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The Aromahead Blog - Aromatherapy Education and Resources

    Essential Living: Aromahead Institute's first eBook!

    September 06, 2011

    I'm so excited to announce that I've published my first aromatherapy eBook! Essential Living: Aromatherapy Recipes for Health and Home. The 113-page aromatherapy eBook offers everything a beginner needs to get started with simple aromatherapy for health and home. The eBook includes over 60 easy recipes to help you create natural, safe and environmentally friendly products for beauty, skin care, your health, travel, emotional wellness and for cleaning and caring for every room in your home. […]

    Our Favorite Recipes for Blending

    May 10, 2011

    Over the past few years I've written several blog posts on blending. As with all blogs, posts from the past can get tucked away in the archives, never to be seen again! […]

    Excerpts From Our Favorite Aromatherapy Blogs: Part Two

    April 30, 2011

    Part one of this post gave excerpts from four of the aromatherapy blogs I recommend. Part two of this post offers four more blog excerpts for your reading pleasure! If you enjoy these excerpts, be sure to head over to the blogs to leave comments and interact with the authors.  Tell them Andrea at Aromahead Institute sent you! 4. NAHA Using Flower Essences with Essential Oils: Double the Flower Power! posted by Kelly Holland Azzaro, RA, CCAP, CBFP, LMT I am often asked by clients and students what the difference is between flower essences and essential oils (which some also call 'essences'). The difference between the two 'essences' is also what makes them a perfect match, especially when creating a blend for emotional balance and support. The basic difference is that essential oils are derived from the actual plant material, i.e., flowers, leaves, seeds, roots and bark by distillation or with citrus oils by cold expression method. These methods are used to create the essential oil found in colored bottles used in different aromatherapy applications. Flower Essences, on the other hand, are prepared by infusing the energy of the actual plant material into pure spring water, preserved with brandy or an organic vegetable glycerin, via the action of sunlight or moonlight. The flower essences can be taken internally, either under the tongue or in water. They can also be applied topically or mixed with a lotion, as in the Bach 'Rescue' cream. Another difference between flower essences and essential oils is that flower essences do not posses the actual scent of the plant. 5. Robert Tisserand A dash of TNT with that, madam? posted by Robert Tisserand One of the reasons given for supporting the Colorado bill was that the targeted ingredients are more stringently restricted in Europe than in the USA. It’s true that the FDA has prohibited only 9 substances as cosmetic ingredients, compared to 1,233 currently prohibited in Europe. Well, clearly “no contest” in the legal stringency stakes. But, the great majority of the 1,233 are petroleum derivatives, and many are pharmaceutical drugs, industrial solvents, or poisons such as curare, strychnine and arsenic--you can read the full list here. Very few of them would ever be considered as cosmetic ingredients, unless your idea of a totally yummy facial cleanser includes aircraft fuel with a soupcon of antibiotics and a touch of TNT. Should the same substances be prohibited in cosmetics in the USA? It’s a good question, but remember that most potential cosmetic ingredients are already regulated in the USA too. Not prohibited, but controlled to specific maximum levels. Read More […]

    Excerpts From Our Favorite Aromatherapy Blogs: Part One

    April 26, 2011

    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! 1. Aromatalk 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. […]

    Community Farms in South Africa: A Small Miracle

    February 28, 2011

    We recently received this story about community farms from one of our South African distillers and would love to share it with you! We have a very poor community in Bela Bela, who have quite a lot of land available to them because of the size of their tribal boundaries. (Bela Bela is about fours hours drive from Johannesburg, where our offices are.) About one year ago, the community, represented by Mr. Lelaka, decided to allocate some of the land to growing essential oil crops. Mr. Lelaka contacted us last year to ask for funding and education on farming essential oils. They received a small donation from a private bank investment which allowed them to build a small nursery, clear natural land, and put basic irrigation on the land from a river which flows through it. We were able to fund organic geranium plants to help them get started. We also have joined with them to try to find more funding to expand. We have met with them on numerous occasions (at our offices and on their land) to give advice and educate them on how to grow geraniums successfully. We prepared a 21-page presentation for them, to allow them to use the presentation as a marketing tool to try get funding. They were wanting to expand to alternate crops and to clear more land. […]

    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... […]

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