Rose Hip Carrier Oil

Posted on: November 6th, 2009 by
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I finally managed to find time to post my first carrier oil profile! I started with rose hip oil not because its one of the most popular carrier oils but because it linked in to my article earlier in the week on the different types of rose oil. Although I don’t think many people confuse rose hip oil with rose oil it does start to get complicated with similar sounding names!

Rose hip oil is a favorite oil to be used in skin care creams and lotions but it can also be used as a massage oil, either on its own or with complimentary essential oils. To learn more more the profile Rose Hip Carrier Oil

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Do You Know Your Rose Oil?

Posted on: November 4th, 2009 by

When is a rose not a rose? When its adulterated or something else.
Rose oil is one of my favorite essential oils and is probably one of the most popular oils. However, due to its high cost of production, rose oil may not actually be rose oil. I t may be a fragrance oil or indeed actually another essential oil all together. Confused?
I know I was when I first started studying essential oils and I have been asked this question several times by people as well. So, I finally put all I know about rose oil in a complete article to help you identify the different types of rose oil.
Let me know what you think, after reading the article, by posting a comment below!

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Aromatherapy for Feet – New Article!

Posted on: November 4th, 2009 by
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As a reflexologist, as well as an aromatherapist, I have a fascination with feet! Not an unhealthy obsession, I hasten to add, but a genuine interest! Aromatherapy can work well with feet and there are many essential oils which can help with a good foot soak!

To learn more read my newest article in the Sedona Aromatherapie Library – Aromatherapy for Feet.

Let me know what you think by posting a comment below!

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My Favorite Essential Oils

Posted on: October 30th, 2009 by

We probably all have a favorite essential oil; however my favorite essential oils seem to change with season and my mood!

Ultimely, I would say that my top ten list of favorite essential oils are:

For anyone who knows anything about essential oils, you can probably see that my taste is pretty expensive! However, I like different essential oils for different things; the citrus oils (of which orange is my favorite) are versatile and uplifting at any time of the year.

Some of my other favorites, such as rose, frankincense and sandalwood, are ‘heavy’ essential oils and I certainly wouldn’t use them in excess (if not for the price alone!).

Geranium essential oil is an essential oil which I use a lot in blends for different things so for me it is a versatile and reasonably priced essential oil to have on my ‘favorite’ essential list.

If you have a favorite essential oil please post me a comment below and tell me why!

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Essential Oils for the Menopause

Posted on: October 28th, 2009 by
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Women going through the menopause can get help and relief in the form of essential oils. There are many essential oils which help with the common problems of the menopause including sweating, hot flushes, depression and decreased interest in sex.
If you are using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or any other prescribed medication it is best to check with your doctor as to the suitability of using with essential oils.
To learn more read Essential Oils for the Menopause
Please post me any comments below!

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How Do I Store Essential Oils?

Posted on: October 23rd, 2009 by
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I often get asked how long essential oils last. Of course, it depends on the essential oil in question but an essential oil is often affected by how it is stored.

Before you buy an essential oil, you can’t know for sure how it has been stored, or for how long, by the supplier. So, buy from a reputable and trusted supplier, or ask the questions before buying! Some essential oil suppliers will add a ‘use by’ date on essential oils, but again this is only a guideline and it depends on how you store the essential oil once you acquire it.

Essential oils should ideally be stored in dark colored glass bottles; these are usually colbalt blue, amber/dark brown or dark green. Essential oils should also be kept in a cool, dark place. Essential oils do not fair well in sunlight or heat and this will diminish both the shelf life and the quality and effectiveness of the essential oil.

Citrus essential oils, even when stored in ideal conditions, do not have a long shelf life; often the maximum shelf life of a citrus essential oil is one year. Grapefruit essential oil in particular can go ‘off’ very quickly.

On the other hand, some essential oils can be kept for years, if stored under the right conditions. These are often the base essential oils such as sandal wood, rose and patchouli.

I have been asked if it is safe to store essential oils in the fridge. I have mixed feelings about this personally. Some of the citrus oils may last slightly longer if stored in the fridge but it is crucial that the temperature in the fridge is not too low. I have made this mistake in the past and still ended up with unusuable essential oils.

Once essential oils have been mixed in an carrier oil, it is still important to store the essential oil blend correctly. I make my blends in colbalt blue glass bottles, although I do use plastic bottles for some of my creams and lotions. Just make sure the bottles meet PET standards to avoid contamination of the plastic and the essential oil blend.

When I moved from the UK to the USA, I had many of my precious essential oils shipped over with the rest of my personal possessions. However, I couldn’t trust the effectiveness of them because they had endured conditions over which I had no control. They were shipped from the UK to Los Angeles by boat (6 weeks plus at sea) and then sat in a warehouse in Los Angeles before being trucked across 2 states to another warehouse of the blazing desert heat of Phoenix before I picked them up and brought them home to Sedona, Arizona! By the time they reached me they had probably suffered excessive heat and cold, amongst other things.

So, it may seem like a little thing, but the storage of your essential oils is crucial to how long your essential oils will last and the effectiveness of your essential oils!

Please post me a comment on the storage of essential oils below!

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