Aromatic Blends for April

Posted on: April 1st, 2018 by
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Aromatic Blends for April

Aromatic Blends for April

Welcome to April! Each month throughout 2018, I will be giving you three blends (one each for physical, emotional, and spiritual issues), based upon the season and/or month. I hope that it will introduce newcomers to the world of aromatherapy to purse more aromatherapy studies, and for those who already have an interest in aromatherapy, I hope that it encourages you to learn more! Happy blending!

April Allergies Inhaler Blend

Emotional/Physical.

April can play havoc with those who are susceptible to allergies, manifesting in both physical and emotional responses. The source of the allergen will dictate a remedy for it but in general the following blend may help you to breathe more easily, either from physical or emotional allergy reactions.

Essential Oils Chosen: Basil ct. linalool: To reduce inflammation of the airways; Frankincense: To calm emotionally and physically; Lime: For immune and respiratory, and to uplift.

  • 7 drops basil (Ocimum basilicum ct. linalool) essential oil

  • 6 drops frankincense (Boswellia carterii) essential oil

  • 5 drops lime (Citrus aurantifolia) essential oil

How to Use:

Combine the essential oils together in a glass beaker. Add the inhaler insert and allow the blend to soak in. Use tweezers to remove the soaked insert from the glass beaker and insert into the inhaler. Cap the end of the inhaler and make sure that the inhaler itself is capped. Use as needed.

Cautions for Use:

Avoid in pregnancy; avoid use with young children and babies.

Easter Awakening Roll-on Blend

Spiritual.

April is often associated with Easter as it usually falls within this month. Whatever your beliefs, this awakening blend will help to give you focus, clarity, and meaning when you need it.

Essential Oils Chosen: Vetiver: To help to look within; Sweet Orange: For clarity and to free the mind of clutter; Clary Sage: For focus.

2% dilution.

  • 0.33 oz jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) oil

  • 1 drop vetiver (Vetiveria zizaniodes) essential oil

  • 2 drops sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil

  • 1 drop clary sage (Salvia sclarea) essential oil

How to Use:

Combine all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl.* Pour the blend into a 0.33 oz roller ball bottle. Make sure to attach the roller ball firmly. Cap. Apply to wrists and temples as needed.

*Due to the small number of drops required for a single blend, you may prefer to first fill up the roller ball bottle with the required amount of jojoba oil, and then drop each essential oil individually into the oil. Once the roller ball is attached and capped, shake vigorously to combine the blend.

Cautions for Use:

Avoid in pregnancy; avoid use with babies and young children.

April Blossoms Face Cream

Physical.

The face is one part of the body which we may neglect until its time to “bare all” for summer. This light, moisturizing cream can be used as part of your daily skin care routine in preparation for summer.

Essential Oils Chosen: Geranium: For dry skin; Lavender: For all skin types; Patchouli: For cracked skin.

1% dilution.

  • 4 oz. light white, unscented, base cream*

  • 5 drops geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) essential oil

  • 8 drops lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil

  • 5 drops patchouli (Pogestemon cablin) essential oil

*Use a pre-made base lotion available from good cosmetic suppliers or make your own. Just make sure it is a light cream for the face.

How to Use:

Combine all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Pour the finished product into a 4 oz. jar or dispensing bottle. Apply a small layer of the blend to your face after cleansing. Use morning and night as part of your daily skincare routine.

Cautions for Use:

Discontinue use if sensitivity occurs.

Learn About Aromatherapy

To learn more about how aromatherapy blends are used in aromatherapy practice, consider the Sedona Aromatherapie Linguistics of AromaticsTM program!

  • The author of this article has a 23 year history in the health care and aromatherapy industry. She is UK-certified aromatherapist and a NAHA Certified Professional Aromatherapist (R). She is both a published author and editor in aromatherapy, a consultant, custom blend formulator and herbal studies student. She is the author of Authentic Aromatherapy and the current chief editor of the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal. She has taken the online Master Gardener short course series with the University of Oregon. Sharon works from her garden studio in Sedona, Arizona, where she is in the process of creating her own aromatic stillroom on her one acre homestead and aromatic gardens.

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Three Aromatic Plants to Grow from Seed for the Beginner

Posted on: March 5th, 2018 by
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Sowing Seeds in the Aromatic Garden: Photo Copyright Sharon Falsetto All Rights Reserved

Sowing Seeds in the Aromatic Garden: Photo Copyright Sharon Falsetto All Rights Reserved

Spring is just around the corner, and gardeners are preparing to sow this year’s seeds. As an aromatherapist and budding aromatic gardener, it’s good to see that there are many aromatic plants which we can grow from seed at home in our gardens! However, the following plants are my top recommendations for those just starting out with their aromatic garden.

Sunflower in the Aromatic Garden

Botanical Description: Sunflower (Helanthius annuus) is a member of the Asteraceae plant family. It is an annual plant which is easy to grow in most climates; it does however require copious amounts of sunshine and water to thrive. It will self-seed if you allow the seedheads to stand after the season has finished, and the birds will help you with this task, either by eating the seeds, or transporting them to a new home.

The traditional sunflower has a large, yellow head ( a large cluster of small flowerheads), alternate leaves (which are faintly aromatic), and a strong, erect stalk. Sow the seeds outside in spring for blooms through summer into fall.

Aromatherapy Use: Sunflower seeds are extracted to produce a carrier oil. It is a versatile and gentle oil which I highly recommend for use by beginners to aromatherapy. It was actually one of my first carrier oils to utilize when learning. Use sunflower oil in skin care, for bruises, and with acne.

The leaves and flowers of the sunflower are distilled to produce a rare essential oil which produces an interesting aroma for use in aromatic perfumery. I have yet to find any clinical studies on its use in therapeutic aromatherapy.

Chamomile in the Aromatic Garden

Botanical Description: German chamomile (Matricaria recutica) is also a member of the Asteraceae botanical family. The seeds are tiny, yet bloom into a small aromatic herb which can be used in herbal teas. As is characteristic of the Asteraceae family, German chamomile has daisy-like white flowers; it also has feathery leaves and a slender stalk. It is an annual plant but you may find volunteers springing up in milder climates. Sow the seeds outside in spring about a month before the average last frost.

Aromatherapy Use: German chamomile produces an essentiall oil by steam distillation from the flowers. Both German chamomile and Roman chamomile can usually be used interchangeably as an essential oil. However, they are slightly different chemically and caution for use may be warranted in some cases. In general, use German chamomile as an essential oil for skin care, inflammation and pain, menstrual difficulties, and stress.

Melissa in the Aromatic Garden

Botanical Description: Melissa (Melissa officinalis) is also known by the name lemon balm. It is a member of the Lamiaceae plant family and it is consequently related to peppermint (Mentha x piperita) and lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), among others. Melissa is a perennial herb, and it will therefore regrow each year, after going dormant through the colder winter months. Melissa is a small herb with bright green, serrated leaves which are highly aromatic. The flowers, which are minute, are white and pretty, although they have no aromatic use. Melissa is more susceptible to cold weather, so sow the seeds a couple of weeks after the average last frost.

Aromatherapy Use: The leaves of melissa are steam distilled to produce an essential oil. However, you can use the leaves in summer drinks as well. Use the essential oil in skin care, as an insect repellent, for respiratory issues, nausea, shock, depression, and anxiety.

Learn About Aromatherapy

To learn more about how aromatic plants are used in aromatherapy practice, consider the Sedona Aromatherapie Linguistics of AromaticsTM program!

  • The author of this article has a 23 year history in the health care and aromatherapy industry. She is UK-certified aromatherapist and a NAHA Certified Professional Aromatherapist (R). She is both a published author and editor in aromatherapy, a consultant, custom blend formulator and herbal studies student. She is the author of Authentic Aromatherapy and the current chief editor of the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal. She has taken the online Master Gardener short course series with the University of Oregon. Sharon works from her garden studio in Sedona, Arizona, where she is in the process of creating her own aromatic stillroom on her one acre homestead and aromatic gardens.

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Aromatic Blends for March

Posted on: March 1st, 2018 by
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Aromatic Blends for March

Aromatic Blends for March

Welcome to March! Each month throughout 2018, I will be giving you three blends (one each for physical, emotional, and spiritual issues), based upon the season and/or month. I hope that it will introduce newcomers to the world of aromatherapy to purse more aromatherapy studies, and for those who already have an interest in aromatherapy, I hope that it encourages you to learn more! Happy blending!

Spring Flowers Aromatic Spray

Emotional.

Scent can invoke many memories and feelings for us. Spring flowers can remind us that new life is forming once again, after the slumber of winter. Bring those sentiments indoors with a Spring Flowers spray for the home!

Essential Oils Chosen: Lavender: Green, light, floral, to invoke spring flowers; Geranium: A light, rose-like scent, a prelude to the more heady summer fragrance of rose itself; Lemon: To add a bit of zest, and for new beginnings.

2% dilution.

  • 2 oz. distilled water

  • 1 tsp. vodka

  • 8 drops lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil

  • 8 drops geranium (Pelargonium graveloens) essential oil

  • 9 drops lemon (Citrus x limon) essential oil

How to Use:

Combine all of the ingredients together in a 2 oz. bottle with a spray fitting. Use as required around the home.

Cautions for Use:

Avoid spraying around those who are pregnant, young children and babies, and pets.

Ease Into Spring Inhaler Blend

Spiritual.

For those who are sensitive to their surroundings, and who are very much in tune with subtle changes in the season, this seasonal transitional blend may help you to move from winter into spring. As it is made in inhaler form, you can carry it with you and inhale as you feel necessary.

Essential Oils Chosen: Ylang ylang: A warm, sleepy aroma, with floral notes, to ease from winter into spring; Sweet orange: Light, refreshing and a compliment to ylang ylang to “pull” you through the seasonal change; Sweet marjoram: A grounding, warm, spicy, lighter aroma to bridge the gap between ylang ylang (winter) and sweet orange (spring).

  • blank inhaler

  • 5 drops ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) essential oil

  • 7 drops sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil

  • 5 drops sweet marjoram (Origanum marjorana) essential oil

How to Use:

Combine all of the ingredients together in a glass measuring cup. Soak the inhaler insert with the blend. Use tweezers to insert the soaked insert into the inhaler. Cap. Inhale as needed.

Cautions for Use:

Avoid use in pregnancy, with headaches and migraines. For adult use only.

Step Into March Foot Blend

Physical.

Feet are covered up all winter long and may need a little extra TLC to get them into shape for warmer spring days! This springtime foot blend is both stimulating and caring for tired, dry feet.

Essential Oils Chosen: Rosemary:Anti-bacterial, analgesic, fresh, and stimulating; Spearmint: To compliment the minty undertones of rosemary and for similar therapeutic properties; Lime: Antimicrobial, anti-bacterial, and anti-infectious with a zingy, springtime aroma.

2% dilution.

  • 4 oz. unscented white lotion base*

  • 15 drops rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) essential oil

  • 10 drops spearmint (Mentha spicata) essential oil

  • 20 drops lime (Citrus aunrantolia) essential oil

*you can make your own lotion base with nourishing carrier oils, butters, and water or buy a pre-made unscented white lotion base from a reputable supplier.

How to Use:

Combine all of the ingredients together in a 4 oz. jar. Apply to feet once a day after bathing.

Cautions for Use:

Avoid use in pregnancy, with high blood pressure, or with epilepsy. Photo-toxic.

Learn About Aromatherapy

To learn more about how aromatherapy blends are used in aromatherapy practice, consider the Sedona Aromatherapie Linguistics of AromaticsTM program!

  • The author of this article has a 23 year history in the health care and aromatherapy industry. She is UK-certified aromatherapist and a NAHA Certified Professional Aromatherapist (R). She is both a published author and editor in aromatherapy, a consultant, custom blend formulator and herbal studies student. She is the author of Authentic Aromatherapy and the current chief editor of the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal. She has taken the online Master Gardener short course series with the University of Oregon. Sharon works from her garden studio in Sedona, Arizona, where she is in the process of creating her own aromatic stillroom on her one acre homestead and aromatic gardens.

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Three Aromatic Forest Bathing Blends

Posted on: February 19th, 2018 by
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Aromatic Forest Bathing Blends

Aromatic Forest Bathing Blends

In my final post in the trilogy on forest bathing and how it relates to aromatherapy, I am giving you three aromatic forest bathing blends, incorporating the aromatic oils we discussed in the last post and the aromatic benefits that we discussed in the first post in this series. Enjoy!

Aromatic Forest Bathing Diffusion Blend

This blend can be adapted for an inhaler or an aromatherapy diffuser. Therefore I am giving the amounts as percentages so that you can convert to the appropriate dilution rate (1%, 2%, or more under guidance from a certified aromatherapist) for the product. If you need further advice on how to do this, consult a certified aromatherapist.

  • 30% Balsam fir (Abies balsamea) essential oil

  • 50% cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) essential oil

  • 10% myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) essential oil

  • 10% sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil

Directions for Use: Add the blend to an aromatherapy diffuser, following the manufacturer’s guidelines – or add to a personal inhaler. If using a diffuser, use in a well ventilated area.

Cautions: Avoid use in pregnancy.

Aromatic Forest Bathing Bath Blend

How about actual forest bathing with aromatic oils? Add this aromatic forest bath blend to the tub, close your eyes, and think of the forest! This blend is approximately 1% dilution.

You will need:

  • 8 oz. unscented bubble bath base

Essential Oils:

  • 20 drops cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)

  • 10 drops rose (Rosa x damscena)

  • 15 drops cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)

Directions for Use: Combine the essential oil blend with the bubble bath base, preferably in a PET bottle for ease and safety of use in the bathroom. Add a small amount of the product to the bath under warm, running water. Relax and enjoy!

Cautions: Possible skin sensitivity in some individuals.

Aromatic Forest Bathing Hydrosol Blend

A combination of hydrosols in a spray bottle can be used to bring the aromatic forest into your home. Simply spray and enjoy!

You will need:

  • 1 oz. Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris) hydrosol

  • 1 oz. Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) hydrosol

  • 2 oz. cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) hydrosol

Directions for Use: Combine the hydrosols together in a spray bottle. Spray lightly in the required areas of your home.

Cautions: Avoid spraying in areas where pets and children frequent. Make sure the area is well ventilated. Do not spray in eyes.

Learn About Aromatherapy with Sedona Aromatherapie

To learn more about how aromatherapy blends are used in aromatherapy practice, consider the Sedona Aromatherapie Linguistics of AromaticsTM program!

  • The author of this article has a 23 year history in the health care and aromatherapy industry. She is UK-certified aromatherapist and a NAHA Certified Professional Aromatherapist (R). She is both a published author and editor in aromatherapy, a consultant, custom blend formulator and herbal studies student. She is the author of Authentic Aromatherapy and the current chief editor of the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal. She has taken the online Master Gardener short course series with the University of Oregon. Sharon works from her garden studio in Sedona, Arizona, where she is in the process of creating her own aromatic stillroom on her one acre homestead and aromatic gardens.

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Aromatic Oils for Forest Bathing

Posted on: February 12th, 2018 by
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Aromatic Oils for Forest Bathing

Aromatic Oils for Forest Bathing

In my last post on The Aromatic Benefits of Forest Bathing, we briefly looked at some common chemical components associated with essential oils and trees in relation to forest bathing. In this post we will look a little closer at some of those essential oils before culminating in some forest bathing blends in the final post of this trilogy.

Cypress Essential Oil

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) is a member of the Cupressaceae botanical family. The species name, sempervirens, translates to evergreen or always alive. Cypress trees can be spotted on many a Mediterranean landscape, most notably those of Italy. A tall, conical tree, the essential oil extracted from its evergreen foliage is woody, and earthy, with a hint of spice.

Use cypress essential oil for respiratory issues, as an air freshner, and to calm the nerves.

Scotch Pine Essential Oil

Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris) is a member of the Pinaceae botanical family. Pine trees are an impressive species, living for hundreds of years. Pine forests can be found right across Europe and Asia, although today you will also find pine trees in the United States. Another evergreen tree, Scotch pine is a tall, imposing tree with familiar long, green needles; the needles are distilled to produce the essential oil. Scotch pine essential oil has a strong, dry, balsamic aroma.

Use scotch pine esential oil for respiratory issues, nervous exhaustion, and as an air freshner or cleaning agent.

Fir Essential Oil

Fir is a broad name used to describe such essential oils such as balsam fir (Abies balsamea) and silver fir (Abies alba), both of which are members of the Pinaceae botanical family. Balsam fir is a tall, evergreen tree found in forests across North America whereas silver fir is a small tree which is indigenous to the mountains of northern Europe. Silver fir takes its name from its silver, white bark.

Balsam fir produces an essential oil from the distillation of the oleoresin collected from the tree bark; silver fir’s essential oil is steam distilled from the needles of the tree. Balsam fir essential oil has a balsamin, piney scent. Silver fir essential oil has a similar aroma but without the pine scent and it is richer in balsam. Both essential oils can be used for respiratory issues but balsam fir essential oil is favored particularly for use with depression, stress, and to ground.

Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil

Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) is also a member of the Pinaceae botanical family. A very tall, evergreen tree, shaped like a pyramid, Atlas cedarwood is native to the Atlas mountains of Morocco and Algeria (note that there are other species of “cedarwood,” too). The bark of Atlas cedarwood is extremely aromatic and it is distilled for use as an essential oil – which is warm, woody, and camphoraceous in aroma.

Use cedarwood essential oil for respiratory issues and as an air freshner. It is also an excellent grounding oil.

Beneficial Essential Oils to Combine With

Combine any of the above mentioned essential oils with:

  • monoterpene-rich oils such as citrus

  • sesquiterpene-rich oils such as ginger (Zingiber officinale), myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), and patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)

  • base note oils such as sandalwood(Santalum album) and rose (Rosa x damascena).

Study Aromatherapy with Sedona Aromatherapie

To learn more about how aromatherapy blends are used in aromatherapy practice, consider the Sedona Aromatherapie Linguistics of AromaticsTM program!

References

  • The author of this article has a combined 23 year history in the health care and aromatherapy industry. She is UK-certified aromatherapist and a NAHA Certified Professional Aromatherapist (R). She is both a published author and editor in aromatherapy, a consultant, custom blend formulator and herbal studies student. She is the author of Authentic Aromatherapy and the current chief editor of the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal. She has taken the online Master Gardener short course series with the University of Oregon. Sharon works from her garden studio in Sedona, Arizona, where she is in the final stages of creating her own aromatic stillroom on her one acre homestead-in-progress, including an eighth of an acre of aromatic gardens.

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Aromatic Blends for February

Posted on: February 7th, 2018 by
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Aromatic Blends for February

Aromatic Blends for February

Welcome to February! Each month throughout 2018, I will be giving you three blends (one each for physical, emotional, and spiritual issues), based upon the season and/or month. I hope that it will introduce newcomers to the world of aromatherapy to purse more aromatherapy studies, and for those who already have an interest in aromatherapy, I hope that it encourages you to learn more! Happy blending!

Love-in-a-Haze Aromatherapy Blend

Emotional.

February: The month for lovers! But don’t forget to love yourself this month, too! The following blend is designed to stimulate a little bit of self-love when you are feeling low this month. Simply mist yourself and breathe in those loving aromas! This blend contains a mix of hydrosols to provide a lighter scent.

Hydrosols Chosen: Rose for love; geranium to encourage the release of feminine energy; clary sage to banish moodiness.

  • 1 oz rose (Rosa x damascena) hydrosol

  • 0.5 oz geranium(Pelargonium graveolens) hydrosol

  • 0.5 oz clary sage (Salvia sclarea) hydrosol

How to Use:

Combine all three hydrosols together in a 2 oz bottle with a spray fitting. Use as required.

Cautions for Use:

For adult use only.

New Moon Awakening Aromatherapy Blend

Spiritual.

Following January’s super blue blood moon, capture the energy of the approaching new moon in February with this spiritual awakening diffusion blend. This is a blend for contemplation, reflection, and planning. This recipe makes approximately 3 ml of blend.

Essential Oils Chosen: Bergamot to carry forward plans; vetiver for reflection; neroli for contemplation.

  • 30 drops vetiver (Vetiveria zizaniodes) essential oil

  • 20 drops neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara (flos)) essential oil

  • 45 drops bergamot (Citrus bergamia) essential oil

How to Use:

Mix the essential oils together in a glass bottle with an orifice reducer. Add between 5 and 10 drops to a suitable aromatherapy diffuser. Consult the manufacturer’s guidelines for use.

Cautions for Use:

Avoid diffusing around those who are pregnant, young children and babies, and pets. Diffuse in a well-ventilated space.

Stiff Joint Reliever Aromatherapy Blend

Physical.

Winter can leave us with aching bones and joints which need relief before spring arrives. This custom massage blend can be used daily throughout the month of February to relieve stiff joints, as part of an overall health plan. This is a 2% dilution blend; decrease to a 1% dilution blend for those over 65 years of age.

Essential Oils Chosen: Roman chamomile for muscle and joint pain; cypress for poor circulation and muscle cramps; lavender for all-round relief.

Carrier Oils Chosen: Apricot kernel for pain relief; hazelnut for circulation; sunflower for moisturizing.

  • 1 oz sunflower(Helianthus annuum) oil

  • 0.75 oz apricot kernel (Prunus armeniaca) oil

  • 0.25 oz hazelnut (Corylus avellana) oil

  • 6 drops Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) essential oil

  • 8 drops cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) essential oil

  • 10 drops lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil

How to Use:

Blend together the carrier oils in a mixing bowl. Add in the essential oils. Stir together. Pour into a 2 oz PET bottle. Cap and shake well. Apply to affected joints daily.

Cautions for Use:

Stop use if sensitivity occurs.

The Study of Aromatherapy

To learn more about how aromatherapy blends are used in aromatherapy practice, consider the Sedona Aromatherapie Linguistics of AromaticsTM program!

  • The author of this article has a 20 year history in the health care and aromatherapy industry. She is UK-certified aromatherapist and a NAHA Certified Professional Aromatherapist (R). She is both a published author and editor in aromatherapy, a consultant, custom blend formulator and herbal studies student. She is the author of Authentic Aromatherapy and the current chief editor of the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal. She has taken the online Master Gardener short course series with the University of Oregon. Sharon works from her garden studio in Sedona, Arizona, where she is in the process of creating her own aromatic stillroom on her one acre homestead and aromatic gardens. 
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