eucalyptus and Tea Tree can be added. Motion sickness – inhale from bottle. General fatigue – inhale from bottle, combine with base oil for bath and massage.

Order PEPPERMINT essential oil from Candace here.

LAVENDER, the balancer, is the most versatile and useful essential oil creates a general state of well being from the Latin word “lavare” which means  “to wash.”

Lavender is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, calmative, sedative,  regulates nervous system, helps high blood pressure and blood sugar levels relieves stress, fatigue, and depression

Common uses:  Burns, cuts, bites – apply one drop straight as pain demands.
Headaches, stress, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia – inhale, bath, massage. Aches and pains – compress, bath, massage.  Motion sickness – inhale, apply to nose with base oil, can add Peppermint too.  Palm blend for massage – pour base oil in palm, add 1 drop Lavender. Apply to nose first, then body.

Order Lavender essential oil from Candace here.

Tea Tree Oil, the #1 first aid oil, is the traditional medicine in Australia and is warming and stimulating.

Tea Tree Oil is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal anti-inflammatory and analgesic.

Common uses:  Cuts, stings, bites, cold sores – 1 drop straight as pain demands. Acne – 1 drop straight, use sparingly and cautiously. Athletes foot, nail bed fungus – 1 drop straight, or add to foot bath, or massage by adding 1 drop to base oil in palm. Colds, flu – inhale, bath, massage, steam tent – for extra strength add Eucalyptus and Peppermint. Palm blend for massage and chest rub – pour base oil in palm, add 1 drop Tea Tree. Apply to nose first, then body.

Order Tea Tree essential oil from Candace here.

EUCALYPTUS, the oil of respiration, is warming and stimulating,
helping to move the rivers of the body invigorating and strengthening

Eucalyptus is antibacterial, antiviral stimulates fluid circulation, expectorant, mucolytic.

Common uses: Colds, flu, bronchitis – inhale from bottle, steam tent, baths, for massage add 1 drop to base oil in palm and apply to nose and use as chest rub. Before bed put 1 drop straight Eucalyptus on soles of each foot and put on socks. Sinus infection – inhale from bottle, steam tent, combine with base oil and apply to and in nose, massage head and sinus areas. Add Peppermint too. Joint aches and pains – combine with base oil and rub areas. Can add Lavender too.

Order EUCALYPTUS essential oil from Candace here.

ORANGE, the natural tranquilizer promotes a feeling of well being
sweet and warming, makes one smile.  Always combine with base oil
before applying to skin

Orange is antiseptic, antidepressant, anti-anxiety and harmonizing to the body and mind.

Common uses:  Anxiety, depression, nervous conditions – inhale from the bottle, combine 1 drop in base oil in palm and apply to nose and massage neck, abdomen, low back.  Children (wonderfully calming at bedtime, also combined with Lavender) – pour base oil into palm of hand, add 1 drop Orange (or 1 drop Orange and 1 drop Lavender), apply a little to nose and massage abdomen, feet, hands, or back.

Order ORANGE  essential oil from Candace here.

FRANKINCENSE , the oil of protection, is strengthening, protecting, slows and deepens the breathing process, a traditional medicine in Egypt, India, China.

Frankincense is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, sedative, tonic.

Common use:   Skin care, immune system, anxiety, nervous tension and mental concentration. Inhale straight from bottle, put 1-2 drops on cotton ball or
use in diffuser. Mix in base oil to apply to skin.  Apply blend to nose, temples and back of neck.

Order FRANKINCENSE essential oil from Candace here.

GERANIUM, the Yin Balancing Oil  soothes nervous tension and nerve pain nourishes mature, congested or bruised skin, nurtures entire system.

Geranium is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, analgesic, astringent, tonic, supports adrenal cortex.

Common Use: Use for nervous tension, neuralgia, shingles, stress, anxiety, menopausal imbalances, and circulation. Inhale straight from bottle, put 1-2
drops on cotton ball or use in diffuser. Mix in base oil to apply to skin. Apply blend to nose, temples and back of neck.

Order GERANIUM essential oil from Candace here.

JASMINE,  a Sensual Oil promotes feeling of optimism, confidence, euphoria and is native to China, India and West Asia.

Jasmine is an antiseptic, antidepressant, aprodisiac, sedative and tonic

Common uses:  Lift the spirits, for stress, apathy, lethary, depression,
nervous exhaustion, frigidity, overwhelm. Inhale straight from bottle, put 1-2 drops on cotton ball or a dab on the wrists. Mix with base oil for massage.
Apply blend to nose, temples, back of neck.

Order JASMINE essential oil from Candace here.

LEMON, the Good Morning Oil is energizing, refreshing, awakening
uplifting to mental and physical state.

Lemon is antiseptic, vasoconstrictor, tonic, anti-rheumatic do not apply directly on skin, sensitive to sun exposure

Common Uses: Use for fatigue, concentration and immune system. Helpful with coffee/cigarette withdrawal. Good in diffuser to cleanse air. Inhale straight from bottle, put 1-2 drops on cotton ball or use in diffuser. Mix in base oil to apply to skin. Apply blend to nose, temples and back of neck.

Order LEMON essential oil from Candace here.

ROSE OTTO, oil of the heart is  nurturing, calming, cooling, regulating promotes an overall sense of well being and peace

Rose otto is antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, sedative and tonic.

Common uses:  For the sheer joy that true Rose oil brings to your heart and spirit. Good for nervous tension, stress, grief, overwhelm, impotence and skin care.  Inhale straight from bottle, put 1-2 drops on cotton ball, or dab on wrists. Mix in base oil to use for massage. Apply the blend to nose, temples, back  of neck and heart.

Order ROSE OTTO essential oil from Candace here.

SANDALWOOD, the yang balancing oil, warms, soothes frazzled nerves antidepressant, sedative traditional medicine in India.

Sandalwood is antiseptic (urinary & pulmonary), antispasmodic, helps tighten connective tissue.

Common uses:  For nervous tension, depression, stress, insomnia, dry skin, and urinary or respiratory infections. Inhale straight from bottle, put 1-2  drops on cotton ball or use in diffuser. Mix in base oil to apply to skin. Apply blend to nose, temples and back of neck.

Order SANDALWOOD essential oil from Candace here.

This can be done with any essential oil that is right for the moment. Some oils like citrus can be irritating when applied directly to the skin. If in doubt, use one drop. Less can be more in this case. (2) For skin application, make a Palm Blend which is written up in The Good Medicine Tin® Guide Booklet: add 10-15 drops of Organic Golden Jojoba to your palm and add 1-2 drops of essential oil. .(3) Another option for skin application and massage is to use a blend already made up like our OLA Seven Massage Blends and Self Care Blends.

SPECIAL NOTES:

Using pure high-grade essential oils can prevent allergic reactions while the medicinal properties help  protect your health.

Several oils can irritate the skin if applied full strength-peppermint, orange, lemon especially.  Always combine with base oil before applying to skin.

Until next message, may everything essential good be coming to you.

Gary

Join us in Cotacachi or the coast for our June shamanic tour.

June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour
June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

On the real estate tours you’ll see property available nowhere else because sellers come to us first since we charge no commissions.  Here is new building for sale in Cotacachi we’ll view. Two units, fully furnished…

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One units has this iew upstairs.

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The downstairs unit this patio.

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Asking price for both units furnished.. $62,500.

One our coastal tour we’ll learn about this land for sale… with a family of monkeys on 24 acres for $100,000 asking.

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We have great social times n our tours as well.  Delegates love sharing with one another. Here is one of our groups dancing one night in the courtyard of Meson de las Flores.

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