Article by Stefania Borrelli
NOTE FROM AUTHOR: Among the ingredients, I wrote "Sardinia Helichrysum" on purpose since it's the one I generally use - having similar chemical components and imported from Italy (which is close to Corsica).
General State of Physical Health: Good
General State of Emotional Health: Good
Description of the case: I report the case of a 52 year-old Italian female with no family history or cytogenetic abnormality who presented with a plantar fibromatosis, small nodular fibrotic thickening of the central plantar fascia, corresponding to the solar plexus point. It started with a tiny, pea-sized nodule in the middle of her arch. The woman presented then a painful swelling of her right sole. The swelling associated was tender to touch with a dull aching type of pain which prevented her from walking, even small distances, without pain. Continue reading
Article written by Lora Cantele
This article previously appeared in two parts in In Essence Vol.14 No. 3 & 4 (Winter 2015 and Spring 2016) and in Aromatika Vol. 3, Issue 1 (2016)
Introduction-Aromatherapy in the U.S.
Essential oil use in the United States is on the rise at a great pace, however safe and responsible use have been pushed aside in favor of higher profits. With the wide-spread use of inauthentic Aromatherapy, practitioners in the United States now find themselves in at odds with those new to Aromatherapy as well as each other.
Controversy over issues such as the perceived differences between the British and French models of Aromatherapy, to dilute or not dilute, oral ingestion, free education or certification, and the rise of industry watchdogs have put our community and practices under additional scrutiny.
The Aromatherapy community in America has become divisive and there is a need for practitioners and Aromatherapy associations to join together to provide a unified front with regard to training, certifications, as well as safe and responsible use. Continue reading
Article written by Dr. Raphael d'Angelo, AIA Medical Advisor
I recently was given a fascinating article entitled "How to Adulterate Volatile Oils: A Pre-1906 Manuscript Formulary" (G. Sonnedecker, 1990) and I think the AIA members would find this very informative as a part of aromatherapy history that we rarely encounter.
Adulteration is defined as "any practice that through intent or neglect, results in a variation of strength and/or purity from the professed quality of a drug" was the standard before 1859. In that year the budding American Pharmaceutical Association added " the intentional addition to an article, for the purpose of gain, or deception…" Continue reading
Bug season is upon us and that means it’s time for aromatherapy bug spray blends. Although all essential oils will repel some insects, there are a few that are more commonly used for the summer pests that many deal with such as mosquitoes, black flies, and ticks.
You may need to experiment to find out what works for your local bugs. Here are some essential oils classically used to deter the tiny biters... Continue reading
At the April Mountain Region Meeting, Nellie Shapiro gave a lively and interactive presentation on Ayurveda. Her 2-hour presentation began with a discussion on the 20 "Gunas." 'Guna' is the Sanskrit word meaning attribute or quality. This was an introduction to determining your Dosha or Bioelement that make up one's constitution. While all three Doshas (Kapha, Pitta and Vata) are present in each of us, one generally dominates at any given time. The key is keeping them in balance. After learning about the Gunas, Nellie let her audience try their hand at determining the Doshas of each of the others in attendance and explained further the various nuances in determining each person's constitution. This was followed by a brief break in which attendees sampled some tea Nellie prepared with fennel, cumin, turmeric and coriander and a delicious ginger and beet chutney. After the break, Nellie talked her audience through Dinachariya—a daily morning ritual to nourish and energize the body; including the appropriate time to rise, prayer, hygiene, exercise, breathing and meditation...all before breakfast! With each step, she explained the how and the why, as well as preparations she uses for herself including a tooth powder, body oil and deodorant made with herbs and essential oils. Her presentation concluded with the sharing of the following recipes for nourishment to support an Ayurvedic lifestyle for wellness. Continue reading
Article by Amy Kreydin
If aromatherapy is a frequently misunderstood profession then the specialization of aromatic medicine is so out there we could be discussing xenobotany here. But we're not talking about plant life on other planets, this is a unique branch of botanical medicine that employs volatile aromatic plant extracts in internal dose forms.
Twenty years ago I began studying botanical medicine in high mountain meadows, birthing rooms, greenhouses, gardens, and dining rooms in Northern New Mexico. Six years ago I studied clinical aromatherapy in a classroom at Boston Medical Center. Last year I began studying aromatic medicine at the Heal Center. It was an International effort coordinated by South African Roz Zollinger, Brit Gabriel Mojay, and led by Aussie Mark Webb. It was amazing and I've loved how it has taken my practice and education to another level. 🙂 Continue reading
Article by Marc J. Gian, L. Ac, LMT
There are as many ways to classify Essential Oils as there are to use them. As we use essential oils for "holistic aromatherapy" we need to become clear on what holistic means. All too often, the term holistic is thrown around for the use of treating symptoms without allopathic medicine. However, to accurately be holistic practitioners the inclusion of the emotional/mental aspect of our client is paramount. The philosophy of the 5 Elements is one system that can lead to sincere holistic treatment.
The 5 Elements or Wu Xing is a leading paradigm used in Chinese medicine and is a solution for the aromatherapist eager to understand the root of illness. The 5 Elements are used to describe many of the phenomena of the natural world including the human condition. Each element gives birth to another and then cycles back again, just like the seasons. Continue reading
The world of aromatherapy is a complex one. There are everything from home users who use essential oils through oral traditions, people who self-study, and others that receive formal training to understand the chemical makeup and actions of essential oils. Aromatherapy pioneers such as Robert Tisserand, Sylla Shepherd-Hanger, Jeanne Rose, Colleen Dodt, and Marge Clark have been studying the art and science of aromatherapy for 30-40+ years. Millions are just beginning to study aromatherapy.
Social media sites such as Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram have made the sharing of information about essential oils easier than ever. Aromatherapy pioneers generously contribute to the discussion and provide valuable insight.
While there is a vast amount of information about aromatherapy available online, it is not all reliable, and in many cases is misleading, incorrect, or dangerous. This range of information has set up a divide in the aromatherapy community and caused finger-pointing and leaves many scratching their heads to find a way to bring the aromatherapy community together to move forward united with a common goal of sharing sound information to make responsible aromatherapy available to as many as possible. Continue reading
by Priscilla Fouracres
I recently had the privilege of visiting the only place in the world where Fragonia™ (Agonis fragrans), is grown and produced into essential oil. The 46-hectare property (114 acres), owned and operated by John and Peta Day, is about two hours from Perth, the capital city of Western Australia.
John and Peta Day in a field of Agonis fragrans (Photo courtesy of the Paperbark Co.)
The 'farm', as the Days call it, has a sense of serenity that emanates from the well-cared for and highly-loved piece of land they began developing 15 years ago.
A mud-map is required to find the farm and even then it is easy to drive past the unassuming property in a low-lying marshland where paperbark trees, a common name for some species of Melaleucas from the Myrtaceae family1, grow naturally. Continue reading
Beyond Aromatherapy: Expand Your Practice
with Sara Jo Holmes BS RA LMT NCTMB
I 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...