Did You Know...
In the U.S. there are no laws that govern the use of the term aromatherapy, so any manufacturer, even those that include synthetic ingredients & adulterate the product itself, can slap the word aromatherapy onto their product labels?
What are Carrier Oils?
Carrier oils are made from plants (possible plant parts include nut, seed, or fruit). They're not volatile the way essential oils are. They tend to be heavier than essential oils and are very safe for the skin. Some essential oils can be irritating for the skin, so they're often blended with carrier oils for safety and comfort.
The term “carrier” also refers to any substance used to dilute essential oils. These commonly include cream or lotion, vegetable oils, butters, water, hydrosol, and aloe vera gel.
Coconut oil, or better known as Cocos nucifera, is the most common carrier in the aromatherapy industry. That's because it is an excellent carrier oil for itchy, sensitive skin, and is best used for the body than the face. It is resistant to rancidity. It can be moisturizing and serves as a protective layer, helping to retain the moisture in your skin. Coconut oil is mild and generally safe for people with inflamed, irritated and sensitive skin. It has a strong coconut aroma.
Note: some people find coconut oil drying on their skin, others find it to be very soothing. Each person will respond to oils and butters differently depending on their unique skin.
Coconut Oil Shelf Life: Coconut oil is resistant to rancidity and has a two-year shelf life. It is a highly saturated fat. Virgin coconut oil is cold-pressed, pure and unrefined. Fractionated coconut oil is highly refined and often has no aroma.
In honor of Summer ☀️
here is a great body butter blend for an after sun ease!
You will need a stand mixer or hand mixer to make this recipe.
(It will be easier with a stand mixer.)
You will need:
- 1/4 cup (2oz.) shea butter (Really good for sun-damaged skin and long-term health of skin.)
- 2 Tbsp of Aloe Vera Gel or Gelly (Nutrient dense + promotes skin heal faster from burns.)
- 1 Tbsp Vitamin E Oil (Helps with inflammation.)
- 1 Tbsp Rose Hip Oil (High in Vitamin C + E and when paired together can prevent sunburn from getting worse.)
- 15 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia; skin rejuvenator)- 15 drops Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum; skin rejuvenator)
· Place shea butter in mixer. Whip on high for 30 seconds. It will stick to the sides.
· Scrape from sides. Add Vitamin E oil and whip for 30 seconds.
· Scrape sides again and add Aloe Vera. Whip for 30 seconds.
· Repeat for both the rose hip oil and essential oils, adding them one at a time.
· The body butter should be creamy and easy to remove with a spatula.
· Store in a 2 oz mason jar with airtight lid.
Apply generously to sun burn or hot skin after sun exposure as needed. Store in a cool/dark place. For children - use sparingly!
Dilution is key when you are wanting to use an oil for a specific outcome. Here is a great cheat sheet to look at!
• 1% dilution is 5-6 drops per 1oz. (30ml)
*Gentle: Children, elders, pregnant women, & chronically ill.
• 2% dilution is 10-12 drops per 1oz. (30ml)
*Mild: Healthy adults, and blends for long-term use (more than 4 weeks)
• 3% dilution is 15-18 drops per 1oz. (30ml)
*Moderate: Specific illness or injury, short-term use blends (3-4 weeks)
• 5% dilution is 25-30 drops per 1 oz. (30ml)
*Strong: Acute injury or illness, short term use blends (1-2 weeks)
Message from Amber
How are we already almost out of May?
Better yet how do I almost have a 5 month old?! Time please slow down!
Birth classes start up at the office this Saturday. These will be monthly and I am so looking forward to them! If you would like more information on what they entail please click here.
Aromatherapy workshops are still in the works! I am hoping to have those posted next month. The first class will be a workshop going over the background and what exactly aromatherapy has to offer.
Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Specifically looking into postpartum and maternal mental health it is crucial you are taking care of yourself and not just your family & others. I know..it is easier said than done.
Aromatherapy can play a huge part in mental health. It is scientifically proven that an aroma can change your mental state within seconds! Here is one of my favorite blends when I am feeling down and need a pick-me-up.
- Open the inhaler, take out the cotton and place the cotton in small bowl.
- Apply 3 drops of each essential oil to cotton.
- Use tweezers to pick up cotton and place inside inhaler and close.
- Place inhaler to nasal cavity and inhale as needed. Store in a cool, dark place.
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