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
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Robert Tisserand, Gabriel Mojay, Anita James, Mindy Green, Mark Webb and others are part of our panel of consultants to answer these questions. Questions will be posted on our blog and in our email newsletter each month.
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This Month's Question
I was wondering when essential oils are used as a dietary supplement what regulations or guidelines are used by manufacturers to assure safety and quality? I know they need to watch verbiage with structure function statements, but how would a consumer know if the oils being used are safe / not toxic, etc.?
The reason I ask is because I was asked to give an opinion about a dietary supplement containing essential oils that was promoting cellular regeneration. Please let me know if you want to know the product name. 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
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
Essential oils are a complement to conventional medicine. Always seek medical advice for serious health conditions. Essential oils are generally used in two ways: topical and inhalation.
Topical uses include: adding essential oils to baths and showers to refresh and cleanse; applying directly to skin for wounds, sprains, strains, muscle pain and tension; and making personalized skin care products for a wide array of common skin conditions.
Inhalation of essential oils molecules is the most common method for mood and emotional support, respiratory conditions, and cleansing and purifying the air. Essential oils can be inhaled from tissues or inhalers, dropped onto st4eaming water, added to vaporizers, diffused or sprayed.
Consulting with an Aromatherapist for oil selection, best application methods and concentration levels will ensure success.
AIA does not endorse internal therapeutic use (oral, vaginal or rectal) of essential oils unless recommended by a health care practitioner trained at an appropriate clinical level. An appropriate level of training must include chemistry, anatomy, diagnostics, physiology, formulation guidelines and safety issues regarding each specific internal route (oral, vaginal or rectal). Please refer to the AIA Safety Guidelines for essential oil use.