Aromatic Blends for February

Posted on: February 7th, 2018 by
Comments Disabled
Aromatic Blends for February

Aromatic Blends for February

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

Love-in-a-Haze Aromatherapy Blend

Emotional.

February: The month for lovers! But don’t forget to love yourself this month, too! The following blend is designed to stimulate a little bit of self-love when you are feeling low this month. Simply mist yourself and breathe in those loving aromas! This blend contains a mix of hydrosols to provide a lighter scent.

Hydrosols Chosen: Rose for love; geranium to encourage the release of feminine energy; clary sage to banish moodiness.

  • 1 oz rose (Rosa x damascena) hydrosol

  • 0.5 oz geranium(Pelargonium graveolens) hydrosol

  • 0.5 oz clary sage (Salvia sclarea) hydrosol

How to Use:

Combine all three hydrosols together in a 2 oz bottle with a spray fitting. Use as required.

Cautions for Use:

For adult use only.

New Moon Awakening Aromatherapy Blend

Spiritual.

Following January’s super blue blood moon, capture the energy of the approaching new moon in February with this spiritual awakening diffusion blend. This is a blend for contemplation, reflection, and planning. This recipe makes approximately 3 ml of blend.

Essential Oils Chosen: Bergamot to carry forward plans; vetiver for reflection; neroli for contemplation.

  • 30 drops vetiver (Vetiveria zizaniodes) essential oil

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

  • 45 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.

Stiff Joint Reliever Aromatherapy Blend

Physical.

Winter can leave us with aching bones and joints which need relief before spring arrives. This custom massage blend can be used daily throughout the month of February to relieve stiff joints, as part of an overall health plan. This is a 2% dilution blend; decrease to a 1% dilution blend for those over 65 years of age.

Essential Oils Chosen: Roman chamomile for muscle and joint pain; cypress for poor circulation and muscle cramps; lavender for all-round relief.

Carrier Oils Chosen: Apricot kernel for pain relief; hazelnut for circulation; sunflower for moisturizing.

  • 1 oz sunflower(Helianthus annuum) oil

  • 0.75 oz apricot kernel (Prunus armeniaca) oil

  • 0.25 oz hazelnut (Corylus avellana) oil

  • 6 drops Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) essential oil

  • 8 drops cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) essential oil

  • 10 drops lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil

How to Use:

Blend together the carrier oils in a mixing bowl. Add in the essential oils. Stir together. Pour into a 2 oz PET bottle. Cap and shake well. Apply to affected joints daily.

Cautions for Use:

Stop use if sensitivity occurs.

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. 

Pin It

Related Posts:


The Aromatic Benefits of Forest Bathing

Posted on: January 29th, 2018 by
Comments Disabled
The Aromatic Benefits of Forest Bathing

The Aromatic Benefits of Forest Bathing

You may have heard the term forest bathing bandied around and wondered what exactly does this mean? Upon more research into the area of forest bathing, I discovered that we, as aromatherapists, have probably been carrying out the practice subconsciously for years, and our ancestors most certainly did it without much thought! Here’s a little bit more information on this practice, how it benefits our health, and how it connects to aromatherapy.

What is Forest Bathing?

Forest bathing is exactly what it sounds like: Bathing in forests. That is, not literally bathing as you do in taking a bath at home, but walking amongst the trees within the forest, breathing in the air, and “bathing” in the benefits of your surroundings.

Japanese medicine has taken a particular interest in the benefits of forest bathing, and there are now several studies on the effects on health from the practice.1 The ritual has now been incorporated into Japanese health care. In Japan, forest bathing is called Shinrin-yoku and the practice started in the 1980s.2

Aromatic Chemical Components Associated with Forests

Before scientific studies began to examine the benefits of forest bathing, people have, for centuries, known that nature helps to heal the human pysche. Many plants and trees release aromatic molecules into the air, prompting a “feel good” factor. For example, consider the main chemical components of the following trees which may influence3 someone practicing forest bathing:

  • Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris) – one of the main chemical components to be found in the essential oil of pine is the monoterpene of pinene. Pine trees contain essential oil in their needles which evaporates within a forest and creates a healing environment.3

  • cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) – also contains a high dominance of monoterpene chemcial components, especially pinene.

  • Atlas cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) – the main chemical component group to be found in the essential oil of Atlas cedarwood is sesquiterpene.

  • fir (Abies spp.) – contain the monoterpene chemical component group, including that of pinene.

Monoterpene and sesquiterpene chemical components are considered to be of particular benefit to the respiratory system, the nervous system, and the circulatory and immune systems.

Aromatic Benefits of Forest Bathing

Taking into consideration the above information, we can see that forest bathing has the potential to help with:

  • heart issues

  • stress and anxiety

  • respiratory problems

  • immune system disorders.

Indeed, forest bathing has been known to help with:

  • lowering blood pressure

  • boosting the functions of the immune system

  • lowering anxiety and stress levels

  • elevating mood and focus levels

  • better sleep.1

For those unable to experience forest bathing firsthand, aromatic blends may help. We will be looking at which essential oils may help as an alternative to forest bathing in the next article, followed by some suggested aromatic blends in the final article in this series.

The Study of Aromatherapy

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

References:

  1. NCBI website, Shrinrin-yoku (Forest Bathing) and Nature Therapy: A State-of-the-Art Review, accessed from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5580555/

  2. Shrinrin-yoku website, Shrinrin-yoku, accessed from: http://www.shinrin-yoku.org/shinrin-yoku.html

  3. Author’s own opinion based on her practice of aromatherapy and knowledge of chemical components found within these plants with regard to essential oil extraction.

  4. Caddy, Rosemary, 1997, Essential Oils in Colour, UK: Amberwood Publishing Ltd.

  • The author of this article has a combined 23 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 final stages of creating her own aromatic stillroom on her one acre homestead-in-progress, including an eighth of an acre of aromatic gardens.

Pin It

Related Posts:

  • No Related Posts

Beginner’s Aromatherapy: Certificate in Holistic Aromatherapy

Posted on: January 17th, 2018 by
Comments Disabled
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.

Pin It

Related Posts:


Aromatic Blends for January

Posted on: January 2nd, 2018 by
Comments Disabled
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.

Pin It

Related Posts:


Aromatic Christmas Accents for Your Home

Posted on: December 22nd, 2017 by
Comments Disabled
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.

Pin It

Related Posts:

  • No Related Posts

How Snow and Winter Rain Affect Aromatic Plants

Posted on: December 18th, 2017 by
Comments Disabled
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.

Pin It

Related Posts: