Holiday Season Aromas: Ponderosa Pine

Posted on: December 19th, 2016 by
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Ponderosa Pine is Used as an Essential Oil and Hydrosol: Photo is in Public Domain

Ponderosa Pine is Used as an Essential Oil and Hydrosol: Photo is in Public Domain

Ponderosa pine is the final Holiday season aroma in my trilogy of seasonal scents; past weeks have included Douglas fir and pinyon pine. Ponderosa pine is another native of the western United States and I encountered this beautiful essential oil for the first time on my visit with Clare Licher of Phibee Aromatics a couple of weeks ago. Here is a quick look at ponderosa pine.

Ponderosa Pine: The Tree

In the western United States, ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) is prevalent in mountainous regions between hardiness zones 3 – 7.1 It belongs to the Pinaceae botanical family. Ponderosa pine is an evergreen, coniferous tree which can grow to great heights. It is a monoecious tree and cones and pollination will develop at various times, depending upon location and elevation.2

Once mature, the bark of the ponderosa pine is fire-resistant. It produces several subspecies and varieties, depending upon the range of its habitat. Ponderosa pine is the official state tree of Montana and the official city tree of Spokane, Washington.

A short drive out of Sedona towards Flagstaff brings you into forests of ponderosa pine. Native Americans used the pine cones of ponderosa pine for food, the needles for tea, and the bark gum for medicine.2

Ponderosa Pine: The Essential Oil

Ponderosa pine essential oil is steam distilled from the familiar pine needles of this botanical family. It is a top note essential oil with a woody, spicy, pine-like aroma, although deeper and not as sharp as some pine species.

It contains several chemical components but the inclusion of monoterpenes makes it a good essential oil to use for respiratory problems. It is also anti-inflammatory, sedative, anti-infectious, analgesic, an immunostimulant, and tonifying. 3

Ponderosa Pine: The Hydrosol

As with pinyon pine hydrosol, Pinaceae family hydrosols are often good for “clearing” a space and dispelling negativity. They can also be used to clear the air/body of congestion. Personally, I prefer pinyon pine hydrosol to ponderosa pine hydrosol, although I do love ponderosa pine essential oil!

Use ponderosa pine hydrosol for the same uses as for the essential oil.

Aromatic Blends with Ponderosa Pine

Pinaceae botanical family members blend well with other pinaceae essential oils, citrus essential oils such as sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) and mandarin (Citrus reticulata), and lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) essential oils.

As this particular essential oil has a deeper pine note than other pine essential oils, I feel that it blends well with smoky or earthy essential oils as well.

Use the hydrosol on its own, or with some of the suggested plant family members above, depending upon your purpose.

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If you would like to learn more about essential oils and hydrosols, consider the Sedona Aromatherapie Linguistics of AromaticsTM program!

References

  1. Arbor Day Foundation website, Ponderosa Pine, accessed December 19, 2016

  2. USDA North Eastern Area website: Ponderosa Pine, accessed December 19, 2016

  3. PhiBee Aromatics website, Essential Oils: Pines, accessed December 19, 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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Holiday Season Aromas: Pinyon Pine

Posted on: December 12th, 2016 by
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The Pinyon Pine Tree: Photo Copyright Sharon Fallsetto, All Rights Reserved

The Pinyon Pine Tree: Photo Copyright Sharon Falsetto, All Rights Reserved

The pinyon pine is probably not one of the most familiar pine trees of the Pinaceae botanical family – unless you live in the southwestern United States. This native tree is harvested for its essential oil and hydrosol, in addition to a natural resin. Although it dots my local landscape, its oil and hydrosol were a bit of a mystery to me until I decided to investigate further – both online and with local distiller Clare Licher of Phibee Aromatics. Here’s a little bit of information about this little known seasonal holiday aroma!

Pinyon Pine: The Tree

Pinyon pine (Pinus edulis) is a member of the Pinaceae family, a relative of Douglas fir and ponderosa pine. It’s sometimes known by the alternative spellings, pinon pine or pinion pine. Pinyon pine grows to a height of between twenty and thirty feet.1 You can usually find it growing at altitudes of 5,200 – 7,900 feet. The needles are long and green and grow in pairs. Like many pine trees, the pinyon pine produces cones. Once the seeds have opened, the pinyon jay (Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus) helps to disperse the seeds, which stores many seeds for later use, and often they develop into trees.

Pinyon pine is indigenous to the states of northern Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, eastern and central Utah, parts of Texas, and southern Wyoming.

Pinyon Pine: The Essential Oil

Pinyon pine actually produces two essential oils – one from the needles and one from the cones. It also produces resin; the resin is wild harvested from the tree and it is used in herbal medicine.2

The essential oil distilled from the needles of the tree is steam or hydro distilled. It is mainly composed of monoterpenes, making it an excellent essential oil for respiratory issues. It has a resinous soft, buttery aroma with hints of tropical notes (such as pineapple).3 Like many Pinaceae family members, it is a top to middle note essential oil.

The essential oil distilled from the cones is a rarer commodity. However, the oil, when available, is green and woody, and can be used for similar purposes as the needle oil.

Use pinyon pine essential oil for coughs, colds, skin healing, and even stress blends (and to strengthen the immune system during such times).

Pinyon Pine: the Hydrosol

As with many hydrosols, the hydrosol is often the “softer” version of the essential oil, also not necessarily the exact same aroma. Pinaceae family hydrosols are often good for “clearing” a space and dispelling negativity. They can also be used to clear the air/body of congestion.

Aromatic Blends with Pinyon Pine

Blend pinyon pine essential oil with citrus oils such as grapefruit (Citrus x paradisi) and lemon (Citrus x limon), Lamiaceae plant family members such as rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), and sage (Salvia officinalis) – and to “ground” the blend, use an essential oil such as cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica). Members of the Myrtaceae plant family – myrtle, eucalyptus, and niaouli – also blend well with pinyon pine.

Use the hydrosol on its own, or with some of the suggested plant family members above, depending upon your purpose.

Learn More About Aromatherapy with Sedona Aromatherapie

If you would like to learn more about essential oils and hydrosols, consider the Sedona Aromatherapie Linguistics of AromaticsTM program!

References:

  1. Colorado State University website, Water-thrifty Pinyon Pine, accessed December 12, 2016

  2. The School for Aromatic Studies website, Pinon Pine: Pinus edulis essential oil, accessed December 12, 2016

  3. Phibee Aromatics website, Essential Oils: Pines, accessed December 12, 2016; also personal meeting with Clare Licher of Phibee Aromatics.

  • 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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Holiday Season Aromas: Douglas Fir

Posted on: December 5th, 2016 by
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Holiday Season Aromas: Fir

Holiday Season Aromas: Fir

This past summer, I completed a three day distillation workshop with Ann Harman at Evening Light Lavender Farm, Spokane, Washington. I became familiar with the scent of Douglas fir during my time there, and I found much peace and tranquility among the Douglas firs found on the farm. I happily took home my distilled Douglas fir hydrosol which transported me back to those days spent on the farm every time I used it.

Of course, my hydrosol was soon used up and, yet to set up a still of my own, I purchased a huge bottle of Douglas fir hydrosol from Sandra Shuff at Positively AromaticTM this past week to refill my supplies! If you love the aroma of Christmas trees, Douglas fir might be one hydrosol (or essential oil) that you will want to invest in at this time of year! Here’s some more information on this sometimes overlooked botanical.

Douglas Fir: The Tree

Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is a member of the Pinaceae plant family. It is an evergreen conifer tree with pendulous (female) cones and dark green, or blue-green, needle-like leaves which don’t contain stomata usually found on leaves. Douglas fir is a native of western North America and it is one of the most popular choices as a Christmas tree.1

Both an essential oil and hydrosol are steam distilled from the needles.

Douglas Fir: The Essential Oil

Douglas fir essential oil has a fresh, coniferous aroma. It is a top to middle note essential oil. Like many members of the Pinaceae plant family, Douglas fir essential oil is used for respiratory problems, a cleansing room freshener, and it is popular in soaps and fragrances for men. It is often used as a disinfectant.

Cautions: Avoid use in pregnancy.

Douglas Fir: The Hydrosol

Douglas fir hydrosol has a crisp, coniferous aroma which is instantly calming to me. Personally, I don’t think it has a strong “antiseptic” aroma and it is softer than, for example, pine. There is a slight citrus (lemony) undertone which gives it an extra lift.

Use Douglas fir hydrosol for inflammatory and diuretic issues.2

Aromatic Uses of Douglas Fir

Douglas fir essential oil blends with other fir oils (although note that Douglas fir is not a “true” fir), lemon, rosemary, and other suitable top-middle note oils, especially the Lamiaceae plant family. You could blend Douglas fir hydrosol with other hydrosols, or use on its own.

If you want to create a Christmas tree aroma, or freshen up the air, spray a small amount of the hydrosol around your home. Remember to heed the usual cautions when using hydrosols this way, particularly in attention to babies and children, pets, in pregnancy, and with seniors.

Diffuse Douglas fir essential oil in your aromatherapy diffuser to create a seasonal atmosphere. Add Douglas fir essential oil to Holiday skin care gifts.

Learn More About Aromatherapy with Sedona Aromatherapie

If you would like to learn more about essential oils and hydrosols, consider the Sedona Aromatherapie Linguistics of AromaticsTM program!

References:

  1. National Christmas Tree Association website, Douglas Fir, accessed December 5, 2016

  2. Harman, Ann, Harvest to Hydrosol, 2015, IAG Botanics LLC

  • 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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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.

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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

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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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