How to Make Coffee and Chocolate Soy Candles

Posted on: December 15th, 2014 by
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Chocolate and Coffee Aromatherapy Candles: Photo Copyright, Sharon Falsetto

Chocolate and Coffee Aromatherapy Candles: Photo Copyright, Sharon Falsetto

Although I’ve written about making scented candles for the Holidays before, I thought you might enjoy this quick and easy aromatherapy recipe for making chocolate and coffee soy aromatherapy candles that I came up with recently.

I used cacao absolute and coffee bean oil to give the candles both their aroma and their pale coffee-color. No other dyes or synthetic aromas were used. Enjoy!

Why Do You Use Soy Wax for Candles?

I use soy wax in my candle making as it is a plant-based ingredient, and therefore it is suitable for vegans who do not wish to use any animal products in candle making. I learned that some vegans do not like to use beeswax as a cosmetic ingredient – as it is “animal-derived.” I included a section on vegan-friendly ingredients in the Sedona Aromatherapie Certification in Professional Aromatherapy course for this reason.

Soy wax candles are made from soybean oil. Soy bean oil is extracted from soybeans (Glycene max). The soybean is a species of legume that is a member of the Fabiaceae botanical family; although the plant is native to East Asia, the majority of soy beans grown for candle making are now grown in the United States.

Chocolate and Coffee Soy Wax Candle Recipe

You will need the following ingredients to make this particular aromatherapy recipe for soy wax candles:

  • 7 oz soy wax – makes 10 x 1 oz candles

  • 15 drops of cacao absolute per candle

  • 10 drops of coffee bean oil per candle

You will also need various pieces of equipment to make the candles; to watch a step-by-step process, watch this short YouTube video that I made. Simply miss out the step where coloring is added.

Custom Blended Aromatherapy Candles

These heart-shaped candles make a cute gift for the Holidays, Valentine’s Day, your Wedding Day, or a special gift for a loved one. If you would like a custom blended candle made for your special occasion, please contact me for more information. Minimum order quantities may apply for custom products.

Learn More About Making Aromatherapy Soy Candles

Soy candle making with Sedona Aromatherapie is covered in the Sedona Aromatherapie Certification in Professional Aromatherapy course – or purchase the Sedona Aromatherapie votive candle making kit to get started!

References:

  • Author is a UK-certified aromatherapist, aromatherapy product maker, aromatherapy educator, and published author in aromatherapy.

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Three Quick and Easy Aromatherapy Holiday Gifts to Make

Posted on: December 8th, 2014 by
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Holiday Aromatherapy Gifts: Photo Credit, Fotolia

Holiday Aromatherapy Gifts: Photo Credit, Fotolia

It’s amazing how quick the Holiday season creeps up on us, even though it seems like the commercials have been never ending for the past few weeks! If you are one of those people who leaves their Holiday shopping to the last minute, why not think about making some Holiday gifts this year? These three quick and easy Holiday gifts are perfect for those who love aromatherapy – and are on a budget!

Note: All recipes given here are suggested for use with a healthy adult. Consult a certified aromatherapist for use with babies and children, the elderly, if you are pregnant, if you have a complex health history, or are taking medication.

Aromatherapy Bath Salts for the Holidays

Bath salts are one of the easiest aromatherapy gifts to make. Although you can compose more complex aromatherapy recipes, this particular aromatherapy bath salts recipe is great for beginners!

  • 8 oz Epsom Salts

  • 70 drops essential oil*

*I suggest using an essential oil such as lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) or rose (Rosa damascena). Check for any contra-indications for use.

TIP:If you don’t take baths, use these aromatherapy salts as a foot soak!

Blend the salts together with the essential oil and package in a glass jar.

Aromatherapy Perfume Oil for the Holidays

Although traditional perfume is made with an alcohol base, you can make a simple aromatherapy perfume with a carrier oil base. Simply blend the carrier oil with the essential oils and package in a roll-on bottle for easy application. If you don’t have the supplies to make your own aromatherapy perfume oil, consider one of the Sedona Aromatherapie Limited Edition Custom Holiday Blends!

  • 0.33 oz jojoba oil

  • 40 – 50 drops of essential oil*

*it takes time to find the “perfect” essential oil blend for an aromatherapy perfume, so you will need to experiment to find what works for you. However, if you haven’t got the time, I suggest this seasonal blend:

  • 0.33 oz jojoba oil

  • 16 drops myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) essential oil

  • 14 drops frankincense (Boswellia serrata) essential oil

  • 8 drops sandalwood (Santalum album) essential oil

Check for any contra-indications for use.

TIP: Add in a citrus oil to give this blend a lift!

Aromatherapy Cleanser for the Holidays

Cleansers can be a little more complex to make, but I have taken this recipe down to the basics for this particular exercise! You might enjoy making this aromatherapy product as a gift for those who like a custom (and therapeutic) soap in the bathroom for their Holiday guests!

  • 8 oz organic castile (liquid) soap

  • 15 drops lemon (Citrus limon) essential oil*

  • 20 drops cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) essential oil

  • 25 drops black spruce (Picea mariana) essential oil

*caution: lemon essential oil is photo-toxic, so do not apply before going out in the sun or before exposure to any ultra-violet light. The risk is minimal as this is a “wash-off” product, but you should still heed the caution.

Simply mix the castile soap base with the essential oils and pour into a pump bottle for use.

Learn How to Make More Aromatherapy Products with Sedona Aromatherapie

If you would like to learn how to make lots of other aromatherapy products, there is a Sedona Aromatherapie home study course, e-book, or make-your-own kit for you! From just $2.99 for a simple e-book, to a $59.99 bath and body product making course, to the 250 hour Professional Certification in Aromatherapy program (starting at $1,150), there is a wide range of options to choose from!

References

  • Author is a UK-certified aromatherapist, published author and professional writer, accredited aromatherapy training provider, and aromatherapy business owner.

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An Aromatherapy Interview with the Secret Healer: Elizabeth Ashley

Posted on: December 1st, 2014 by
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Elizabeth Ashley, the Secret Healer: Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Ashley

Elizabeth Ashley, the Secret Healer: Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Ashley

During the course of networking through social media, I recently made the acquaintance of UK aromatherapist Elizabeth Ashley, also known as the Secret Healer. Although a veteran aromatherapist, Elizabeth has most recently been spreading the word about aromatherapy through her writing. Her latest aromatherapy book, The Complete Guide to Clinical Aromatherapy and Essential Oils of the Physical Body, has just been published. Here’s a short interview I did with Elizabeth to find out more about her.

With thanks to Elizabeth for taking the time to answer these questions! Enjoy!

Who got you first interested in essential oils?

I was in the very fortunate position of being the daughter of one of the founder members of the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA). My mum Jill Bruce trained under Patricia Davis and in the early nineties ran one of the IFA schools. So there were always bottles of essential oils around me and I spent my entire teenage life with a bottle of lavender oil practically strapped to my chin. No spots for me!

When I was growing up, mum worked as a clairvoyant and would see many clients who were suffering with really chronic illnesses and she started to make pots of cream to help make people better. I think the number of people whom she helped with rheumatism and arthritis, eczema, and psoriasis probably runs into the tens of thousands. It was reading the letters from grateful customers that prompted me to want to learn too. 

Who did you complete your aromatherapy training with?

I am a licentiate of The Jill Bruce School of Aromatherapy, which in my case is a posh way of saying I studied with mum! I passed my Diploma of Aromatherapy in 1993 with honors, and then in 1994 went on to study both the Advanced Diploma of Aromatherapy and Medical Dowsing which was taught by my late step father Michael Cook, who later became the chairman of the British Society of Dowsers.

 Did you go into aromatherapy practice straight after taking your training – or did a particular event in your life prompt you into the world of aromatherapy?

Funnily enough I have never run a full time treatment practice, mainly because massage hurts my hands and because I am quite a shy person and I found being alone with patients quite intimidating. I worked in the family business for six years and became the Marketing Director and then left aromatherapy to improve my sales training working as a recruitment consultant. It wasn’t really until I became pregnant with my third child (fifteen years after the last one!), and I suffered a pulmonary embolism, that the universe shoved me back where I belonged.

I had been a very successful sales person, but I couldn’t breathe properly for years after, so telesales was out. I had to find a new way to sell, and I wondered whether I could write. I read a few “How to’s” and all of them said the same thing. Write about what you know….so I did. Aromatherapy flowed through my fingertips like nectar from a flower.

 Tell us a little bit about your latest aromatherapy book. Who is the book aimed at and why do you think it will help readers?

I have written several books for professional aromatherapists, and friends asked me to write a beginners book. At first I was reluctant because I had written so many of these as a ghostwriter, it seemed like repetition. But then the book took on a life of its own, rather than the forty or so pages I expected it to be, it now tops well over 200 pages! This book is written for the absolute beginner right up to a student doing their diploma – and everyone in between. I was lucky enough to have an extraordinary aromatherapy education and I wanted to pass some of that along.

Essential oils themselves are not particularly complex things. They will treat certain conditions and some can be dangerous in certain instances. What is remarkable is the number of levels they can work on – the mind, the body, and the spirit – and how the oils can unravel the intricacies of a disease. This first book in the series looks at mending problems in the physical body. In some ways it is only chapter one of aromatherapy, because it covers what an essential oil is, how it is obtained, the chemistry of the oil that makes its magic crackle, and how to use essential oils generally. There are profiles of over 100 essential oils with safety data and also lists of which oils I would suggest to look at for certain complaints. The final cherry on the cake for me is that some other amazing practitioners have offered me blends to publish in the book, so there are recipes by professional aromatherapists for even a beginner to follow. I think it is a really exciting thing.

My project for next year is to start writing monographs of individual essential oils to sell on Amazon. They include everything from Ancient Egyptian history, to clinical findings about essential oils in pharmaceutical trials in a lab. The book also includes bonus content of six of these monographs as well as a blending chart, and academic articles I have previously written for the IFA and New Zealand Register of Holistic Therapists. This means readers can explore essential oils from many different perspectives.

This particular book is free to download on the follow platforms from November 30th :

  •  Amazon – all countries
  • iBooks
  • Nook – Barnes & Noble (US and UK)
  • Bittorrent
  • Scribd
  • Oyster
  • Kobo
  • OverDrive
  • Flipkart
  • Baker & Taylor
  • Page Foundry
  • Inktera.com
  • Versent.com
  • Kobo
  • WH Smith in the UK
  • FNAC in France and Portugal
  • Livraria Cultura in Brazil
  • Angus & Robertson in Australia
  • Bookworld in Australia
  • Indigo in Canada
  • Collins in Australia
  • Feltrinelli in Italy
  • Libris in the Netherlands
  • Paper Plus in New Zealand
  • Play in Great Britain
  • Rakuten in Japan
  • Buy.com (now Rakuten) in the US
  • Whitcoulls in New Zealand.

Do you have a favorite essential oil? What are your recommended uses for this essential oil?

It’s hard for me to choose between valerian, frankincense, mandarin or geranium…but on consideration, geranium probably wins. A lot of people use it as a poor man’s version of rose, but I find it to be so much more. It is hormonal balancing, so is wonderful for PMS and skin care. Now I am entering “that certain age” of the peri-menopause I find I am using it more and more, especially to switch my mind off at the end of the day. I find it takes the edge off hormonal stress and also financial worries – which as a Cancerian I am very prone to!

When I am treating a patient, I always look at supporting the adrenal glands, because we all suffer from far too much stress, and geranium is one of the oils I choose for this.

 How has the practice of aromatherapy changed since you began your training?

Truly? I find it to be unrecognizable, sometimes!

I suppose the major difference comes about because of the internet, and people’s awareness of natural healing generally. Aromatherapy is acknowledged and respected now, whereas we were fringe cranks when I trained. The spread of information is so much freer and accessible now, not just to the consumer but between professionals too. That can only be good for our advancement and learning.

Funnily enough, I went to the doctor’s yesterday and mentioned I had not been hearing very well. She diagnosed a build up of catarrh behind my eardrum. When I asked what treatment she would recommend, she said “Do you know anything about aromatic oils?!” Even the doctor prescribes them first. I suppose with the advent of drug resistant bugs, they have to do it more and more.

 Do you have a final piece of aromatherapy advice/recommendation/tip for readers?

Good question! I would say try to understand dosages of essential oils in your blends. Less is always more, especially if you are treating the physical body. Only use one or two drops of any oil, any more and the effects become more on the emotional and spiritual bodies. If you add wheatgerm oil into a mix it also increases the potency of the other oils in the blend so it will pack a bigger punch to the symptoms too. Using essential oils this way not only enhances your skills as a healer…but it affects your bank balance too, because you save money on replacing oils!!!

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The Use of Peppermint and Spearmint Essential Oil for the Holidays

Posted on: November 24th, 2014 by
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Mint Oils for the Holidays: Photo Credit, Fotolia

Mint Oils for the Holidays: Photo Credit, Fotolia

Both peppermint and spearmint essential oils are popular in aromatherapy use. However, these two essential oils are quite volatile and are not recommended for use with certain groups of people. As the Holidays approach, and you might be tempted to add some mint essential oils to your Holiday products, take a moment to consider the similarities and differences between the mint oils – and which is the most appropriate oil for your use.

Profile of Peppermint

Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) is believed to be a hybrid of spearmint (Mentha spicata) and watermint (Mentha acquatica). It is a small herb with serrated, aromatic leaves and spikes of purple flowers.

Peppermint essential oil has a strong, minty aroma. Although peppermint and spearmint essential oils have similar chemical components, peppermint essential oil contains a higher percentage of alcohols than spearmint essential oil. However, it is the ketone content of menthone that gives cause for this essential oil to be contraindicated in some circumstances. Both peppermint and spearmint essential oils contain quite a high percentage of ketones.

Profile of Spearmint

Spearmint (Mentha spicta) is a similar looking herb to peppermint. Spearmint essential oil has an aroma that is reminiscent of chewing gum, which is perhaps why it is a popular as an essential oil in the United States! The essential oil is composed predominately of ketones (menthone) and alcohols, with monoterpenes. Both peppermint and spearmint essential oil contain the alcohol component menthol.

Mint Oils for the Holidays

Mint oils tend to be stimulating essential oils and are useful for relieving fatigue and stress. They may also be useful essential oils to have around to combat the symptoms of colds and flu.

If you plan to use peppermint or spearmint essential oil for the Holidays, here are some suggestions for use:

  • in candles – combine with other essential oils to minimize the overpowering minty aroma, or use by itself, as detailed in this post.

  • in an aromatherapy diffuser – to combat the symptoms of colds and flu, or to uplift spirits and reduce stress.

  • in bath products – such as these peppermint bath melts. However, use SPARINGLY, and watch for skin irritation. In addition, read the cautions below. Made correctly, these make great Holiday gifts!

Combine mint essential oils with other essential oils such as:

  • lemon

  • lavender

  • benzoin

  • vanilla

  • frankincense.

Cautions for Using Mint Oils

Do not diffuse, or apply topically, any aromatherapy product that contains peppermint or spearmint essential oil in the vicinity of babies and young children (under the age of three). In addition, avoid use in pregnancy and with nursing mothers. Do not use in conjunction with homeopathic treatments. Always use mint essential oils in moderation. Consult a qualified health care professional for further advice.

Make Your Own Aromatherapy Holiday Gifts

If you are interested in making your own aromatherapy Holiday gifts, consider one of the Sedona Aromatherapie Bath and Body courses. To learn more, visit the courses home page.

References:

  • Caddy, Rosemary, 1997, Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in Colour, UK: Amberwood Publishing

  • Falsetto, Sharon, 2014, Authentic Aromatherapy, US: Skyhorse Publishing

  • Heilmeyer, Marina, Ancient Herbs, US: Getty Publications

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

  • Penny Price Academy of Aromatherapy

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Three Ways to Use Witch Hazel Hydrosol

Posted on: November 17th, 2014 by
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Witch Hazel: Photo Credit, ISP

Witch Hazel: Photo Credit, ISP

Witch hazel has long been used as an antiseptic in first aid. However, witch hazel hydrosol also has other uses. In addition, it is important to remember that witch hazel hydrosol is not the same as store-bought witch hazel. Here’s more information.

In all cases, consult a certified aromatherapist and/or a qualified health care practitioner, for specific advice pertaining to your situation. This post doesn’t replace the advice of a health care professional and does not claim to cure with the use of aromatherapy; it is for educational purposes only.

Witch Hazel Botanical Profile

Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is a plant that belongs to the Hamamelidaceae botanical family. It is a Fall or winter flowering shrub with spidery-looking, spicy blooms. It also produces a fruit that is literally launched from it’s pod on maturity. Witch hazel is steam distilled to produce a hydrosol.

Witch Hazel Hydrosol

Witch hazel hydrosol is made up of 70 – 80% ethanol content and 2 – 9% tannin content (Price and Price, 2004). The ethanol content of the hydrosol should be compared to store-bought, over-the-counter witch hazel solutions; these solutions typically have 15% ethanol content and may have alcohol added to them, as well.

Witch hazel hydrosol has several therapeutic properties for aromatherapy use including as an analgesic, anti-inflammatory agent, an antiseptic, and an astringent.

Witch Hazel Hydrosol for First Aid

Perhaps one of the most common uses for witch hazel hydrosol is for first aid. Use it for help with wounds, cuts, and scrapes.

You can either use it in a spray bottle or soak some on a cotton ball and apply to the area. In addition, you can use it in a compress – either on its own or combined with other appropriate hydrosols and/or essential oils.

Witch Hazel Hydrosol as a Facial Toner

As witch hazel hydrosol has astringent properties, it is an excellent addition to skin care – especially in use as a facial toner.

Combine it with another hydrosol – such as rose – and/or appropriate essential oils. Soak a cotton ball with the mixture and apply to the face.

Witch Hazel Hydrosol for Management of Spots

As witch hazel hydrosol has anti-inflammatory properties, it is a good tool to manage unwanted spots and blemishes that erupt on the skin. Simply soak a small amount of the hydrosol onto a cotton ball and apply to the affected area. Apply daily.

Learn More About Hydrosols

The Sedona Aromatherapie September newsletter contained a short profile of witch hazel. Each quarter the newsletter features a plant that is used in aromatherapy.

Sign up for the Sedona Aromatherapie Certification Course in Aromatherapyto learn more about hydrosols and how to use them in aromatherapy. To learn more, visit the courses home page.

References:

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

  • Price, Len, Price, Shirley, 2004, Understanding Hydrolats: The Specific Hydrosols for Aromatherapy UK: Churchill Livingstone

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Limited Edition Holiday Aromatherapy Blends

Posted on: November 10th, 2014 by
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Limited Edition Holiday Custom Aromatherapy Blend: Photo Copyright Sharon Falsetto

Limited Edition Holiday Custom Aromatherapy Blend: Photo Copyright Sharon Falsetto

Aromatherapy and perfume roll-ons are fast becoming a popular, and simple, way to use aromatherapy. Although it’s very easy to make your own aromatherapy roll-on, sometimes it is nice to purchase such a product for a gift. With Holiday season on the horizon, I came up with these three simple aromatherapy roll-on blends as an ideal gift for loved ones this year. Peace, Comfort, and Joy aromatherapy blends are available for pre-order now and will be shipped between November 28th and December 15th 2014, while stocks last (over 20% sold out at time of writing this post).

Peace Limited Edition Holiday Aromatherapy Blend

This aromatherapy blend is a mix of vetiver, sweet orange, and sandalwood essential oils in a base of jojoba oil. Custom blended to evoke feelings of peace as you tackle the Holiday season rush – and take a moment to yourself!

Comfort Limited Edition Holiday Aromatherapy Blend

This aromatherapy blend is a mix of frankincense, rose geranium (distilled mix), and sweet orange essential oils in a base of jojoba oil. Custom blended to evoke feelings of comfort as the nights draw in and the temperature falls.

Joy Limited Edition Holiday Aromatherapy Blend

This aromatherapy blend is a mix of cypress, tangerine, petitgrain and rose geranium (distilled mix) essential oils in a base of jojoba oil. Custom blended to evoke feelings of joy as family and friends gather for the Holiday season.

Custom Aromatherapy Blends for the Holiday Season

All Limited Edition Holiday aromatherapy blends are packaged in a 0.33 oz roller-ball bottle for easy application. They also come with the addition of an organza bag, ideally packaged for your Holiday gift. Prices start at $15 for one aromatherapy blend, $25 for two aromatherapy blends, and $35 for three aromatherapy blends – including shipping in the 48 continental United States. For shipping outside of these parameters, contact me for a custom quote, and to see if shipping is available to your destination.

For further information on pre-ordering your custom aromatherapy Limited Edition Holiday blend, visit the website today!

Custom Aromatherapy Blends by Sedona Aromatherapie

If you would like to order custom aromatherapy blends for your own business or practice, contact me to learn more. In addition, visit the website for basic information. I offer a full consultation service to ensure that the perfect blend is designed to meet your needs!

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