An Aromatic Chemistry Course: A Sample Lesson from The Caddy Profiles

Posted on: September 19th, 2016 by
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The Caddy Profiles: An Aromatic Chemistry Course

The Caddy Profiles: An Aromatic Chemistry Course

A while ago, I introduced a new Sedona Aromatherapie home study course : The Caddy Profiles by Rosemary Caddy. This is an advanced aromatic chemistry course that will take your aromatic blending skills to the next level. Do you want to understand aromatic chemistry in a more simple, and colorful, way – with the use of charts instead of text? Well, this might be the course for you! Here is a sneak peek from the actual course program to help you to decide.

Sample Lesson for The Caddy Profiles Aromatic Chemistry Course

Here are some interesting extracts from the course:

The whole premise of this course is based around a Caddy Profile which is represented by a circle divided into sections similar to a pie chart:

In the course:

  • One drop of an essential oil is represented by a circle.

  • The circle is divided into 100 parts.

  • The parts are always counted from the top (at 12 o’clock) and go round in a clock-wise direction. In the circle shown, you would start at the number 0.

  • Each division shown in the circle represents 5 parts. Therefore, you count in multiples of five; from 0 to 25 is 5 x 5 parts = 25 parts.”

As you progress throughout this course you will develop your simple circle profile and use it to compare and contrast more complex data presented by individual essential oils, chemical families, and how to use it to develop a blend of essential oils for a specific condition.

By the end of the course you will know how to draw your Caddy profile, complete complex tables with aromatic chemistry data, and prepare your aromatherapy blend for someone who either has a simple cold or a chronic condition such as arthritis.

Comparing GC-MS Analyses Reports with The Caddy Profiles

Here’s another reason why you should take this course, if you are serious about comparing those reports and readings you get for essential oils:

If you get a sample of an essential oil analyzed, the laboratory reports the percentages of the major chemical constituents that it identifies in the sample. You can construct a Caddy Profile with the information from that single sample.

Each time that an essential oil is distilled from the plant material, the percentage of its chemical constituents will vary. There are many variables that affect the chemical makeup of an essential oil; the soil, the climate, the harvesting conditions, the distillation conditions, the storage conditions, and so on. Thus, each batch of essential oil tested will have a slightly different Caddy Profile.

A Caddy Classic Profile is constructed from using the results of hundreds of batches of an essential oil, together with historical research data on the chemical composition of the essential oil to produce an average result for the percentage of the main chemical constituents that you would expect to be reported in an analysis of the essential oil. Thus, a Caddy Classic Profile presents an expected pattern of chemical families to be generally found in the essential oil. In other words, it is the average pattern for that essential oil.”

If you want to take a practice run, download the free sample PDF course download on the course website page! And if you are ready to enroll on the course, enter the following code at checkout to receive a 10% discount for a limited time: AROMANOTES10.

Hope to see you soon!

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Medieval Use of Aromatic Plants and Oils

Posted on: September 12th, 2016 by
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Medieval Cloister Garden: Photo Credit, Dreamstime

Medieval Cloister Garden: Photo Credit, Dreamstime

Use of medicinal plants as medicinal oils and waters is not a new concept. Many of the aromatic plants that we grow today in the garden have been grown for centuries. They were used as culinary herbs – or as medicinal oils and/or waters. Use of medicinal plants was popularized in Medieval England by two well-known herbalists – John Gerard and Nicholas Culpeper. Here’s a quick look at some of the plants which were used during those times, many of which are used as an essential oil and/or hydrosol today.

Medieval Cloister Gardens

The use of plants and herbs for medicinal purposes was influenced dramatically at the latter end of the Medieval period (approximately 16th century); Medieval cloister gardens were full of healing herbs and plants, within the sacred walls of many monasteries, and of use to many who sought help from the monks of the monastery.

The cloister garden, an enclosed, green space within the monastery, was based on the style of Roman villa gardens and provided a place of relaxation among the aromatic plants. Water was often a feature of these gardens too, as was an orchard. The herb garden was split into the physics garden, full of healing herbs and plants, and the kitchen garden, herbs grown for their use in the kitchens.

The English Medieval Witchcraft Acts of 1541, 1562 and 1603 onward, probably restricted the use of much herbal and plant medicine for fear of being labeled a witch ( a term that was seen as a negative connotation in those days) and the consequences attached to it; in 1545, the birth of John Gerard marked the start of a new era of aromatic plant use.

John Gerard: Herball

John Gerard (1545- 1612) was a highly respected English herbalist of the 16th century; in 1596, he was first credited with publishing records of the plant species found in his garden, at Holburn, but it his later publication in 1597, the Herball, for which he is most remembered.

John Gerard’s Herball was a combination of translations from classical writers and John Gerard’s own observations on plant species, habitat and growth patterns. John Gerard was later appointed both as a herbalist adviser to King James I and a Master of the Barber-Surgeons Company, indicating the merging of plant medicine and conventional medicine at this time.

Nicholas Culpeper: The English Physician

Nicholas Culpeper (1616 – 1654), although educated at Cambridge University and a practicing physician, was never a rich man, choosing to make medicine accessible to the poorer classes and not just the rich. Nicholas Culpeper’s most famous publication was published in 1653 and is referred to as The English Physician or Culpeper’s Herbal.

The English Physician was unlike earlier publications John Gerard had published in that it was not a translation of previous text; in 1649, John Gerard had fallen into disagreement with the College of Physicians for publishing translated texts in English and not Latin, the language in which all medical texts had been written in up to this period.

The English Physician, although influenced by previous medical writings, set out both botanical and medical differences of plants and plant descriptions and locations, in a way that made it accessible for medicinal use by a lay person. The English Physician also included the use of “essential oils” in addition to herbal plant use, plant remedies, aromatic infusions, poultices and aromatic wines.

Medicinal Herbs and Plants Used by Nicholas Culpeper

Nicholas Culpeper listed over 360 plants in The English Physician for medicinal and herbal use; some of these plants included:

  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

  • Marjoram (Origanum marjorana)

  • Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)

  • Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

  • Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

  • Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

  • Sage (Salvia officinalis)

  • Rose (various botanical species)

  • Chamomile (various botanical species)

  • Mint (various botanical species).

All of the above plants are used as an essential oil in aromatherapy practice today.

Other Aromatic Herbs Used in Medieval Times

Other aromatic herbs and plants which were used in Medieval times include:

  • Anise (Pimpinella anisum) – seeds used to reduce sweating

  • Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) – seeds used to treat fever

  • Flax (Linum usitatissium) – used as a laxative

  • Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) – used to treat feet and women’s problems

  • Rue (Ruta graveolens) – used to treat bites of venom

  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) – used to treat headaches and war wounds.

Learn More About Aromatic Plants with the Sedona Aromatherapie Linguistics of AromaticsTM Program

If you would like to learn more about how these aromatic plants are used today in aromatherapy, consider the Sedona Aromatherapie home study program: Linguistics of AromaticsTM.

References:

  • Bremness, Lesley 1988 The Complete Book of Herbs UK: Dorling Kindersley Limited

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

  • 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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Phytodermatitis and Aromatic Plants

Posted on: September 5th, 2016 by
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Beautiful Blue Borage May Cause Phytodermatitis; Photo Copyright Sharon Falsetto All Rights Reserved

Beautiful Blue Borage May Cause Phytodermatitis; Photo Copyright Sharon Falsetto All Rights Reserved

Phytodermatitis is caused by an allergic, irritating, or severe reaction to contact with plants. Just as some essential oils are known to cause photosensitivity, some plants have the ability to be either/both a phytodermatitis reactor and a phytophotodermatitis reactor. Here is a quick introduction to some of the aromatic plants that may cause one or both of these reactions if you are an aromatic gardener, herbalist, distiller, or plant cultivator.

Types of Phytodermatitis

Phytodermatitis, literally “plant dermatitis,”causes the skin to become itchy, red, sore, painful, swollen, and eczema-like. Phytophotodermatitis is a specific reaction to plants, that have a high level of furocoumarins, combined with exposure to sunlight. It is not an immunologic reaction.1 Specific symptoms of phytophotodermatitis include headache, nausea, fever and chills. Left untreated for a long time, or constant exposure to the irritant, it may cause skin cancer.2

Phytodermatitis can also be caused by:

  • a specific chemical reaction to that contained within a plant. Injury to the skin exposes the person to the potential of a reaction.

  • Allergic contact dermatitis by previous exposure to plant and by someone with a sensitized immune system.

  • Contact urticaria from exposure to irritant hairs of a plant.3

Types of Aromatic Plants That May Cause Phytodermatitis

Aromatic plants that can cause phytodermatitis include the following:

  • phytophotodermatitis – Apiaceae plant family members including angelica, celery and carrot (Queen Anne’s Lace); Rutaceae plant family members including rue, bergamot, and lime; Moraceae plant family members including fig (not used in aromatherapy); Fabaceae plant family members including Copaiba balsam.1

  • St John’s wort (Hypericaceae).

  • Rose – a combined reaction to the chemical components contained within the plant and by injury from the thorns of the plant.

  • Yarrow – an irritating reaction to the chemical components contained within the plant.

  • Borage – and other members of the Boraginaceae plant family may cause phytodermatitis.

  • Asteraceae plant family members contain chemical components such as sesquiterpene lactones that can cause allergic contact dermatitis.

Plants as Healers and Irritants

Just as essential oils are use to soothe and heal many problems, plants can be used in the same way. However, the opposite is also true. Both plants, and essential oils, can be the cause of problems such as (phyto) dermatitis. This is just a brief look at the subject of phytodermatitis and warrants further study.

If you are interested in learning more about aromatic plants and essential oils, consider the Sedona Aromatherapie Linguistics of AromaticsTM Home Study Program.

References:

  1. Botanical Dermatology, Phytophotodermatitis, accessed September 5, 2016

  2. University of Maryland Medical Center website, Photodermatitis, accessed September 5, 2016.

  3. Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) Program PDF Report, Phytodermatitis: Reactions in the Skin Caused by Plants, accessed September 5, 2016

  • 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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My Aromatherapy Garden: The First Year

Posted on: August 29th, 2016 by
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Planting Seeds for an Aromatic Garden: Photo Copyright Sharon Falsetto, All Rights Reserved

Planting Seeds for an Aromatic Garden: Photo Copyright Sharon Falsetto, All Rights Reserved

Aromatic Gardening: Photo Copyright Sharon Falsetto, All Rights Reserved
Aromatic Gardening: Photo Copyright Sharon Falsetto, All Rights Reserved

When I first decided to grow an aromatherapy garden, I thought a few plants in pots would do it. However, once I started growing aromatic plants this year, both the garden and my future plans took on a life of their own! Here’s a quick review of how the first year of creating my own aromatic garden turned out.

Aromatic Pots: Mint, Thyme, Oregano, and Basil

If you only have a small space in which to grow plants, or you simply want to add a bit of fragrance to your patio, planters and pots are the way to go. It’s relatively easy to pick up a few aromatic herbs from your local garden center and plant them either alone, or in groupings, in a patio pot or two.

I tried the following herbs in pots on the patio this year and they basically took care of themselves – with a little bit of watering now and then! With a hot and unforgiving Arizona sun in June and July, these plants enjoyed early morning sun, followed by afternoon shade to flourish:

  • Mint: Both spearmint (Mentha spicata) and peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

  • Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

  • Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

  • Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

  • Melissa (Melissa officinalis).

Tip: Depending on your location, you will often find different cultivars of the common species in local garden centers. I also found chocolate peppermint (great with ice-cream!) and Thai basil.

Aromatic Herb Garden from Seed

This was the first year that I grew aromatic plants from seed. I did go a little crazy (or so I thought) and ordered all sorts of wonderful seeds for planting back in January when my garden was just a dream! However, I soon discovered that one can simply not have too many seeds! I will be ordering double the quantity for my annuals, and more perennials, this next year. Location and climate – both in general, and the micro-climate of your own garden – will dictate, to some extent, the success of which herbs and aromatic plants grow well. My seed garden was planted in newly-created raised beds which took in morning sun and afternoon shade. I found success with the following seeds:

  • Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum)

  • Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

  • Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

  • Borage (Borago officinalis)

  • Bee balm (Monarda spp.)

  • Sunflower (Helianthius annuus).

Tip: If shade is not naturally provided by an obliging tree or plant, use garden shade covers which allow rain to penetrate, but protect the plants from the harsh sun.

Aromatic Flowers and Shrubs

Of course, there are some aromatic flowers and shrubs that you would like in your garden simply for their aroma and beauty! The following flowers and plants caught my eye (and nose) and will hopefully bring years of pleasure in my garden:

  • Sage (Salvia spp.) – in addition to traditional sage, there are various cultivars and genus available locally to me and I have several of these starting to fill up my garden. The bees and butterflies love them, too!

  • Rose (Rosa spp.) – in search for the perfect, aromatic rose, I have invested in several rose species this year, some of which are climbers. Although I have not had many blooms from these young plants yet, I envisage future years full of fragrance!

  • Lilac (Syringa vulgaris) – although there was a lilac bush on property when I moved here, it unfortunately died due to lack of water and care. So, I planted a new, young bush (with access to water and lots of TLC) in the hope that spring will be heavy with the scent of lilac in subsequent years.

  • Clematis (Clematis spp.) – at the beginning of the season, this plant looked like it had completely died. But with recent rain, I began to see new growth, and I hope it manages to establish itself before the first winter frost.

Uses for Aromatic Plants

In addition to enjoying the beauty, and aroma, of flowers and plants in an aromatic garden, many plants can be harvested and used in the home. Uses include (depending upon plant and species):

  • Culinary herbs

  • Medicinal herbs

  • Distillation for hydrosols

  • Distillation for essential oils

  • Tinctures for perfumery

  • Infusion into oils

  • Aromatic potpourri.

As my garden grows, I will be sharing more about these uses – and how you can learn about them – through my growing Sedona Aromatherapie Linguistics of AromaticsTM Program!

To view photos of my aromatic garden, visit my Etsy store and follow me on Instagram!

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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Linguistic of Aromatics(TM) Photos: Aromatic Flowers and Plants

Posted on: August 22nd, 2016 by
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Beautiful Blue Borage: Copyright Sharon Falsetto, All Rights Reserved
Lone Daisy: Copyright Sharon Falsetto, All Rights Reserved

Lone Daisy: Copyright Sharon Falsetto, All Rights Reserved

Beautiful Blue Borage: Copyright Sharon Falsetto, All Rights Reserved
Beautiful Blue Borage: Copyright Sharon Falsetto, All Rights Reserved
Inside of a Sunflower in Color: Copyright Sharon Falsetto, All Rights Reserved
Inside of a Sunflower in Color: Copyright Sharon Falsetto, All Rights Reserved

This post is dedicated to my grandmother, Eva: August 22, 1913 – February 19, 2014.

I have always been a bit of an amateur photographer but it is only this year that I have pursued this interest with passion in regard to my own aromatic garden. 2016 is the first year that I have got serious about planting an aromatherapy garden; so what better way to record my progress than with a camera!

Enter Instagram and Etsy!

Sedona Aromatherapie on Instagram

I set up my Instagram account early in the year in anticipation of some great aromatic flower and plant photos to share. As the season progressed, the discovery each morning of a new bloom or a plant’s progress was recorded and shared with my Instagram followers. Although I try to focus on aromatic flowers and plants, other successes in the vegetable and flower garden were also shared.

In 2017, I am planning on doubling the amount of seeds I planted this year – particularly those that did well – and taking my garden into phase two! Subsequent years will be followed by phases three, four, and five!

If you would like to share in this aromatic journey with me you can find me on Instagram here!

Sedona Aromatherapie on Etsy

Over the summer, I posted many photos through social media outlets and I soon decided to raise some much needed extra cash for my dog’s medical bills through Etsy. Although I had a presence on Etsy, I had not added any photos to my store, and I did not promote my Etsy store as most website traffic comes through my own web store.

I am in the early stages of adding photos of my aromatic flowers and plants to my Etsy store – and most are only available as digital downloads at this present time – but as I find the time to add more, I will be promoting, and hopefully selling, many aromatic flower and plant photos through Etsy. They will also be added to my main website when it undergoes the next major “overhaul.”

You can visit my Etsy store – and help to support my dog’s medical bills (who is now recovered from a serious few months of illness) – here!

Linguistics of AromaticsTMwith Sedona Aromatherapie

My aromatic flower and plant photos are just a small part of my Linguistics of AromaticsTM program to educate people about the aromatic flowers and plants that surround us in our daily lives. I also offer the Linguistics of AromaticsTM Home Study Program for students serious in getting to know – and use safely – aromatic flowers and plants in their daily lives. Both the Certificate in Foundation Aromatherapy (Level 1) and the Certificate in Professional Aromatherapy (Level 2) are currently active, with a level 3 course in development.

Other Linguistics of AromaticsTM literature is also being worked on behind-the-scenes.

In the meantime, enjoy my aromatic photos – and check back for further developments!

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Sedona Aromatherapie Graduate Interview: Cheryl Murphy of Follow Your Bliss Bracelets and Essential Bliss

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 by
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Follow Your Bliss Bracelets: Photos Used with Permission

Follow Your Bliss Bracelets: Photos Used with Permission

Back in June, I introduced you to Sedona Aromatherapie graduate Dawn Shipley of Blue Dawn Aromatherapy and what she had been up to since she graduated from the Sedona Aromatherapie Certificate in Professional Aromatherapy course.

In this week’s post, I’m introducing you to Sedona Aromatherapie graduate Cheryl Murphy who completed her aromatherapy certificate in March 2016. In a few short months since graduation, Cheryl not just made an impression on me with her aromatherapy studies, but is already passing her new found knowledge onto the aromatherapy world in several ways!

I also have had the pleasure of meeting Cheryl in person a couple of times throughout her studies, so that made this interview a little more personal, given that most distance learning students do not normally have that luxury.

  1. What (or who) inspired you to begin your journey into aromatherapy?

I began using essentials oils about ten years ago. At that time I was just beginning to “go green” and wanted to find more natural ways to clean my house than using harsh chemicals. A few years later I was introduced to essential oils again through one of the MLM companies. I was intrigued about all the claims for using essential oils, it all sounded “too good to be true” so I began doing my research. As a lifelong learner, I decided to take a certification course to educate myself about proper usage of essential oils. Unable to find one in my area, I searched for the most rigorous online course I could find. This is how I found my way to Sedona Aromatherapie LLC and Sharon Falsetto.

  1. You are the founder of Follow Your Bliss Bracelets which contains an element of aromatherapy. Tell us a little bit about how this works – and why you decided to put your aromatherapy knowledge into bracelets!

I began making simple gemstone bracelets for family and friends in 2011. They were so well received and I had so many requests for more that I decided to start my business, FYB Bracelets in 2012. I sell my work in retail stores, yoga studios and select festivals throughout the year. I also have an online presence on Etsy and I have my own website.

My designs are often a reflection of my personal interests (yoga, nature, meditation and spirituality). As I became more interested in aromatherapy, it seemed natural to find a way to incorporate it into my bracelets. I found the best way to do so was to add a porous lava stone to my designs. This allows the wearer to apply a single drop of an essential oil, essential oil blend, or even a favorite perfume to the bead for “aromatherapy on the go.” The scent lasts for 1-3 days, depending on the oil and then the oil can be reapplied or a new scent can be used. My customers like the fusion of fashion and function!

One of my favorite aspects of the business is creating personalized custom pieces for my customers. I love to help them find and follow their BLISS! I also conduct workshops where I teach the metaphysical and healing properties of gemstones. These workshops are quite “hands on” and the participants get to touch and feel the stones before selecting the gemstone beads that resonate most with them. Then they design their own personal bracelet. I’m currently working on getting this service available through my website.

3. You are also co-owner of Essential Bliss. Do you think that taking a course in aromatherapy has helped you better promote yourself/succeed in the aromatherapy business? If so, how/why?

My friend and fellow Sedona Aromatherapie student, Tammy Ewen, and I decided to start Essential Bliss before either of us completed our certification! We had NO idea how much we had to learn! Taking the course has had a profound impact on what we sell and how we sell it. We are currently developing a line of products for an upcoming yoga festival and our studies have enabled us to blend with confidence as well as make sure our labeling is accurate and up to standards. The extensive knowledge of the safe use of essential oils that we learned in our course has enabled us to pass that information on to our customers through our products and personal interaction with them.

4. Since completing your aromatherapy course, where has your aromatherapy journey taken you?

Since completing my course with Sedona Aromatherpie LLC, I have had an article published in the 2016 summer edition of the NAHA Journal (2016.2) and I am now signed on as a regular writer for the next few editions. I am also working my way through the Caddy Chemistry course offered through Sedona Aromatherapie and plan to continue face-to-face classes with Stillpoint Studies whenever I can.

In the future, I plan to conduct individual aromatherapy consultations though Essential Bliss as well as develop some essential oil workshops/training to be presented locally. My dream is to have a retail space where I can combine my jewelry making and aromatherapy services under one roof.

5. What advice do you have for other aspiring aromatherapy students who may be considering an aromatherapy course?

I would advise aspiring students to get as much education as possible and take the 250 hour training if they have the means. Once they get started, I would tell them that, though it may seem daunting, if they just take it one step at a time they will be one step closer to completing their certification or course. Education and knowledge are so empowering!

6. Finally, where can readers find out more about you?

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