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How to Prepare Custom Essential Oil Blends Safely?

Many people want to prepare their own skin care blends at home, so that they can add pure natural ingredients in the solution. Purchasing aroma-oil blends from a store would be good idea if a reputed company has developed it. However, the main problem occurs when you do not find your required ingredient from a company that makes products using essential oils and that is why people often make their own skin care blends at home.

Custom Essential Oil

However, if someone has no experience in making such blends and doing it for the first time, then the person should take some advice from an aromatherapy consultant and formulator so that he or she can help you prepare the right custom essential oil blends. In this article, we will talk about some procedures through which one can produce high quality custom essential oil blends at home.

Try to De-prioritize Smelling Ingredients

If you have smelt essential oils before, you should have noticed that such oils smell nice, but when you are making the blend for skin care then you should not prioritize its smell and you should concentrate more on the quality of your product. There are several ingredients that may not come with fragrance, but they have some property that can offer you a lot of benefits.

Add Essential Oils That Can Address Your Skin Problem

If you think that your skin is oily enough and needs different treatment, then you have to choose essential oils with astringent properties. You will be glad to know that Citrus Oils are astringent.  Just use caution because some citrus essential oils can cause phototxicity. However, here are a few names of astringent essential oils, they are

•    Cedarwood
•    Clary Sage
•    Juniper Berry
•    Yarrow

However, if you have acne-prone skin, then you should look out for some anti-bacterial or anti-microbial natural essential oils. When adding such oils in the blend, you should be careful, because many anti-bacterial oils often work more than it requires. Apart from this, if you have hormonal breakouts, then it might be beneficial to utilize some hormonal balancing essential oils that will help you by managing cyclically related problems.

Pick One of the Best Carrier Oil

Jojoba can be the best oil to prepare your blend so far, as the oil can be used for several treatments. However, for dry skin, you should use a base that includes Avocado oil. But if you are the owner of normal skin, then jojoba will be sufficient.

Formulate Your Blend

There are four essential oils available in the market that can address your concerns. You can mix them in equal ration. You can pour roughly 5 to 10 drops total of essential oils with one ounce of base oil.

Do Not Forget to Take Advice From Experts

Never try to make the blend alone if you do not have much experience in essential oil safety. For your convenience, you can find many aroma therapists online and it will not be difficult to get information for preparing custom essential oil blends.

 

Intro To Aromatherapy Webinar

Recently I conduct a free intro to aromatherapy webinar.  I wanted to address safety concerns, methods of how aromatic products are produced and to cover a little aromatic history.  I decided to make this webinar availabe for a person to watch in the comfort of their home.  Please enjoy the webinar.

 

 

Green Cleaning The Aromatic Way (Essential Oil Online Workshop)

Disinfecting with the use of cleaning products is a necessary task that should be done frequently to help maintain a healthful condition in your home or workplace.  Unfortunately many commercial cleaning products may present several health and environmental concerns.  If you look at the label on your cleaning products you will find that many are classified as hazards.  When you spray or use some of these hazardous cleaners you are releasing it into the air and therefore breathing it in.  So why not expose yourself to a more natural and healthier alternative?  

Aromatherapy Oasis is offering an aromatic solution.  You can learn to make your own cleaning products using simple ingredients and essential oils. Essential oils possess many anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and antimicrobal properties.  For example oils high in geraniol showed antimicrobal activity in a test conducted against bacteria and fungi.  Here is the summary of the study.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23214265.  I would also like to share another abstract of a test which was conducted using five aromatic constituents of essential oils.  

Abstract

Five aromatic constituents of essential oils (cineole, citral, geraniol, linalool and menthol) were tested for antimicrobial activity against eighteen bacteria (including Gram-positive cocci and rods, and Gram-negative rods) and twelve fungi (three yeast-like and nine filamentous). In terms of antibacterial activity linalool was the most effective and inhibited seventeen bacteria, followed by cineole, geraniol (each of which inhibited sixteen bacteria), menthol and citral aromatic compounds, which inhibited fifteen and fourteen bacteria, respectively. Against fungi the citral and geraniol oils were the most effective (inhibiting all twelve fungi), followed by linalool (inhibiting ten fungi), cineole and menthol (each of which inhibited seven fungi) compounds.

For this workshop you will use nine different essential oils.  You will be able to recreate these products on your own.  Don't forget they make excellents gifts.  So give the first gift to yourself and learn to maintain health in a more natural way.  You will have private acces to the course for four weeks.  You will immediately be emailed a pdf of the manual and later you will recieve your sign in information to access the class.  You can sign up here to attend this online class. 

 

 

Cost of course $39.99

 

 

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Spikenard Essential Oil

Latin Name: Nardostachys jaatamansi

 

Family:Valerianaceae

 

Extraction Method:  Distilled from the rhizome; CO2

 

Aroma:  Earthy, resinous and warm.

Spikenard is an aromatic herb that is also referred to as "nard".  This herb grows to a height of three feet producing small greenish flowers and a aromatic rhizome root.  This herb is also native to Pakistan and the Himalayan Mountains.  Spikenard is sometimes incorrectly confused with spike lavender which is a reminder to all to know your oils. 

I have utilized this essential oil in many sleep blends because energetically it relieves emotional tension and insomnia.  This oil is extracted from the flower shoot or rhizome which is located underground, which might explain why it is so emotionally grounding.  As stated in Aromatherapy: The complete guide to the healing art, spikenard is traditionally applied to the feet for "grounding".  This oil is often times associated with Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) because of it similar aroma and action.

Historically Spikenard is known as one of the most ancient of aromatics and considered precious to early Egyptian, Hebrew and Hindu civilizations who utilized it for its ritual and medicinal purposes.  Spikenard is also associated with Frankincense and Myrrh due to it's reference to Mary Magdalene anointing Jesus feet with it before the Last Supper.

Spikenard is useful for persons with persistent anxieties or for the person who is searching for spirtual certainty.  It also nourishes hope for both the heart and soul allowing one to surrender.  Due to its serenity and earthy humility, it also conveys the power to devotion to one's chosen path. 

Cosmetically spikenard has been used in treatment of rashes and psoriasis.  It has a long history of use for scalp irritation and hair loss.  Because it is a very balancing oil, it is good for all skin types especially mature skin.  It may also help hormone imbalance that is sometimes associated with cellulite.

Spikenard has a regulating action on the heart and nervous system making it a good choice for heart palpitations, headaches and nervous indigestion.  This oil is also indicated for nausea, intestinal colic and constipation due to its antispasmodic and digestive action. 

Resources

Davis P. Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition C.W. Daniel Company Limited, England, 1999

Keville, K and Green, M. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide To The Healing Art, Crossing Press, Second Edition, 2009

Mojay, G. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, The Healing Arts Press edition, Limited 1999

*Please note:  This information is not to replace physician advice or to be used as treatment or diagnose of a disease.

*Image courtesy

Essential Oil Blending Workshop For Stress and Anxiety Giveaway

We here at Aromatherapy Oasis are happy to announce another wonderful giveaway. This is a one time giveaway to celebrate our first workshop. This is a once on a lifetime event and we look forward to you participating and helping to spread the word. I am looking forward to seeing you in our class!!!

 

The class is for July 20, 2013 and you can check out this link for more details.

Location: 28th W. 29th Street, NEw York, NY 10018 (4th Floor)

             

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Faith And Hope (Flower essence blends)

Recently I had the opportunity while taking my aromatherapy certification course to be introduced to flower essences.  Flower essences are an infusion of flowers in water and therefore stabilized by a mixture of brandy and water.  The water now has the energetic essence of the plant.  They are the energetic imprints of the life force of plants and is a natural and safe method of energetic healing.  Flowers essences does not possess scent and should not be confused with essential oils or herbal tinctures. 

From a traditional science point of view, flower essence’s would be dismissed as just pure nonsense.  I have read somewhere that the reason some feel it works for people is because of the placebo effect.  A reason that most physicians have a hard time accepting alternative healing methods is because they see the physical body as the only dimension of human existence. I recently came across an article that emphasized vibrational medicine and decided to study a little further. 

As stated in the book Vibrational Medicine; flower essences offers one a unique vibrational tool which can help mobilize the unseen subtle energetic factors of health and illness in the direction of greater balance and homeostasis.  They must work in conjunction with natural cellular and subtle energetic systems to allow the body, mind and spirit to reachieve proper orientation and balance along the most natural routes.

It is suggested that flower essences may have originated with the Atlantean culture.  Various flower essences and other similar remedies were developed to treat illness that arose for the first time in Atlantis. One of the most popular and well respected names associated with flower essence healing is Dr. Edward Bach.  Dr. Bach insight to illness was the emotional contribution to it.  He searched for a way to bring people to a level of harmonious balance.  Through observation Dr. Bach discovered the effects of the various flowers and how they affected him.  Dr. Bach took long walks though the English countryside in search of the healers within nature.  He would touch the morning dew from a flower or petal and put it to his lips and experience the potential therapeutic effects of the plant.

Dr. Bach developed these flower essence remedies and some were used to treat the emotional reactions to disease as well as the temperaments leading up to the eventual cellular pathology in the body.  There are many more flower-essence practitioners available since the time of Dr. Bach.  Most practitioners that make there own essences will gather information regarding the energetics of the flower by partaking (tasting) the essence. 

Flower essences are used orally under the tongue, applied to the body or made into a spray.   By dropping the essence under the tongue you are releasing the energy of the flower which is vibrating at its own special frequency therefore flooding one’s aura.  The flower’s healing essence will harmonize the body’s vibrations to its own special healing needs. It is not recommended to use flower essences with those that have alcohol substance abuse issues.  The essence can still be used but not directly administered under the tongue.  

Flower essences can be of benefit to those that are experiencing loss of hope and for those in hospice situations.  I recently made a spray blend utilizing this method.  A spray was developed using several flower essences.  The essences were obtained from several flower essence practitioners.  This flower essence spray was added to a carrier of organic lavender hydrosol and the addition of essential oils was used.  The spray proved to be helpful in providing comfort and emotional support but not a cure.  It also benefited sleep.  I will never be sure if it was only the organic lavender hydrosol that provided relief or the whole combination of essential oils blended with the flower essence.  The importance of the method for the blend for hospice and other similar blends is that it provides a host of emotional support by restoring balance.

Resources

Gerber, R. M.D.  Vibrational Medicine: The #1 Handbook Of Subtle-Energy Therapies. Third Edition Bear & Company, Rochester, Vermont, 2001

*This post is for informational purposes only.  This is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any ailments or disease.

Cypress Essential Oil

Latin Name: Cupressus sempervirens

 

Family: Cupressaceae

 

Extraction Method: Steam distilled using the cones, leaves and twigs.

 

Aroma:  Balsamic, Fresh, Sweet woodsy, piney and slightly citrus

Cypress is a confir that can grow to a height of 82 to 147 feet.  Despite its size it bears small flowers that produces round  grayish brown cones.  The  green leaves and twigs contain most of this delightful essential oil.  Cypress is native to Southern Europe but has spread to Africa and North America.  Cypress is now cultivated in France, Morocco and Spain.

It has been said that both the Egyptians and Romans dedicated this tree to their gods of death and the underworld.  This may be why the Cypress tree is associated with cemeteries.    The name sempervirens means 'ever-living' which pertains  to the evergreen nature of the leaves, but the perpetual greenness of the trees may also have been used as a symbol of life after death.   The usage of cypress as medicine and an incense was originally recorded in the papyri of Ancient Egypt, where the wood was used to make coffins.

Cypress essential oil carries one of the most profound psychological actions.  The astringent, woody notes of the essence conveys a feeling of cohesion and stability; while its fresh, coniferous pungency helps both psychological transition and real life change.  Cypress can help one to flow with the flux of life; encouraging the process of taking in and letting go.  From here we can contemplate the tree's long and deep relationship to death and the grieving process; maybe explaining why it is thought to be of comfort to those in bereavement.   Cypress has been used to aid those in the process of dying and for those dealing with grief.  Cypress has also been used ease insomnia, nervousness and may increase stamina by helping people move on with their lives after an emotional crisis.

Cypress also has a host of medicinal properties.  It is very astringent, and is used wherever there is an excess of fluid.  According to Kurt Schnaubelt author of Medical Aromatherapy: Healing With Essential Oils; Cypress is a decongestant for prostate, veins and the lymphatic system and its bitter principles strengthen a weak pancreas.  It is also said to prevent the spread of varicose veins, hemorrhoids and edema.  Cypress also has antispasmodic properties, acting especially on the bronchi.  Noted by Patricia Davis author of Aromatherapy A-Z; a drop or two inhaled from a hankie or tissue will help to relieve an asthma attack and the spasmodic coughing of whooping cough.

I have made several blends utilizing cypress essential oils to address emotional concerns and after researching the history of the energetics; it gives one a deeper understanding of why this is such a great oil to address major life transitions.

 

Resources

Davis P. Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition C.W. Daniel Company Limited, England, 1999

Keville, K and Green, M. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide To The Healing Art, Crossing Press, Second Edition, 2009

Mojay, G. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, The Healing Arts Press edition, Limited 1999

Schnaubelt, K. Medical Aromatherapy. Healing with Essential Oils. Frog, Ltd 1999

*Please note:  This information is not to replace physician advice or to be used as treatment or diagnose of a disease.

*Image courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/28188015@N05/

 

Safety Concerning Aromatherapy Blending

"If used in an appropriate, sensible manner, essential oils are safe and their use should be free of any complications"  Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D

"In no case, should enthusiasm for aromatherapy, or any form of self treatment, preclude seeing a doctor if the conditions requires: Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D

 

What are aromatherapy blends?  Aromatherapy blends usually consist of a combination of essential oils in a base.  The base could be aloe vera, a carrier oil such as jojoba, lotion, salve or body butter.  There might be other bases, but these are the usual ones.  Another form of application would include the use of an essential oil inhaler.

Essential oils offer many great therapeutic properties but safety must be utilized, because essential oils are highly concentrated.   It is not recommended to apply essential oils neat (directly) onto the skin.  For example if you wanted to make a blend to address congestion due to a cold; there are a host of essential oils that may serve some benefit.  An aromatherapist would probably look for essential oils that are strong immune stimulants, anti-infectious and are mucolytic.  There are other properties to look for but I try to keep it simple when blogging. 

The other consideration is the dilution rate.  As stated in the above paragraph safety has to be utilized when using essential oils.  Bottom line:  You have to know your oils.  Dilution rate is the amount of essential oils that is added to a carrier.  The normal range would be 2% which is 10 – 12 drops of essential oil added to a carrier.  But keep in mind that when dealing with elderly, the young or for applying to the face a lower dilution of 1% should be utilized which is 5 to 6 drops of essential oil in a carrier.  Now getting back to knowing your essential oils.  Some essential oils due to their chemical makeup should only be used at 1%; for example black pepper.  You have to also keep in mind that there are essential oils that should be avoided if you suffer from high blood pressure or are pregnant.

Most importantly the quality of essential oils used in blending is very important.  A certified aromatherapist should use high quality GC/MS tested oils.  This allows an aromatherapist to know the chemical make up of each essential oil used and it is a way to tell if the essential oil has been adulterated.  If I am using lavender but it does not show lavender characteristics it may be a chance that it was diluted with a chemical or another inexpensive oil.  If an essential oil is sold for two cheaply of a price; there is a great chance that the oil has been adulterated and this is very important.

This blog is not to scare or intimidate an individual but to see some of the steps involved for an aromatherapist when they custom blend.  This is why an intake form is necessary and the initial fee because a lot of time is allocated when blending.  A book that I recommend for those that want to know a little more about essential oil therapy is Advanced Aromatherapy: The science of essential oil therapy by author Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D.

Aromatic blending is amazing because there are so many essential oil combinations that can be used.  You can put 20 people in a room to blend for a specific reason and it is a huge chance that there will be no duplicate blends.  As stated in previous blogs education is key when blending with essential oils.  I continue to read and add books to my library and I have some recommended books in my store which helps me continue to blog and share information. 

 

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