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!
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!
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.
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!
Here’s something that aromatherapists already knew- how scent affects the limbic part of the brain and affects our perception of smell and taste. So is it any surprise that aromatherapy can help you get an date or make you appear thinner? Intrigued? Studies have been done by various institutions on these subjects and more – including how we are attracted to certain foods because of scent.