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The Aromahead Blog - Aromatherapy Education and Resources

    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). […]

    How to Know if an Essential Oil is Pure (This Method Is Reliable!): All About GC/MS Testing

    December 04, 2009

    Here is a reliable way to know if an essential oil is pure (and why you should care). Back when I first began using essential oils as a massage therapist, I had a wake-up call. I had heard that adulteration (the practice of adding substances to bottles of essential oil) was unfortunately common in the Aromatherapy industry. And that it isn’t always easy to know if an essential oil is pure. But I used essential oils from a company that I knew and trusted. I wasn’t worried about adulteration. […]

    A Farmer’s Story – Searching for the True Frankincense

    November 16, 2009

    Mark, an essential oil distiller in South Africa, has sent me two kilos of his Frankincense essential oil, distilled from the resins he acquired on his trip. Here is Mark's story, in his words: […]

    Essential Oil Chemistry: Oils High in 1,8 cineole

    August 02, 2009

    When we study how to use the oils therapeutically, it's important to consider essential oil chemistry. Essential oils are made up of hundreds of natural chemical components.  These components are an important part of the essential oil's therapeutic action. Understanding the chemical components helps us understand how the essential oil might work therapeutically. There are many incredible benefits essential oils offer us--the aroma, the energy of the oil and plant, the plant part the oil comes from, the plant family...and the chemistry. Developing a deeper knowledge of essential oil chemistry is one way to expand our understanding of aromatherapy. […]

    Two Unique Chemotypes of Plai Essential Oil

    June 29, 2009

    We recently got introduced, in a cyberspace kind of way,  to a new distiller in Thailand. He told us about two other distillers he knew who both distilled Plai essential oil. […]

    Helichrysum Species

    June 27, 2008

    There are many Helichrysum species used to distill essential oils. Each species varies significantly in its chemistry, aroma and therapeutic properties. I have a deep appreciation for all the Helichrysum species. […]

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