The Aromahead Blog - Aromatherapy Education and Resources
Why do some essential oils have multiple versions of their Latin names?
An example is Rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor and Rosmarinus officinalis ct. verbenone.
Both of these essential oils are Rosemary . . . but the Latin names are different.
Why is that? And does it matter which bottle you choose?
It just so happens that some plants are capable of producing more than one type of essential oil. (And yes—it does matter which one you choose.)
Isn’t that amazing?
The reason some plants can do this has to do with the environment and involves chemistry.
I’m going to say something that might sound a little surprising. I sometimes hesitate to say it, but I want to share it with you today because as essential oils get more popular with the public, I’ve found this statement to be more and more true. There are a lot of people who love essential oils—who use them, write about them, and offer advice to others—who only have a beginning level of education about them. They just haven’t experienced much training. They may understand that essential oil safety is important . . . but at the same time, they might not be aware of the variety of safety issues they need to pay attention to, or where to find reliable information. […]
There was a time in my life when I could never have imagined myself as an Aromatherapist. […]
When you talk about your favorite essential oils and how to use them, do you ever think, “I hope I’m saying the right thing!” Would you feel confident telling someone you’re an expert in essential oils? What would it take for you to have that confidence? I can tell you, from years of being a teacher, that EDUCATION is the best basis for confidence and success as an Aromatherapist. Knowledge truly is power. I have seen so many students go from knowing a few basics about essential oils, to being true experts, with knowledge of many different oils, how to use them, the science behind why they work, and the CONFIDENCE to use them creatively and talk about them clearly. […]