Category Archives: Aromatherapy

  • What to Ask Your Massage Therapist About Essential Oils

    Posted on July 27, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    Wanna Smell the Roses? Whether you’re a huge fan or just a curious bystander, there’s no doubt that aromatherapy and essential oils are becoming increasingly popular. Aromatherapy was a $4 billion market in 2016, and is projected to come close to doubling by 2024. What does all this mean? People seem to like their aromatherapy […]

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  • It’s Lavender Season!

    Posted on July 13, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    Lavender is blooming like crazy. I was supposed to go to a lavender farm up north yesterday, but circumstances prevented me at the last minute. They have more than 23 varieties of lavender… 23!  I was going to tour the farm, walk through their lavender labyrinth, and take lots of pictures to share with you, […]

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  • Coriander Essential Oil: The Scent of Happiness

    Posted on June 29, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    A Little About Coriander Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) has been used since ancient times as both a culinary and a medicinal herb. It’s also been used in the making of perfumes. It’s still used for all those things today. The plant is native to areas from Southern Europe to Northern Africa to Southwest Asia and has 2 […]

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  • Summer’s a Great Time for Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil

    Posted on June 15, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    I know I mentioned this oil in a previous post about the Other Eucalyptuses but as it’s bug season, I thought it deserved it’s own post. Basic Info About Lemon Eucalyptus Lemon Eucalyptus is not a blend of lemon and eucalyptus oils as some people think. Rather, it’s an actual plant whose oil has a light, […]

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  • What You Need to Know About Citronella During Mosquito Season

    Posted on June 1, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    I heard the first mosquito of the year buzzing around my head earlier this week, so I think it’s time I told you about Citronella essential oil. A Little About Citronella Citronella essential oil is distilled from a grass that’s grown in Asia, Africa, and South America.  It’s Latin name is Cymbopogon nardus and it’s related […]

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    Essential Oil Profile: Lemon Tea Tree

    Posted on May 19, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    A Little About Lemon Tea Tree Despite its common name, Lemon Tea Tree is not in the Tea Tree genus, which is Melaleuca. Instead, it’s part of the Leptospermum family, Leptospermum petersonii to be exact. Leptospermum is also the family of Manuka, which I wrote about earlier this year. (In case you missed it, click […]

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  • Geranium Essential Oil is More Versatile Than You Think

    Posted on May 4, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    Basic Info About Geranium This is not your mother’s geranium… Unless your mother lives somewhere it’s HOT. This is Pelargonium graveolens, and it grows in several African countries like Egypt, South Africa, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe where the summer is hot and the winter is mild. It also favors sheltered and moist habitats, so you’ll find […]

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  • If You Like Tea Tree Essential Oil, You Need to Meet Manuka

    Posted on April 20, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    Basic Info About Manuka Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) is a flowering shrub native to New Zealand and Australia. It grows in the bush and is harvested from the wild. Plants grown at higher altitudes have greater antibacterial properties than those grown at low altitudes. So if you find a reputable supplier listing a high altitude manuka, […]

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  • Tea Tree: The Best Essential Oil for Spring Cleaning

    Posted on April 6, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    Supposedly… according to the calendar anyway… it’s spring. That means it’s spring cleaning time. And there’s no better essential oil to help you sanitize your house after close to 6 months of progressively stagnating air and numerous coughs, colds, and other wintery infections, than tea tree. Basic Information About Tea Tree Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) […]

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  • Why You Need Violet Leaf Absolute This Spring

    Posted on March 23, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    Violets: Harbingers of Spring According to the calendar, it’s officially spring. As I write this, however, it doesn’t feel like spring. In fact, it snowed earlier today. (Granted, as I write this it’s just a couple days before “spring”, but still…) One thing I love about spring are the early flowers. They’re not only a […]

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  • Aromatherapy for St. Patrick’s Day

    Posted on March 9, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    Essential Oil Profile: Hop I’m part Irish and St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on March 17th. In my line work, St. Paddy’s Day doesn’t get the respect it deserves, imho… Maybe because we don’t serve green beer! (Check out the origins of green beer here.) But I digress. Anyway, I thought it would be fun […]

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  • What You Need to Know About Cardamom Essential Oil

    Posted on February 23, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    Essential Oil Profile: Cardamom Did you know there’s a cardamom essential oil? Not only is there one… it smells heavenly. A Few Basics About Cardamom Cardamom is a member of the ginger (Zingiberaceae) family of plants. Mmmm… ginger. But I digress. Along with an impressive root system, the plant has large leaves, green and white […]

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  • Essential Oil Profile: Jasmine Absolute

    Posted on February 9, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    A Few Basics About Absolutes First and foremost, absolutes are not essential oils and should never be labeled as such. If you find a company labeling absolutes as essential oils, do yourself a favor and don’t buy from them. Like essential oils, absolutes are highly aromatic extracts but they differ in how they’re made. Essential […]

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  • Essential Oil Profiles: The Other Eucalyptus Oils

    Posted on January 26, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    Eucalyptus essential oil is very useful during cold and flu season and it was the first oil I profiled 2 weeks ago. (Read the entire about Ecualyptus globulus post if you missed it.) But there’s more to Eucalyptus oil than just Eucalyptus globulus. There are several other varieties and I’m going to cover four of […]

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  • Essential Oil Profile: Eucalyptus globulus

    Posted on January 12, 2018 by in Aromatherapy

    This is the first of a series of posts I’m going to write about specific essential oils. I’ll highlight oils that you’re sure to know like eucalyptus, frankincense, and lavender as well as ones you may never have heard of, but really ought to know, like lemon myrtle, Fragonia™, and Inula. I can’t guarantee that […]

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