Aromatherapy FAQ

April 17th, 2006

What Is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a gentle but powerful healing art that uses Therapeutic Grade pure Essential Oils in a way that can positively effect our physical, emotional and mental health.

Certified Aromatherapists will recommend massage (introduction through the skin) and inhalation (introduction through the respiratory system) as the most effective methods of introducing these wonderfully balanced and holistic gifts from nature into the human body. For massage, a good quality Carrier Oil, lotion, cream or salve is used to deliver the Essential Oils to the area needed. For inhalation, a simmering pot, Diffuser, hot tub, sauna - or something as simple as a common cotton ball is used.

While modern science can in some cases duplicate the fragrance of some Essential Oils, they have been unable to duplicate the benefits each can deliver. Each Essential Oil is made up of between 50 to 500 different chemicals that occur in nature. Essential Oils can be used for pleasure only, to scent your environment, or be used in an effective natural way to enhance Beauty and health.

What are Essential Oils?

Essential Oils are very volatile substances produced from botanical sources. They are the concentrates of sromatic molecules of the plant or its parts. The molecules can be considered the hormones of the plant, as they control certain functions of the plants life. Many people think of Essential Oils as the spirit of the plant.

Pure Essential Oils are naturally occurring substances found in different parts of plants - the Blossom, fruit, leaf, stem, Bark, wood or resin. Through a complicated and often expensive process of distillation or solvent extraction, these precious oils are captured and bottled. The Essential Oils are then measured and combined according to the quality each oil possesses, and this blend is then administered to the recipient.

What are Essential Oils made of?

Essential Oils are compositions made of the basic Organic elements; carbon, oxygen and hydrogen, forming alcohols, Esters, ketones, oxides, phenols, and terenes. An Essential Oil can contain between 10 to 200 components and other minor trace compounds that are very difficult to analyze. Essential Oils form very interesting and specific molecules that react against such microorganisms as bacteria and viruses. Such molecules can sometimes form a vitamin composition or a hormone-type chemical.

How do Essential Oils Enter the Body?

Three ways… 1. Through our skin. The largest organ in the human body, and accessible to Essential Oils because the molecular structure of the Essential Oils is so small they can enter through the skin and enter the blood steam. A modern application of this principal is used by many people today and is known as the patch. To Quit Smoking, or to raise estrogen levels in post Menopausal women, medication is introduced at a gentle and consistent level into the body through the skin. Massage is another way Essential Oils are introduced into the body. Essential Oils in salves, creams, oils, perfumes all are vehicles of delivery. Essential Oils take about half an hour to be absorbed.

  1. Through smell. The olfactory system, (nose) sends the chemical message of the Essential Oils through the limbic part of our brain, which is the oldest part of our brain. Here the message is telegraphed to our central nervous system and to our glands, which control how our body functions. Methods to use here are in baths, Diffusers, humidifiers, hot tubs, steams, perfumes, on a hanky, or pillow. Takes only seconds for the message to be received.

  2. Ingesting. In North America, ingesting can never be suggested. It is not the best method, in any case, as the Essential Oils end up reacting with the other materials in the digestive tract, and are often of very little use to the client.

How is a skin test performed?

We recommend testing Essential Oils by applying a small amount of diluted Essential Oil to a small skin area. If irritation or burning occurs, dilute the area with Massage Oil and discontinue use.

Are Essential Oils used by doctors or hospitals?

Hospitals in England and France make a great therapeutic use of Essential Oils. There are many medical studies that support therapeutic results from the use of Essential Oils. The US utilizes Essential Oils less than most other countries for therapeutic assistance. In the US, massage therapists, reflexologists, accupressurists, nail salons, skin specialists and homeopathic practitioners generally make use of Essential Oils.

How long do Essential Oils last, once purchased?

Most Essential Oils will last 1-2 years if kept in a dark bottle in a cool place. Some of the resinous oils are more like wine, in that they actually get better with age! Because citrus oils are top notes and highly volatile, they should be used up within one year, and once oils are blended with Carrier Oils they should be used up within 1 to 2 months as the therapeutic value starts to diminish.

Essential Oils can be classified into top, middle, and base notes, signifying the length of time an oil’s scent can be detected.

Top notes (oils like Bergamot, Petitgrain, citrus bases) tend to last 2-3 hours and are the first part of any blend that you smell first. Top notes give the first impression of the blend.

Middle notes (oils like Lavender, Chamomile, Geranium) give blends body and help to round out the sharp edges of the top notes. Typically these scents (and effects) can last upward of 2-3 days.

Base notes or fixatives (like Patchouli, Clary Sage, Myrrh, Cedarwood) help to deepen the blend and create a lasting aroma. When smelled directly from the bottle they may have very little scent, but once used in a blend and applied to the skin, they react strongly and release their power. These scents (and effects) can last from several days to a week, depending on the oil.

What are the benefits of Aromatherapy?

Odors bring back memories and influence our behaviour. Depending on the fragrance, odours can calm, relax, stimulate associations, evoke, frighten and arouse us. In fact, we have the capacity to distinguish up to 10,000 different odours that influence our memory and feelings and impact our quality of life.

In addition to the mind-emotional benefit, many oils have been scientifically proven to have Antibacterial, antiviral, Antimicrobial, antifungal and Antiseptic effects. Oils are also capable of exerting effects on various body systems and organs.

Can a person be allergic to a scent?

NO, there are no allergens present in an aromatic chemical. However, if a person has an allergy to grass for example and smells something similar, they can react with similar sensitivities because of the scent memory.

What scent makes people buy more?

There is no particular scent. It depends on many factors, such as overall atmosphere, customer service, lighting and design. Scent compliments a marketing theme to create a better environment. In fact, recent tests have proven that people will stay longer in a store with pleasant odours, that it has a positive effect on the perception of a product and will influence the purchase decision.

What scents are most conducive to relaxation and passion?

According to certain research it was discovered that women really like the smell of Granny Smith Green Apples, and Cinnamon Rolls and other baked goodies. They feel more relaxed and at home with sweet and spicy smells such as these. They are more encumbered to be more passionate, because such smells remind them of a homey atmosphere? They dont like strong smells such as cherry or strawberry. Men favor a more woodsy aroma with hints of spice, like cedar, and Myrrh. Walk into a real cedar cigar humidor and you will understand.

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Profiling Essential Oils

April 16th, 2006

How to conduct your own aroma profile on an Essential Oil.

Like most perfumes, Essential Oil aromas change over time. This easy system will help you profile your oils and keep the information for reference when formulating your own blends.

Time Required:2-14 hours

Here’s How:

  1. Dip a scent strip in a selected Essential Oil.
  2. Record time dip was taken as well as your description of the aroma.
  3. After 15 min. smell the scent strip and record your impressions and any changes you notice.
  4. After another 15 min. take a second scent strip and dip it in the same oil.
  5. Compare and record your impressions of both dips.
  6. Continue every 30 minutes until dry out of both dips.
  7. Once dip strip has dried out, note the residual aromas if any.

Tips:

  1. Some oils such as Sandalwood and Patchouli may take days to dry out. Residual odors may last for weeks.
  2. Record thoughts, emotions and feelings as well as odor descriptions and notes (see Related Resources for an explaination on notes) during each reading.
  3. Have fresh coffee beans close at hand to smell inbetween and during sessions. This will help prevent “tolerance” to picking up scent.

What You Need:

* Scent strips
* Essential Oils
* Notebook and pen
* Clock or timer<p><i>-----


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Ancient History of Aromatherapy

April 16th, 2006

Nobody knows exactly where and when the healing art of aromatherapy began. Nevertheless, it has its roots in the rites and rituals of earliest mankind. By analysis of fossilised pollens found in ancient habitation and burial sites of early humans, scientists have discovered traces of plant that have known medicinal properties.

At least some of these properties must have been evident to these early people, who would have made the discovery either by accident or by observation. Early man would soon have recognised which leaves, berries, fruit or roots encouraged wounds to heal or sickness to improve. He would also have observed which plants sick animals sought out and ate. They discovered startling proof of the early use of plants by Neanderthal man in 1975 at a cave site in Iraq.

Scientific excavation showed signs of human habitation for 60 000 years and the discoveries there have been some of the most significant and important finds to date. At this site in 1975, the burial of a Neanderthal adult male was discovered. The subsequent soil analysis showed pollen evidence that the body had been placed on a bed of a type of woody Horsetail plant and that it had been buried with a wreath of flowers. The plants used for the wreath are all well known today and still used for their medicinal properties.

They include Yarrow, groundsel, cornflower, St. Barnaby’s thistle, grape, hyacinth and hollyhock. As several of these plants are known to have wound healing and fever reducing properties, it is tempting to think that they were used for those same properties by the Neanderthal man, who, far from being a lumbering cretinous creature, had now been shown to have been a thinking, feeling being as demonstrated by the care of the burial ritual.

Early man would also have observed that the smoke from his fire could produce various effects. Some woods or bushes, when burnt and the smoke inhaled, can produce drowsiness, some excitement and others hallucinations. Little wonder that smoke and fire were considered magical and formed an integral part of many rituals. They thought that some wood smoke was beneficial and the ’smoking’ by sick people was an early medical treatment.

Fumigation with aromatic plants and woods has been an accepted medical practice for thousands of years and is still used in some parts of the world today. Until as recent as, early 20th Century hospitals in Europe burnt Rosemary and Thyme as a disinfectant. Deliberate cultivation of plants began with Neolithic man and the plants cultivated included the poppy. It seems highly unlikely that early man was aware of the narcotic effects.

The white spotted red mushroom (Fly Agaric), beloved of all illustrators of children’s fairy tales, was another of the earliest substances used by man for its hallucinatory effects. Perhaps this explains its connection with fairies and magical tales. The hallucinatory effects were evident in some of Alice’s experiences in Wonderland! Lewis Carroll was known to have studied the effects of Fly Agaric.

Evidence of the widespread use of aromatic plant substances was seen in the tomb paintings of the ancient Egyptians 5000 years ago. Plant substances were used not only for medicinal, but also for perfumes and cosmetics, in preservation and preparation of food to enhance flavour and aid digestion.

They were also used for their anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties to stave off illness and epidemic. Some were even found to have contraceptive qualities. The ancient Egyptians practised a sophisticated level of medicine and many of the plants that they used are today recognised as beneficial in the treatment of certain diseases. Their surgeons even developed techniques for successful brain surgery. Evidence of this has been found on many mummified remains, which show clear signs of skull surgery in which the bones of the skull had healed and knitted together some considerable time before death.

They cultivated fields of fruits and vegetables and gardens of Herbs. Plant substances were used extensively in pills, potions, pastes, ointments, infusions, poultices, powders and suppositories. And when the ancient Egyptian died, plant substances, bitumen’s and resins were used in the most important ritual of all - embalming his body so that his Ba, or spirit, could live for eternity. The embalming of royal bodies and High Court dignitaries involved the removal of the internal organs, which they embalmed separately and stored in canopic jars for later burial in the tomb.

The intestinal cavity was cleaned with palm wine and all hollow parts of the body were filled with aromatics and Spices. The body was dry-salted and left for 70 days. They then wrapped the body with gummed bandages and prepared it for the funeral procession to the tomb.

The famous Egyptologist, Howard Carter, who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen, was profoundly moved when the sarcophagus of the king, who was 18 years old at the time of his death, was opened revealing the dried well-preserved flower garlands draped around his neck. These would have been placed in the tomb by the hands of his young widowed queen, whose footprints were still clearly visible in the undisturbed dust in the tomb. T

hree thousand years slipped away and, it seemed to Carter, that the young queen had stepped out of the tomb only moments before. He was acutely aware that he was, breathing the very air that had last been breathed by the ancient mourners. Although Tutankhamen died at a very young age.

Many of the ancient people’s life span must have increased considerably if we consider the medicinal properties of the commonly used plants used by the Egyptians and other ancient civilisations - for example, the Greeks, Romans and Mesopatanians. Noting how very familiar these plants are to us today is interesting.

Consider this list: rhubarb watermelon Garlic Coriander cedar grapes Cumin Cypress olives onions Thyme Mustard apples roses caraway Fennel saffron Juniper quince Angelica Marjoram mint Parsley radishes leeks Bay Tarragon Ginger Cinnamon aniseed Frankincense poppy Yarrow

As the Roman Empire expanded, their knowledge spread widely and probably arrived in Britain with the Roman legions. In the 11th Century Arabia, Avicenna, the famous court physician recorded his use of over 800 plants in his treatments. Historically, he is an important figure in the later development of Aromatherapy because he used massage and manipulation as part of his treatment.

He was also largely responsible for the refining of distillation techniques to derive oils from plants. Medieval Europe saw the use of plants in infusions, pills, potions, pomanders and nosegays, which were sniffed as protection against epidemic and pestilence. The Herbs Lavender, Sage and Rosemary were used widely to scent linen and to protect materials against moths.

Herbs were strewn on the floors of dwellings to perfume rooms and repel fleas, flies and ticks. In times of plague, bonfires were lit at intervals along the streets in the belief that the smoke would act as a powerful disinfectant and would give some protection against infection.

Although many uses of plants through the centuries would have been extremely effective, some were not and this type of fumigation during the times of the bubonic plague would provably have been useless.

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Essential Oils and Massage

April 15th, 2006

Who doesn’t love a massage?

The use of Essential Oils in massage is a fantastic way to maximize the healing power of the massage itself. When combined with Essential Oils, a massage can have a powerful calming or energizing effect, depending on the oil chosen and the strokes of the masseur (quick movements will stimulate and slow movements relax).

When using Essential Oils in massage, always dilute the oils in a Carrier Oil prior to application to the skin. As we’ve said before, Essential Oils are very powerful concentrates, and unless indicated otherwise, should not be directly applied to the skin or irritation can result.

Carrier Oils:

Carrier Oils are just that. They are the oils that carry the Essential Oil. There are a wide variety available including the following:

  • Almond Oil - very easily absorbed by the skin, is very smooth, has little smell, keeps well, contains vitamin D and has beneficial effects on hair, dry skin and brittle nails
  • Apricot Kernel Oil - light, contains Vitamin A, particularly good for use on the face if the skin is dry or aging
  • Avocado Oil - heavy, rich in nutrients, very good for dry aging and sensitive skins Evening Primrose Oil - helpful for skin conditions such as Eczema and Psoriasis, only keeps for about 2 months after opening
  • Grapeseed Oil - light, good for oily skin, one of the least expensive oils
  • Hazelnut Oil - penetrates the skin very easily and is deeply nourishing Jojoba Oil - light, rich in Vitamin E, beneficial for spots, Acne, Dandruff and dry scalp
  • Olive Oil - can be used in a pinch, but has a strong smell which may compete with the Essential Oil
  • Peach Kernel Oil - light, contains Vitamins A & E, very good for the face
  • Soya Oil - easily absorbed, rich in Vitamin E
  • Sunflower Oil - contains essential Fatty Acids, rich in Vitamin E, has a slightly nutty smell
  • Wheatgerm Oil - contains Vitamins A, B, C and E, firms and tones the skin, reduces blemishes, can help to reduce Scar tissue and Stretch Marks, has a strong smell

The Massage:

When combining oils to be used in massage, have the proper supplies on hand. Dark bottles (brown, Blue, etc.) in a 2oz size work very well, and can be obtained with relative ease.

Using a small funnel, fill the container half full until you have about 1oz of Carrier Oil. To the Carrier Oil, add 12-15 drops of Essential Oil and place the lid on the container. Shake well (the container - not you!!).

You can use only one Essential Oil or combine up to three of your choice to comprise the 12-15 drops. And there you have it! Your very own blend of massage oil!

Tip: Make small quantities as outlined above or you may end up with leftovers - blended oils will turn rancid fairly quickly. Store in a cool dark place with the lid tightly closed and they will last up to three months. Let your nose be your guide - if the blend no longer smells good, consider a fresh mix!

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What Is Aromatherapy?

April 14th, 2006

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy, sometimes also referred to as aromatic or scent medicine, is the art of healing the body using naturally distilled essences from different parts of plant to improve and enhance your everyday emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. These essences are known as Essential Oils.

What are Essential Oils?

These oils are the concentrated essences of the aromatic plant. They can be used as an analgesic (to alleviate pain), an anti-inflammatory (to reduce swelling), an anti-bacterial, an anti-fungal, an anti-viral (to prevent infections). Since scent stimlates the part of the brain that effects your emotions, Essential Oils can also sooth and calm….or energize and arouse.

These Essential Oils are highly concentrated and are measured in drops. They should be housed in dark colored air tight bottles in a cool area, out of direct light. Unless noted, they should not be applied directly to the skin, but instead placed in a Carrier Oil such as Almond oil, so as to avoid irritation.

How does aromatherapy work?

Our sense of smell is about 10,000 times stronger than our sense of taste, but it is truly underappreciated. The olfactory system of your brain has a memory of scents and the longest recall of all the senses.

Just think… does the smell of baking bread bring back vivid memories of visits with a relative in your childhood.. ever catch a whiff of the cologne/perfume of an old lover? Memories that are attatched to sent are stronger!!!!

Scent also stimulates the limbic system of the brain which responds by releasing neuro-chemicals. Such as Seratonin and Endorphins. These chemicals calm us.. arouse us… alleviate discomfort.

Aromatherapy is a holistic treatment, the aim of which is to produce a physical, spiritual, emotional and mental sense of well-being through inhalation and massage of Essential Oils. Essential Oils are derived from plants and are chosen for their particular therapeutic qualities that are stimulating, refreshing and sedative.

Aromatherapy is also referred to as the fragrant art of using socially selected aromatic oils for therapeutic purposes. It is one of the fastest growing complementary therapies in the world and is recognised as one of the most natural and holistic treatments available today.

Aromatherapy does not aim to treat disease. Its aim is to release feelings of well-being, harmony and improved mental and physical health.

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Making Bath and Massage Oils

February 8th, 2006

Bath and massage oils are made by adding Essential Oils to vegetable Carrier Oil bases. The ratio is one teaspoon of Essential Oil to 4 ounces of Carrier Oil. Use amber or cobalt Blue glass for your oils and keep out of direct light. Do not store in plastic bottles. It is best not to store in the bathroom because of the heat during showers.

Bath Oils

Using Essential Oils in the bath is one of the nicest ways to enjoy their therapeutic benefits. Adding them to a Carrier Oil help to disperse the Essential Oils throughout the water and onto to your body. Lighter oils disperse more readily in the water. To use bath oils, draw your bath first, close the door and then add about two teaspoons of bath oil to your water.

Heavier oils lie on the top of the bath water and will cling to your skin when leaving the bath.

Light oils suitable for bath oils that readily disperse include Sunflower oil and Grapeseed oil.

Sunflower oil contains Vitamins A, B, D and E, (the principal one) and is high in unsaturated Fatty Acids. Grapeseed Oil contains a high percentage of linoleic acid and some Vitamin E.

Massage Oil

Massage oils can be made from many different vegetable Carrier Oils. Choose the oil based on what you want the oil to do. Use a lighter oil if you want the oil to be absorbed readily into the skin. Use a heavier oil if you want the oil to stay on the top of the skin. You can also choose the oil by what part of the body you are working on, for example Kukui Nut oil would be a perfect choice for the face and neck. A heavier oil such as sweet Almond might be the choice for a foot massage for very dry feet.

Vegetable Carrier Oils:

Sweet Almond Oil The large molecules in this oil make it a heavier oil best suited for heavy massage or for a very moisturizing cream or salve. Sweet Almond oil contains Vitamins A, B1, B2 and B6 and a small amount of E. Protects and nourishes the skin.

Apricot Kernel Oil Medium-light weight oil suitable for massage. Use in cream and lotion recipes. Good for all skins, especially prematurely aged, sensitive, inflamed and dry. Contains Minerals and Vitamins.

Avocado Oil Medium-heavy weight oil suitable for massage. Use up to one-fourth to a cream or salve base. Contains Vitamins A, B, and D and is rich in lecithin. Penetrates the upper layers of the skin. Has beneficial effect on dry skin and wrinkles.

Grapeseed Oil Light weight oil suitable for light massage and is water-dispersible in the bath. Contains Vitamins, Minerals and protein. Good all around oil. Grapeseed oil is not suitable for creams or lotions.

Hazelnut Oil Medium weight oil suitable for light massage. Perfect for Base Oil for creams. Hazelnut oil is said to penetrate the top layer of the skin slightly, being beneficial for oily or combinations skins and effective on Acne. It is stimulating to the Circulation and also has astringent properties. Contains oleic acid and a small proportion of linoleic acid.

Jojoba, Refined Colorless Jojoba is not an oil, but a liquid wax; excellent choice for many aromatherapy uses. Most often used as the Carrier Oil of choice to use with Essential Oils. A must in all your cream and lotion recipes. It is very stable, having extremely good keeping qualities. Useful oil in cases of Acne.

Jojoba, Golden Organic Choose this Jojoba for heavier creams, Soap making and when you want extra moisturizing. Less refined, it retains more Vitamins and Minerals than the refined. Not quite as stable. Jojoba contains myristic acid, which has anti-inflammatory properties.

Kukui Nut Oil Light to medium weight oil. New on the scene, this oil is wonderful for mature, aging skin. Has a slight odor, which can be overcome by adding Essential Oils. Not offensive. Kukui Nut oil is readily absorbed into the skin and leaves the skin soft and very moisturized. An excellent oil to add to your cream and lotion formulas.

Macadamia Nut Oil Medium weight oil suitable for massage. It is highly emollient and a good addition to your cream formulas. Very nice “feel” to the oil when applied to the skin.

Olive Oil Heavy weight oil suitable for massage. Wonderful for salves, Olive Oil is emollient, soothing to inflamed skin. Use regular, not extra virgin, unless the odor is not objectionable.

Sunflower Nut Oil Very light weight oil - perfect choice for bath oils. Also excellent in lotions, as this oil is most readily absorbed into the skin. Not suitable for massage due to absorption rate.

Essential Oil Blends for the Bath and Massage

Lavender Lavender is calming as well as uplifting and can be safely used with children. It’s sweet floral-herbaceous scent and balsamic-woody undertone may help to unwind at the end of a stressful day.

Lavender/Rose Geranium Two parts Lavender to one part Rose Geranium. This recipe is meant to help calm your mind and lift your spirits. Rose Geranium has a rosy sweet scent and may be anti depressant and uplifting.

Eucalyptus Blend Four parts Eucalyptus 70/75 and one part Tangerine Essential Oils. Will help relieve cold symptoms, especially in the bath. Add to a Carrier Oil/oils for muscular aches and pains. Warming to the skin. Fragrance is fresh and pungent.

Morning Energizer Two parts Lemon, one part Rosemary, two parts Tangerine. Energize with this refreshing blend. A wonderful morning wake-up and summertime refresher.

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Oil Measurements and Equivalents

January 14th, 2006

3 teaspoons (tsp) = 1 tablespoon (tbls) 2 tablespoons (tbls) = 1 ounce (oz) 6 teaspoons (tsp) = 1 ounce (oz) 10 milliliter (ml) = 1/3 oz. 15 milliliter (ml) = 1/2 oz. 30 milliliter (ml) = 1 oz. 10 milliliter (ml) = approximately 300 drops

Generally 2 drops of Essential Oil should be used per Tsp of Carrier Oil (but follow individual recipes if available.

Generally it takes from 1 to 2 oz of Carrier Oil for a full body massage.

Generally you can use any kind of natural Carrier Oil except mineral oil. There are lots to choose from and each has their own properties.

For most applications, I prefer our own Massage Base. It’s a combination of Sweet Almond, Grapeseed and Jojoba oils.

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Essential Oil Application Methods

December 19th, 2005

BATH:

Add 10-12 drops of a single oil or a blend to 1/2 Cup Epsom Salts or baking soda - or 5 drops to 1 TBSP of Epsom Salts or baking soda. Pour it into a hot bath while it is filling. Soak until water cools.

DIRECT INHALATION:

Apply 2-3 drops of Essential Oil or blend to palm of one hand, rub palms together, cup hands over nose and mouth and inhale vapors deeply 6-8 times.

DIFFUSION:

A few drops in a Diffuser (for therapeutic use, cold air Diffusers do not harm the fragile properties of Essential Oils), you can buy electric devices, Candle warmed, ceramic rings to place on light bulbs, or just use a bowl of warm water.

Using heat to diffuse Essential Oils will destroy Essential Oils, rendering them therapeutically ineffective. Cold air Diffusers gently break up Essential Oils into tiny molecules through micro diffusion thus retaining the integrity of the oils. This process creates a fine mist vapor that floats in the air and can be absorbed gently into the body through the respiratory system. If you’re diffusing an oil only for aroma, an Oil Burner works perfectly. But, if you’re using an Essential Oil or blend for therapeutic benefit, use a cold air Diffuser.

COMPRESS:

Dilute 1 part Essential Oil or blend with 4 parts vegetable oil (olive works great) and apply 8-10 drops on affected area. Cover with moist hand towel or wash cloth. Cover the moist towel with a dry towel and leave in place for 10-15 minutes. If there is inflammation - always use a cold compress. If there is no inflammation, use a warm compress.

FOOT REFLEX POINTS:

Massage oil or blend with the side of your thumb or reflex tool on the corresponding reflex point on the feet. Use a press and circle motion for 10-20 seconds per point.

RECTAL RETENTION: (only if directed)

Dilute 15 drops recommended Essential Oil(s) or blend with 1 TBSP vegetable oil. Insert 1 TBSP into rectum with a bulb syringe and retain overnight.

VAGINAL RETENTION: (only if directed)

Apply 5-8 drops of oil or blend on a tampon and insert into vagina for internal infection; or apply to sanitary pad for external lesions. Retain overnight.

VAPORIZE:

Run hot, steaming water into sink or large bowl. Drape towel over head, covering hot water also. Add 3-6 drops Essential Oil(s) or blend to the water. Inhale vapors as deeply as possible several times through the nose as they rise with the steam. Recharge vapors with additional hot water as needed.

MASSAGE:

Blend 15 drops of Essential Oil per ounce of Carrier Oil (Almond, Apricot, Jojoba) and indulge in the power of touch.

OTHER USES:

Facial steams, foot soaks, insect repellant, household cleaning…. and much more… use your imagination

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Safety Precautions When Working With Essential Oils

December 18th, 2005

Since essentail oils are 100 times more potent than their plant sources, care must be taken in how and when they are used.

*Do not ingest oils by mouth *Keep out of eyes *Many Essential Oils cannot be applied directly to the skin *Research any Essential Oil in reference books, for specific precautions, warnings, etc.

As with any natural substance, the possibility exists for allergy… start with very small amounts and watch for reactions, then increase dosage, within the given guidelines

Pregnancy

The following oils should be avoided during pregnancy: Basil, Birch, cedar, Clove bud, Clary Sage, Cypress, Fennel, Jasmine, Juniper Marjoram, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme

Skin Irritants

These oils may irritate the skin, and should be diluted in a Carrier Oil before applying to the skin or used in a bath : Basil, Cinnamon, Clove bud, Fennel, Siberian Fir, Lemon, Lemongrass, Melissa, Peppermint, Thyme, Tea Tree, Verbena

Photosensetivity

These oils can cause skin sensitivity in the presence of ultraviolet light and should NOT be used beofre exposure to direct sunlight: Angelica, Bergamot, Mandarin, Lemon, Lime, Petitgrain, St. John’s Wort, Verbena

High Blood Pressure

The following oils should not be used by anyone with high blood pressure:Hyssop, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme Skin Allergies

Skin Conditions

If one is suffering from dermatitis or other allergic skin conditions then these oils should be avoided: Benzoin, Rose Geranium, Jasmine, Pine, Ylang Ylang

Toxic oils

These oils should be avoided: bitter Almond, Mugwort, Mustard, Pennyroyal, Rue, Sassafrass, Southernwood, Tansy, Wintergreen

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Aromatherapy and You

December 17th, 2005

Aromas are inescapable! Think about how you encounter them on a daily basis from roses in the garden, a cup of steaming mochacchino or soothing Jasmine tea, Basil that permeates spaghetti sauce, and fresh citrus juices.

Noses detect hundreds of scents a day, and of those, the aromas of plants, fruits, barks and roots are able to do more than just feed us. Leaves from the Tea Tree plant not only heal cuts and burns, but the Essential Oil is strong enough to use as an all-purpose cleaner.

The Lavender flower yields an oil that can ward off insects, reduce stress, scent linens and get rid of Bruises. Peppermint oil is a natural way to bid farewell to unwanted houseguests like bugs and mice.

Did you know that the sodas and flavored bottled waters you drink contain Essential Oils? That the common Vanilla flavor you find in ice cream is made from dark brown Vanilla pods?

Perfumes and colognes contain numerous blends of Essential Oils. High quality Soaps, shampoos, bath oils, body powders and lotions all include varied essences of flowers, plants and fruits.

I had many successful experiences using pure Essential Oils, and I have read and heard of so many others enjoying relief from pain, healing of skin problems, awakening of positive spirits, etc. For example, a few years ago, before I had my own bath & body products business, I had to find a full time job.

That prospect didn�t make me enthusiastic, yet after applying a small dab of Lemon Essential Oil, diluted in a Jojoba oil carrier base, I was feeling cheerful and positive. This in turn came through in the interview and I was hired that afternoon.

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a therapeutic natural practice that can be used to advance health, Beauty and a sense of ease. It involves using pure Essential Oils with various methods, including bathing, inhalation and massage. Aromatherapy is derived from two words: Aroma means scent and Therapy means treatment. This scent/treatment has evolved over the centuries and across continents.

In his book �The Art of Aromatherapy� Robert B. Tisserand examines what happened to mankind during the twentieth century: �Our minds have run away with us, and as we have become more obsessive, so we have become steadily more neurotic.

As doctors increase their knowledge of disease so disease becomes more tenacious and widespread. As new drugs are formulated and marketed, the harm done by those drugs increases proportionally.�

Aromatherapy works in harmony with your body. Side effects from properly administered dosages are absent. Your body becomes stronger as it�s fed the complex nutrients of purity from Essential Oils, not something synthesized in a lab and deprived of all its components.

There are no new Essential Oils�only the same, reliable plant life that has been used successfully for thousands of years. Combining the rich and fragrant oils of Rose, Jasmine and Neroli, for example, may appear to be a new twist to you, but guaranteed this expensive blend of floral oils have been utilized for an individual with an overactive mind some other time and place.

A Brief History Of Aromatherapy

Before 1993 you wouldn�t have been able to find the word �aromatherapy� listed in a dictionary even though this art/science has been effectively used for thousands of years. In fact, the word was invented in the 1920�s by a French chemist by the name of Ren�-Maurice Gattefoss� who studied the cosmetic properties of plants. He soon learned that plants contained Organic Antiseptic elements that worked better than inorganic antiseptics.

His interest was further ignited when he there was an explosion in his laboratory; badly burning has hands. Immediately he poured Lavender Essential Oil Essential Oils that can be applied directly on the skin on them and made the not so astonishing discovery that his hands healed quickly and with no scarring.

However, the usage of aromatic plants has been going on for thousands of years. From the civilizations of ancient Egypt, India, China, Greece, and Rome, floral and herbal oils have been used in all manner of ways from flavoring food and beverages to being poured into baths and massaged into the body.

The Romans weren�t shy about employing scents. They inundated their baths and banquets with floral concoctions from scattering Rose petals on floors to anointing their bodies with floral perfumes. After bathing their bodies were massaged with aromatic oils. Their beds and clothing, bodies and hair were scented with perfumes. Even men scented themselves with balsam and Cinnamon oils.

The natural healing system of ayurveda, meaning �science of life� was established approximately 4000 years ago in the Himalayan region. Plants and all their properties are a relevant part of ayurvedic medicine that continues to be practiced where it started and has now spread around the world.

Hippocrates is known as the �father of medicine�, and this Greek doctor was a noted advocate for the usage of Essential Oils, especially in the form of daily baths and Massages. Resins of Myrrh and oils of Cinnamon were often applied to a patient to soothe inner and outer complaints.

Essential Oils vs. Fragrance Oils:

Pure, unadulterated Essential Oils derived from the leaves, roots, seeds, flowers or Bark of a plant or tree are the source extracted directly from nature via a form of steam distillation. When you first begin working with Essential Oils, take care in handling them.

Lavender Essential Oil is quite safe for the skin, as is Tea Tree, but some people can have allergic reactions to them. When handling Essential Oils, it�s wise to do a skin test. Simply apply a tiny amount on your wrist, and if there�s no reaction within 24 hours you are safe. As these oils can be costly, you must take care that they�re always kept in a cobalt or amber colored glass bottle and stored in a cupboard and kept in a cool, dry place.

When you buy an oil, write the date on the vial. Most Essential Oils can last from one to three years. Citrus oils have a shelf life ranging from six months to less than two years. Essential Oils can last for several years, but the freshness disappears. There are some exceptions with the darker colored, �heavier� oils or resins. Patchouli is known to improve with age.

It�s important to know about fragrance oils and what they really are. I visited an e-group for soapmakers and when someone asked for a company where they could purchase Essential Oils, a person gave the name of a company that sold only fragrance oils!

Obviously, to this uninformed person, the terms are interchangeable. They�re not. Fragrance oils are synthesized in a laboratory. They are sometimes referred to as �nature identical.� If you�re looking for an inexpensive scent, then fragrance oils fit the bill. But fragrance oils are not Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils and never will be.

From personal experience, I�ve learned that sniffing an Essential Oil right from the bottle and diluting it with a Carrier Oil such as sweet Almond or Jojoba, makes a huge difference. I smelled my favorite, Vanilla absolute, a thick balsamic oil derived from the pod of the Vanilla plant.

I determined that the first whiff brought out the usual Vanilla scent I was accustomed to, but a millisecond later there was a stronger, harsher scent. I then added a few drops to a bottle of Sesame oil and the change was magnificent! I had the aroma I equated with the spicy-sweet scent of a dried Vanilla bean pod. The Carrier Oil had combined perfectly with the Essential Oil!

You should always dilute Essential Oils in Carrier Oils when applying directly to the skin, or even in the bathtub. This is a necessary safety precaution. Essential Oils are very strong and need to be diluted. Also, some Essential Oils may smell good enough to drink, but are for EXTERNAL USE ONLY!

AROMATHERAPY IN YOUR ENVIRONMENT

The methods described here are for those of you who wish to be able to change the fragrance environment of a room, car, office, closet, drawer, etc. There are psychological benefits to entering a room that has the crisp aroma of citrus, or a subtle scent of fresh blooming flowers.

Aroma LampsAroma Lamps are either electric or operated by a tea light or votive Candle. There is a small cup shaped portion that is usually made of glazed ceramic and holds a few ounces of water. However, other materials may include glass and stone. Warm or even hot water should be used; as that is less work the Candle has to do.

Only a few drops of Essential Oil are added to the water, thus making it ideal for costlier Essential Oils. Care should be taken to see that the water doesn�t boil away.

Atomizers � Requiring no heat, Atomizers, sometimes referred to as nebulizers or nebulizing Diffusers, disperse the Essential Oils on a revitalizing current of air as it passes through an intricately engineered blown glass chamber. This course naturally suspends and ionizes the oil into extremely fine molecules, causing them to remain suspended in the air for longer periods.

Many aromatherapist practitioners and others who utilize the finest Essential Oils choose Atomizers. It�s important to be careful with the Atomizers. Since there is a continuous mist emitted it should not be used for more than a few minutes at a time. Many of the models do have built-in timers to avoid any problems like overuse. Also, make sure that this is done in a clear area, away from furniture, wall hangings and other objects.

CandlesCandles create a more romantic ambiance and do double duty in helping disperse your preferred aroma throughout a room. In the spirit of true aromatherapy, it�s advised to use Beeswax, palm wax or soy wax Candles as paraffin contains carcinogenic chemicals. Wicks should be trimmed, and the Essential Oils need to be added at the top of the Candle, but never on the wick itself.

You can add the Essential Oils after the Candle has been lit and there�s a small pool of wax at the top of the Candle. Don�t add the oils to the flame itself as oils can catch fire.

Diffusers - You can buy Diffusers to plug into your car�s cigarette lighter, as you can also find those that plug into any wall socket. The Atomizers suspend a fine mist of Essential Oils into the air for aromatherapy is the best method of using Essential Oils for therapeutic treatments. Many aromatherapists believe that this is the most effective method of enjoying the aromas.

Sachets � If you want your linens to smell clean and fresh, the addition of a smell sachet filled with your favorite aroma will create a pleasant smell whenever you open the drawer or closet. You can buy them already made, or make them yourself. Highly recommended would be a small muslin or organza bag filled with dried Lavender buds and a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil. Not only is Lavender a universally pleasing aroma, it also serves as an all-natural way to keep moths away.

Carrier Oils:

The most common way to dilute a pure Essential Oil is with a cold-pressed Carrier Oil. Carrier Oils allow the Essential Oil to slowly permeate the skin, protecting it from irritation.

Jojoba, Sesame, sweet Almond, Rose hip, refined rice bran, wheatgerm, Evening Primrose, Grapeseed, Kukui Nut, Sunflower, Hazelnut, Safflower, Avocado or Apricot Kernel oils are commonly used. Several of the Carrier Oils can be combined and when Essential Oils are added, this makes for a very nutrient-rich bath oil.

Determining Quality of Essential Oils:

Read the label. If purchasing Rosemary oil, for example, you would expect to see that name on the label. However, here are the four facts that you will find on any bottle of Essential Oil from a reputable supplier/company:

1.Botanical/Latin name. In this case it would be Rosemarinus officinalis. 2.Part. What part of the plant has the Essential Oil been extracted from? For Rosemary, that is the leaf. 3.Method of extraction. Is it an absolute, enfleurage, carbon dioxide , or has it been steam distilled? In this case it has been steam distilled. 4.Country of Origin. Rosemary comes from many different countries, and in this case Morocco is the origin. Location can make a sizeable difference for many reasons such as climate, type of soil, high/low altitude, etc.

Aromatherapy isn�t government regulated. Products can claim to be �natural� when in fact distilled water is the only untainted ingredient. Any reputable retailer of Essential Oils will be very knowledgeable about their product and capable of proving its purity. They will and should be happy to answer your questions.

To learn more about aromatherapy, please get a copy of �The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils� by Julia Lawless, as the book features photographs of the Essential Oils themselves, botanical origins, along with several ways to safely use Essential Oils.

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy and Herbalism (Illustrated Encyclopedia S.)
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Mountain Rose Herbs is where NHH recommends you purchase all of your Bulk Herbs, Spices, Teas and single oils!

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