The English Aromatherapist

Jun
12

Aromatherapy Awareness Week 2017

Aromatherapy Awareness Week 2017

It’s Aromatherapy Awareness Week!

 

In 2017, #AromatherapyAwarenessWeek is 12-16th June – as declared by the IFA (International Federation of Aromatherapists), who coordinate the event.

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Jun
08

Not All Essential Oils Are Equal

Not all essential oils are made equal

I’ve decided to write about a topic that often crops up on social media – essential oil quality. Or, more specifically, why not all “essential oils” are made equal.

 

This is a potentially thorny issue, which never fails to provoke a heated debate. Online conversations can quickly descend into arguments, and it’s not always easy to differentiate between fact and fiction.

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Jun
07

Make Your Own Reed Diffuser

Make your own aromatherapy reed diffuser with essential oils

Have you ever made your own aromatherapy reed diffuser? I’ve had a lot of requests about these, so I thought I’d investigate and make my own version. I’m going to be honest with you here – I’m a trained therapist, NOT a chemical formulator, so I needed to research this subject. I’m used to working with clients and skin care products, rather than making home accessories!

 

Watch my video below to see a basic “how to” video for an essential oil reed diffuser – and keep watching for my honest update at the end!

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Jun
02

Essential Oils: Where to Start?

Help! Where do I start with essential oils?

With so much online information at our fingertips, it can be difficult to know where to begin using essential oils. As a member of several aromatherapy-related Facebook groups, I regularly come across posts from beginners asking “Where do I start?!”

 

Perhaps you like the idea of essential oils, but aren’t sure how to get going? Maybe you’ve bought a few oils, but feel confused and overwhelmed by online advice? Are you frustrated by all the mixed messages and feel ready to throw the towel in?!

 

Don’t worry! Everyone starts off a beginner. I wanted to put together some tips and links for any newbies out there who are feeling a little lost in what often feels like a quagmire of contradictory information.

 

I’ll try to keep it as succinct as possible, because the last thing you need right now is to be bombarded with yet MORE “stuff” to read…

 

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Jun
01

My Oil Dilution Calculator

Essential Oil Dilution Calculator

One of my favourite new features in my updated Essential Oil Blending app is the dilution calculator! This is a FREE feature that’s available to all users.

 

This handy tool lets you easily work out the dilution percentage of any blend – from any angle! Whether you’re starting with the number of drops, or starting from your required percentage.

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May
31

Sensitization 101

What is sensitization

We’re often told to use essential oils safely in order to minimise the risk of skin irritation. But what about sensitization? Is this the same thing?

 

I’ve filmed a new video to accompany this blog post, which you’ll find at the end of the page!

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May
26

The Truth About Diffusing

Why you don't need to diffuse all day

Aromatherapy diffusers are fantastic, and a lovely way to enjoy essential oils.

 

But you really don’t need to be diffusing all day long! Find out why in this short video:

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May
25

Essential Oils Are Not A Magic Wand

Essential oils are not a magic wand

I’ve filmed this short video in response to a growing trend I’m noticing online.

 

More and more people are looking to essential oils for a quick fix.

 

Find out why essential oils are NOT a magic wand!

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May
19

New App Version

New app version out now

I’m excited to finally announce the launch of my UPDATED Essential Oil Blending app!

 

Since the first version was released last August, my app has now been downloaded over 15,000 times across 125 countries. I’ve had such great feedback from everyone that I decided to develop a more advanced version. I’ve taken on board all your comments and advice – and I think you will love the new version even more!

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May
17

Why Dilute Essential Oils?

Why should we dilute essential oils?

There is still some confusion surrounding the dilution of essential oils – which is not surprising, given the amount of misleading advice that we see online.

 

Some brands imply that dilution is optional. What’s the truth? Should we always dilute essential oils? If so, what is the recommended dilution strength?

 

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