Essential Oils for Pregnancy

Posted on: September 17th, 2009 by
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Are essential oils ‘safe’ for use in pregnancy? And if so, which essential oils can you use? These are questions which are hotly debated by therapists and others around the world.

Often essential oils are not used in pregnancy and are not advised for use in pregnancy due to fear; however, although some essential oils are safe for use in pregnancy, some are most definately not suitable for use in pregnancy. It also comes down to using an essential oil correctly and safely.

Read more on how to use essential oils for pregnancy

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Essential Oils For Allergies

Posted on: September 14th, 2009 by
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In Arizona, Spring and Fall are the high point for allergies; but allergies can hit a lot of people at any time of the year, depending on what it is you are allergic too. Essential oils can help relieve the symptoms of some allergies, such as blocked sinuses, sore throat and headache.
To learn more, read, Essential Oils for Allergies….

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Aromatherapy Foot Blends

Posted on: September 12th, 2009 by
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World reflexology week is coming up – this year its September 20 – 26th. Basically, world reflexology week is an opportunity to promote reflexology to the world. As an aromatherapist, I have found that combining aromatherapy blends specifically for the feet can help relax and heal one of the most overworked, but often neglected, parts of our bodies.
It is estimated that your feet will carry you approximately four times round the circumference of the earth in your lifetime. Women are said to have more health problems with their feet than men, possibly due to women’s shoe fashion and style; certain health conditions, such as diabetes, nerve conditions and circulatory disorders are often identified on your feet before any other part of your body.
Essential oils which are suitable for aromatherapy foot blends include:

Essential oils can be blended in carrier oils and creams. Aromatherapy foot blends can be used daily after bathing and showering to relieve tired and sore feet. Its also possible to make uplifting sprays to revive tired feet and treat feet with an aromatherapy foot scrub to get rid of dead skin cells.

When using any essential oil, don’t forget to pay attention to any cautions or contra-indicators for your personal condition.

In celebration of world reflexology week, I’ve just launched an Aromatherapy for Feet Section in the Sedona Aromatherapie web store!

To learn more about reflexology read The Egyptian Influence on Reflexology.

Read World Reflexology Week for more information on world reflexology week.

If you have any questions or comments about reflexology and using aromatherapy please leave me a comment or contact me!

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What is an Organic or Wild Crafted Essential Oil?

Posted on: September 7th, 2009 by
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Essential oils are marketed as ‘pure’ essential oils, so what is an organic or wild crafted essential oil? What is the difference between a ‘pure’ essential oil and an ‘organic’ essential oil?

Its not something I originally gave much thought too as I was taught essential oils should be pure. So a ‘pure’ essential oil is ‘organic’ isn’t it?

Well, not exactly. Although ‘pure’ essential oils are ‘pure’ in the fact that they are 100% obtained from plant material and not synthetically made, it depends on how the original plant is grown and farmed to earn a label of ‘pure’, ‘organic’ or ‘wild crafted’. ‘Pure’ essential oils may have actually been treated with pesticides in the farming process and although it is argued that only a miniscule amount (if any) is transferred through the distilling process of an ‘pure ‘essential oil, it is not an ‘organic’ or ‘wild crafted’ essential oil.

An ‘organic’ essential oil has to meet strict guidelines which ensure the plant material has been grown and farmed organically; this has to meet the growing country’s criteria for organic farming. A farmer has to be certified as an organic farmer to be able to produce plants which will distill organic essential oils. Consequently, ‘organic’ essential oils are usually more expensive than ‘pure’ essential oils as they are more costly to produce, distill and market.

‘Wild crafted’ essential oils are obtained from sources of wild crafted plants; this may happen naturally, or can be cultivated, if the plants and farming methods again meet certain critieria.

There may be times when there is overlap between ‘pure’, ‘organic’ or ‘wild crafted’ essential oils; for example, some plants don’t need pesticides or fertilizers to produce essential oils and are, by their very nature, naturally ‘organic’ or ‘wild crafted’.

As the essential oil business is often a large, commercialized machine it is, again, important to know who your essential oil supplier is and where they obtain their essential oils from; knowing how their essential oils are distilled, farmed and by what methods in which countries, will make you more knowledgeable about whether your essential oil is ‘pure’, organic’ or ‘wildcrafted’.

It has made me re-think too more about what the essential oil actually is that I am buying, in my search for reputable and quality essential oil suppliers in the USA! I think that it is also making me a knowledgeable aromatherapist in the process!

If you have any thoughts or additional comments on pure, organic or wild crafted essential oils please post comment at the end of this post!

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Essential Oils for Skincare

Posted on: September 3rd, 2009 by
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As discussed in my previous post, Historical Use of Aromatherapy in Skincare, many ancient civilizations, including the ancient Egyptians used plants for cosmetic and skin care needs. It was perhaps not in the form of essential oils as we know them today, but many of the plants and flowers which we use in skin care today were , in fact, used; examples include rose, lavender and myrtle.

Essential oils access the body in a number of ways, including absorption through the skin. That is why it is important to know the chemical components of an essential oil and know what to use it for, as your body will absorb the essential oils applied to it. However, as essential oils are usually recommended for dilution in a carrier oil first, the amount is usually minute, but still effective, meaning knowledge of the particular essential oil you are using is important.

Your skin will react in different ways to an essential oil depending on a number of factors. These include:

  • your age
  • stress
  • exercise
  • diet
  • lifestyle
  • the environment
  • health.

Depending on your skin type, here’s a few recommendations of essential oils for different types of skin:

  • dry skin - dry skin needs moisture; dry skin may be sensitive too so gentle essential oils are recommended such as rose, lavender, roman chamomile, sandalwood and patchouli. Good carrier oils for dry skin include avocado, hazelnut and evening primrose.
  • mature skin - to stimulate cell growth and to treat wrinkles, mature skin benefits from the essential oils of frankincense, palmarosa, clary sage, lavender and neroli; borage, wheatgerm and vitamin E bases are good carriers for mature skin.
  • oily skin – oily skin results in congestion and spots; the PH balance of oily skin can be re-balanced by using the essential oils of geranium, tea tree, cedarwood and lemon or any other essential oil which has astringent or antiseptic properties. Jojoba and apricot kernel are good carrier oils to use as they are light and easily absorbed.

These are just a few of my suggestions for essential oils for skincare; there are many books on the subject, all with a number of aromatherapy recipes for you to try. The only way to know for sure if a blend is going to work for you is to experiment and try a few different essential oil blends before finding an aromatherapy blend for skincare which truly works for you!

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Yarrow Essential Oil

Posted on: September 2nd, 2009 by
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Yarrow Essential Oil
Yarrow Essential Oil

Yarrow Essential Oil

 Yarrow is an essential oil which is chemically composed in a similar way to a couple of the chamomile oils. It is said to have gained its latin name, Achillea, from the Greek warrior Achilles.

It has a number of uses and properties in aromatherapy; read Yarrow Essential Oil to learn more….

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