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Are you storing your oils properly?

There are four things to take into consideration when storing your essential oils: 1 - Essential oils are volatile by nature and therefore will quickly evaporate when exposed to the air. For this reason, your oils should always be kept capped. 2 - Essential oils are extremely sensitive to light - oils should be kept in dark coloured glass bottles (amber, green or blue). Do not store in clear glass bottles or jars. 3 - Essential oils are sensitive to heat. Essential oils should be kept at room temperature or colder. If you are not using your oils for an extended period of time, keep them in the fridge. Some oils will become solid if they are below room temperature,...

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Self-Care: Meditation Part 1

Self-care is a big focus of mine going into the New Year. Self-care does not have to be something grandiose or take up a large portion of your day; rather, self-care should be something that can easily be worked into your daily routine. An easy way to start is through meditation.  Regular meditation promotes physiological changes such as: decreased cortisol (the major stress hormone), decreased muscle tension, normalization of blood pressure, and increased autonomic stability. These documented physiological changes indicate decreased stress levels in conditions like anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress syndrome. Source If you are like me and try to incorporate essential oils into your daily life, try meditating over an oil. Simply choose an oil, pick the first one your...

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Aromatherapy Blending: Chilblains

As the weather is getting colder and I find myself reaching for my pair of gloves whenever I leave the house, I am reminded of chilblains….. $#%#^& chilblains. But what are chilblains?….. the official term for when your skin gets inflamed and itchy (usually on your hands and feet) due to poor circulation, related to exposure to cold. BRR.   A warming blend can be made with the above. These oils are quite “strong” in that they can sometimes cause skin sensitization in some, so use the “spice” oils sparingly. Use only a 1% blend of the above - remembering to use a top, middle and base, if you can. How do you find roughly 1%? Divide the carrier bottle by 4...

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The Language of Aromatherapy

When learning Aromatherapy it is super important to have a grasp of the common vernacular - below is a list of common therapeutic terminology. Analgesic: Relieves pain Anaphrodisiac: Reduces sexual desire Anti-emetic: Helps to reduce or alleviate vomiting Antimicrobial: Kills pathogens - similar to antiseptic, however, antimicrobial kills pathogens whereas antiseptic inhibits growth. Antipruritic: Relives itching Anti-sudorific: Reduces excessive sweating Antiviral: Inhibits the growth of viruses Calmative: Produces sedative effect Cephalic: Relates to disorders of the head, especially stimulants of the mind Cicatrisant: Promotes the formation of scar tissue Demuculent: Soothes, softens and prevents irritation of mucous membranes Emmenagogue: Induces menstration Expectorant: Promotes the removal of mucous from the respiratory system Febrifuge: Reduces fever Hypotensor/Hypotensive: Lowers blood pressure Hypertensor/Hypertensive: Raises...

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