Three Unusual Spice Essential Oils for Aromatherapy

Posted on: January 26th, 2015 by
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Allspice Essential Oil (Pimento Berry): Photo Credit, Fotolia

Allspice Essential Oil (Pimento Berry): Photo Credit, Fotolia

Spice essential oils are warming for the winter months. Essential oils such as ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon are commonly used for Holiday and winter blends but there are some “lesser-known” spice essential oils, too. Here’s a quick look at three spice essential oils that might not be as familiar as others.

Anise Star Essential Oil

Anise star (Illicium verum), also known as star anise, is becoming more popular in aromatherapy use. Anise star is an evergreen tree that is native to south-east China and Vietnam. It is the star-shaped fruit that the tree bears which gives the plant its common English name. The fruits are extracted by steam distillation to produce a spicy, aniseed-like essential oil.

Star anise has been used in traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years, in particular for digestive and respiratory problems. It is also a popular ingredient for perfumers. Aromatherapists use star anise essential oil for problems such as muscle pain, indigestion, colds, and rheumatism.

Do not use star anise essential oil in pregnancy, or in large doses.

Cubeb Essential Oil

Cubeb (Piper cubeba) belongs to the same plant family as black pepper (Piper nigrum), that of Piperaceae. Therefore, it is similar in plant characteristics to the black pepper plant: an evergreen, climbing vine with heart-shaped leaves. The unripe fruits of the cubeb plant are steam distilled to produce a warm, woody, spicy essential oil with a hint of camphoraceous aroma.

Cubeb has traditionally been used as a domestic spice, like its close relative black pepper. As with many spice essential oils, cubeb essential oil is used in aromatherapy practice for respiratory and digestive complaints.

Allspice Essential Oil

Allspice (Pimenta officinalis), also known as pimento berry, belongs to the Myrtaceae plant family and is related to myrtle (Myrtus communis) and the eucalytpus spp.. Pimento (berry) is an evergreen tree that is native to the West Indies (Caribbean islands) and possibly central/south America; female trees bear berries from which the essential oil is distilled.

The name pimento is derived from the Spanish word pimienta, meaning pepper or peppercorn; the alternative English name of allspice refers to the aroma of the berries, reminiscent of cinnamon, pepper, clove, (juniper berries) and nutmeg – essentially “one spice.”

Allspice is also traditionally used as a domestic spice. Therapeutic properties for aromatherapy use include as an analgesic, muscle relaxant, carminative, and for various digestive complaints.

Use allspice essential oil in low dilutions as the chemical component eugenol may irritate the mucous membranes and cause skin irritation.

Learn More About Essential Oils with Sedona Aromatherapie

If you would like to study essential oils in aromatherapy practice and use in bath and body products, consider one of the Sedona Aromatherapie home study courses. Visit the courses home page to learn more.


  • Lawless, Julia, 1999, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, UK: Thorsons

  • The University of the West Indies website, Department of Chemistry, Jamaican Pimento, accessed January 26, 2014

  • Author is a UK-certified aromatherapist, published author in aromatherapy, accredited aromatherapy educator, and aromatherapy business owner.

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Winner of Authentic Aromatherapy Book Giveaway is….

Posted on: January 19th, 2015 by

Authentic Aromatherapy by Sharon Falsetto

Authentic Aromatherapy by Sharon Falsetto

Although the entries were few for the Authentic Aromatherapy First Birthday giveaway, it was still extremely difficult for me to choose a winner. After a lot of consideration, it came down to two nominations, and I simply couldn’t decide between the two of them. So – I chose both!

Why I Chose These Winners for the Authentic Aromatherapy Giveaway

All nominees were worthy of the book, and I really wish that I could have given each nominee a book. However, I am in the business of earning a living, so I had to draw the line somewhere!

I choose both of the winners nominated because I hope that, given both of their circumstances, they can find some useful information in the book to ease some of the suffering that they are both going through. Every little bit helps – and education is key when dealing with such conditions. Even if they only take away one small bit of advice from the book, it will have been worth it.

The lucky nominees who won this giveaway were:

  • Deannie Gresser (nominated by Anne Bankowski)

  • Charlotte (nominated by Karen Stephenson).

Congratulations, ladies!

Thank You Gifts for the Successful Nominees Go to….

Both nominees were nominated by friends who saw the struggle that these women were facing and reached out to them via social media, or work, to offer support in their hour of need. Social media, despite some of its negative attachments, has allowed us to support people online that we may never have “met” otherwise.

I myself have made several friends through social media – only one of which I have actually met in person – who have supported me and been a “cheerleader” (both personally and professionally) when I have needed it the most.

Those who nominated the winning nominees for the Authentic Aromatherapy First Birthday giveaway were:

  • Anne Bankowski

  • Karen Stephenson.

Both lucky ladies will receive a small aromatic gift for their kindness!

Get Your Copy of Authentic Aromatherapy

If you were not lucky enough to win this particular book giveaway, you can still purchase an unsigned copy of Authentic Aromatherapy from many online outlets, including Amazon, and other retail stores. Prices vary depending on the retailer.

If you would like a signed copy of the book, you can only obtain one by purchasing directly from the Sedona Aromatherapie website – but you also receive a complimentary aromatherapy blend with your order! The cost is $19.95 plus shipping.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the giveaway this time! I do appreciate your participation.

And a big THANK YOU to everyone who has purchased my book in this first year. I hope that it continues to delight and help many more in the years to come.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Sedona Aromatherapie Home Study Aromatherapy Courses

Posted on: January 12th, 2015 by
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A Beginner's Guide to Sedona Aromatherapie Home Study Aromatherapy Courses

A Beginner's Guide to Sedona Aromatherapie Home Study Aromatherapy Courses

New year is a time that we traditionally review our goals for the coming year. With that in mind, I wrote a short booklet in helping people to decide on a suitable home study course with Sedona Aromatherapie. Over the past couple of years, I have received many emails and queries from potential students about the aromatherapy courses. Therefore, I decided that a short informational guide would be beneficial, and the best part about it – it’s free to download!

About the Home Study Aromatherapy Course Booklet

The booklet covers the following topics:

Discount Codes for Aromatherapy Home Study Courses

As an introductory offer, A Beginner’s Guide to Sedona Aromatherapie Home Study Aromatherapy Courses includes a time-limited discount code for the two certification courses offered by Sedona Aromatherapie.

Note: I have extended the expiration date on the offer code in the booklet to January 17, 2015! Simply enter the same code at checkout to receive the discount.

Subsequent discount codes for aromatherapy courses can be obtained by subscribing to the Sedona Aromatherapie newsletter. Each newsletter will contain a random discount code for any one of the Sedona Aromatherapie home study courses.

Why Choose Sedona Aromatherapie for a Home Study Aromatherapy Course?

I have over seven years experience as a UK-certified aromatherapist living and working in the United States. I am also a published author, of the book Authentic Aromatherapy, and I have personally written all of the Sedona Aromatherapie courses based on my own education and experience as an aromatherapy business owner. I also write professionally, in addition to offering a custom blend aromatherapy service.

I try to offer top quality courses, without skimping on content, at an affordable price. I also offer payment plans for the certification courses.

To learn more about me, visit the About page on my website.

Download a Copy of the Free Aromatherapy Course Booklet

The aim of this guide is to help you make the right choice for you! I will not sell you anything that I think is unsuitable for your needs, based on the information that you provide me. Ultimately the choice is yours to make, but I will do my best to guide you in that choice.

To download your free copy of A Beginner’s Guide to Sedona Aromatherapie Home Study Aromatherapy Courses, visit the e-books page on the website and scroll down to the foot of the page.

I hope that you find the guide useful and I look forward to helping you on your aromatherapy journey!

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Authentic Aromatherapy: Book Giveaway to Celebrate First Birthday!

Posted on: January 5th, 2015 by

Authentic Aromatherapy by Sharon Falsetto (Skyhorse Publishing)

Authentic Aromatherapy by Sharon Falsetto (Skyhorse Publishing)

It’s been a year since my book, Authentic Aromatherapy, was born – I mean, published :) So, if you weren’t lucky enough to receive a copy of the book for the Holidays, don’t despair. I am giving one lucky reader the chance to win a copy of Authentic Aromatherapy this month!

You may remember that I did a book giveaway back in March 2014. In that giveaway, I asked you to tell me why you should receive a copy of Authentic Aromatherapy. January’s giveaway is a little different! Extend the season of giving to those you love or appreciate with this special giveaway! Here’s more information.

About Authentic Aromatherapy

Authentic Aromatherapy is a great starter book for those new to aromatherapy. It may help you answer questions such as:

  • What is the difference between an organic and non-organic essential oil?

  • How do you identify a “real” essential oil?

  • How do you use essential oils?

  • Can I use essential oils in pregnancy?

  • What can I use essential oils for around the home?

  • What are the therapeutic properties of essential oils?

  • What are essential oils made of?

  • Is lavender essential oil the same as lavandin essential oil?

In addition, Authentic Aromatherapy profiles forty essential oils used in aromatherapy – and suggests many different ways in which you can use these particular essential oils. Various bases are also discussed for your aromatherapy blends.

About Sharon Falsetto

I studied for my aromatherapy certification in the UK with the Penny Price Academy of Aromatherapy. Since then, I have continued to complete further education courses through distance learning and a visit to France in 2012, to see the distillation of plants first-hand. I also continue to learn from clients, students, and other therapists as I go about my daily work. I have lived in the United States since 2006.

I am the founder of Sedona Aromatherapie, offering a home study aromatherapy course program for both the serious aromatherapist and the hobbyist. I have created many aromatherapy blends for customers such as the individual, brides seeking custom scents for their weddings, holistic therapists requiring a custom blend for their clients, small salons – and consulted with both individuals and spas around the world on suitable aromatherapy blends for their needs.

I am also a professional writer and I have written and edited articles and books for various private clients; I currently assist as co-editor for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy Journal.

How to Win a Free Copy of Authentic Aromatherapy

Although I would love to offer everyone around the world the chance to win a free, hardback copy of Authentic Aromatherapy, I have had to set the following parameters, due to shipping costs:

  • Giveaway is only open to US residents located within the 48 continental United States (excludes Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and other US territories and islands)

  • One hardback (unsigned) copy of Authentic Aromatherapy will be mailed to the winner; signed copies are available for purchase from the Sedona Aromatherapie website

  • Closing date is: January 11, 2015

  • Winner of the giveaway will be announced on: January 19, 2015

  • To enter: Leave me a comment on the blog post below (not social media links such as Facebook, Pinterest, Google +, Twitter) recommending a friend, relative, co-worker, professional, or even yourself :)  who you think would benefit from a copy of Authentic Aromatherapy – and the reason/s why. Yes, celebrate a friend, family member, or professional who you think deserves a copy of this book! I will review the answers and choose what I consider to be the best one!

  • The person who nominates the winner will receive a small, complimentary aromatherapy blend of my choosing as a “thank you!” gift. NB: If you nominate yourself and win, you don’t receive the free gift as well :)

  • Please feel free to share and re-post this post with your friends, families, and colleagues

  • If you have difficulty posting your entry, please email me at with your entry and I will manually post the entry on the blog for you – however, do not do this automatically, only in the case of difficulty

  • By taking part in this giveaway, the winning nominee, and the person who nominates them, agree to their names being released in promotional posts concerning the giveaway. Please check with your recommended person before nominating them.

Thank you and good luck! :)

If you are not the lucky winner, you can also purchase a copy of Authentic Aromatherapy by visiting the Sedona Aromatherapie website.

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Sedona Aromatherapie End of Year Review 2014

Posted on: December 29th, 2014 by
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2015: Photo Credit, fotolia

2015: Photo Credit, fotolia

It seems like the past six months since I wrote the last Sedona Aromatherapie review has flown by – although there has certainly been a lot going on! On the business front, I finally completed the Sedona Aromatherapie Certification in Professional Aromatherapy program, I have updated the Sedona Aromatherapie Foundation Course in Aromatherapy for 2015, and I finally got the official Sedona Aromatherapie logo added to the website – among a few other things! Here’s a quick review.

Please note: All courses are currently offered as home study only.

Sedona Aromatherapie Certification in Professional Aromatherapy Program

It was an enormous challenge, but I finally launched the Sedona Aromatherapie Certification in Professional Aromatherapy Program at the end of August 2014! With a workbook of 900 pages (divided into ten modules), and backed up by US and UK accompanying texts, this is a very comprehensive aromatherapy certification course. It is a product-based course, but can be adapted for use by those who wish to start their own aromatherapy product line, add aromatherapy to their current holistic practice, or who simply want a comprehensive education in how to use aromatherapy safely at home.

Starting at just $1,150 for the course workbook, this is one of the most economical ways available to start your aromatherapy education – without compromising on quality! To learn more visit: Sedona Aromatherapie Certification in Professional Aromatherapy.

Sedona Aromatherapie Foundation Course in Aromatherapie

I initially launched the Sedona Aromatherapie Foundation Course in Aromatherapy in 2012. Since then, many students have taken the course and enjoyed (and learned from) it. However, as I wrote the Sedona Aromatherapie Certification in Professional Aromatherapy course, I began to see a few areas of improvement for the Foundation Course in Aromatherapy. So, I recently revised and updated the course in preparation for 2015.

To learn more visit: Sedona Aromatherapie Foundation Course in Aromatherapy. There are various options to choose from – and this is the only course that offers the option of purchasing the aromatherapy kit for completion of the course (a great incentive for beginners!)

Sedona Aromatherapie Official Logo

It’s finally official! The Sedona Aromatherapie logo, that is! You will now find the logo on the website, and on any marketing material, course materials, invoices, and quotes you receive from Sedona Aromatherapie. The simple design was actually quite complex before the final version was agreed upon – but I believe that it reflects Sedona Aromatherapie and the person (aka as me :) ) behind it, both in style and color.

Sedona Aromatherapie Limited Edition Custom Blends

New this Holiday season is the launch of limited edition custom blends. I designed three blends specifically for the Holiday season for a limited period only. I also offered them for pre-order before they officially went on sale. Due to the success of this project, I plan to offer further limited edition blends in 2015. Check back on the Limited Editions Custom Blends page for more details.

Other Projects at Sedona Aromatherapie

As always, I am busy with private clients and customers, both in a writing capacity and a custom blend capacity, but I do have plans to try to write and launch a couple more short aromatherapy courses in 2015. Watch this space for further details!

Thank you for your support of Sedona Aromatherapie in 2014 and for allowing me to be of service to you. I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year – and I look forward to seeing more of you in 2015!

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The Different Types of Carrot Oil

Posted on: December 22nd, 2014 by
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Carrot as an Essential Oil and Carrier Oil: Photo Credit, Fotolia

Carrot as an Essential Oil and Carrier Oil: Photo Credit, Fotolia

If you hear someone talking about carrot oil, stop and take a moment to establish exactly which type of carrot oil they are referring to, before you use it. Carrot oil is available as both a carrier oil and an essential oil, both of which are useful in aromatherapy practice – but with different methods of application. Here’s a quick look at carrot oil.

Botanical Profile of Carrot

Carrot (Daucus carota) belongs to the Apiaceae plant family. It is also known by the names wild carrot, carrot seed (a reference to the source of the essential oil), and Queen Anne’s Lace. It is related to both fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) and dill (Anethum graveolens) – which is apparent from the characteristic umbels of white, lacy flowers that it bears (also a reference to the name Queen Anne’s Lace).

Carrot is a herb that has a tough, inedible, white-colored root. Wild carrot should not be confused with the “domestic” carrot that we know so well with the edible, orange, fleshy root. This particular carrot cultivar was developed from the wild carrot species that was brought to England by Flemish refugees during Elizabeth I’s (1533 – 1603) reign (Price, Len, 1999).

Carrot Seed Essential Oil

Carrot seed essential oil is extracted from the dried seeds of the plant by steam distillation. The essential oil is yellow to amber in color and has a warm, woody-earthy aroma. It is popular as an ingredient in aromatherapy skincare problems for such conditions as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, mature skin, wrinkles, and to tone and revitalize the skin.

However, it also possesses other therapeutic properties that may be beneficial for conditions such as arthritis, gout, indigestion, PMS and other related menstrual problems in women.

Carrot seed essential oil is, in general, non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing. However Len Price, in Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy and Massage, advises against the use of carrot seed essential oil during pregnancy due to the ability to promote menstruation.

Carrot Carrier Oil

Wild carrot also produces a carrier oil by maceration. This involves soaking small, chopped pieces of the carrot root in a vegetable oil. After a number of weeks, the liquid is filtered and the material is separated out from the oil. The oil is clear orange in color.

Carrot carrier oil can be used as a tonic for the skin, to help to relieve itchy skin, and in use for conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Although it possesses similar properties to the essential oil, it is very important to understand the difference between the two oils – especially with regard to the application of the oils.

Application of Carrot Oil

Carrot carrier oil is usually used as a base for aromatherapy blends – or added to aromatherapy skincare products. Check the base vegetable oil that was used in the maceration of the carrot root to make sure that there are no contra-indications for use. Because of both the price of the oil, and its tendency to stain, carrot carrier oil is usually combined in small quantities with other carrier oils in use.

Carrot seed essential oil, like all essential oils, should be diluted in a base oil or lotion before application to the skin. It can also be added to aromatherapy skincare products – but in lesser quantities than the carrier oil (ie number of drops vs. several ounces).

Learn More About Aromatherapy with the Sedona Aromatherapie Home Study Program

If you would like to learn more about essential oils and carrier oils in aromatherapy practice, consider one of the Sedona Aromatherapie home study aromatherapy courses. There is a wide range of courses to choose from including bath and body product making courses and a professional certification in aromatherapy. Visit the courses home page to learn more!


  • Lawless, Julia, 1995, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, UK: Thorsons

  • Price, Len, 1999, Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy and Massage, UK: Riverhead

  • Author is a published author, certified aromatherapist, accredited aromatherapy course provider, and aromatherapy business owner

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