Beginner’s Aromatherapy: Certificate in Holistic Aromatherapy

Posted on: January 17th, 2018 by
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Cornflower is studied on the Certificate in Holistic Aromatherapy: Photo Copyright Sharon Falsetto All Rights Reserved

Cornflower is studied on the Certificate in Holistic Aromatherapy: Photo Copyright Sharon Falsetto All Rights Reserved

We are excited to announce that Sedona Aromatherapie has just launched a comprehensive new course for beginners to aromatherapy who want a solid education in aromatherapy, but who do not necessarily want to take the full length Certificate in Professional Aromatherapy. This new course is designed to empower aromatherapy users at home to safely and effectively use aromatherapy, and to give a good foundation to those who are thinking about starting an aromatherapy business but who have no experience in the subject area. Here’s some more information!

How the Aromatherapy Course is Set Up

No prior experience is needed to start this course. The course is divided into eight modules with a total of thirty lessons. At the end of each lesson, there is a table or short answer question to complete. At the end of each module, there is a practical project to complete. As this is an introductory course, there are no essays or reading assignments to complete like there is for the Certificate in Professional Aromatherapy. The aim of this course is to make learning fun – but obtain a comprehensive education in aromatherapy while doing so!

If you want to obtain the certificate in order to meet the requirements of NAHA Level 1 Certified Aromatherapist®, you will also need to complete Module Nine. This is an assessment module which requires the successful completion of five case studies (over a minimum period of three months), a five to ten page research paper on aromatherapy, and a multi-choice exam.

Aromatherapy Products that you will Make During the Course

You will learn to make the following aromatic products during this beginner’s course in aromatherapy:

  • aromatherapy sprays

  • aromatherapy oils

  • aromatherapy scrubs

  • aromatherapy salts

  • infused aromatic oils

  • aromatherapy inhalers

  • aromatherapy compresses.

Unique Selling Points about the Certificate in Holistic Aromatherapy

This is one of the few comprehensive foundation courses in aromatherapy on the market available, without having to take a full aromatherapy certification to level 2. On the successful completion of this course, you will:

  • be able to apply for NAHA level Certified Aromatherapist® membership.

  • Be proficient in making seven different types of aromatherapy products.

  • Be able to competently assess and choose essential oils/carrier oils/hydrosols to make a suitable aromatherapy blend.

  • Understand where, how, and why aromatic plants are extracted to produce aromatic oils and waters.

  • Understand the basic chemistry of essential oils.

  • Understand how to use essential oils safely.

  • Understand different dilution rates for different groups of people.

  • Understand labeling and language used for aromatherapy products.

  • Understand the scope of practice of an aromatherapist.

You will have the necessary skills to begin to use aromatic plants at home for your your health and well-being.

Learn More About the Certificate in Holistic Aromatherapy

This is a home study course so it can be studied from anywhere in the world. To learn more about this course, the support offered with it, pricing plans, and options, visit the Certificate in Holistic Aromatherapy web page!

About the Author and Course Provider:

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®. 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 January

Posted on: January 2nd, 2018 by
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Aromatherapy Blends for Winter Blues

Aromatherapy Blends for Winter Blues

Welcome to a new year! 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 pursue more aromatherapy studies, and for those who already have an interest in aromatherapy, I hope that it encourages you to learn more! Happy blending!

Winter Blues Aromatherapy Blend

The Holidays are over and we can often enter the month of January stressed out from the festive season, and facing the prospect of a “dark” month, in more ways than one, before spring dawns again. It’s easy to get depressed, or just down right “blue” at this time of year. Here’s a little pick-me-up to be enjoyed in a warming, winter bath. Use just a 1% dilution to avoid any possible skin sensitivity.

Essential Oils Chosen: Ylang ylang for depression, stress, and insomnia; geranium for anxiety and balance; vetiver for calming.

  • 8 oz Epsom salts

  • 15 drops ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) essential oil

  • 23 drops geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) essential oil

  • 10 drops vetiver (Vetiveria zizaniodes) essential oil

    optional: 1 teaspoon solubol-dispersant such as this one.

How to Use:

Mix all of the ingredients together in a suitable container. Add one to two teaspoons of the salts to a warm bath. Swirl around in water to mix before stepping into the bath.

Cautions for Use:

For adult use only. Possible skin sensitivity in some individuals.

Focus Your Intentions Aromatherapy Blend

A new year is often filled with new year resolutions. Many of those resolutions are forgotten before January is through. Try mediating (or just sitting quitely) with the following diffusion blend to focus your intentions for the year ahead, whatever they might be. This recipe makes approximately 3 ml of blend.

Essential Oils Chosen: Frankincense to slow the breath; basil to give clarity; sandalwood to calm; bergamot to uplift and carry forward intentions.

  • 30 drops frankincense (Boswellia carteri) essential oil

  • 25 drops basil (Ocimum basilicum) essential oil

  • 20 drops sandalwood (Santalum album) essential oil

  • 35 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.

Smooth Hands Aromatherapy Blend

Winter weather can be unkind to your skin, with winter winds, rain, snow, and freezing temperatures. Hands tend to suffer the most, unless we remember to wear gloves. This skin smoothing blend will help to keep your hands free from chapping, and prepare them for warmer, spring days. Use just a 1% dilution to avoid any possible skin sensitivity; increase to 2% if the situation dictates.

Essential Oils Chosen: Palmarosa for moisturizing and stimulation of skin cell regeneration; geranium for all types of skin care; amyris to fix the blend; cedarwood for drying skin conditions.

  • 8 oz unscented cream base*

  • 20 drops palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii) essential oil

  • 10 drops geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) essential oil

  • 10 drops amyris (Amyris balsamifera) essential oil

  • 8 drops cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) essential oil

* I recommend using a cream base for this blend as it contains more oil and it not as drying as water-based lotions.

How to Use:

Mix the essential oils well into the cream base in a suitable container. Apply as needed to the hands.

Cautions for Use:

Avoid use in pregnancy.

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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Aromatic Christmas Accents for Your Home

Posted on: December 22nd, 2017 by
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Aromatic Christmas Accents for Your Home: Fir, cones, and cinnamon sticks

Aromatic Christmas Accents for Your Home: Fir, cones, and cinnamon sticks

Although many aromatic plants are not in bloom during the winter season, there are still several aromatics that you can use as Christmas accents for your Holiday centerpiece, wreath, or bouquets, if you get a little creative! If an essential oil diffuser blend is not possible because of other factors (pregnancy, small children, pets, or seniors), try getting back to basics with the plants themselves. Here’s some ideas on how to bring some aromatic beauty into your home during the festive season.

Aromatic Tree Accents for Your Home

There are several aromatic trees to choose from at this time of year which can add both visual and aromatic appeal to your home. These include:

  • juniper (Juniperus communis) – including berries if in season. However, do not place these where they are accessible to children and pets.

  • cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)

  • fir (Abies alba)

  • pine (cones).

Additional Aromatic Accents for a Christmas Centerpiece

Seasonal fruits and spices abound at this time of year. Think about aromatic oils which resonate with the season and incorporate those pieces into your aromatic arrangement. These might include:

  • orange rinds

  • cinnamon sticks

  • vanilla pods.

An Unusual Aromatic Element for Your Festive Bouquet

Although they might not be readily avialble from your garden (depending upon your locality), you may be able to find these elements from a florist or plant specialist in your area:

  • eucalyptus leaves

  • witch hazel (for both color and aroma when in bloom).

How To Arrange Your Aromatic Accents

Depending upon how creative you are, or want to be, you can arrange your chosen pieces into:

  • a Christmas table centerpiece

  • a candle arrangement (use a soy wax candle)

  • a door wreath

  • a traditional vase arrangement

  • a Christmas basket.

I hope that these ideas have given you some inspiration for those last minute touches to your home this season! Have fun!

About the Author:

The author of this article has a twenty 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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How Snow and Winter Rain Affect Aromatic Plants

Posted on: December 18th, 2017 by
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Snow helps aromatic trees to survive in winter

Snow helps aromatic trees to survive in winter

It is over three months since we had rainfall here in Northern Arizona. At this time last year, we had experienced both winter rain, freezing temperatures, and even our first snowfall of the winter. This year it is a different story. So how does this lack of moisture affect both the winter plants and the potential development for spring plants, specifically with regard to aromatic plants? Here is a quick look.

The Aroma of Winter in the Landscape

In the northern hemisphere, we associate winter with the aromas of evergreens, firs, and tree aromas – probably because these plants are not dormant and their oils are one of the few aromas we pick up from the landscape. Tree aromas vary, but can be calming, cleansing, or stimulating, depending upon the tree species.

Snow and ice traditionally cover many northern winter landscapes, but a lot of plants survive these harsh winter conditions and produce new growth in the spring. Winter is the hardest season for a plant’s survival; plants need water to live and in winter the soil is often frozen with ice and snow, trapping any water within it. The plant can not replace any water losses and as a result, the plant will die. Plants and trees have adapted various ways in which to survive the traditional winter.

What Happens to Aromatic Plants in Winter?

Aromatic annual plants do not the survive winter and flower for only one growing season. New seeds have to be planted in the spring to produce the next year’s growth and harvest. Aromatic annual species include sunflower (Helanthius annuus), German chamomile (Matricaria recutica) and basil (Ocimum basilicum). Perennial plants do survive the winter but “hibernate” under ground. The growth above ground dies at the end of the growing season but the roots of the plant are protected by snow, which acts as insulation; new growth traditionally follows in the spring. Aromatic perennial plants include sage (Salvia officinalis), oregano (Origanum vulgare) and rosemary(Rosmarinus officinalis).

Deciduous trees effectively become dormant throughout the winter months as well. They drop their leaves in the Fall and as a result do not need to photosynthesize and need little water. The tree has received enough nutrients through photosynthesis in the spring and summer months to maintain it throughout the winter, once its leaves have fallen.

Evergreen plants or coniferous trees, such as pine (Pinus sylvestris), fir (Abies balsamea), and Douglas fir(Pseudotsuga menziesii), do not lose their leaves in winter. Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) and juniper (Juniperus communis) also fall into this category.

The needles of evergreen trees hold little water; the needles primarily contain sugars, alkaloids and non-freezing essential oils (which is why we smell their aromas during this time). The needles of the evergreen tree evolved from leaves to minimize water loss and ensure the tree’s survival throughout the winter. Evergreens are slow to photosynthesize and can maintain functions in lower temperatures than other plants.

How Snow and Winter Rain Help Aromatic Plants to Survive Winter

Snow and winter rain is vital to the winter survival of plants and trees. Snow acts as an insulator and protects the plant from harsh, winter conditions. Snow flakes have a unique structure; they have small intervening spaces within their structure which are filled with air. This means there is low heat conductivity; as a result, the daily temperature penetration into the snow is minimal and plants are protected from frost and freezing conditions. Once the snow melts, the moisture is also good for the plants.

The Effect of Changing Weather Patterns on Plants

In some areas of the world snowfall is reducing; in other areas of the world snowfall is occurring earlier in the season than it has traditionally occurred. A 2007 UNEP report Global Outlook for Snow and Ice stated that in the northern hemisphere snowfall had reduced by seven to ten per cent over the last forty years for the months of March and April. Throughout the northern hemisphere, the period of the year when there is no snow cover has also lengthened.

If snowfalls occur early in the winter season, or even at the end of Fall, some plants may traditionally be unprepared for the sudden climate change which may result in the plant dying; however, should snowfall be later or lighter in the traditional winter months, plants may struggle to survive too.

The Future for Aromatic Plants

Each time we reach to use a bottle of essential oil or another aromatic substance, we are using a precious and valuable resource. If weather patterns continue to change, plants may become stressed, confused, and struggle to survive. It is for this reason, we are developing the Sedona Aromatics garden, in order to study aromatic plants further, distill our own oils and waters, and learn how we can adapt to help certain aromatic species survive changing weather patterns.

The Study of Aromatic Plants in Aromatherapy

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

References:

  • Global Outlook for Snow and Ice, accessed from: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1751-8369.2008.00046.x/full (Original report no longer available online)

  • 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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The Use of Rosemary Essential Oil with Memory Issues

Posted on: December 11th, 2017 by
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Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) : Photo copyright Sharon Falsetto, All Rights Reserved

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) : Photo copyright Sharon Falsetto, All Rights Reserved

This article originally appeared in the NAHA Journal (Autumn 2017.3) and is re-published here according to the NAHA Writer Guidelines 2017-2018 copyright statement. This article is excerpted from the original article which contains further information. If you would like to become a member of NAHA and enjoy more articles like this, please visit the NAHA website.

Introduction

In the words of the great English poet and playwright William Shakespeare (1564-1616), “There’s Rosemary, that’s for remembrance” (Hamlet, Act IV, Scene Five). This most unassuming herb of the plant world does, in fact, possesses a great many characteristics but it is its association with memory that we will be looking at more closely in this article. We will discover that rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) essential oil metabolizes into several variations with regard to its essential oil constituents, and understanding each of these variations can help us to use it to its fullest potential.

Cognitive performance can be affected in any stage of life, sometimes reduced by stressful events, or simply by the effect of aging. But although memory loss is a distressing condition that affects a great many people, to varying degrees, it hits most cruelly when our bodies (and minds) age. Synthetic drugs have limited use in this area of study. However, clinical studies in the use of rosemary essential oil is producing some encouraging results in how this plant might be able to help.

Botanical Spotlight on Rosemary

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a member of the Lamiaceae plant family. A perennial woody herb, with highly aromatic leaves, rosemary is an evergreen shrub which produces lavender-blue or pink-lavender flowers. Although it traditionally flowers in the spring, it can be an early bloomer in the garden (as early as December in warmer climates) and may produce flowers outside of its traditional flowering season.

Rosemary is indigenous to the Mediterranean region but it grows in any comparable climate. In my garden in northern Arizona, I have seen this shrub flourish both under hot and wet conditions. Rosemary has spiky, green, needle-shaped leaves which are reminiscent of fir needles in shape. Both the leaves and flowering tops are harvested and distilled for use as an essential oil.

Essential Oil Chemotypes

Rosemary has traditionally produced three main chemotypes: ct. camphor, ct. cineole, and ct. verbenone.1 However, other chemotypes that exist in today’s world include ct. borneol, ct. bornyl acetate, ct. myrcene, and ct. pinene.2,3

A chemotype is the different internal chemical composition of a plant; its external appearance, and the genus and species, appear the same. Essentially a chemotype is a subspecies of a plant.4 This means that some plants, when extracted for essential oil, produce a malady of chemical compositions, producing a variance in therapeutic properties of an essential oil.

These changes may occur naturally in the wild or they may be the result of cross-pollination. Other factors which affect the variance in chemotypes in a plant include the elevation at which the plant was grown, the growing conditions of the plant, climate, and various environmental factors.5 It can even depend on the time of collection of the rosemary plant for distillation.6

A few plants, such as rosemary, seem to have a tendency towards this variance of chemical constituents.

Rosemary as an Essential Oil

Rosemary essential oil has a fresh, camphoraceous aroma (depending on the chemotype) with subtle undertones of mint. It typically contains the following chemical components; the names in bold represent the various chemotypes of rosemary essential oil:

  • borneol,linalool, and terpineol
  • camphor, thujone, and verbenone
  • 1,8-cineole
  • camphene, pinene, limonene, and myrcene
  • bornyl acetate and fenchyl acetate
  • caryophyllene and humulene
  • cuminic aldehyde.3

 Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Dementia is an umbrella name applied to a number of symptoms associated with memory loss. The most common type of memory loss is Alzheimer’s disease.7 Symptoms of dementia include:

  • increasing memory loss
  • increased difficulty in communicating effectively
  • inability to focus
  • increasing unreasonableness
  • increased agitation
  • increased anxiety
  • lack of judgment
  • decreased visual perception.

Although most people suffer with dementia after the age of sixty-five, five percent of the population incur “early onset” dementia.8

Symptoms worsen over time. It may start with forgetting where you placed an object, increasing to inability to remember to pay bills on time, to forgetting how to find your way back home from a previously familiar route. Increased agitation and change in mood (aggressiveness) may follow in the latter stages of the disease and it is a very difficult disease for caregivers to watch how a loved one deteriorates.

Clinical Studies with Rosemary Essential Oil: Memory in General

The use of rosemary essential oil with memory loss and, in particular, Alzheimer’s disease, has produced positive results in various clinical studies. Unfortunately, many of these studies fail to mention which particular chemotype of rosemary essential oil was used.

One study suggested increased alertness and lower anxiety scores when rosemary essential oil was given to the study group.9 The study group also completed math computations more accurately and more quickly than the study group who were given lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil. Another study also showed similar results.10

Clinical Studies with Rosemary Essential Oil: 1,8-cineole

One particular study concluded that “compounds absorbed from rosemary aroma affect cognition and subjective state independently through different neurochemical pathways.”11 Improved cognitive performance was recorded at higher levels of exposure.

Clinical Studies with Rosemary Essential Oil: Alzheimer’s Disease

A positive and encouraging study concluded that there was “some potential” for aromatherapy in helping to improve cognitive function in Alzheimer’s disease patients.12 In the study, rosemary and lemon (Citrus x limon) essential oils were used in the morning, followed by lavender and orange (species not specified) essential oils in the evening. Results showed a “significant improvement in personal orientation related to cognitive function.”

Conclusions and Recommendations

In summary, given the information obtained in these studies, and our understanding of rosemary essential oil and its various chemotypes, it can be seen that rosemary essential oil has potential to assist in a form of a holistic care package for someone suffering with memory loss.

Rosemary essential oil, in general, is a stimulating essential oil and the various chemical components found within it, seem to indicate it is successful in stimulating memory and increasing cognitive function within certain environments. Indeed, one study indicated that ct. 1,8-cineole was successful in affecting cognitive awareness.

It would appear to me that all chemotypes of rosemary essential oil would produce a stimulating effect, although some to a greater degree than other depending upon individual chemical components. The decision between each chemotype may depend upon if there are other issues to address with a patient as well; for example, respiratory issues. The time of day at which the rosemary essential oil is used may also affect the choice of chemotype used; for example, ct. verbenone may be more useful at bed time than in the morning.

I would also consider alternating rosemary essential oil with an “opposite” blend of essential oils, i.e. a calming blend. This method was used in the study Effect of aromatherapy on patients with Alzheimer’s disease11and produced promising results.

It may be difficult to get a patient with memory loss to apply an aromatherapy blend on a regular basis, due to change in mood and memory, so a caregiver may wish to try diffusing the essential oil blend as an alternative.

Having watched my grandfather slip slowly away into the world of Alzheimer’s disease when I was in my early 20′s and taking my finals at college, I only wish I had known then what I know now about the use of aromatherapy. Although research is in its infancy with how aromatherapy can be used with debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, the potential for using rosemary essential oil in this capacity is promising.

Aromatherapy Recipes:

Memory Booster Diffusion Blend

Add the following essential oils to a 5 mL glass bottle:

  • 25 drops rosemary ct. camphor (Rosmarinus officinalis)
  • 30 drops lemon (Citrus x limon)
  • 20 drops sage* (Salvia officinalis)
  • 20 drops basil (Ocimum basilicum) 

*Sage has also been shown to be effective to boost memory performance.13

 Instructions for Use: Add an orifice reducer to the bottle, cap, and shake well. Add approximately five drops of the blend to an aromatherapy diffuser, following the manufacturer’s guidelines for use. Diffuse for twenty minutes in the morning.

Cautions for Use: This is an extremely potent blend. Avoid use around babies and young children under the age of five years, around pets, in pregnancy, or around those with specific health conditions such as high blood pressure and epilepsy. Do not diffuse longer than the specified time, and reduce if necessary. Consult a certified aromatherapist for further advice.

Breathe Calmly Bed Time Spray

Combine the following essential oils with 2-oz. of distilled water and one tsp. grain-free alcohol, in a spray bottle:

  • 8 drops lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 6 drops rosemary ct. verbenone (Rosamarinus officinalis)
  • 5 drops Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
  • 5 drops valerian (Valeriana faurieri) 

Instructions for Use: Combine all of the ingredients, cap, and shake well. Spray the pillow lightly before going to bed to promote easy breathing and restful sleep.

Cautions for Use: Avoid use around babies and young children under the age of five years, around pets, in pregnancy, or around those with specific health conditions such as high blood pressure and epilepsy. Discontinue use if agitation occurs and seek professional medical advice.

References

  1. Price S and Price L. (2012). Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, 4th ed. UK: Elsevier Ltd. P10-11.
  2. Tisserand R and Young R. (2014). Essential Oil Safety, 2nd ed. UK: Elsevier Ltd. P407-409.
  3. Elhassan I A and Osman N M. (2014). New Chemotype Rosmarinus officinalis L. (Rosemary) “R. officinalis ct. bornyl acetate.” American Journal of Research Communication. 2 (4), p232-240. Available from: http://www.usa-journals.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Elhassan_Vol24.pdf Last accessed August 11, 2017.
  4. Clarke S. (2008). Essential Chemistry for Aromatherapy, 2nd ed. UK: Elsevier Ltd. p134, p145.
  5. Falsetto S. (2016). What is an Essential Oil Chemotype? Sedona Aromatherapie blog. Available: http://sedonaaromatherapie.com/blog/2016/07/11/what-is-an-essential-oil-chemotype/ Last accessed August 11, 2017.
  6. Lakusi D, Risti M, Slavkovska V, Lakusi B. (2013). Composition of the Essential Oils of Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis, Lamiaceae). Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23472478. Last accessed August 11, 2017.
  7. Alzheimer’s Association. (2016), Dementia. Available: http://www.alz.org/what-is-dementia.asp. Last accessed August 11, 2017.
  8. Mayo Clinic. (2016). Early-onset Alzheimer’s. Available: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alzheimers-disease/in-depth/alzheimers/art-20048356 Last accessed August 11, 2017.
  9. Diego M A, Jones N A, Field T, Hernandez-Reif M, Schanberg S, Kuhn C, McAdam V, Galamaga R, Galamaga M., (2016). Aromatherapy positively affects mood, EEG patterns of alertness and math computations. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10069621/ Last accessed August 11, 2017.
  10. Moss M, Cook J, Wesnes K, Duckett P, Aromas of Rosemary and Lavender essential oils differentially affect cognition and mood in healthy adults. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12690999 Last accessed August 11, 2017.
  11. Moss M and Oliver L. (2012). Plasma 1,8-cineole correlates with cognitive performance following exposure to Rosemary essential oil aroma. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3736918/ Last accessed August 11, 2017.
  12. Jimbo D, Kimura Y, Taniquchi M, Inoue M, Urakami K. (2016). Effect of aromatherapy on patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20377818 Last accessed August 11, 2017.
  13. Falsetto, Sharon, 2012, Sage Aromatherapy Short Course, Sedona Aromatherapie LLC.

About Sharon Falsetto

Sharon Falsetto is a UK-certified aromatherapist. She has been living in the United States since 2006 and is the founder of Sedona Aromatherapie LLC and the forthcoming Sedona Aromatics School and Garden. Sharon offers a home study aromatherapy education program: The NAHA approved Linguistics of AromaticsTM Program. Sharon is both a published author and editor in aromatherapy. She is also an aromatherapy consultant, a custom blend formulator, and a herbal studies student. She 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. Sharon is the author of Authentic Aromatherapy, the current chief editor of the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal, and the NAHA regional director for Arizona. You can visit Sharon’s website at: www.sedonaaromatherapie.com.

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Aromatic Retreats and Workshops 2018

Posted on: December 4th, 2017 by
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Aromatic Retreats and Workshops in Sedona Arizona 2018

Aromatic Retreats and Workshops in Sedona Arizona 2018

If you follow us on Instagram, you will have seen the development of our aromatic garden over the past couple of years, with the culmination in the establishment of our very own still room and on-site class room for 2018. This has led to the inaugural aromatic retreat and workshop for 2018, both of which will be held twice during the coming year. Here’s all the details!

Location of Aromatic Retreat and Workshop

Each retreat/workshop is located on a one acre original homestead property, five minutes outside of Sedona itself, but a world away from the bustling tourism that has become “main town” Sedona. The property is located at the end of a private dirt road and directions will provided once you’ve paid the balance for the class. Instructions on what you will need to bring will also be provided at this point.

As the property is located outside of Sedona, all refreshments and lunch both days will be provided. However, you are welcome to bring your own as well. Just let me know in advance.

Aromatic Retreat: Secrets from the Aromatic Garden and Stillroom

WHEN: August 21st, 22nd, and 23rd 2018

OR September 11th, 12th, and 13th 2018

This is a three day retreat which is the same for both dates.

COST: $595 (inc. materials and lunch) for 3 days. A $150 non-refundable deposit reserves your seat in class. The balance must be paid in full by July 20th 2018 for retreat #1 and by August 10th 2018 for retreat #2, or your place maybe forfeited and awarded to another attendee on the wait list.

SCHEDULE (subject to change):

Day One: Plant collection and plant identification.

Day Two: Plant distillation (demonstration although you might be asked to participate if required).

Scent intention making project.

Day Three: Herbal project.

Blending techniques and one aromatic blend made from using these techniques.

Each retreat will include a custom manual, access to my personal oil collection, custom tote bag of goodies, lunch, refreshments, up close and personal with the plants and still, and lots of memories!

Workshop: The Art of Aromatics: A Journey of Emotional Healing

Please note: This is a WOMEN ONLY workshop.

WHEN: April 20th and 21st April 2018

OR September 28th and September 29th 2018

This is a two day workshop which is the same for both dates.

COST: $495 (inc. materials) for 2 days. A $150 non-refundable deposit reserves your seat in class. The balance must be paid in full by March 17th 2018 for workshop #1 and by August 22nd 2018 for workshop #2,or your place maybe forfeited and awarded to another attendee on the wait list.

SCHEDULE (subject to change):

Day One: Introduction to emotional trauma.

Aromatic oils for emotional healing (including blending).

Happy Place box project.

Day Two: Aromatic journalling.

Botanical aromatic art project.

Leaving a legacy in Georgie’s Garden.

Each workshop will include a custom manual, access to my personal oil collection, your happy place custom box, lunch, refreshments, access to Georgie’s Garden, and hopefully some aromatic emotional healing.

We would love to see you in 2018 for this exclusive opportunity to share our work and vision. To learn more, visit the website and reserve your space today!

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