The English Aromatherapist

Jan
24

All About CBD

All About CBD

If you’re an aromatherapy fan, you’ve probably heard the buzz about CBD. A few of you have asked me to write about this – particularly as there is a ton of confusion surrounding this issue.

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Jan
09

Diffusing in the Classroom

Diffusing in classrooms

Diffusing essential oils in the classroom – what are your first thoughts?

 

As you know, I do love a juicy topic to get my teeth into – and this is a subject I’m increasingly reading about online.

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Jan
05

Environmental impact of Oils

The environmental impact of essential oils

Essential oils have soared in popularity as people are increasingly turning towards more natural alternatives for health and wellbeing.

 

But let’s not fall into the trap of thinking that something “natural” is free of any negative consequence. Currently, the essential oil industry is estimated to exceed $17 billion, rising to $27 billion by 2022.

 

Essential oils are big business – and it’s important to consider the environmental impact of this insatiable demand.

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Dec
22

Is this brand ok?

Is this brand ok

Choosing where to buy your essential oils can be a minefield. We know the market is tainted with synthetic and adulterated oils.

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Dec
10

What’s the Future?

What's the future for the aromatherapy industry?

The essential oil industry is booming, with a market value that’s predicted to exceed 27 billion US dollars by 2022.

 

Is this surging interest and awareness of essential oils a good thing? In general, yes. They’re now more widely available and accessible than ever before (read more: Why Are Essential Oils Everywhere?) I strongly believe in educating people about holistic options where appropriate. We need to move away from the idea that every symptom requires a pill.

 

It could be argued that the two big players of the MLM world – doTerra and Young Living – have massively raised the profile of essential oils among the general public. But popularity is a double-edged sword. So many people have now signed up to be “Distributors” (Young Living) and “Wellness Advocates” (doTerra) that the internet is drowning in misinformation about essential oils.

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Dec
09

App update

Essential Oil Blending Tool App

I’m pleased to announce the latest update of my app – the Essential Oil Blending Tool – is now LIVE!

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Nov
22

Top 10 Homemade Gifts

Top 10 Homemade Aromatherapy Gifts 2017

Yes, it’s that time of year again! Christmas is on the way, and thoughts are turning towards all things festive.

 

Last year’s How to Make Aromatherapy Christmas Gifts was so popular that I’ve decided to publish an updated version for 2017!

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Nov
09

Essential Oil Vaping

Essential oil vaping

What’s the deal with “essential oil vaping”? If you’re a social media user, it’s likely that you’ve come across adverts for these portable aromatherapy vapourizers – yes, I’m talking mainly about MONQ, although there are others.

 

Barely a day goes by without seeing questions about this on Facebook. MONQ adverts are all over the place and – on the face of it – essential oil vaping seems to be the hottest thing in aromatherapy right now.

 

So, what’s it all about? And is it really safe? Quite a few readers have emailed me about this, so I thought I would investigate.

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Nov
07

Polarizing Scents

Why do we love some smells more than others

If you were an essential oil, which one would you be?

 

I’ve always been drawn towards Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens). There’s something about its scent that I find amazingly calming and comforting – it’s powerful, without being overpowering. It’s sweet, without being sickly. To me, it’s the scent of nature: floral and green, with earthy undertones.

 

How do we perceive smells, and why do they elicit such strong reactions from us? Why do we like some smells more than others? How can one person love a scent that another person finds repulsive?

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Sep
13

Career options in aromatherapy

Aromatherapy career options

Essential oils are en vogue right now, and their popularity shows no sign of abating.

 

I’m often asked for advice about how to start a career in aromatherapy.

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