In my last post about aromatherapy blogs, I linked to eight blogs I read regularly.
I thought you might enjoy reading some excerpts from each of those blogs. There are so many wonderful voices in the aromatherapy and essential oils community, and there's always more to learn! I'm posting the first four excerpts in part one of this little series. The next ones will be in part two, later this week. I made this a two-parter, so if you actually read the whole post from each of these excerpts, you'll still have time to do something today!
Aromatherapy Article Archive
How to Make an Infused Oil
The easiest way to make an infused oil is with a crock pot with a very low heat setting. Since the infused oil must be gently heated, it is essential that your crock pot does not overheat the oil. Do not use a crock pot that only has one heat setting, as that crock pot most likely will overheat the oils. Add 2 ounces of your chosen carrier oil and 1/2 -- 2/3 ounce of dried herbs (if you use fresh herbs, double the amount of herbs used) to your spotlessly clean crock pot and stir well. Turn your crock pot to the lowest heat setting. Allow to heat on the lowest setting for two hours, stirring every 10--15 minutes (setting a timer to remind you to stir is important). After two hours, carefully strain the oil by using unbleached muslin (usually available at fabric stores). You should strain the oil at least twice. If any herbs remain in the infused oil, the oil can go rancid.
2. Aromatics International Blog
posted by Karen Williams, Certified Aromatherapist
While oil and water do not easily mix, this is a sure bet. Or is it? Read on. A few tricks, and we have a beautiful cream/lotion with simple, natural ingredients. There are three basic steps involved. The exact measurements aren’t important, but the steps are. The ingredients and steps are as follows:
1) Organic Oil mixture: (I used oils that I had on hand and wanted to try.) Use oils that are organic & unrefined.
Baobab Seed oil (Organic) -- 1/4 cup
This oil is luscious and has a wonderful aroma. Baobab oil is highly penetrating, deeply nourishing and softens dry skin. It is known to restore and re-moisturize the epidermis. Baobab Seed oil is a cell re-generator and gives the skin tone and elasticity. It’s also very stable with a 4--5 yr shelf life. Perfect choice for my face cream.
Rose-hip Seed oil (Organic) -- 1/4 Cup
Helps to rejuvenate the skin and is great to soften wrinkles and scars.
Beeswax (Organic) -- 1/2 Ounce
The more beeswax you add, the thicker your product will be. It also has a lovely aroma for blending! I used 1/2 ounce, as I live in a dry climate. If I lived in a more humid climate, I would use more.
Coconut oil (Organic) -- 1/3 Cup
Moisturizing and serves as a protective layer to retain moisture in your skin. Coconut oil doesn’t clog pores and is very healing. It smells amazing. Make sure it is Virgin and unrefined for the wonderful benefits.
3. Attune Aroma
posted by Dale Grados, Certified Aromatherapist
I’ve been playing around with hydrosols lately. The main reason is because I want to offer healing aromatic blends to my cat Sophie, and to all of my clients that have cats. Essential oils are highly concentrated and way too potent for your furry friend. The liver of a cat is simply not the same as ours, and they lack the ability to properly metabolize the various compounds in essential oils…especially those containing phenol. The end result can be gradual toxicity. I advise cat owners to stay far away from any holistic products such as shampoos or medications that contain essential oils, yet claim to be safe to use with cats. I’ve seen many products out there that have this claim, with the most alarming being a catnip spray containing catnip essential oil. Just because it’s catnip essential oil does not make it any less harmful. If anything, it may be more harmful, since your cat probably won’t be able to get enough of it. I experimented with catnip hydrosol and Sophie went crazy! I especially love it because it has all of the fun of catnip without the mess.