Beyond Aromatherapy Teleseminar, Oct 21, 2015

Beyond Aromatherapy: Expand Your Practice

with Sara Jo Holmes BS RA LMT NCTMB

sara-holmes-tree-largeI teach Complementary Therapies in Healthcare for College Students at Parkland College in Champaign, IL and have now done so for 10 years. Aromatherapy opened the door to my current career and although it was a difficult path new opportunities presented themselves and I embraced them! My horizons have broadened and I have learned much from the journey. Since my aromatherapy beginnings, I have added massage therapy, meditation, energy work (Reiki and Chakra balancing), herbal therapy, and many other forms of CAM to my private practice, my classes and my life. I will share with you how I prepared and expanded my practice, increased my income and help you do the same. I hope this presentation will encourage you to explore the other health therapies that make perfect partners to aromatherapy and can open new doors for yourself and your business.  Learn more...


ACHS Takeaways from the AIA International Aromatherapy Conference


The American College of Healthcare Sciences, Conference Sponsor, shares their Blog with AIA.


Science and healthcare is a dynamic, fast-paced industry. When it comes to essential oils and aromatherapy, the information is constantly evolving and changing as more research is done to advance our collective knowledge.


So how do you stay on top of the developments in this high-speed industry? Attend conferences where experts in your field share their latest research and findings.


Earlier this month, the Alliance of International Aromatherapists brought together nearly 150 aromatherapists for their 2015 Conference and Expo. The 21 expert sessions covered topics such s aromatherapy myths, FDA regulations, aromatherapy in hospital settings, and much more. It was a fantastic assembling of the aromatic community.


If you didn’t make it, don’t stress! A few ACHS students (check out their video below!) and I made sure to write down our top takeaways from the expert sessions: Read more...


Use of Essential Oils with Traditional Chinese Medicine

fai-chan-2By Fai Chan (CMAIA) and Marc J. Gian, L. Ac, LMT


The use of essential oils based on Chinese medicine has proven to be an exceptional modality in gaining maximum results with clients.  This ancient healing system naturally adopts the use of essential oils.


This case study will give the reader an overview of how to work with the Spleen and Stomach (Earth Element).


Two of the major pathogenic factors in Chinese medicine are Damp and Cold. These influences cause stagnation of Qi. In short, when there is stagnant qi the energy does not flow properly and the body will experience signs and symptoms that mirror this.  



According to Chinese medicine a primary function of the Earth element (Spleen and Stomach) is to transform and transport postnatal qi.  Our postnatal qi is associated with diet, which includes what we absorb from our environment. (Gian 2015) (1)  TCM physiology states, that the Spleen ascends the pure postnatal qi and the stomach descends the impure. So, if the Qi is deficient the Spleen will not be able to do its proper job and this causes stagnation.  A cardinal sign of Spleen Qi Deficiency and Stagnation is flatulence.  This was the case with one of my clients, a 35 year old woman. Read more...



4 Ways to Boost Your Business NOW!

Teleseminar - April 15, 2015 


With Many Savard-Alston, Business Development Coach for Aromatherapists, Certified Clinical Aromatherapistconf-savard-alston


It can be overwhelming going through the many ways to potentially boost your business. Every expert, friend, and family member has advice for you. What if you had 4 ways that work? What if you chose just 1 of those 4 ways to build your business now? You don’t want to miss this call.


This seminar will pinpoint 4 ways that you can boost your business now and see results by the end of the summer if you stick with them.

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When Ginger does not help ——

The effect of Frankincense (Bowswellia frereana) in sobering and healing nauseachan-2

by Fai Chan, Aromatherapist


Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is renowned and widely praised for its ability to reduce motion sickness or nausea. There was a short period of time that I experienced nausea whenever someone gave me a ride. To help reduce the symptom, I usually brought Ginger essential oil mixed with jojoba oil to massage. I also put 1 drop of Ginger essential oil onto the tissue to inhale. However, I was not happy with the result.


To enhance the effect of Ginger essential oil, I made a salve with Ginger and Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oils to massage when I was traveling. The blend had the following components:

0.25 oz Beeswax
1 oz Jojoba Wax
7 drops of Ginger
5 drops of Lavender


Together with the sedative or calming effect of Lavender on the central nervous system, the warm and spicy aroma of Ginger should be able to enhance the therapeutic properties in reducing motion sickness and nausea.  


When I first applied it, the smell is sweet and soothing that the salve improved the nausea but only temporarily. Repeated application did not help.


By chance I came across the oil named Frankincense (Boswellia frereana). I first encountered the oil when I attended a dinner, had some wine, and got half drunk.
After that dinner I applied Frankincense (Boswellia frereana) oil (1/4 tsp olive oil, 1 drop of essential oil) every 15 minutes twice on my forehead, temples, tip of the nose, area between the mouth and the nose, back of the neck, and shoulders; I also drank some hot green tea. I sobered up.


Thus, whenever I got motion sickness or nausea, I applied Frankincense [1/4 tsp olive oil, and 1 drop of essential oil] on the temples, back of the neck, and shoulders (apply several times or as necessary when needed). It worked great. The motion sickness or nausea went away after several applications and no longer bothered me.


Frankincense can also clear the mind and elevate the spirit. It keeps your spirit strong, focused, and positive. I used to take a nap after my breakfast, but as of today (Dec 15, 2014) I do not have to. Since I had back acne, and I was using frankincense to clear them with carrier oil. The whole process of application was rejuvenating. The inhalation of frankincense made me feel great and energetic about myself. As frankincense can achieve this objective, I suspect the application of it can relieve symptoms of mental illness. More research is needed to validate the claim.


The information or research about Boswellia frereana is very limited.  Known as the King of Frankincense, Boswellia frereana is usually imported from Somalia.  The therapeutic properties of Boswellia frereana are anti-inflammatory, uplifting, revitalizing, and centering.  It is also used for joint health. 


According to Stillpoint Aromatics (2014), Boswellia frereana is composed mainly of the chemistry of alpha thuyene, delta sabinene and para cymene – they are related to monoterpenes.  It also carries the characteristics of monoterpenes such as antiviral, antibacterial, analgesic, and so on.  Because of a high content of alpha thuyene, the aroma of Boswellia frereana is more pungent. 


People usually equate Boswellia frereana with Boswellia carterii.  From my experience, the latter is milder and more calming.  The invigorating effect of the former can make us stay awake all the night.


I think there are more benefits to Boswellia frereana.  More research is needed on its clinical application. 



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Therapeutic properties mentioned above are from Aromahead Online Classes.


Bio: Bio: Fai Chan is the founder of Deli Aroma LLC. She received her certification from Academy Natural Health Sciences. She is now pursuing Advanced Graduate Certification online with Andrea Butje at Aromahead Institute. She is a Professional Member with NAHA and AIA. In addition, she has written articles for Lab Aroma, AIA, Aromatherapy Today (which will get published in the April edition), and Aromatherapy Thymes (which will get published in the Spring edition).

Aroma-Qi Therapy – Teleseminar, December 17, 2014

AROMA-QI THERAPY: Ancient Chinese Five Element Energetics Expressed In Aromatic Blending


with Terese M. Miller DOM, CA, MFAterese-miller


Join Terese on the teleseminar to learn how Oriental Medicine can inform us in our energetic view of essential oils, it is important to have an overview of the two main theories that exist today in practice. Acupuncturists and Eastern Herbalists operate using either Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Taoist Five Element Theory or a combination of both.

Tune in for a unique perspective on questions you may have about:

  • What are the main differences between TCM and Ancient Taoist Five Phase energetic theories?
  • What is the origin of The Heavenly Stems (five elements)?
  • Does each element contain correspondences to nature and the nature of the human body, mind and spirit?
  • Do we all have a unique constitutional element(s)?
  • What can I do if I am out of balance?
  • How do the five phases relate to specific essential oils?
  • What is Aroma-QI therapy?
  • Who can use this Aroma-Qi therapy?
  • What does Taoism have to do with it?


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My First Blend, My Sickness, and My Fun

fai-chanby Fai Chan, Aromatherapist


I keep a journal of the blends that I made on every occasion that involves aromatherapy. The case study is about the first blend that I made for myself in relieving my sickness. It turned out to be a great success. I discovered a protocol I keep using in healing.


November 17, 2013
I caught cold yesterday. I realized that my immune system was weak. When I felt the headache in the evening, I used tea tree oil to massage my head and I felt better.


When I woke up next morning, I could not do anything as my head ached and I had a mild fever. Therefore, I took a delicious breakfast with a glass of strawberry milk & some biscuits. I felt a lot better after a good meal. A delicious meal can help speed up the healing process.


Today, I take my first step to try blending. It’s really fun. It requires knowledge and creativity.

My blend is as follows:
1 drop of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
1 drop of geranium (Pelargonium roseum x asperum)
2 drops of ginger (Zingiber officinale)
1 tsp (5ml) of olive oil


It is relaxing, comforting, and stimulating. The hot ginger can help to expel the surface wind cold, while lavender and geranium calmed my heated organs. It smells great, not too intense. The mild fragrance is very well suited to those who are sick.


I then use the mixture to massage my chest, the back of the neck, my ears, my nose tip, the area between the nose and mouth, and abdominal area.


This blend works well to calm the menstrual pain or PMS too. After the applications, I took a cup of lemon with salt water. It is so soothing. I have never thought that being sick can be an enjoyment. If I was not sick, I do not know when I will have my first blend. This is my first product. This blend helps one to sleep well when one is sick.


November 18, 2013

I still experienced some spillover effect of the wind cold today. As the symptoms had almost gone, I blended another oil which is more fragrant. It was because I could take more fragrance now.


My blend is as follows:

1 drop of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
1 drop of Jasmine absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum)
1 drops of sandalwood (Santalum album )
3 drops of lemon (Citrus limon)
1tsp (5ml) of olive oil


I used the blend to massage back of the neck, shoulder, temples, nose tip, area between the nose and the mouth, my shoulders, chest and upper back area.


It is relaxing and astringent — it lessens the mucus. This blend is very relaxing and will cause drowsiness. After falling asleep, I feel much energetic now.


Conclusion: The two blends that I made were not targeting at healing my fever or cold, but making me more relaxing to fall asleep. When I am in deep sleep, my body can heal quickly. In my own philosophy, I prefer my body to do most of the work in the healing process, instead of relying on “outside help”. This experience reaffirms my belief on that, and it really works well. Although I ate things that were not 100% natural, the improvement in my mood helped me to recover in a speedy way.


Fai’s Bio:The owner of Deli Aroma LLC, Fai, got her clinical & esthetic aromatherapy certificates from Academy of Natural Health Sciences. She is now furthering her study with Aromahead Institute. She founded Deli Aroma in 2014, providing holistic approach to alleviate her clients’ aliments. She is a Professional Member with NAHA, and AIA.


Enhance Your Aromatherapy Practice – Teleseminar Oct 15, 2014

Enhancing your Aromatherapy Practice with Swiss Reflex Therapyloracanteles-web2


Swiss Reflex Therapy (SRT) is the perfect enhancement specific to aromatherapy practitioners by offering additional value to the therapeutic relationship between you and your client. As aromatherapists we are not legally allowed to diagnose a client, however Swiss Reflex Therapy provides a tool to help you assess your clients needs, as well as provide treatment and encourage your client to be more proactive in their own healing. Created by world-renown aromatherapist and reflexologist Shirley Price in the 1980's, SRT is practiced in many parts of the world with great success. Tune in to learn how you can set your practice apart from others.


In this presentation, Lora will share with you how you can enhance your aromatherapy practice with this useful tool and set yourself apart from other practitioners. Massage and reflexology, require the practitioner to undertake additional year or two of education and requires licensure. SRT can be learned in a weekend and can be performed within the exemption of massage and reflexology laws. Swiss Reflex Therapy offers the practitioner a diagnostic tool to assess a clients health needs, enhances the therapeutic relationship, provides treatment and encourages your client to be more proactive in their own care. Are you ready to take your practice to the next level?

Manuka Oil

by Austine McCarthy, RN

July 2014


Manuka is a very interesting member of the Myrtaceae family, Manuka Leptospermum scoparium. Coming from the same family are Australia's Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), Fragonia (Agonia fragrans), Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata and globulus) and Kunzea (Kunzea ambigua). Growing uncultivated on unfarmable land in New Zealand, it is thought that perhaps the stress of the growing conditions contribute to Manuka's important attributes.


Essential oil of Manuka is steam distilled from the leaves and small stems that are gathered after the flowering season is complete. The flowering season is sacred because bees gather nectar to produce the valuable Manuka honey crop.


The essential oil has a yellowish/ brown color, a sharp, earthy odor. Probably not a fragrance that will make the best perfume for date night.


Much of the research is related to the benefits of the Manuka honey, most notably in the wound care arena. Medical grade honey is incorporated into dressings and topicals used to heal chronic wounds such as vascular and diabetic ulcers and decubitus ulcers (bed sores).  Read more... 

Sebaceous Cyst Treatment

by Stefania Borrelli, Aromatherapist, Reflexologiststefania-borrelli
June 2014

About nine years ago I noticed a little harmless lump of fat grow on my right shoulder and was told that was a sebaceous cyst and that I could get it removed with a simple surgical procedure if it was painful or would become bigger. Over the years, it grew to a sizable lump. 


In November 2010 I put on some hot Ricinus communis (Castor) oil pack for few minutes to help to break down any inflammation and promote lymphatic waste removal. Also, I prepared the following balm. In a 20 ml carrier oil blend - Ricinus communis (Castor) oil, Nigella sativa (Blackseed) oil, Oenothera biennis (Evening Primerose) oil, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) oil, Azadirachta indica (Neem) oil - I added a 5% dilution of Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) leaf oil and Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil. In the balm I also included 5 gr. of Leptospermum scoparium (Manuka) honey.  Read more...