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Silver Fir Essential Oil

by Andrea Butje on November 25, 2011

Silver Fir essential oil (Abies alba) is perfect for winter!

Silver Fir essential oil contains almost 50% d-limonene. Immunostimulant effects of d-limonene include stimulating lymphocyte proliferation (4) increasing the total white blood cell count (5), increasing the number and phagocytic activity of macrophages (1,2), and stimulating antibody production (5). Additionally, natural killer cell activity was enhanced in vitro by d-limonene (3).

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Aromahead Institute's 400-hour Scholars Program

by Andrea Butje on August 10, 2011

Interested in becoming certified in Aromatherapy? The Aromahead Institute Scholar's Program is designed to meet the highest level of Aromatherapy Certification in the USA.

The Aromahead Institute Scholar's Program provides an inspiring combination of courses leading to qualification to practice as a Clinical Aromatherapist.

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Component Blending

May 12, 2011

For 15 years, I've been importing essential oils from distillers, testing each batch with GC/MS and pouring countless kilos of essential oils into tiny 15 mL bottles. I just love essential oils. I love the aromas, the surprisingly effective impact they have on health--and yes, the chemistry! I'm especially interested in essential oil components. I've been blending from a component perspective for many years now, and have found the approach really effective. Component Blending with Sitka Spruce Let's consider Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis). Sitka has a nice percentage of beta myrcene (β-myrcene). I like β-myrcene. (I admit, I have molecular preferences--come on don't you?) As molecular structures go, beta myrcene seems simple, sweet, helpful and easy to relate to. I know, calling a molecule "sweet" means that some people have just closed their browsers and are no longer reading this post! […]

A New Component Database

April 10, 2011

Aromahead Institute recently launched a new Component Database, a subscription-based online tool for researching essential oil components and their therapeutic actions.   A component database subscription gives you access to exclusive datasheets compiled by Andrea Butje and Robert Tisserand. Each datasheet includes a molecular structure illustration, chemical family, therapeutic properties, medicinal actions, safety concerns, notes and detailed references. […]

Balsam Fir Essential Oil

January 28, 2011

Common Name: Balsam Fir Latin Name: Abies balsamea Balsam Fir is one of my closest essential oil companions. My experience highlights Balsam Fir essential oil's wonderful immune supportive, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. The pronounced monoterpene content of Balsam Fir essential oil suggests it can support movement in the body. This means it can open up the lungs and sinuses, and vitalize the overall energy in the mind and body. In the GC/MS report on Balsam Fir, we usually find some carene (δ-3) and limonene (d), along with (α) and (β) pinenes. Some of the research properties for each component: Carene (δ-3) -- anti-inflammatory and mucolytic Limonene (d) -- activates white blood cells, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, immunostimulant, skin penetration enhancer Pinene (α) -- anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal (candida), antispasmodic, antiviral Pinene  (β) -- anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antispasmodic To translate the research... […]

New Online Class from Aromahead Institute

November 15, 2010

I am so excited to announce Aromahead Institute's new class: The Online Advanced Graduate Program! To celebrate we are offering the class for $1050 until November 25th, 2010 (regularly $1200). […]

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