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Using Aromatherapy To Support Back To School Transition

Some view heading back to school as an exciting and inspiring time of the year, while for others it can be filled with dread and fear. This year is particularly challenging - not only for our young ones, but for Teachers, Lecturers and school staff too. Things will look a little different this school year, and with change can come feelings of unease, fear and overwhelm. Aromatherapy is the medicine of the land and works incredibly well in challenging and stressful situations. Essential oils can help to ease anxious feelings and worrisome thoughts and encourage calmness when overwhelm strikes. It brings a deeper connection to ourselves and allows for a new, brighter perception in any given situation. Here are some...

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Photo Toxic / Sun Sensitizing Essential Oils

Summer is officially here which means there is no better time to discuss photo toxic essential oils.⁠Some oils - mainly citrus oils, contain biochemical constituents that can cause a skin reaction under exposure to UV rays. These oils are known as 'photo toxic' meaning they can create a photo sensitive reaction on the skin. These reactions are mainly seen as hyper-pigmentation (dark patches) on the skin and in more severe cases, actual burns. Essentially these oils can make skin very sensitive to UV rays. ⁠⁠Photo sensitivity is only an issue when applying photo toxic essential oils topically on the skin. It does not apply if you are using these oils for inhalation purposes, in a shower gel or using them at night. If...

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Essential Oil Safety + Blending - Dilution Chart Included

Essential oils are powerful and potent substances. When the essential oil is extracted from the plant it is about 100 times more concentrated than it was in the plant.  With the Aromatherapy industry growing bigger and more popular every day, there is a lot of information out there - some good, some not so good, and some very dangerous! With over 400 hours of intense study and years of experience under my belt and have seen the not-so-nice side effects of using essential oils incorrectly! While I will continue to be blown away by the healing powers of these wonderful plants, their properties are to be taken very seriously. Therefore, to be safe we must follow correct usage and blending recommendation. ...

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Carrier Oils - What They Are & Their Benefits

If you are planning to use an essential oil topically, it is recommended that you use carrier oil. As the name implies, carrier oil carries the highly concentrated essential oil for topical purposes, making essential oil usage much safer. Carrier oils are oils which are extracted from nuts, seeds or vegetables and have an array of health and beauty benefits of their own including healing, hydration, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory to name a few. It is important to note that once an essential oil has been added to carrier oil, the shelf life is significantly and immediately altered, as oils extracted from nuts, seeds and vegetables have a much short shelf life than essential oils. How and where a blend is...

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Using Essential Oils Safely with Children

  There are many benefits to using Aromatherapy for the whole family; they are natural, they will make your home smell amazing and they can provide therapeutic benefits for everyone.  Using aromatherapy safely is always important, but especially when we are using them on or around children. In this blog post I discuss how to use aromatherapy safely for children ten years and under. I also discuss safe essential oils to use for the correct age group and best methods of application.  Before I continue I’d like to mention that advice will differ from aromatherapist to aromatherapist. Essential oils are potent and highly concentrated, therefore I personally always air on the side of caution, especially when using them during pregnancy...

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