Part one of this post gave excerpts from four of the aromatherapy blogs I recommend. Part two of this post offers four more blog excerpts for your reading pleasure!
If you enjoy these excerpts, be sure to head over to the blogs to leave comments and interact with the authors. Tell them Andrea at Aromahead Institute sent you!
Using Flower Essences with Essential Oils: Double the Flower Power!
posted by Kelly Holland Azzaro, RA, CCAP, CBFP, LMT
I am often asked by clients and students what the difference is between flower essences and essential oils (which some also call ‘essences’). The difference between the two ‘essences’ is also what makes them a perfect match, especially when creating a blend for emotional balance and support.
The basic difference is that essential oils are derived from the actual plant material, i.e., flowers, leaves, seeds, roots and bark by distillation or with citrus oils by cold expression method. These methods are used to create the essential oil found in colored bottles used in different aromatherapy applications. Flower Essences, on the other hand, are prepared by infusing the energy of the actual plant material into pure spring water, preserved with brandy or an organic vegetable glycerin, via the action of sunlight or moonlight. The flower essences can be taken internally, either under the tongue or in water. They can also be applied topically or mixed with a lotion, as in the Bach ‘Rescue’ cream. Another difference between flower essences and essential oils is that flower essences do not posses the actual scent of the plant.
5. Robert Tisserand
A dash of TNT with that, madam?
posted by Robert Tisserand
One of the reasons given for supporting the Colorado bill was that the targeted ingredients are more stringently restricted in Europe than in the USA. It’s true that the FDA has prohibited only 9 substances as cosmetic ingredients, compared to 1,233 currently prohibited in Europe. Well, clearly “no contest” in the legal stringency stakes. But, the great majority of the 1,233 are petroleum derivatives, and many are pharmaceutical drugs, industrial solvents, or poisons such as curare, strychnine and arsenic–you can read the full list here. Very few of them would ever be considered as cosmetic ingredients, unless your idea of a totally yummy facial cleanser includes aircraft fuel with a soupcon of antibiotics and a touch of TNT. Should the same substances be prohibited in cosmetics in the USA? It’s a good question, but remember that most potential cosmetic ingredients are already regulated in the USA too. Not prohibited, but controlled to specific maximum levels.
6. The Fragrant Muse
posted by Liz Fulcher
These beautiful women of Aromahead
are stepping out in the world
and embracing their purpose as rockin’ Aromatherapists!
INTERNATIONAL WOMAN’S DAY!
It is safe to let go of what I don’t need and
step out into the world and embrace my purpose!”
7. White Lotus Aromatics Blog
posted by Christopher McMahon
Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) essential oil/Ethiopia
Then, the train is literally racing downhill—with the trucks bumping heels like the wheels of a wagon on a sluggish team; a new tang comes to the ozone—the tang of resin, of healing balsam, of cinnamon smells, of incense and frankincense and myrrh, of spiced sunbeams and imprisoned fragrance—the fragrance of thousands upon thousands of years of dew and light, of pollen dust and ripe fruit cones; the attar, not of Persian roses, but of the everlasting pines.
Through Our Unknown Southwest, by Agnes C. Laut