Essential Oils

Essential Oils Safety Guide

Know Your Contraindications

Avoid Completely

--Any essential oil for which you do not have information.

--Bitter almond, boldo leaf, buchu, yellow camphor, brown camphor, sassafras, calamus, horseradish, mugwort, mustard, pennyroyal, rue, savin, savory, tansy, thuja, wormseed, wormwood.

Avoid With Pregnancy

--Aniseed, basil, birch, wintergreen, cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, geranium, sweet fennel, jasmine, juniper berry, sweet marjoram, myrrh, peppermint, rosemary, common sage, thyme, hyssop.

Aromatic Solutions

Herbs & Aromatherapy

Pain is an unpleasant reality for many people. From the healthiest to the unhealthiest, we all find ourselves in pain’s grip at one time or another. Whether your pain is self-inflicted from exuberant weekend warrior syndrome, brought on by the stresses of today’s world, or a symptom of serious disease or physical states, there are several ways to find relief from this unpleasant, often unbearable, fact of life.

Essential Oil Safety

Ask the Expert

Q: How important is it to dilute essential oils when using them in your practice?

A: The importance of essential oil dilution is directly linked to essential oil safety. Essential oils are highly concentrated, chemically complex mixtures that contain hundreds of different constituents. They are at once aromatically pleasing, therapeutic, and potentially dangerous if not properly used.

Feeding the Skin

Oils and More

Massage training typically gives considerably more focus to learning about muscles and bones than it does to the skin. But skin is not just a surface envelope for the really important functions within. It is a complex physiological system that affects every other system in the body. This integumentary system protects, contains, feels, communicates, absorbs, digests, filters, secretes, excretes, heats, cools, and breathes. Skin is what massage therapists most directly contact, and it is important to realize our impact both on it and the whole person.

Essential Oils Simply Complex

What We Must Know

It’s not unusual to find little collections of essential oils hidden away in the treatment rooms of massage therapists and bodyworkers. While the addition of these oils to your massage repertoire can take your work to a new level, using them haphazardly, or without forethought or training, can be potentially harmful to you and your clients.

Essential Oils

Tending the Garden of Research

The purported benefits of aromatherapy are so taken for granted in our society that aromatic products, whether truly infused with essential oils or not, abound on store shelves. Choose from an assortment of candles, bath and beauty products, or diffusers for home and office to cure what ails you. The claimed effects run the gamut from mood enhancement to specific healing properties.

Scent’imental Journey

For some, it’s the smell of bedlinens dried on a clothesline. For others, it’s the whispery scent of fresh rain. For me, it’s the delicate fragrance of rose. There’s no scent that evokes emotional memories for me like the sweet petaled rose.

Essential Elixirs

Herbal Oils for Health, Healing and Happy Clients

On a sunny windowsill are rows of glass containers. The liquid within them glows in delicious shades of smooth yellow, warming amber and fiery red. Some jars contain fluids that look like they were squeezed directly from the earth — juicy greens and dense ochre. The contents resemble something an ancient alchemist whipped up with thunderbolts and lightning. But looks can be deceiving. Herbal oils are remarkably simple to create, requiring only a little patience and some basic cooking utensils.

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