Properties of Carrier Oils

Posted on: September 28th, 2009 by
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When deciding to study aromatherapy and essential oils, many people focus on learning all they can about essential oils and what they can be used for. However, although the properties of essential oils are important, it is also important to consider the properties of the carrier in which you are going to put the essential oils.

Carriers for essential oils can include:

  • white lotion
  • bubble bath
  • shampoo
  • distilled water
  • milk
  • honey
  • oil.

Perhaps the most important of these is the carrier oil. There are many carrier oils which can be used in aromatherapy for essential oils and many carrier oils carry therapeutic properties of their own, in addition to the properties of essential oils. For example, I make up the following blend for back and neck pain:

  • frankincense (Boswelli carteri) essential oil
  • lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) essential oil
  • roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) essential oil
  • apricot kernel (Prunus armeniaca) carrier oil

Apricot kernel carrier oil, in itself, has the ability to be pain-relieving, in addition to the pain-relieving properties in the essential oils used. This is just an example of how carrier oils can enhance the overall synergestic blend of essential oils.

Many carrier oils possess therapeutic properties and many are good for certain types of skins too, making them excellent for use in skin care blends.

Over the coming weeks, I intend to profile a few carrier oils in my article writing and will provide links on Aromatherapy Notes when I do. If there is a particular carrier oil you would like to know more about or see profiled, please let me know either by e-mail or by posting a comment at the end of this post!

For further reading : Using Carrier Oils in Aromatherapy Blends

The Properties of Essential Oils

The Jojoba Plant – one of the more popular carrier oils in the USA

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An essential oil garden….

Posted on: September 19th, 2009 by
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Did you know that you could have a myriad of essential oil potentials in your very own garden or yard? Many essential oils come from common plants and flowers in our own gardens, depending on which part of the world we live in.

Some examples of plants and flowers which you could grow in your back garden and distil in a home made still (something I have yet to try!) include:

If you live in a warm climate, it may be possible to grow some of the citrus fruit trees, such as mandarin and lemon, although essential oils extracted from citrus fruit trees are cold expressed and not usually steam distilled.

Aside from the possibility of essential oils, the natural fragrance alone of these many plants and flowers, can be uplifting on a summer’s day; as the season changes to fall, it is something to think about for next year…

To read the full article I wrote on essential oils in the garden, read An aromatherapy garden , originally published at Sedona Aromatherapie…

If you are a gardener, you may also be interested in How to use essential oils in the garden, the natural partner for the garden.

If you have any comments on essential oils and gardens let me know by posting a comment below!

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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

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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