Posts made in February, 2016

Lavender Essential Oil: The Most Versatile Essential Oil

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Oil Expose | Comments Off on Lavender Essential Oil: The Most Versatile Essential Oil

“Lavender: the glory of aromatherapy, a mother queen to pacify and console, a cooling tonic relaxer and rescue remedy, a panacea of amazing amplitude, a multiple healer for the heart, the lungs, the digestive tract, a bestower of tranquility and peace…..” Dr. Malte Hozzel The amazing Lavender is one of the most versatile of essential oils. It sometimes seems as if there is nothing that Lavender can’t do! Lavender lifts you up when you are tired; it settles you down when you are anxious; it aids sleep; it relaxes the muscles; when used in a massage blend it balances and emphasizes the notes in other oils; it uplifts you when you are feeling down; and it soothes the skin. Added to all of this, True Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) is one of the safest essential oils, and one that you can put on the skin undiluted; always test patch first to make sure there isn’t a reaction. In fact modern aromatherapy really began when Maurice Gattefosse, a French chemist, used pure Lavender oil on his burned hands after a laboratory explosion, and noticed exceptionally quick and complete healing. There are so many different types of Lavender, and this can be confusing. So to help you through the maze, I have some Lavender facts that will help you choose the correct lavender for your needs. The Genus Lavandula: Lavenders cross pollinate to produce seed, and also hybridize between themselves. The seed therefore never runs true to its parent plant, which means that a particular variety grown from seed may, after two or three generations, differ significantly from a plant propagated purely from cuttings. To complicate matters further, or perhaps I should say “to add to the joy of diversity”; the same variety of Lavender will produce essential oil of different quality depending on the soil, sunlight, altitude, latitude, etc. Different Species: There are many different species of lavender which produce variable essential oils that have very different constituents, qualities and uses. Since we are Aromatherapist or lay people rather than academic botanists or gardeners let’s concern ourselves with those varieties that produce readily available essential oils: True lavender, Spike Lavender, Lavender Stoechas and Lavandin. True Lavender: (Lavendula angustifolia) is produced mainly in France, Bulgaria and Kashmir. It is native to the mountain areas, and plants grown at higher altitudes are often considered to have the highest therapeutic benefit giving essential oils with higher ester content and a more enchanting aroma. The finest quality oil comes from plants growing in the pure clean air high in Provence, which provides the idyllic soil and climate for this most prized lavender. Renowned for its remarkable therapeutic capabilities, diverse applications, and soft, refined, fresh floral fragrance, Lavender High Altitude has particularly powerful relaxing, soothing, and balancing properties. Some uses for this oil can be: analgesic, antibacterial, anticonvulsive, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, balancing, cardio tonic, emmenagogue, insectifuge, neurotonic, wound healing; arthritis, muscle aches/pain, rheumatism, candida, nail fungus, dry eczema, psoriasis, insect bites, sinusitis, cystitis, bruises, sprains, acne, bronchial infections, flu, cramping, headaches, migraines, anxiety, insomnia, tachycardia, burns, scars, varicose ulcers, PMS, painful/scanty menses, childbirth anxiety/pain, hypertension, debility, melancholy, mood swings. What is Population Lavender? As mentioned earlier, lavender is grown from seed will, within a few generations, give rise to plants with very different characteristics. Fields of wild lavender will display plants of many different hues: deep purple, blue, pink and white. This is known as “population lavender”. Now if we take one particular plant and propagate it purely from cuttings, we restrict this natural variability and replace it with a plant (and an oil)...

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Classes

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Website Content | Comments Off on Classes

Classes

Aromatherapy is rapidly gaining popularity! The use of essential oils is an excellent way of adding value and uniqueness to any healing arts practice, whether it be Massage Therapy, Reiki or any other kind of energy work, Psychotherapy, Hospice care, Long Term and Assisted Living facilities just to name a few.Research on essential oils is being conducted worldwide with some startling and amazing results. We keep up-to-date on and incorporate new information into all of our classes. Come and learn about some of Mother Nature’s most extraordinary gifts that can soothe body, mind and spirit simultaneously! Clinical Aromatherapy: An In-depth Certification Program with Cynthia J. Loving, Holistic Clinical Aromatherapist, LMBT (NC# 1379)  Course Descriptions: This six level (two days each level) diploma program is founded on the fact that Nature has provided the tools to assist us in maintaining robust health or regaining good health once it has been jeopardized. The first level of defense and healing is our own internal pharmacy. The second level is the use of plants to assist us in this job. Come learn to safely and effectively use some of Nature’s most powerful tools, essential oils. Join us on this journey, the rediscovery of an ancient healing modality. The Level 1 class is a pre-requisite for all other classes. After taking Level 1 we recommend you take the classes in the order listed below. However, you can take Levels 2 through 4 in any sequence you desire. Level 5 & 6 must be the final classes taken in this series.   In each class you will experience many essential oils. So that you and your classmates may experience these oils to the fullest, we ask that you do NOT wear ANY scented products to class. Level 1 . . . Introduction To The Aromatic World This foundation level will introduce the basics of holistic aromatherapy; history; recent research; production of essential oils, general properties, quality and purity; basic methods of application; physical effects of essential oils and pathways through the body; and the safe and effective use of this modality. A 50 plus page notebook and 4 sample oils are also provided, as well as 1 hour free consultation time with Cynthia Loving. You also get the opportunity to repeat this class at no charge, as often as you like (on a space available basis) Level 2 . . . Aromatherapy: Its Impact On The Systems Of The Body Behold, a magnificent creation – the human body. We begin our search of how the body is designed and how it functions. We will learn of essential oils that impact the various systems and how they work. The taking of case histories and treatment planning will be introduced. Extensive handouts detailing essential oils that can be used for each body system and 4 sample essential oils are also provided. (Pre-requisite: Level 1) Level 3 . . . Mind, Mood, Emotions, Personality & Mental Health This class will explore current research on mind/body connections and the impact our emotions have on our wellbeing. The tie between the olfactory system, the emotional, memory, and learning centers of the brain will be discussed as well as essential oils that can impact these. We will also explore the power of touch, and ancient and new methods of integrative healing. Lots of handouts and 4 sample essential oils too!(Pre-requisite: Level 1) Level 4 . . . Blending, The Chemistry Of It All In an age of medicine resistant viruses and the consequences of over/inappropriate use of synthetic medications, we will study some of Nature’s strongest, anti-septic, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal oils....

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