Sharing Uncommon Scents

One might think that aromatherapists share some of the same sensibilities. Most of us are in this field because we want to help other people. We believe that plants have the ability to help us heal and we are dedicating ourselves to a lifetime of learning this art and science of working with essential oils. However, many who have encountered our field for some time may also notice great disparities in how we use our tools, what we teach, and how we practice. Thankfully, there is something brewing that has the potential to bring our community together even more and expose our field to a much wider audience. 

50 Shades of Rose (otto) or 7 Ways to Use Rose This Valentine's Day

For a lot of people, roses are the epitome of love. As Valentine's Day swoops closer, lovers rush to buy bundles of these beautiful flowers. But did you know that most roses are bred for beauty, and don't give off the aroma that they should?

It's true! There are over 250 species of rose, and over 10,000 different hybrid varieties. Of these, only three are commonly used for oil extraction. But lucky for us, we get several varieties in the form of  essential oils and rose absolute! Here are some ways you can use rose this Valentine's day, besides buying the bouquet.

Top 10 Worst Injuries from Essential Oils of 2014—Part 1

Here is a short version sample of some of the adverse effects from our new Injury Report, scheduled to come out in February 2015. You will be able to see the details of each entry we received when the report comes out. Most all of these were due to bad advice from misinformation. This is why we believe that education is the key to safety. 

Holiday Pepper Jelly with Essential Oils: Nostalgia Kicked Up!

Hot Pepper Jelly is another holiday favorite that was a local home made gift to my mom at the holidays; and she always had it on hand with creme cheese and ritz crackers. This year my daughter Nyssa gave me some locally made balsamic pepper jelly. I thought this would be a great time to continue exploring aromatic creations like my recent aromatic medicinal honeys

I decided to play with adding essential oils to see what may work best. 

Want to Use Aromatherapy with Babies?

We're so thrilled to see that the use of essential oils for health and healing has gained popularity over the past few years. Essential oils are a great way to keep your family healthy and happy, but as we know too well, they are not universally safe. 

As our injury reporting shows, unknowing moms with the best intentions are sometimes advised by equally unknowing and well-intentioned salespeople to use essential oils on their children. One report we received concerned a baby who stopped breathing twice after the mom applied an undiluted blend to the feet--and all because someone said it was pure and therefore safe! But no matter how pure they are, oils like Eucalyptus and Peppermint are known to cause a child's throat to swell and close.

This mother wrote in her testimonial to us that it is "very scary holding your child while they are helpless."

We agree, and we believe these instances are totally avoidable if the right information gets out there.

In other instances, equally unknowing and well-intentioned health professionals apply undiluted essential oils to children and sell known irritant oils for moms to apply at home! Read more about that here. 

In an effort to spread better information, we recently published an article in the International Journal of Childbirth Education on the safety issues concerning the use of essential oils in pregnancy, childbirth, and early childhood. 

So, you want to use aromatherapy with babies? 

Please read our article first to learn the best safety practices. Download for free below!

Importance of Safety When Using Aromatherapy

This fact sheet focuses on the safety issues concerning the use of aromatherapy with childbirth and child care, as practiced by various healthcare professionals.


More ways to use essential oils internally—safely and deliciously!

We discussed aromatic honey in the Internal Use blog earlier, but we wanted to expand and share some more variations.

These include honey, jams and chocolate! 

You can can take honey with a drop of peppermint by the tablespoon, or make a larger and stronger amount to be used more sparingly. For the larger option, keep the mixture in a closed-up container once you've added the peppermint (or another essential oil depending on purpose) to the honey with a ratio of 1 drop per ounce. Any container works!

You can stick a toothpick or tiny spoon in the honey and suck on the end of it, and you can also add the honey to tea or hot water when you're stuffed up or feeling queasy.

You can use alternative essential oils and combinations for different purposes like:

  • Rose for an uplifting mix
  • Lavender and sweet marjoram for a sleepy-time mix
  • Rosemary, spearmint or lime added to a single oil or used alone for a zingy, wake-up mix.

For anti-infectious honey that can help you combat colds or illnesses, a good choice would be teatree (although it doesn't have the most pleasant taste). You can also combine the "big gun" essential oils for more germ-fighting ability.

Those include clove, cinnamon, thyme and others. But these are also oils with the most irritant potential, and they require caution. I suggest adding in tiny amounts to avoid burning your mouth. And these should only be used for fighting off infection--no long-term use!

I was also inspired when my new wonderful friend Leslie ("La Grand Jam Dame")  gifted me homemade blackberry jam with a hint of lemonshe's perfecting her culinary skills and wanted to share! The awesome touch of lemon came from the couple drops of lemon essential oil she adds at the end when the jam has cooled. It was such a nice, subtle lemon taste in blackberry, and it was the best combination! 

And because we focus on this, here's some quick safety information about using essential oils in recipes: This jam is made to be eaten sparingly and savored, and two drops of essential oil in a large batch of jam is perfectly safe according to the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) designation for lemon oil. That means lemon oil has been deemed safe for its intended use as a food additive to enhance flavor in minute amounts like this recipe.

All essential oils are considered GRAS, and it's not an FDA approval--just a list of flavorings and seasonings that are allowed in minute amounts in processed food. This does NOT mean that essential oils, extracts, and so on have nutrients or that they're missing from our diet any more than salt or castoreum, which are also on the list.

See more info on GRAS designations here.

And now back on topic: Once inspired by the jam, I had to try my own hand at creative honey flavoring. I already had some local raw honey with raspberry infusion, and I added 2 drops cardamon essential oil and 4 drops of pink grapefruit oil to 6 oz of honey. Stirred and tasted, and WOW, what a treat!

It was an unusually tasty combo, and I enjoyed by spreading the mix on a hot croissant or nice bread, with some fine cheesepreferably with cranberries! Once spread, reheat gently, then get a napkin and enjoy! This is safe because it's a small percentage of oil in honey1 drop per ounceand it's made with safe, non-irritant oils and meant to be eaten occasionally.

And then Leslie provided me with this recipe (below), and I thought I'd share it with all of you. It will be my next holiday creative project.



Coming next: OG ("Original Gangster") Jam, kicking it up with Aromatic Medicinal Jams!

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