Holiday Offers on Make-Your-Own Kits, Courses, and E-Books from Sedona Aromatherapie

Posted on: November 28th, 2016 by
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Holiday Aromatherapy Gift Shopping

Holiday Aromatherapy Gift Shopping

The Holidays are not just a time to treat your friends and family with gifts, but a time you should be gifting yourself too – with a little bit of something that you love! This year, at Sedona Aromatherapie, I have three different offers for thrifty shoppers! Simply enter the following codes at checkout to receive your discount!

Alternatively, help those that might be facing tough times this Holiday season and beyond by choosing to donate your discount to my local charity of choice, The Verde Valley Sanctuary. Details are given below on how to do this for each offer.

Sedona Aromatherapie Make-Your-Own Products Kits

There are now eleven different make-your-own product kits available from Sedona Aromatherapie including making your own aromatherapy candles, bath bombs, salves, foot products, chocolate and lavender aromatherapy products, scrubs and bath salts, lip balms, and your own custom perfume. You also have the choice to add on a custom aromatherapy pre-made blend to the custom perfume kit – although you could use some of these blends with other kits too.

Prices range from $21.95 to $42.95 per kit.

Enter code MYO SHIP FREE at checkout to receive free shipping on all make-your-own kits over $25 in value between November 28, 2016 and December 16, 2016. All shipping is via USPS and will be shipped the most economical way to your destination (within the United States).

Please Note: The shopping cart will automatically deduct the standard shipping rate but once I process your order, I will refund to you the charged shipping amount. Alternatively, you can choose to pay the shipping and I will donate the charge to my local charity of choice, the Verde Valley Sanctuary. Simply let me know in the special requests box.

Offer valid within United States only. No refunds or exchanges after purchase.

Visit the Make-Your-Own Products Kits to make your choice!

Sedona Aromatherapie E-Books

I recently released a new e-book, 15 Seasonal Aromatherapy Blends. This 28 page e-book is packed with 15 seasonal aromatherapy blends and basic instructions for making products such as scrubs, diffusion blends, oils, lotions, balms, and sprays using essential oils, hydrosols and other natural ingredients. It is written with the beginner in mind. The e-book covers all seasons: Winter (including the Holidays), spring, summer, and fall.

This is a great gift for the D-I-Y-er product maker on your Holiday, birthday, or special occasion list! But, wait! If you purchase this particular e-book between the offer dates, and enter the offer code, below, you’ll receive one of the other e-books (valued at $2.99) for free! I will also donate the $2.99 charge to my local charity of choice, the Verde Valley Sanctuary. No need to let me know for this offer as I will do it automatically when I see this discount entered.

Enter offer code EBOOK FOR ME at checkout between November 28, 2016 and December 9, 2016 and enter BATH, PERFUME, OR BODY in the special requests box to indicate which ebook you would like to receive. I will email your free ebook to you when your order is processed. If you don’t specify an ebook choice, I will choose one for you.

No refunds or exchanges after purchase.

Visit Ebooks to make your choice!

Offer is valid only if you purchase 15 Seasonal Aromatherapy Blends.

Sedona Aromatherapie Aromatherapy Courses

The Holidays aren’t a time that we traditionally think about studying. But if you plan ahead, your purse may thank you! I am offering $99 off the Foundation Course in Aromatherapy and $150 off the Certificate in Professional Aromatherapy course if you pay your balance in full on initial purchase.

Simply enter the relevant code at checkout between November 28, 2016 and December 16, 2016.

  • For the Foundation Course in Aromatherapy enter code FCA99 – valid on options A, C, E & G only.
  • For the Certificate in Professional Aromatherapy enter code CPAC150 – valid on options A and B only.

Both of these discounts are automatically deducted at source before you make payment.

Alternatively, if you could afford to pay the usual fee in full, simply request that I donate the discount to my local charity of choice, the Verde Valley Sanctuary, in the special requests box, and don’t enter the discount code. THANK YOU for your thoughtfulness.

No refunds or exchanges after purchase.

Visit the Foundation Course in Aromatherapy or the Certificate in Professional Aromatherapy to learn more about each of these courses.

Happy Holidays!

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Three Seasonal Aromatherapy Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Guests

Posted on: November 21st, 2016 by
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Aromatherapy for Thanksgiving

Aromatherapy for Thanksgiving

In the final post of my trilogy of posts surrounding Thanksgiving, I am looking at three aromatherapy products (complete with recipes) that you may find useful to have in your home for your guests at Thanksgiving – or any other family celebration or party! Switch out your standard soap, lotions, and oils with these seasonal, aromatic variations!

Seasonal Soap for Thanksgiving Guests

If you are having a celebration or gathering at your home, your guests will undoubtedly use the bathroom facilities at some point. Many people are sensitive to scented soaps, so switch out the commercial soap with an unscented liquid Castile soap – or add in an aromatherapy blend if you know your guests will not have any sensitization issues. The following aromatherapy recipe is ideal for seasonal soap:

  • 8 oz base of castile liquid soap

Essential Oils:

  • 10 drops lime (Citrus aurantifolia)

  • 25 drops geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)

  • 6 drops rosalina (Melaleuca ericfolia)

  • 7 drops frankincense (Boswellia carteri)

*This is a 1% dilution to minimize the risk of any sensitization in guests. It may be increased to 2% if there are no young children, seniors, pregnant ladies, or anyone else with a serious medical condition in the group.

Instructions for Use:

  • Mix the essential oils with the castile liquid soap base and pour into a pump bottle.

Seasonal Lotion for Thanksgiving Guests

Once guests have washed their hands they may wish to use a moisturizing lotion or cream. Although people prefer different types of lotions, creams, or butters, I would stick with a basic, white, unscented lotion base for your guests. You may add the following essential oil blend at a 1% dilution:

  • 8 oz basic, white, unscented lotion

Essential Oils:

  • 7 drops frankincense (Boswellia carteri)

  • 8 drops cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)

  • 20 drops geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)

  • 13 drops sweet orange (Citrus sinensis)

Instructions for Use:

  • Mix the essential oils with the lotion base and pour into a pump bottle.

Seasonal Oil for Thanksgiving Guests

You may wish to offer your guests an alternative to lotion with this oil blend – or simply use it as a fragrant “perfume” to be added to pulse points before exiting the bathroom. Although I usually recommend roll-on applicators for this purpose, it is more hygienic to make up a larger batch for a pump bottle application and instruct guests to apply a small amount as desired. Alternatively, make individual roll-on applicators for each guest as gifts:

Essential Oils:

  • 12 drops frankincense (Boswellia carteri)

  • 8 drops rose(Rosa x damascena)

  • 20 drops sweet orange (Citrus sinensis)

  • 8 drops vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides)

Instructions for Use:

  • Mix the essential oils with the oil base and pour into a pump bottle.

Learn More About Aromatherapy with Sedona Aromatherapie

If you would like to learn more about how to use carrier oils in aromatherapy, consider the Sedona Aromatherapie Linguistics of AromaticsTM program!

References:

  • Author is a 20 year veteran in the health care and aromatherapy industry, a UK-certified aromatherapist, published author in aromatherapy, an approved education provider for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), an aromatherapy business owner, a consultant, and Chief Editor for the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal.

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Essential Oil Diffuser Blends for Thanksgiving

Posted on: November 14th, 2016 by
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Fall and Thanksgiving

Fall and Thanksgiving

Last week I discussed some seasonal nut carrier oils used in aromatherapy. This week I am following up that post with the types of essential oils that you might find useful as Thanksgiving approaches. Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends, but it can sometimes lead to discord among guests, overeating, and grumpiness! Here are some suggestions for getting you through this seasonal celebration!

Essential Oils for Thanksgiving Parties

As discussed in my book, Authentic Aromatherapy, essential oils can be used at parties and social gatherings to encourage a certain mood. Diffusing essential oils is probably the best method for this purpose; always consult the diffuser manufacturer’s guidelines for use. Suggested essential oils for a social gathering such as Thanksgiving include:

  • Lemon (Citrus x limon) and grapefruit (Citrus x paradisi) – lemon and grapefruit essential oils can encourage conversations and mingling among friends and family

  • frankincense (Boswellia carteri) and myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) – frankincense and myrrh essential oils can relax the mood and may curb any disagreements before they start

  • cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)* and sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) – a seasonal combination of spice and zest. Add in vanilla (Vanilla planifolia) for an extra twist.

*avoid in pregnancy.

You can “mix and match” these essential oils to your preference to encourage one of more of these moods or actions!

Essential Oils for Digestion

Family celebrations and gatherings such as Thanksgiving are often times when we over-indulge. To aid in digestion, diffuse some digestive-friendly essential oil blends such as:

  • ginger (Zingiber officinale), cardamon (Elettaria cardamomum), and mandarin (Citrus reticulata)

  • lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), dill (Anethum graveolens), and peppermint (Mentha x piperita)*

  • bergamot (Citrus bergamia), neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara (flos), and celery seed (Apium graveolens).

*Do not diffuse around babies and children under 3 years of age, or in pregnancy.

After Your Thanksgiving Guests Leave

After your guests leave, you may find that your home is left with some lingering energies and/or emotions that can leave you feeling drained and tired. After many people have gathered in one space, this is quite normal. To restore calm and balance to your home, consider diffusing the following essential oil blends – or use a simple hydrosol spray (where suggested):

  • geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) and lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

  • cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)*, cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), and sweet orange (Citrus sinensis)

  • vetiver (Vetivera zizanoides) and clary sage (Salvia sclarea)*

  • rose (Rosa x damascena) hydrosol

  • neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara (flos)) hydrosol.

*avoid in pregnancy.

Learn More About Essential Oils with Sedona Aromatherapie

If you would like to learn more about how to use essential oils safely and correctly, consider the Sedona Aromatherapie Linguistics of AromaticsTM Program!

References:

  • Author is a 20 year veteran in the health care and aromatherapy industry, a UK-certified aromatherapist, published author in aromatherapy, an approved education provider for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), an aromatherapy business owner, a consultant, and Chief Editor for the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal.

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Nut Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy

Posted on: November 7th, 2016 by
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Walnut Oil for Aromatherapy

Walnut Oil for Aromatherapy

‘Tis nearly the season for Thanksgiving here in the United States, which is swiftly followed by Christmas. With that in mind, I am starting another trilogy of posts in the lead up to Thanksgiving, with a focus on oils and blends I consider appropriate for the season. This week I am looking at three of the more unusual nut carrier oils. Next week, I will look at some suitable essential oil blends for diffusing at Thanksgiving, followed by some seasonal aromatherapy products that you may find useful to have for your Thanksgiving guests.

Nut Carrier Oils

The difference between a nut and seed carrier oil was discussed in a previous blog post but, essentially, nut refers to the hard-shelled fruit of a plant. Sometimes you may see the word kernel used in its place.

A lot of carrier oils are extracted from nuts but those which I find seasonal for this time of year include hazelnut, macadamia, and walnut. Not that these oils have any distinct aroma when added to an aromatherapy blend, but I think that the description of the blend makes it sound authentic for the season! In addition, each carrier oil has its own therapeutic properties, adding value to the blend.

Hazelnut Carrier Oil

Hazelnut ( Corylus avellana) goes by the name noisette in France and haselnuss in Germany.1 The hazelnut tree belongs to the Corylaceae botanical family and is a small, deciduous tree which is indigenous to northern Europe. Both male and female flowers grow on the same tree making it a monoecious plant. The hazelnut tree has yellow catkins in the spring.

Hazelnut oil is extracted by cold pressing the nuts. It is yellow-amber in color and it is very similar to sweet almond(Prunis dulcis) oil. Hazelnut oil is used to nourish the skin, stimulate circulation, as a light astringent, for oily skin, and for acne.

Macadamia Carrier Oil

Macadamia (Macadamia ternifolia) belongs to the Proteaceae botanical family and it is indigenous to Australia. Today’s macadamia nuts are developed from a hybrid of the original tree used by Aboriginal people. A tall tree, with cream-white or pale-pink flowers, the macadamia is able to self-pollinate. Macadamia nuts are distinct for their extremely hard outer shell protected by a green outer husk; within these inner walls is the kernel itself.

Macadamia oil is extracted by cold pressing the kernel. It is light yellow in color and extremely high in monosaturated fatty acids (oleic and palmitoleic). Macadamia oil is used for mature skin, as a massage oil, as a lubricant, and it is easily absorbed by the skin. Use macadamia oil in place of mineral oil.

Walnut Carrier Oil

Walnut (Juglans regia) is a member of the Juglandaceae botanical family. The walnut is an ancient plant, possibly pre- Ice Age. It is a common, deciduous tree in countries with temperate climates. The walnut tree is an extremely tall tree. The nut is enclosed within an outer green, fleshy fruit.

Walnut oil is extracted by a complex process. First the walnuts are smashed open with a wooden mallet; the kernel is then ground and pressed to obtain the oil. The oil is a deep, golden-brown color and it is high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (linoleic acid). Walnut oil is used for eczema, itchy scalp and skin, as an emollient, and to soothe burns.

In Europe, walnut oil is often used in place of olive oil.

Learn More About Aromatherapy with Sedona Aromatherapie

If you would like to learn more about how to use carrier oils in aromatherapy, consider the Sedona Aromatherapie Linguistics of AromaticsTM program!

References:

  1. Price, Len, 1999, Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy and Massage, UK: Riverhead Publishing

  • Author is a 20 year veteran in the health care and aromatherapy industry, a UK-certified aromatherapist, published author in aromatherapy, an approved education provider for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), an aromatherapy business owner, a consultant, and Chief Editor for the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal.

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An Introduction to Elemi Essential Oil

Posted on: October 31st, 2016 by
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Elemi essential oil is extracted from the gum of the tree

Elemi essential oil is extracted from the gum of the tree

Note: For those expecting an interview with Sedona Aromatherapie graduate Elizabeth Eaton this week, the interview has been delayed for publication until Elizabeth completes her website. It will be published at a later date.

Elemi (Canarium luzonicum) is an ancient essential oil which has been used for thousand of years. However, it is not as well known in aromatherapy use as its close relatives frankincense (Boswellia carteri), myrrh ( Commiphora myrrha), and opopanax (Commiphora erythraea). Here is a quick look at elemi essential oil!

Historical Use of Elemi

The ancient Egyptians used elemi as a resin to embalm and preserve bodies. It has also been used in the past for skin care and respiratory problems. The name elemi is derived from the Arabic phrase “above and below” and elemi is said to balance both the body and the spirit on a physical and spiritual level.

Botanical Description of Elemi

Elemi is a tropical tree that is native to the Philippine and Moluccas Islands; however it has had a widespread use in the Middle East for centuries. Elemi belongs to the Burseraceae botanical family. It grows up to ninety-eight feet in height. When the elemi tree sprouts leaves, it exudes a natural resin gum that is collected and then steam distilled to produce elemi essential oil. The elemi tree is listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as “vulnerable.”

Elemi Essential Oil

Elemi essential oil is pale yellow in color with a similar fragrance to frankincense. It has a balsamic scent with a hint of lemon. Elemi essential oil is made up of the chemical components elemol, dipentene, limonene, phellandrene, elemicin, terpineol, and other minor constituents. It blends well with other essential oils such as myrrh, frankincense, cinnamon and the spice oils, such as cardamom. Elemi is also known by the synonyms Manila elemi, elemi gum and elemi resin; it is known locally as ‘Pili.

Uses of Elemi Essential Oil in Aromatherapy

Elemi essential oil is antiseptic, expectorant, stimulant, cicatrisant and a tonic. It is used in aromatherapy to treat skin inflammations, infections, wounds, mature skin, wrinkles, bronchitis, catarrh, stress, and sinusitis. It is also used in meditation, due to its calming properties. It is often used in place of frankincense essential oil, due to its similar properties. Elemi is also used both as a resinoid and an oil for fixative purposes in the perfumery industry.

Cautions for Using Elemi Essential Oil

Elemi essential oil is generally non-sensitizing, non- irritating, and non-toxic. Dilute elemi oil in a carrier lotion or oil, such as jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis), before applying it to the skin. Elemi essential oil can be used through steam inhalation for effective treatment of respiratory complaints. Consult a qualified professional for further advice in using elemi essential oil.

Learn More About Essential Oils with Sedona Aromatherapie

If you would like to learn more about essential oils and their use in aromatherapy practice, consider the Sedona Aromatherapie Linguistics of Aromatics (TM) Home Study Program.

References:

  • Davis, Patricia, 1999, Aromatherapy: An A-Z UK: Vermilion

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

  • Author is a 20 year veteran in the health care and aromatherapy industry, a UK-certified aromatherapist, published author in aromatherapy, an approved education provider for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), an aromatherapy business owner, a consultant, and Chief Editor for the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal.

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An Introduction to Cardamom Essential Oil

Posted on: October 24th, 2016 by
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Cardamom Pods: Photo Credit Dreamstime

Cardamom Pods: Photo Credit Dreamstime

Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) is one of the “spice” essential oils, although it doesn’t get as much press in aromatherapy use as its more popular cousins such as ginger (Zingiber officinale) and black pepper (Piper nigrum). Here is a quick look at cardamom essential oil!

Historical Use of Cardamom

Cardamom has been used in both Indian and Chinese Medicine for over 3,000 years for the treatment of respiratory problems, digestive problems, urinary infections, and fever. Cardamom was used in ancient Egypt as a perfume and in ancient Greece to treat coughs and stomach problems. It traveled the spice routes to reach the Western world.

Cardamom also earns a mention in several historical texts for its medicinal uses, including the Vedic medicinal texts, and those of Hippocrates and Dioscorides. The Indians believed that cardamom was an aphrodisiac; it was also used in many Eastern culinary dishes, and has been used as domestic spice for thousands of years. The Hindu name for cardamom is derivative for the botanical name for cardamom, Elettaria.

Botanical Profile of Cardamom

Cardamom is a member of the Zingiberaceae plant family. It is sometimes known as cardamon. Cardamom is a perennial herb which is native to tropical Asia, although cardamom essential oil is now produced commercially in Sri Lanka, India, and Guatemala. Cardamom grows to a height of approximately 13 feet; it has tall stalks with lance-shaped leaves and flowers of white-yellow. The flowers of cardamom eventually produce seed pods which contain the essential oil.

Cardamom is botanically related to ginger and consequently it can be used as an alternative essential oil because it has similar therapeutic properties to ginger essential oil.

Extraction of Cardamom

Cardamom essential oil is extracted from the dried seeds of the plant by steam distillation; it is a colorless or pale yellow essential oil. Cardamom essential oil has a warm, sweet, spicy aroma with woody undertones. It is certainly one of my favorite essential oils with regard to aroma!

Therapeutic Benefits of Cardamom Essential Oil

Cardamom essential oil is antiseptic, digestive, diuretic, carminative, expectorant, stimulant and a tonic. It is useful in addressing symptoms of flatulence, nausea, diarrhea, heartburn, indigestion, colic, nervous and mental stress, coughs and respiratory problems. Cardamom is also used as a perfume and fragrance ingredient in cosmetics, soaps and perfumes, in pharmaceutical preparations and as a flavor ingredient in culinary recipes for curry and spice dishes.

Safety of Cardamom Essential Oil in Aromatherapy

In general, cardamom essential oil is relatively non-sensitizing, non-irritating and non-toxic in aromatherapy use. However, it is wise to exercise caution and take professional advice if unfamiliar with the use of essential oils. Sensitive individuals may exhibit different reactions. In addition, ensure that the essential oil is diluted in a carrier oil/lotion and not applied directly to the skin.

Learn More About Essential Oils with Sedona Aromatherapie

If you would like to learn more about essential oils and their use in aromatherapy practice, consider the Sedona Aromatherapie Linguistics of Aromatics (TM) Home Study Program.

References:

  • Davis, Patricia, 1999 Aromatherapy An A – Z UK: Vermilion

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

  • Author is a 20 year veteran in the health care and aromatherapy industry, a UK-certified aromatherapist, published author in aromatherapy, an approved education provider for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), an aromatherapy business owner, a consultant, and Chief Editor for the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal.

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