From Andrea: My Trip to Morocco
A while back, I went to Morocco. I think my favorite part of the trip was taking photos to capture the incredible people, the spices, the food, and the color. It’s hard to convey the vibrant energy of Morocco in words, so I thought it would be fun to share some of these pictures with you.
The buildings are works of art that surround you, with spacious rooms and intricate decoration. The culture is alive in the busy marketplace, which draws you in and fills your senses with sound, and with the aromatic scent of richly colored spices displayed around every corner. And need I mention the food? Oh . . . why not! It’s comforting and exotic at once. A simple meal in Morocco feels like a celebration of life!
Morocco is where argan oil is produced. I’ve shared a story about it below.
A Recipe for You: Neroli & Lavender Argan Oil for Moisturizing Dry Skin
I love using argan oil on my skin. It moisturizes, protects, and nourishes to help heal any damage and even out skin tone. You can even use it on your face. This recipe also works as a soap-free face wash. (And you don’t need moisturizer after washing!)
• 1 oz (30 ml) argan oil (Argania spinosa)
• 3 drops Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara)
• 10 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
You can use a 1 oz (30 ml) PET plastic jar with a flip top for this blend. Combine all your ingredients in the jar, close it and shake gently, then apply your body oil. A little bit goes a long way!
On the Aromahead Blog: Argan Oil, A Moroccan Jewel
I’ve been hearing about argan oil (Argania spinosa) for several years now, as it’s gained popularity in the USA. While in Morocco at the IFEAT conference, I listened to a wonderful lecture by Professor Saadia Zrira, a Moroccan woman responsible for launching the first female cooperative of women producing argan oil in Morocco.
Professor Zrira’s concentration is the technology of extraction, quality control and women’s issues. As you can imagine, I sat in the front row while she talked! Her interest is in discovering sustainable solutions to poverty and environmental concerns in rural Morocco through the cultivation of indigenous plants and the production of oils.
Argan oil is one of these solutions.
How is it produced? “Once ripe, argan fruits are typically collected by women and brought to the village where they are broken down the traditional way between two stones.” Read more.
Our Aromatherapy World: Aromatherapy Conferences
We are so excited to tell you about two upcoming Aromatherapy conferences in 2015!
2015 International Aromatherapy Conference and Wellness Expo
This is hosted by the AIA (Alliance of International Aromatherapists), and is being held in Denver from September 10 to 13. The theme of this conference is Share ~ Learn ~ Grow: Creating Higher Standards for Aromatherapy.
AIA’s conferences are not to be missed! They’re educational, professional and so enjoyable! AIA conferences are attended by aromatherapists, massage therapists, doctors, nurses, and practitioners in a wide variety of holistic healing arts. Click here to learn more and see the registration page.
8th International Scientific Aromatherapy Conference
The Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy is hosting this conference in San Francisco, November 6, 7, and 8.
The theme of this conference is about the future of essential oils in helping patients of chronic and degenerative diseases cope and heal. There is a lot research that's being done on this topic, and the conference will present lectures and reports by researchers and practitioners. You can click here to learn more.
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Aromahead Video: Muscle Pain Relief Blend
Aromahead recently published a new video on YouTube! It’s for a Muscle Pain Relief Blend.
This recipe is helpful for many different kinds of muscle pain. The essential oils in it are all great for reducing tension and inflammation. We’re blending them into a base of Trauma Oil (which is three herbs infused into olive oil—arnica, St. John’s wort, and calendula).
In a 1 oz (30 ml) glass bottle, combine:
• 1 oz (30 ml) Trauma Oil
• 10 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
• 5 drops Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
• 5 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
To use it, massage a few drops into your muscles anywhere you’re feeling sore.
The Trauma Oil alone would be so therapeutic, and adding these three essential oils takes the blend’s soothing effects to the next level. You just can’t go wrong with using Lavender in a blend for sore muscles! And I love how Peppermint’s cooling, pain-relieving properties really shine in this recipe.