People are starting to understand that it is better to dilute your essential oils for a variety of reasons. But many are still confused when they read some of the dilution charts that are available.
So, here’s a quick oil hack to help you work out dilution.
In aromatherapy, a 2.5% dilution is a good and safe level for many applications. To work out how many drops of essential oils you need to add to your preferred carrier, first you need to know your amount of carrier.
Say you have 10mls of carrier, half the number (which in this case is 5) and add that in drops for a 2.5% dilution.
10mls equals a total of 5 drops for a 2.5% dilution.
20mls would be 10 drops in total.
5mls would be 2.5drops which you can’t do so go with the 2 drops.
Now, truth be told, when we formulate products in aromatherapy, we actually weigh the oils for a true and proper measurement. But for the at-home user, this tip will keep you and your family safe.
Oh, and another thing, this way of measuring doesn’...
I'm quite active on social media and like to share lots of aromatherapy information in my pages. Several years ago I started a Facebook group for Australian aromatherapy practitioners and enthusiasts to learn, share and support each other. It isn't a brand specific page, it has a particular focus on education and information sharing. Within the group, we recently suggested a "In The Spotlight" as a means to focus on Australian aromatherapy practitioners, mentors, leading industry figures, and people of interest within the aromatherapy community.
When I asked members who they'd like to hear from quite a number suggested Salvatore Battaglia, He is one most of us know very well particularly as his book 'The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy' was our bible during our days of study. He is behind the Perfect Potion stores, and when I asked him to participate, he kindly agreed. I'm sharing this, with Sal's permission on my blog so that more can read about and learn from this wonderful aromather...
A question I am constantly asked as an aromatherapist relates to the ingestion of essential oils.
Can I do it?
Is it safe?
In my professional opinion, it is not an easy question to answer as the topic is far more complex that just a case of yes or no.
I’m all for people taking ownership of their health and wellbeing, and using a variety of techniques and approaches in the name self healing and self awareness. Unfortunately, when it comes to the ingestion of essential oils, there’s so much misinformation abound on this subject that many are not aware of the complexities, and more and more people are hurting themselves by not speaking with appropriately qualified professionals.
Simply put, yes it can be done.
But whether it is the best option, the most effective option or the safest option - that is far more difficult to answer.
Using essential oils via the oral interface is a valid form of administration, but it should be done under the guidance of some with extensive trainin...
Aromatherapy is a diverse healing modality. It is so much more than pretty smells. Actually some of the essential oils we use are down right stinky. But as a professional, clinical aromatherapist, my first thought in preparing a blend for a client isn't how to it - but more about that shortly.
What is aromatherapy? Aromatherapy is more than just the name suggests, - a therapy using aromas. It is a healing modality that has been around for centuries; however it is only in more recent times that it has become more widely known.
The oils used in aromatherapy are called essential oils. They are extracted from herbs, bark, flowers, resin, peel and roots of various plant sources. The most common method for extracting these oils is via steam distillation. During the distillation process two liquids are obtained – the essential oil and the waters of distillation (also known as hydrosols).
Essential oils are highly concentrated materials therefore only a few drops are needed to make a diffe...
Aromatherapy fits well with a range of complementary health modalities. With my background in education and training (almost 20 years), and in particular coaching, I believe that aromatherapy provides another support tool to work with coaching. My business model for Aromatic Insights is to combine aromatherapy with NLP Coaching.
Coaching, whilst not considered a complementary health modality as such, it helps people move through structured processes to navigate beyond mental blockages; which are, to my way of thinking a complementary health practice.
Coaching is a collaborative, solution focused, results oriented, process driven approach in which the coach facilitates the enhancement of personal and professional growth of individuals. Greene and Grant (2003) describe coaching as being about ‘creating positive directed change. It is about helping people to develop their potential’ (p.xiv).
The coaching that I have trained in is Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) based. NLP explores t...