Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Aromatic Holidays part 2

Okay I am on a roll and want to share with you some the easiest and most effective ways to change your world and the world of the people around you through essential oils.

Let's Make Holiday Logs for the fire. Whether your fireplace is inside or outside, this will surely evoke memories of yesteryear and perhaps create new ones for years to come.

All you need is one drop of EO, that's right only ONE drop of Essential oil per log per fire. Surprisingly, this one drop will be enough to provide an aromatic boost to the Holiday ambiance. If you make a holiday blend from the essential oils below, simply use ONE drop.

Simply put the "Firewood or Holiday" oil onto the log and leave it to soak in before putting on the fire. I suggest 20-30 minutes, sounds good. The reason is that Essential oils are flammable so unless the oil has been given time to soak in, you might see more sparks than you bargained for.  I usually prepare several logs at a time and set them aside and use as needed.

Firewood Essential Oils: Frankincense, Myrrh, Cedarwood, Cypress, Sandalwood

Holiday Essential Oils: Cinnamon, Clove, Bay, Pine, Cedarwood, Mandarin, Orange Tangerine, Frankincense, Myrrh

(Essential oils can be found at your local natural grocer or specialty store or my favorite source Aromatics International.)

Happy Holidays from the studio of Aromatic Institute to your family...As always, thank you for your support throughout the year and as a way to show you our gratitude, use coupon code "thanks" for 20% savings when shopping with us at Aromatic Institute, where we have better Synergy Essential Blends for diffusing or putting on logs throughout the year.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Aromatic Holidays

As we are full swing in the holiday season, I have found that most are getting into the real season of holiday spirit, which is not the materialistic world of Big Box shopping. This blog is meant to awaken your senses and bring back fond memories of holidays past.

There is an aroma that most of us know and it definitely warms the spirit and evokes fond childhood holiday memories and that is fresh cut Pine or other resinous conifer. The simplest way to fill your surroundings with this heavenly smell is to use it as garland throughout. Dress your windows and doorways, decorate it with ribbons, bows and lights if you like.

The association of a particular aroma varies for many depending on where you were brought up or lived. Here in the good ole USA memories of happy childhood holidays may be evoked the aroma of
Bayberry, because traditionally at this time of year, candles made from Bayberry wax was burned in the memory of the first settlers who made all their candles from the Bayberry.

So from my studio to your family, I give to you today a simple recipe for HOLIDAY HOUSE SPRAY.


Pine Essential Oil 8 drops

Orange EO 4 drops

Cinnamon EO 2 drops

Diluted in 1 cup of distilled water in a plant spray bottle.

(These oils are available at your local natural grocer and other specialty stores, or one of my reputable sources for quality oils
Aromatics International)

With the help of nature's essential oils, the evocative aromas of the Holidays need not be lost. Stay tuned as Part 2 will be here soon.

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Aromatic Institute for all your natural, organic skincare and aromatherapy needs.

Happy Holidays and Most Abundant New Year!


Monday, December 12, 2011

Choosing Essential Oils

There are a variety of companies that sell essential oils. Knowing the reputable ones from the bandwagon ones takes knowledge and further research.

As an professional Aromatherapist, there are several factors I must inquire before purchasing essential oils.
  1. knowing the date of distillation is extremely important as some essential oils begin to lose their therapeutic value and have approximately `1-2 years of shelf life.
  2. I always ask for the GC/MS fore each oil of purchase as this gives me the exact constituents that are comprised in a specific batch of essential oil.
  3. Knowing the conditions in which the oil was grown also lends to the constituent value of a specific oil.
Now with these unique factors in place, your average consumer would not be privy to this information nor would they know how to analyze it.  It is my belief that if you want an oil that smells good to freshen your environment, go ahead and purchase it from your local health food store.

There is no way of knowing how long that product has been on the shelf nor can you know if it was adulterated in the extraction process. Unfortunately there are companies that add chemicals or other ingredients to a specific batch of essential oil to "stretch" the yield.  Again, to the average consumer, your nose might not pick up on this.

As the holidays approach, we at Aromatic Institute would like to wish you a most merry holiday sewason and Happy New Year!