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Blend Essential Oils Confidently With Aromatherapy Workshops

Blending aromatic substances is both a work of art and science. However, when you are blending the aromas primarily for the sheer pleasure of its fragrance, you need not pay much heed to the therapeutic properties of the resultant mixture. Having spent years in the perfume industry, the perfumers are both scientists as well as artists. They blend different types of aromatic compounds to form beautiful fragrances. As their basic aim is to create fragrances, they may even use synthetic compounds to enhance the effect.

But, this is not the case for Essential oil blends. In aromatherapy, you have to use natural aromatic compounds to make effective aromatic oil blends. You should not forget that it is an alternative therapy that has some effect on the body, mind, and soul. So, it has to be 100% natural to earn maximum benefits. You may go for an aromatherapy consultation if you wish to evaluate the truth of this statement. No certified aromatherapist will ever tell you to mix even a single synthetic substance with the naturally derived essential oils.

Let us now learn something more about blending different types of Essential Oils.

The Basics Of Essential Oil Blending:

The first thing that you should know about Essential Oils is they can be categorized based on their different types of aromas. For example, the floral aromatic compounds include Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, while the Earthy ones include Vetiver, Patchouli, Oakmoss and etc. There are a wide variety of categories based on the principle of aroma. Essential oils of the same category blend well with each other. But, there are exceptional cases too, when the compounds from one category blend well with that of other categories like:

  • Florals blend well with Woodsy ones
  • Spicy oils with Florals, Citrusy and Oriental
  • Minty with Woodsy and Herbaceous oils

You will gain a better idea about these in your aromatherapy workshops.

Essential Tips For Blending Essential Oils:

  • Use natural ingredients only. Essential Oils, grain alcohol, CO2s, carrier oils, water, and herbs are some of the ingredients you can use when blending.
  • Start by blending small quantities (about 5-25 drops). That way you will save more on your experiments.
  • Start blending first with the Essential oils, Co2, and absolutes. If you like the blend, you can go ahead with alcohol and carrier oils. If you don’t, you do not have to waste any of these products.
  • Store your blends in 2ml amber bottles called “Shortie” that you can either buy online or get from an aromatherapy vendor.
  • Note down every detail of the experiment – the oils you have used, their chemical properties, uses, and amounts. Also, note down the names of ingredients you have used in the entire experiment.
  • Label your blends properly. Use numbers and symbols if you do not have space to mention everything. Make it aUntitled Document point to explain these numbers in your notebook.
  • Once you have prepared a blend, give it some time to settle down, at least a few days. During that time, the chemical constituents in the oil may round up a bit, altering the aroma to some extent. After that, you can decide whether the experiment was successful or not.

These are the simple tricks. If you wish to know more about Essential oil blending, you have to opt for aromatherapy workshops to learn every single step in detail. You can also get your hands on eBooks on aromatherapy to further your knowledge.

Blending For Therapeutic Purpose:

When you are blending Essential oils to address any particular medical issue, you have to keep two things in mind:

Purpose Of The Experiment: What issue are you planning to address? If you are creating the blend for a specific person, you should note down every single detail about him/her like his/her age, medications, allergies, drug use and alcohol use. This will help you come up with the perfect blend without deteriorating his/her health further.

Safety Requirements: You should be very careful regarding safety. Even all the natural compounds are not always perfect. They may cause allergies and reactions. You have to learn a lot about the side effects and safety precautions of the ingredients you are using in your blends.

A proper aromatherapy workshop will give you all such details before you set off on your own, creating blends that work. Of course, you can self-tutor yourself with eBooks on aromatherapy and essential oil classes online. But, those come later. It would be best if you can opt for an in-person aromatherapy consultation before you start blending those oils. The effects will be better with little or no waste.

Get ready to embark on a journey of beautiful fragrances and natural therapies to do some good to mankind!

***Please note that this article is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to treat, diagnose or cure any disease or ailment.

Also Read: Can Essential Oils Help us Gain Clarity Of Thought

Advanced Aromatherapy Experience of Co₂ extracts

Recently I was blessed to have had the opportunity to travel to France to explore and learn more about the healing and energetic properties of aromatherapy.  Rhiannon Lewis hosted a wonderful class about Co₂ extracts which was taught by the knowledgeable Madeleine Kerkhorf-Knapp.  Co₂ extracts are derived through an extraction method which consists of pumping pressurized carbon dioxide into a chamber filled with plant material.  The liquid properties of the gas work as a solvent which pulls the oils and other substances such as pigments and resin from the plant matter.  It has been stated that the Co₂ method will produce a superior oil because none of the constituents of the oil are damaged by heat as compared to steam distillation.  The Co₂ method of extraction also allows heavier molecules to be carried over into the product as compared to the steam distillation method.  Another excellent benefit of the Co₂ method of extraction is that no harmful solvents will remain in the product as compared to absolutes.

I highly recommend this course because Madeleine has been using Co₂’s in her practice and has shared her vast knowledge on the use of them for skin care (eg: irritated skin, eczema, burns, skin cancer, etc), mind and soul and for clinical applications.  Madeleine also addressed a few myths concerning Co₂’s.   Not all Co₂’s will be stronger than their essential oil counterpart. It is true for some but not all.  So, you cannot just assume that the chemical components that are carried over into the extract will always be higher for example menthol.  Co₂’s is mostly made for the food industry so therefore it is important to purchase your Co₂ products that fit certain criteria chemically or else it will be of no benefit in aromatic applications.  I actually have a wonderful Co₂ extract that I previously thought was good in skin care that will now be used to make some wonderful desserts with.

I learned about so many Co₂ in this class.  I have purchased books on their use but this was much more comprehensive.  We created some wonderful blends while in this workshop and even had the surprise opportunity to blend for other classmates which turned out to be a lovely experience.  I plan to utilize the foot bath along with the aromacare applications.

To summarize, it was life changing workshop in which I had the opportunity to meet various people from all over the world.  It was such a joy to feel so welcome by all that attended.  The learning was made complete by visiting several sites while in France such as Valensole plateau to see the lavendin fields and The International Museum of Perfumery in Grasse.  I am looking forward to utilizing my newfound knowledge and applying it.

 

Click here for more information about Madeleine

 

Can Essential Oils Help Us Gain Clarity Of Thought?

Essential oils are said to provide a series of health benefits, of which mental clarity is one. If you are having difficulty concentrating, you can opt for this alternative therapy (with your doctor’s permission of course) and observe the changes. With careful use of some essential oils, you will surely notice a difference in the way your memory works. You will feel more focused and, able to concentrate on the work at hand. However, you should never use essential oils directly on your body. An excess of anything can reverse the results. Be careful when dealing with the natural oils. They have several properties that you may not be aware of. Hence it is recommended to opt for an extensive Aromatherapy consultation before you take help of these oils to improve memory and focus.

Aromatic products are not a thing of today. In fact, they existed long before the first medicinal drug was invented. The Babylonians used them and so did the Early European civilizations. They were used in scented baths, Aromatherapy massages, candles and, in the rooms of the Royals. These practices have only been modernized over time, but they never lost their importance. The aromatic oils are still relied upon by numerous people who have benefitted from them. But, if we talk about the use of Essential Oils in enhancing memory, concentration, and focus, then we have to talk about specific oils that serve this purpose. So, let us get down to that.

6 Essential Oils That Improve Memory And Enhance Concentration

  • Lemon: It has been proved that the Lemon Essential Oil has a profound influence on concentration and productivity. The Japanese have conducted researches in which the oil has been diffused in the work environment only to find silly mistakes being reduced by about 54%. A Japanese architectural, engineering and construction firms has developed a system that uses computerized techniques to deliver the scent of lemon through their air conditioning ducts. This method has increased efficiency and reduced stress in the workplace. The diffused oil has also been found to increase productivity to a huge extent.

  • Sage Oil: This Essential Oil has been used for centuries to improve memory. It also has the amazing ability to increase one’s alertness, elevate moods and provide a sense of calm to the depressed mind. Sage Oil is also said to increase your brain’s ability to recall words and incidents better. This oil is uplifting and caution should be adhered to when using this powerful oil.

  • Lavender: Okay, this one we all are aware of, aren’t we? The benefits have been discussed in numerous Essential Oil classes and Aromatherapy workshops. Well, those who aren’t aware of it, know that the Lavender is one of the most popular Essential oils used to calm the mind and alleviate anxiety. It enables the brain to concentrate better on the things at hand, instead of pondering several unnecessary questions. It is also widely used to boost energy, stamina, and confidence.

  • Basil (sweet): If you are an Indian, you will know the importance of this oil quite well. For centuries, it has been used to improve memory, attentiveness, alertness, and concentration. Its cephalic-like properties are one of the reasons why it is used in the supportive therapies aimed to decrease nervous disorders and anxieties.

  • Rosemary: Rosemary oil is another magical Essential Oil with an amazing ability to stimulate both the mind and the body. It is also a mood-enhancing natural oil that stimulates the senses and improves performance. Rosemary is known as the plant of remembrance. If you face problems remembering things, be it your homework or some regular recipe, this oil may help you to some extent.

  • Cyprus: This one has a mild scent. It helps increase your concentration without filling your entire room with some pungent aroma. Sounds like the right one for you? Well, you have so many options at hand.

Before you go and buy any of the aforementioned oils from a nearby Herbal medicines store, it is important to know that all these oils have different properties and blending proportions. Their effectiveness depends on these factors and more. Opt for some Essential Oil classes if you wish to know more about these oils and their amazing effects. The world of Aromatherapy is diverse with so many things to know. Uncover the mysteries with your newly-found knowledge and make your life more thrilling and satisfying at the same time.

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