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Archive for August 2014

Uses of May Chang Essential Oil in Aromatherapy

For many years May Chang essential oil was listed under its botanical name Litsea Cubeba by most essential oil suppliers, but lately the more enchanting name of May Chang seems to have been adopted by aromatherapy industry. May Chang is also called 'Mountain Pepper' due to the seed like appearance of its little peppercorn seeds. Actually, it is a relative of Cinnamon and other fragrant member of the Laurel class.

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Health Benefits

It has several medicinal properties that can be advantageous in terms of promoting physical and mental well being. This essential oil can be used for rituals of renewal and spring festivals. 

  • You can apply it in order to ease nausea and indigestion when applied topically.
  • This aromatherapy product offers great benefits for people with oily skin and those dealing with inflammatory conditions like acne. It tones the skin while helping with cellulites. 
  • This wonderful oil helps in treating lower back pain. 
  • It can uplift the spirit and clear dark clouds of fear, anxiety and depression.  
  • This essential oil is perfect for lethargic psychological states and relieving fatigue as it has several stimulating, refreshing and uplifting qualities. So, if you are suffering from a serious case of the blues, add one or two drops of this organic oil to your diffuser for a quick stimulant. 
  • It acts as an ideal tonic to the nervous system and helps clear your head when you are feeling stressed, befuddled or anxious. 
  • It also has surprisingly good antiviral, antiseptic and antifungal properties. You can apply this essential oil to keep coughs and colds at bay. 
  • May Chang is also great for household cleaning jobs, for example, sterilizing kitchen worktops. To enhance its effectiveness, mix it with tea tree and you will have a powerful cleansing solution without the unpleasant aroma like disinfectant. When vaporized, it can act as a respiratory tonic too.  

May Chang blends perfectly with a various other organic oils such as basil, geranium, ginger, bergamot, clary sage, jasmine, petitgrain, rose, lavender, linaloe wood, ylang ylang, rosemary and all citrus oils, thereby introducing a charming fresh and fruity lemony citrus scent wherever it is used. Refer to quality eBooks on essential oils to know about the blessings of aromatherapy.


Guide to Choosing the Best Carrier Oils

For newcomers to aromatherapy, knowing how to choose the right carrier oils can be a somewhat difficult task. And with the availability of specialist suppliers offering a wide range of quality essential oils, knowing the proper ways to select them can seem a bit of a black art unless you enroll in effective aromatherapy classes online.

Best Carrier Oils

However, it is precisely the same as picking an essential oil. When it comes to selecting the right carrier oil, you just need to choose the oil that contains the properties required for your particular requirements. Hence, to make the choice easier what all you need to do is decide where and how you desire to apply them, and then look up the actions, properties and viscosity of carrier oils.

Tips for picking the best carrier oil for face or body

For instance, for a simple body massage sweet almond oil can be an ideal choice, but it may not necessarily be the perfect carrier to apply for a facial treatment. The reason is some carrier oils contain more of the necessary vitamins and fatty acids which are essential for nourishing the skin and keeping wrinkles at bay. Jojoba and Moringa contain a large amount of important fatty acids and so make great facial oils, nevertheless for massage they should not be used alone as they are a bit too rich.

Mixing and blending

Carrier oils like unrefined Wheatgerm and Avocado are packed with nutrients too, but they are too heavy to apply alone in massage and they also have a strong aroma that some people may not prefer. However, they can still be used for their therapeutic benefits in massage.

You can simply dilute such heavier oils in a lighter carrier having no fragrance such as Peach, Almond or Apricot oil at around 15% or 20% in order to enjoy all of their qualities in invigorating facial treatments as well as body massage.

This same tip also applies to other costlier and richer oils such as Borage, Black Seed, Rosehip and Evening Primrose. All of these finest organic oils have a number of beneficial properties and using them for intensive facial therapies will work wonders. If you want to apply them in a body massage you are recommended to mix these oils with a lighter carrier.


Essential oils of the Himalaya’s

I love essential oils.  They are so amazing.  But did you know that the chemistry and aroma can vary depending on where the plant was grown.  For example an oil from Nepal will differ from an oil from Africa.  It should make sense.  Because as individual people we are the same but will differ because of where we were born.  It still makes us great as a whole.

I have had the wonderful opportunity to sample oils from different regions and sometimes the aroma can be subtle and sometimes you can really tell the difference.  I am still trying to figure out my preference because there is always a part of the oil that I love.  This summer I was able to purchase several oils directly from a distiller in Nepal.  I love the fact that his company provides GC/MS reports and the oils come directly from his distillery.  The less hands that my essential oils pass is a plus.  I do still support reputable essential oil companies of course. 

I will continue my stance on not endorsing one particular company because you have to make the educated choice.  I will state that I love the aroma of these essential oils.  Palmarosa is not one of my favorite aromas on its own but I feel differently about this current batch that I received.  The lemongrass is more subtle than the current one that I have so I will say that I appreciate both. 


Here is a statement from the Annapurna Aroma Company Pvt Ltd website:

Annapurna Aroma Company Pvt Ltd is an agricultural company mainly engaged in cultivation and contract farming, distilling and processing of aromatic plants from various regions of Nepal. Annapurna Aroma is a culmination of extensive research into the aromatic plants from Nepal and the desire to promote exploration of the bountiful medicinal and therapeutic resources potential of the Himalayan range.  In addition, we are also involved in the development of agro-technology for advanced scientific cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants that are of commercial importance to local farmers.


What is your opinion concerning oils from different regions?  Which do you prefer?  Please leave a comment.  Also please limit the comment to what region and not brand of essential oils.  I do not endorse one particular brand but I do encourage sharing the wonderfulness of these essential oils.

Aromatherapy Online Classes- Wonderful Learning Solutions

Have you always had a desire to learn the secrets of how to blend natural ingredients and make your own massage and bath oils, face and hand lotions, candles, room refreshers and more? If yes, then, quality aromatherapy online class is the answer for you! Online aromatherapy courses are self-paced beginner's courses demystifying essential oils, thereby showing you various ways to add fragrance to your life. You will gain sufficient knowledge required to kick off trying some simple blends and the confidence to experiment with producing your own unique blends.


Aromatherapy Online Classes

Qualified online courses on essential oils will teach you several things so far as their wide ranging applications are concerned. And not only that, but also you will get to learn about the plants and their history; what are exactly called carrier oils and essential oils; the ways to dilute and blend; where to purchase the oils and supplies; and the proper method to measure and blend. Additionally, these lessons will go into storage and safety issues and you will be provided with many recipes for starting concoctions.

Learners will certainly find a wealth of useful information on such courses if they are interested in alternative health therapy, sensory recipes or cooking, cosmetics, gardening, your home environment, entering into the career of an aromatherapist, or adding to your spa and salon business. Aromatherapy Oasis offers instructor-led, self-paced courses to provide simple and clear steps for demystifying the jargon and bringing aromatherapy products and procedures into your everyday routine.

You will learn the effective ways of discovering and developing essential oils, the basis of aromatic blending as well as product making. To get the best benefits of using aromatic products it is important to know what the essential oils you require are and where to obtain them. Online classes for essential oil will also cover how to use the oils in cosmetics or skincare and beauty products, massage therapy and compresses, perfuming a home and much more!