The English Aromatherapist

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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Sep
08

Get ready for autumn!

Get ready for autumn with essential oils

September has arrived, and the mornings have started to feel a little chilly…

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Sep
01

Sorry, there is no “Magic Formula”

There is no magic number of drops

Since I launched my Essential Oil Blending app last year, several users have emailed me to ask: “Why doesn’t the app tell me how many drops of each oil to use?”

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Aug
31

Ravensara or Ravintsara?

Ravensara or Ravintsara?

I’ve been asked quite a few times about the difference between Ravensara and Ravintsara. There is, understandably, some confusion about these similarly-named oils – not helped by the fact that some websites and books even confuse the names!

 

This has been written about before, and I certainly do not intend to tread on anyone’s toes – but I thought it was worth mentioning again, simply due to the amount of misinformation that I have encountered during my research.

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Aug
23

Go for Gold!

Gold Package - The English Aromatherapist

Did you know I have published three ebooks on the subject of essential oils, aromatherapy and the holistic therapy industry?

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Aug
03

All or Nothing?

Aromatherapy is not all or nothing

I recently talked about Why Essential Oils are Not a Magic Wand. In the video, I explained that essential oils alone cannot be used as a quick-fix to solve all your problems in life.

 

Holistic therapy involves taking a wider perspective. More than just focusing on specific symptoms, it’s about treating the person as a whole – mind, body and spirit. Quite frankly, using a few drops of a “weight-loss blend” is unlikely to have much impact if you’re not also addressing your own diet and exercise habits.

 

So, it’s important to see the big picture – BUT… aromatherapy does not necessarily require an “all or nothing” approach.

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Jun
30

Quick Answers to Common Myths

Quick Answers for Common Essential Oil Myths

There are so many myths about essential oils and aromatherapy. Of course, some issues will always be a matter of opinion. Many things are not purely black and white. I am NOT here to say I know it all!

 

But there are some myths that keep circulating round. When we hear them, it’s not always easy to quickly find articles or links to back up our claims.

 

I thought it would be easy to gather a collection of links in one place, for quick answers to those common myths we hear every day.

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