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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.

 

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Check Out a Bunch of Homemade Massage Oil Recipes

In today’s over-demanding lifestyle, everyone wants to take a dip in the ocean of relaxation and rejuvenate after a long toiling day. Seemingly a beautiful pipe dream, this goal can be achieved by a soothing body massage. But, how many of us can squeeze that ample amount of time out of our busy schedule to hit a massage center? How about making your own massage oil at home? Sounds interesting, isn’t it?
Aromatherapy recipesThe most exciting part about preparing your own massage oil is that you can experiment with different herbs, oils and fragrances to churn out potions that smell heavenly and meet your requisites with ease. But, it’s imperative to keep a few things in your mind before delving into the preparation process. Take for instance, you should learn the technique of blending / mixing essential oils, so that you don’t disturb the delicate chemical balance. Also, shield them from light and heat to avoid them turning rancid quickly.
essential oilNot many know that just like us, the oils too need to breathe. Therefore, make sure to leave a very little space at the top of the bottle so that the oil can breathe. Always store it in a ceramic or glass bottle. Doing a patch test on the inside of your elbow or wrist should top your priority list before using any of these oils. Wait for at least 30 minutes to see if there is any allergic reaction like redness or hives, etc.

Now, without a further ado, prepare your homemade massage oils

A whiff of heavenly romance:
Mix about 5 drops patchouli, 5 drops of ylang-ylang and 2 drops sandalwood oil in about ½ cup of olive oil or sweet almond oil. This concoction can be termed as “a whiff of romance”, courtesy the amazing olfactory impacts, which can linger on for a longer period of time. You can apply this oil before hitting the bed and delve into relaxation with the heavenly scent.
Relaxation

Spice it up with spicy notes:
Mix 4 drops of cardamom oil, 15-16 drops of sweet orange, 4 drops of coriander seed and 6 drops of cinnamon in eight ounces of  grapeseed oil. You can apply this massage oil which has a warm and an uplifting blend of spices. If you want to start your day on a zesty note, then this blend can be your best bet.

Adieu to pain:
Back painMake a blend of 2 drops of black pepper,  3 drops of Sweet marjoram, 4 drops of Plai and 5 drops of Frankincense in one ounce of jojoba oil and apply it to the painful parts of your body. As this massage oil uses a blend that has both mood uplifting and muscle relaxing properties, you can swear by it to get rid of your muscles and joint pain.

Celebrate happiness:
Celebrate happinessCreate a synergy using 4 drops of sweet orange, 3 drops of lavender, 2 drops of ylang-ylang, 1 drop of vanilla, 1 drop of vetiver and 1 drop of sandalwood oil in one ounce of grapeseed oil. You can apply with long strokes on your body before taking a bath. You will be surprised at how easily your mood uplifts once you get a whiff of this amazing fragrant oil with ingredients beneficial for emotional well-being. Is your life getting you down in the dumps? If yes, then this blend is perfect for you.

A relaxing nap:
Mix 4 drops of sweet marjoram, 3 drops of lavender, 2 drops of mandarin, 2 drops of  bergamot, 2 drops neroli and 2  drops of vetiver in one ounce of sweet almond oil. Often, getting a good night’s nap is the most difficult thing in the world and nothing really seems to help. However, the massage oil has a relaxing concoction that will accomplish the impossible. Rub on a few drops on your wrists, ears, forehead and feet before you hit the bed.

Also read: How to Carefully Apply Aromatherapy on Children?

You can rely on online aromatherapy consultations to know more about the therapeutic impacts of aromatherapy or essential oil. So, wait no more! Make your own massage oil at home right now.

Aromatherapy Consultation helps in Faster Recovery post Workout Stress or Sports Injuries

If you are into sports, you are definitely not new into injuries. In fact, the injuries or stress after sports session or a rigorous workout is very common. You have probably tried using those relaxing exercises, meditation or massages to get rid of such stress. Have you ever thought that seeking aromatherapy consultation can be helpful in faster recovery? You may argue that attending the essential oil classes or an aromatherapy workshop might be suitable only for people who want to start a career offering essential oil blending related services. No! that is not the only reason why people attend an aromatherapy workshop. These classes actually help you to learn about those activating oils or the blends that soothe or calm your senses and also the ones that fight odors post workout.

Aromatherapy Consultant

What can you expect from Aromatherapy Consultation

You can attend aromatherapy experts for consultation or attend our live essential oil classes online. However, it is important that you choose a workshop that helps you know how to recover fast from a sports injury or workout stress.

During the live classes, we provide information about specific essential oils and their therapeutic value. Gradually, you will learn how to recreate your very own aromatherapy blend that will work perfectly to relieve stress after a workout or heal your injuries post sports training. Most importantly, you should know how to use the essential oil blends safely along with proper and specific dilution rates. Therefore, we ensure that our live classes will help you to make effective blends that will not cause any side effect and provide an immaculate result.

Consultation on Right Blends for Pre and Post Workout Massages

Once you go through our essential oil classes, it will be easy for you to blend your massage formulas that are suitable for pre and post-workout massages. Generally, it is very stimulating when you put more essential oils on the blend. However, to make it more relaxing, you may need to use essential oils in lower concentration.

Before you start your workout, it is important that to loosen the muscles. You have to warm your muscles for that by opening the airways. The massage strokes must be invigorating and quick but light. Gradually, the massage will awaken your mind. However, the strokes can be longer to make the massage a little deeper for post-workout. When the massage makes longer strokes towards the heart, it helps in removing metabolic waste products.

Bathing Before and after workout/Training

Using the essential oil blends for bathing before and after a workout is also helpful. Ask the Aromatherapy expert about the quantity of essential oil and the suitable blend that you can add to your bath water. The essential oil will be absorbed into your body well and you will feel relaxed.

Inhalation

This is another key technique to use the essential oil blends for relieving the post-exercise stress or sports injuries. Here, you would need a diffuser that will help in evaporating and dispersing the essential oils into the air. You can use an aroma stick with an essential oil blend and inhale the aroma to achieve therapeutic benefits. In addition, you can also try using the mist diffusers that will create a lovely mist adding calming effect and fragrance to the room.

Book an aromatherapy consultation session with us. We will guide you more about how our essential oil classes online can help you to maintain calm and feel relaxed after a workout.

How to Balance Your Brain with Aromatherapy Workshops?

Nowadays, you live in a world where you have to meet deadlines most of the time. When the work pressure mounts up, your brain gets bogged up. This, in turn, causes hypertension, lack of sleep, depression and other mental disorders. In order to get early relief, you take depressants and other medications. However, these medicines leave side effects on your health. If you are looking for safe ways to calm down your mind, you should attend aromatherapy workshops.

Aromatherapy Workshops

The Way an Aromatherapy Workshop Works

When you enroll at an aromatherapy workshop, you would be taught how each essential oil works on different parts of a human body. You would be provided with a practical kit that comprises of essential oils. The class starts with the identification of primary problems. Accordingly, remedies are taught.

How to Balance Your Mind with Essential Oils?

The aim of aromatherapy in balancing mind is to break out from the loop and get relieved from stress. First, you would learn how the two portions of your brain work. Scientific studies have proved that the two halves of the brain do not make identical decisions.

Look at this example. Hold a finger in front of your face. Look at the finger with both eyes note its position. Now, close one eye. If notice any change in the location, then you can assume that you are getting an unbalanced view. The finger should move both times right and left when you view it with each eye.

You would draw similar experience when you smell something. Take a few drops of any essential oil and smell it through one nostril. Just note how strong is the smell. Take a note on how the smell affects your head, rest of the body and how it tastes at the back of your throat. Repeat the same procedure with another nostril. You would find that effect of smell is not the same as that of the previous procedure. The outcome varies due to the working of the unbalanced brain.

Deploy Alternate Nostril Breathing

At aromatherapy workshops, you would be taught the art of alternate nostril breathing in order to attain balance in your brain. You have to shut one nostril and take a breath through other nostril and then switch over to the other. Using an essential oil of your choice makes you relieve from stress.

At next level, you have to use two different essential oils for each nostril. You have to note the difference when you smell both the aromas together at a single time. When you present brain with two different aromas, you would find that the nostril, which is less active, works equally well as that of other. In addition, your brain generates positive ideas, moods and feelings that add to your well-being.

Aromatherapy offers safe means to balance your brain. When the brain is balanced, you are relieved from stress, depression and other mental disorders. When you attend aromatherapy workshops, use different combinations of essential oils to note the outcome of your brain.

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