Five Uses for Aromatherapy Spritzers

Posted on: September 15th, 2014 by
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Five Uses for Aromatherapy Spritzers: Photo credit, ISP

Five Uses for Aromatherapy Spritzers: Photo credit, ISP

I often get asked how to use certain aromatherapy products; there is usually more than one way in which you can utilize a product! This week’s post looks at a simple aromatherapy product – the spritzer – and the different ways in which you can use it.

What’s in a Name?

An aromatherapy spritzer is a simple combination of water and essential oils. Sometimes there are additional ingredients too (such as a solubilizer). You may hear aromatherapy spritzers called by the following alternate names:

  • aromatherapy spray

  • aromatherapy mist

  • aromatherapy perfume mist/spray/spritzer.

It is important to use distilled water as the base for your aromatherapy spritzer; more information on making an aromatherapy spritzer can be found in this previous blog post: How to Make an Aromatherapy Perfume Spritzer.

Aromatherapy Spritzer for Hair

Ir is becoming common to use aromatherapy spritzers to perfume your hair, in place of a traditional “hairspray.” Note that an aromatherapy spritzer will not “set” your hair like a traditional hairspray – but it will leave it smelling great! In addition, you can make up a conditioning aromatherapy spritzer to use before you blow dry you hair or use a flat iron. If you want to learn how to do this, take a look at the Sedona Aromatherapie Mini Hair Aromatherapy Make-Your-Own Kit.

Aromatherapy Spritzer for Body and Face

Another popular use for an aromatherapy spritzer is to use it as a body or face spray. As a body spray, it can be used as an alternative to perfume – and is a good way to cool down on a hot day! In addition, some ladies use an aromatherapy spritzer to gently spritz their face and “set” their make-up. This is a popular choice for brides – to make your day that little bit special!

To learn more about aromatherapy blends for brides, visit the Sedona Aromatherapie Wedding Page.

Aromatherapy Spritzer for the Home

You can also use an aromatherapy spritzer to spritz your home with various scents, depending upon your mood and the occasion. It can also be used to get rid of nasty odors – if you use essential oils with anti-bacterial and deodorizing properties.

Aromatherapy Spritzer for the Car

Instead of using the overpowering commercial air fresheners designed for cars, try using an aromatherapy spritzer. It will leave a more pleasant and natural fragrance!

Aromatherapy Spritzer for Positive Energy

Aromatherapy spritzers can be used in situations that leave you feeling tired and emotionally drained. Certain essential oils may provoke feelings of positivity in a space that contained negative energy. If you want to learn how to use an aromatherapy spritzer to generate positive energy in your home or office read the following blog post: Essential Oils for Positive Energy.

Learn More About Aromatherapy

These are just some of the ways in which you can use aromatherapy spritzers. If you would like to learn more about making aromatherapy products, consider one of the Sedona Aromatherapie home study aromatherapy courses, such as the Certification in Professional Aromatherapy.

Happy spritzing!

References:

  • Author is a certified aromatherapist with seven years of practice and experience.

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Aromatherapy Blends for Anxiety

Posted on: September 8th, 2014 by
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Aromatherapy for Anxiety: Photo Credit, ISP

Aromatherapy for Anxiety: Photo Credit, ISP

Given the high-pace, high-stress world in today’s world, it is likely that you will suffer from anxiety at some point in your life. There are different levels of anxiety – and different types of anxiety – but aromatherapy may help, in whatever shape or form anxiety strikes you. Today’s post takes a quick look at anxiety and a couple of aromatherapy recipes for help in managing the symptoms of anxiety. Remember to consult a qualified health care professional for further advice before use.

Types of Anxiety

Anxiety may be mild, moderate, chronic, or acute. An anxiety attack may occur due to various factors. Common anxiety disorders include:

  • generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

  • social anxiety disorder

  • panic disorder or panic attack

  • anxiety caused by a phobia

  • post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • separation anxiety.

Causes of Anxiety

Anxiety may be caused by a lot of different situations and factors including:

  • genetics

  • alcohol abuse

  • drug abuse

  • addiction

  • consequence of a traumatic event,situation, or life event

  • consequence of a car accident

  • death of a loved one

  • abuse

  • dealing with a high-stress situation for a long time

  • burn out

  • marriage, divorce, new baby, moving home.

Symptoms of Anxiety

Signs and symptoms of anxiety include:

  • headaches

  • migraines

  • nausea

  • digestive issues

  • palpitations

  • dizziness

  • sweating

  • irrational fear

  • fatigue

  • lack of concentration

  • insomnia

  • irritability

  • muscle pain and tension.

Aromatherapy for Anxiety

Many essential oils have a calming effect on the body’s symptoms and may help with an anxiety attack. If an attack occurs quickly, inhalation of essential oils is one of the best methods of administration as it is the quickest route to the brain.

It is wise to have a few aromatherapy blends prepared in case of an anxiety attack. Inhalation methods include:

  • aromatherapy diffuser

  • inhalation direct from the essential oil bottle

  • a few drops of essential oil on a tissue

  • balm stick (this method is discussed in greater detail in Authentic Aromatherapy)

  • roll-on oil – similar to a the balm stick method.

Aromatherapy Recipes for Anxiety

If you suffer from anxiety you might find the following aromatherapy recipes helpful; both methods are portable and can be kept in your purse or at hand on your work desk in case of a sudden anxiety attack.

If you are unfamiliar with the use of essential oils consult a certified aromatherapist for further information before use. If you are pregnant, taking prescribed or natural medications for a health condition, or are elderly, note any additional contra-indications for use and remember to reduce amounts accordingly. In addition, these recipes are not recommended for use with babies and children, without the guidance of a certified aromatherapist (reduced amounts apply too).

Recipe #1

Roll-on Oil:

You will need a 0.33 oz roller-ball bottle. Add:

  • 0.33 oz jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)

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

  • 3 drops bergamot (Citrus bergamia) essential oil

Cautions: photo-toxic; do not use prior to going out in sunlight or in use with sun tanning units.

Apply to wrist and temple pulse points as needed.

Recipe #2

Balm Stick Base (there are various ways to make a balm base; consult Authentic Aromatherapy for more information on how to make a balm base):

You will need a 0.15 oz tube. Add:

  • 0.15 oz balm base

  • 1 drop vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides) essential oil

  • 2 drops geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) essential oil

  • 2 drops sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil

Cautions: possible skin sensitization in some individuals.

Apply to wrist and temple pulse points as needed.

Learn How to Use Essential Oils for Anxiety with Sedona Aromatherapie Courses

If you are interested in learning more about how to use essential oils for anxiety and other conditions, consider the Sedona Aromatherapie Certification in Professional Aromatherapy Home Study Program. To learn more, visit the courses home page.

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Home Study Certification in Professional Aromatherapy

Posted on: September 1st, 2014 by
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If you are interested in becoming a certified aromatherapist – but do not have the means or time to travel to an accredited aromatherapy course – home study is a great option. The Sedona Aromatherapie home study Certification in Professional Aromatherapy is a 250 hour course that meets and exceeds the level 2 National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy education requirements – and is fully supported by certified aromatherapist and published author Sharon Falsetto.

Certification in Professional Aromatherapy: Photo credit, ISP

Certification in Professional Aromatherapy: Photo credit, ISP

About the Author and Tutor of the Home Study Aromatherapy Certification Program

Sharon Falsetto has personally written all of the courses in the Sedona Aromatherapie home study aromatherapy course program. The latest addition to the program – the Certification in Professional Aromatherapy – follows over a year’s worth of writing, and several years of aromatherapy practice in the United States. It is a collaboration of UK training and US experience – with a field trip to France to see the essential oil process in practice.

Sharon is the author of Authentic Aromatherapy (Skyhorse Publishing 2014), in addition to working as a co-editor for the NAHA Journal since 2013. She has several years of experience in professional writing, in addition to custom blending essential oils for client requests. She trained in aromatherapy in the UK with Penny Price Aromatherapy, before moving to the United States in 2006.

About the Certification in Professional Aromatherapy Course

This particular home study certification in aromatherapy course is an extremely comprehensive, in-depth look at the world of essential oils and aromatherapy, aromatherapy in practice, product formulation, and unique advice and experience from the author’s personal work.

The course is assessed through continuous assignments, practical projects, case studies, a research paper, and a final examination. It is supported by a 900 page course workbook (split into ten modules), UK and US texts (additional cost), and one-on-one email support (and optional phone, skype, or in-person support at additional cost) of Sharon Falsetto.

You will learn:

  • history of aromatherapy and scents

  • botany of aromatherapy plants

  • how the anatomy and physiology of the body relates to essential oils

  • the chemistry of essential oils

  • how to formulate aromatherapy blends for different product bases

  • how to conduct an aromatherapy consultation

  • how to substitute essential oils and other ingredients in a product

  • how to use aromatherapy with babies and children – and in pregnancy

  • how to set up an aromatherapy business

and much, much more!

You will learn a lot from this course if you want to add aromatherapy to an existing therapy practice, you want to start your own bath and body signature line, or you simply want to understand how to use natural products at home with your family and friends.

Study the Certification in Professional Aromatherapy at home

The course is available for home study via PDF format or a printed, mailed-out workbook. Both workbooks are the same. A very generous payment plan is also available if you need to spread out payments on a monthly basis.

To learn more about the course, visit the Certification in Professional Aromatherapy home page where you will find comprehensive answers to many questions. If your question is not answered in this information, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

I look forward to helping you on your aromatherapy journey!

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Essential Oils for Ants

Posted on: August 25th, 2014 by
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Although we are approaching the end of the summer season, for those of us who live in warmer climates, ants can continue to be a problem into the Fall months. This week’s post contains both an aromatherapy recipe and some suggestions on using essential oils to reduce the problem of ants (and their effects) from your life

Essential Oils for Ants: Photo credit, ISP

Essential Oils for Ants: Photo credit, ISP

Using Essential Oils for Ant Control

Ants can be a problem both inside and outside the home. Once the weather starts to warm up, you begin to see armies of ants patrolling the areas around your home. Although fascinating to watch, ants can become a problem, particularly if you have children and pets.

Essential oils to use in an attempt to repel ants include:

  • peppermint

  • spearmint

  • cornmint

  • lavender

  • citronella.

Dilute your chosen essential oil in a distilled water spritzer base; use approximately 12 drops of essential oil per one ounce of distilled water. This guideline follows the chart given in my book Authentic Aromatherapy for spritzer bases. Spray the mixture around the affected area to repel the ants; for example, around windows and doors, across the patio.

Cautions: Use any of the mint essential oils with extreme care around children and pets. In particular, peppermint, cornmint, and spearmint essential oils should not be used in the vicinity of babies and children under three years of age, or in any areas where pets might have access to.

A Note on Fire Ants

Fire ants, also known as red ants, are common in Arizona, where I live. Fire ant bites are particularly venomous and can cause extreme pain, stinging, redness, and swelling. In extreme cases, you should consult a healthcare professional. However, for less serious cases, you might find some relief from the following aromatherapy recipe – tried and tested through personal experience!

Cooling Lotion Recipe for Fire Ant Bites

To 2 oz of unscented white lotion base, add the following essential oils:

  • 5 drops peppermint (Mentha piperita)

  • 9 drops of tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

  • 6 drops of geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)

Cautions: The amount quoted is for use with a healthy adult; reduce amounts or avoid in use for contra-indicated groups such as those with serious health conditions and the elderly. Do not use in pregnancy or with babies and children under three years of age. Consult a certified aromatherapist for further advice.

Apply a small amount of the blended lotion to the affected/inflamed area of the bite as necessary. This lotion may help to reduce swelling, itchiness, and pain associated with the burning and stinging sensation of a fire ant bite. It can also be used for mosquito bites and similar bites, and for itchiness and redness associated with eczema and dry skin conditions. If the condition is serious, or severe allergic reaction to the bite is experienced, consult a qualified health care practitioner immediately.

Learn How to Use Essential Oils for Minor Health Problems

If you are interested in learning more about essential oils and their use for minor health conditions, consider a Sedona Aromatherapie home study course such as the Certification in Professional Aromatherapy. To learn more, visit the courses home page.

References:

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

  • Worwood, Valerie, 1991, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, US: New World Library

  • Author is a certified aromatherapist

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Peppermint Infused Aromatherapy Body Melts

Posted on: August 18th, 2014 by
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Last week I wrote about how I infused peppermint into a vegetable oil.This week I am writing about how I used that peppermint infused vegetable oil in aromatherapy body melts. Aromatherapy body melts are easy to make and use. You can also use these types of melts in the bath.

Aromatherapy Melts: Photo Copyright of Sharon Falsetto

Aromatherapy Melts: Photo Copyright of Sharon Falsetto

I also used the Steamburst essential oils, that I reviewed in an earlier blog post, to make these particular aromatherapy melts. Have fun!

Choosing a Base Recipe to Make Aromatherapy Melts

Aromatherapy melts – sometimes called lotion bars – can be made in a variety of ways. The base that I used for making these aromatherapy melts included shea butter, cocoa butter – and the peppermint infused vegetable oil.

Choose a base recipe that you are comfortable with. This base recipe is covered in the Sedona Aromatherapie Professional Certification in Aromatherapy program, the Sedona Aromatherapie Basic Bath Products with Essential Oils course – and the recipe is listed in the Sedona Aromatherapie 25 Fun Aromatherapy Recipes for Bath E-Book (without extensive instructions). I replaced the use of regular vegetable oil with the apricot kernel oil that I had infused previously.

In addition, you will need to choose some suitable molds for your melts. You can use candle, cookie, or soap molds in a variety of different shapes and sizes. I chose to use flower molds for this project.

Aromatherapy Melts Recipes

Once you’ve made your base recipe, you can then add essential oils. I created these two recipes for my peppermint infused melts:

Recipe #1

  • 2.5 oz melt base recipe

  • 6 drops peppermint (Mentha x piperita) essential oil

  • 7 drops vanilla (Vanilla planifolia) absolute

Recommended For: Apply to soles of feet after bathing.

Cautions: Not recommended for use with (or in the vicinity of) babies and children; avoid in pregnancy. Possible skin sensitization in some individuals.

Recipe #2

  • 2.5 oz melt base recipe

  • 7 drops frankincense (Boswellia serrata) essential oil

  • 6 drops vanilla (Vanilla planifolia) absolute

Recommended For: All over body application (avoiding the face and neck area).

Cautions: Not recommended for use with babies and children; reduce amount of essential oils in pregnancy, with the elderly, and other “at-risk” groups. Possible skin sensitization in some individuals.

Learn to Make Bath and Body Products with Sedona Aromatherapie

If you would like to learn to make your own aromatherapy bath and body products, consider one of the Sedona Aromatherapie product making home study courses – or the Sedona Aromatherapie Certification in Professional Aromatherapy program launching in the Fall! Visit the courses home page to learn more.

References:

  • Author is a certified aromatherapist, experienced product maker, aromatherapy educator, and published book author.

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Pure Aromatherapy Candles For Better Health

Posted on: August 13th, 2014 by
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Today’s post is written by guest blogger Matt Milstead.

 

An increasingly popular addition to the home is the use of aromatherapy candles. They help to improve your general health by reducing your stress level. Your sense of smell can influence your brain and body to relax. Therefore, by burning pure aromatherapy candles, you will receive the most benefits of the essential oils that are used in these candles

Aromatherapy Candles: Photo Supplied by the Author

Aromatherapy Candles: Photo Supplied by the Author

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Essential oils can be extracted from the leaves, roots, fruit or seeds of a plant. In addition, you can get some essential oils from flowers and grass. The oils are extracted through a variety of extraction methods such as steam distillation, solvent extraction and cold pressing. These oils offer many health benefits since they are in a concentrated form. Some health benefits include cleansing the body internally, regulating female menstrual cycles, reducing migraine headaches and being helpful as an anti-inflammatory.

 

The Origin of Candles

 

Candles have been used for many years. Originally, candles were made from the fat of sheep and cows. These tallow candles did not let off a pleasant smell until the ancient Egyptians decided to overcome the unpleasant odors by adding some essential oils to the tallow candles. These essential oils were being used in healing and burial rites by the Egyptians. When they added them to the candles, they discovered that the pleasant smells helped improve the moods of the people (1).

Later, beeswax candles were created (2). They burned cleaner, but they were more expensive than the original tallow candles. Therefore, most of the people still used the tallow candles. As the years went by, more discoveries were made concerning the materials used to make candles including paraffin wax. It produced a candle that could be molded into various forms and produced longer burning candles.

 

Discovering the Benefits of Aromatherapy Candles

 

Holistic practitioners recommend using aromatherapy candles to promote emotional and mental health. It is easy to get the benefits from the aromatherapy candles since they can be used in any room or setting. For instance, candles can be placed in delivery rooms to help mothers have a more relaxing labor and delivery. They can be placed in bedrooms to help people with chronic or long term illnesses. The benefits you receive from burning these candles will depend on the scents that you choose. Aromatherapy candles can help you think clearer, have more energy and increase your vigor. They help you release the tension that causes stress. They calm you if you feel anxiety or panic, and they will help you when you feel depressed. Certain scents can be used to help calm a colicky baby or sick children breathe better.

Scents for Specific Needs

Specific oils will offer certain benefits. Some stress relief oils includes chamomile, cinnamon, frankincense and lavender. These scents can be used to soothe or relieve stress and help to promote sleep. Some mood enhancing scents include lemon, rose and vanilla. These scents can help lift your spirits and enhance your mood. You will find other scents that specifically help depression, memory and fatigue. With increased mental focus, improved memory and increased alertness, you will be able to accomplish more things each day. You can combine certain essential oils for more benefits. For instance, orange and cinnamon can be used together to increase your energy. Some candles, such as the Spirit of the Orientcandles (3), even combine scents with colors that induce a particular mood. Many people suffer from various health issues, and they should choose the specific scent that will benefit them the most.

Aromatherapy Candles: Photo Supplied by the Author

Aromatherapy Candles: Photo Supplied by the Author

Candles can be used to set the mood for certain occasions, or they can be used to promote healthier living. Choosing the proper scents for your environment or health is essential if you want to achieve the most benefits from the aromatherapy candles.

About the Author:

Matt Milstead: Used with Author's Permission

Matt Milstead: Used with Author's Permission

Matt Milstead is a health blogger and an advocate of healthy living. He is a regular contributor to several aromatherapy and yoga blogs and forums and practices yoga daily. You can follow him on Twitter and Google+.

References and Resources:

(1) Beef Tallow website, Lighting the Wick of the Past: History of Tallow Use in Candle Making, accessed July 2014

(2) Health, Home and Happiness website, How to Make Healthy Beeswax Palm Candles and Save Money, accessed July 2014

(3) New Age Markets website, Spirit of the Orient Candles, accessed July 2014

The views and opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Aromatherapy Notes blog. You are always advised to carry out your own research and reading with regard to information given in all blogs.

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