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Aromatherapy and Native Americans: Smudging rituals to keep bad spirits at bay

Ancient rituals used aromatherapy as a means to fight against negativity and evil. Our ancestors believed that good aromas ward off evil beings and keep bad creatures at bay. Essential oils were used to eliminate things that were not good for health or human well being. It was strongly opined that aromatherapy had a profound […]

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Posted in History of Essential Oils on Mar 16th, 2010, 7:02 pm by   Comments Off on Aromatherapy and Native Americans: Smudging rituals to keep bad spirits at bay   

Essential oils chemistry: 8 common chemical components of essential oils

Essential oils are very complex by nature on account of their presence in plants. Their molecular structure is complex, consisting of all kinds of atoms, including hydrogen, carbon, oxygen and nitrogen atoms. Even sulfur atoms are also present sometimes. Though made of several chemical ingredients,  every essential oil acts together as a whole, treating infections […]

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Posted in Aromatherapy Facts, Essential Oil Botanicals on Mar 14th, 2010, 7:21 pm by   Comments Off on Essential oils chemistry: 8 common chemical components of essential oils   

Essential oils extraction: 4 less-known methods, nuances you should know

Essential oil extraction is a subject for study for aromatherapists. This is because, there are so many things involved in extraction of oils from plant parts like roots, flowers, bark, resin, rinds and fruits etc.  However, there are several extraction methods which are used to extract essences from plants. These methods are often known only […]

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Posted in Aromatherapy Facts on Mar 14th, 2010, 7:03 pm by   Comments Off on Essential oils extraction: 4 less-known methods, nuances you should know   

The sin of applying ‘neat’: Sensitization and diluting essential oils

When you apply an essential oil ‘neat’,  you apply it directly on to your skin, without dilution. Undiluted application of pure essential oils is termed as neat application and leads to several problems, including skin disorders. Though not many people know this, it can result in life-long sensitization to that oil, making one develop skin […]

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Posted in Aromatherapy Facts, Blending Essential Oils on Mar 14th, 2010, 6:32 pm by   Comments Off on The sin of applying ‘neat’: Sensitization and diluting essential oils   

Essential oils safety sine qua nons: Oils to use (avoid) at different times

You need to be very careful while using essential oils. This is because oils can have contraindications on account of their high concentration and pure properties. Neat or undiluted applications of aromatherapy oils can result in skin problems and even life long sensitizations. To avoid trouble, get to know which oils need to be avoided […]

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Posted in Aromatherapy Facts, Buying Essential Oils on Mar 10th, 2010, 6:52 pm by   Comments Off on Essential oils safety sine qua nons: Oils to use (avoid) at different times   

Bypass your paranoias: 4 essential oil safety myths you should know

Essential oils are highly concentrated liquids and hence should be handled with care. The moment we tell this, people are panicky and decide to abhor essential oils altogether. This is not required. You need not abhor the whole clan of essential oils for the sake of the caustic effects of a few oils. It is […]

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Posted in Aromatherapy Facts on Mar 9th, 2010, 9:45 am by   Comments Off on Bypass your paranoias: 4 essential oil safety myths you should know   

Buying essential oils: 3 important things you need to look for

Buying essential oils is an art. Indeed, it is. This is because, when you buy, you buy with credibility in the purity of oils and the quality of the manufacturer. But mishaps do happen and your oil sometimes grows old, starts stinking or becomes imbalanced and invalid for use. This is why it is important […]

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Posted in Buying Essential Oils on Mar 8th, 2010, 7:40 pm by   Comments Off on Buying essential oils: 3 important things you need to look for   

Way to the bin: How to dispose of essential oils safely?

Essential oils are not ordinary liquids that can be disposed off readily down the drain or in the garden. They are highly concentrated liquids which require proper mode of disposal. Since people are used to storing essential oils in ½ oz bottles, they tend to forget that oils are flammable substances and should be treated […]

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Posted in Aromatherapy Facts on Mar 8th, 2010, 6:25 pm by   Comments Off on Way to the bin: How to dispose of essential oils safely?   

No oils? Not a sin. Substituting essential oils with same family oils

There are multifarious essential oils in the market and you do not get to use all of them for your recipes. Yes, there are times when you lack certain oils for your essential oil blends or recipes. This can be devastating if you have built your hopes on a particular recipe and cannot imagine forgoing […]

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Posted in Aromatherapy Facts, Blending Essential Oils on Mar 7th, 2010, 5:46 pm by   Comments Off on No oils? Not a sin. Substituting essential oils with same family oils   

Go for broke, make a difference: How to make potpourri essential oils

Potpourri essential oils are fun to make. You can do it with your family, your children and almost everyone in the neighborhood. They are also a natural way of bringing in essential oils into your home. In the world of aromatherapy, potpourri refers to the use of all possible plant parts – flowers, petals, herbs […]

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Posted in Blending Essential Oils on Mar 7th, 2010, 11:17 am by   Comments Off on Go for broke, make a difference: How to make potpourri essential oils   

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