Guest Post: Aromatic Wisdom Blog

Loved my guest-blog opportunity from Liz at Aromatic Wisdom Institute, School of Creative Aromatherapy! Pink himalayan salt baths are my favorite way to relax and recover from a tough workout!

Pink Himalayan Bath Salt

Read my post on this beautiful and educational blog here:

http://aromaticwisdominstitute.com/guest-blogger-terri-hirschmann

Essential Oil Clarity Blend

Pink Grapefruit

Pink Grapefruit smells amazing – it’s like diffusing sunshine!  I use it in my favorite diffuser blend when I need clarity, energy and focus, like when I am writing for my blog or concocting skincare recipes.

12 drops pink grapefruit – Citrus paradisi – uplifting, fresh citrus scent
12 drops bergamot – Citrus bergamia – emotionally uplifting, combats stress
8 drops rosemary – Rosmarinus officinalis ct camphor – for clarity and energy

You can find my favorite diffuser on amazon.  I have several of these in my home and vary the recipes depending on the time of year and my aromatic goals.

http://www.amazon.com/Greenair-Advanced-Wellness-Instant-Healthful/dp/B004GJRG3K

Ask the Naturalista: Aromatherapy

I’m excited to begin my new series of interviews, “Ask the Naturlista” , where I chat with experts, educators and those living and leading by example on topics like aromatherapy, fitness, green beauty, nutrition and more.

It’s fitting that my first interview is with Andrea Butje from Aromahead Institute: School of Essential Oil Studies http://www.aromahead.com/. Andrea is very knowledgeable and experienced in aromatherapy, and incredibly generous with that knowledge!

Andrea Butje

Andrea offers a an amazing aromatherapy certification program, both in person and online.  For me, this program encouraged the launch of my new company, makemine Bodycare, and her informative “Building Web Presence” class persuaded me to start this blog!

I’m thrilled to have Andrea to kick off my “Ask the Naturalista” series:

1.     Andrea, as a student of yours, I know firsthand how passionate you are about aromatherapy.  What first sparked that passion?

I was always interested in plants and herbs and started to work with essential oils in 1994 – our first year of owning and running the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, NY. I went to aromatherapy school in England, and traveled to France to visit some essential oils distillers and that first trip to the distillery transformed me. I loved talking with the famers and distillers and the aroma of lavender at the distillery was extraordinary. Understanding where that little bottle of lavender on my desk at home came from was very exciting. I was hooked.

2.     You teach aromatherapy certification and many other classes both in person and online. What is it that you enjoy most about teaching these courses?

As I read this question I thought about all the aspects of teaching, and how much I enjoy them.The prep work for in-person classes is really engaging. It involves organizing the materiel I want to teach, writing extensive manuals for the students, ordering and testing the essential oils, gathering the supplies, and making the classroom beautiful. For the online classes it involves making dynamic, fun videos for students all over the world and writing the course material in a conversational style.

The actual teaching itself is my reward. All the work is done ahead of time, and the classes are when I interact with students (either in-person or via email) and witness the extraordinary response that people have to the essential oils. I see the oils and the information changing people’s health and lives! It is deeply inspiring.

3.     I imagine your spend a lot of time collecting and recording recipes. What was it that spurred your decision to share these recipes in your first book?

I have always enjoyed sharing what I know about essential oils. My motivation to share the recipes started when I realized how many of my friends had health issues that the oils could address. Additionally, so many had chemical cleaners in their homes, and I see how challenging that can be on the immune system. I know how easy it is to make your own health and cleaning products. I was constantly sharing these recipes with friends. Finally I decided the information needed to be in a book that included a wide range of recipes including body care products and blends for issues like colds and flu, sleep and pain.

4.     In your book, you suggest a list of essential oils for an aromatherapy starter kit. Can you tell us about two of those oils and how you use them?

I use white pine and lemon a lot for cleaning. Both have refreshing aromas and are disinfecting. I add a drop of each to my kitchen sponge to clean the sponge itself. I also add both essential oils to water with touch of vinegar for cleaning the shower, tub and sinks. Pine and lemon also can be used in a diffuser to prevent the spread of germs when someone is sick in your house.

5.     Can you share a favorite recipe for muscle soreness from your book?

Sure! In the chapter called Medicine Chest there is a recipe for a Therapeutic Bath Salt for Aches and Pains. This blend has an essential oil in it that is new to many people called Saro. I love this oil, it smells like eucalyptus and brings relief to sore muscles.

Makes: One 8 oz jar of bath salts (enough for about 8 baths)

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz natural, unbleached, bath salts (pink Himalayan salts, epsom salts, sea salts)
  • 20 drops Saro essential oil
  • 10 drops Frankincense essential oil

Tools:

  • One 8 oz PET plastic jar
  • Stirring spoon

Directions:

1. Fill empty jar with bath salts.

2. Add essential oils directly to the salt and mix vigorously for at least one minute.

Notes:
 Add about one ounce (around two tablespoons or a small scoop) to your bath after the tub has filled. Soak and enjoy. Use to soothe the body after a vigorous workout or to relax and unwind after a tense day at work.

Essential Living: Aromatherapy Recipes for Health and Home

6.    Where can people go to find your new book?


To buy the book (15.95):

http://tinyurl.com/Aromahead

To buy the eBook (12.95):

http://www.aromahead.com/blog/essential-living-aromatherapy-ebook/

7.  Can you provide a few sources that you rely on for your essential oil purchases? 

Aromatics International, www.aromaticsinternational.com <http://www.aromaticsinternational.com>

Essential Elements,www.essentialelementssite.com <http://www.essentialelementssite.com>

Stillpoint Aromatics, www.stillpointaromatics.com <http://www.stillpointaromatics.com>

Thank you, Andrea, for your time and for sharing your story.  I think I might have to order that Saro essential oil for my next bath :)

100 Days of Fitness: final week

My 100 days of fitness is almost complete! My original plan was to finish on December 31st, but due to two missed workouts, I will finish on January 2nd, 2013. 100 days out of 102 :)

I have come full circle with this commitment. In the beginning, I was very enthusiastic to get to the gym. In the middle, there were a few days where I was looking for a day of rest, but in the final four weeks, my love of exercise took over big time! Now I’m sad this commitment is ending, and am trying to decide on my next fitness commitment. I’ll decide on a new commitment by the time I finish this one.

Here are two things that helped me get through this commitment with very little soreness – and, as a result, very little need for rest:

Pink Himalayan Salt

I am beyond obsessed! I have weaned myself off all anti-inflammatory OTC meds with this salt…20 minutes in a warm bath and any soreness or tightness are dramatically reduced. (disclaimer: yes, I sell this salt as part of my natural body care business, but even if I didn’t sell it I would promote it as a wonder recovery salt). Pink Himalayan salt contains 84 vital nutrients that help restore balance to the body, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, boron etc – my family is addicted :)

Chamomile essential oil

Chamomile essential is one of the most gentle and effective essential oils. I have been doing planks, using the TRX and working on my core every day during my 100 days of fitness. As a result, my neck and shoulders are tight…using chamomile essential oil with a carrier such as grapeseed oil or an unscented lotion has been a lifesaver. Chamomile has amazing anti-inflammatory properties, and immediately relaxes whichever body part I manage to overwork. If you tend to overdue or push yourself at the gym like I do, you should have this oil on hand.

Thanks for following my 100 days of fitness journey! Let me know your fitness goals :)

Diffusing Christmas Oils

Sometimes, for many reasons, a real Christmas tree is not an option. But so what if you can’t have a real tree? You can still enjoy that fresh fir aroma.

Due to some family allergies, we’ve had a 3 piece, pre-lit tree for years.

Yes, it may be a disappointment to purists…but it is a necessity in our house. The good news: putting the tree up is a breeze. (Notice I say this as if I have, in the past, actually put up a Christmas tree).

There’s nothing like that Christmas tree smell – here’s how I fake it. One rosemary tree + my essential oil diffuser recipe:

8 drops Ravintsara – part of the eucalyptus family
8 drops Siberian Fir
6 drops White Fir

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Love this smell, and all of these oils are great for respiratory health! I find these spicy, woodsy scents very uplifting – perfect for a busy holiday season.

Aromatherapy Travel Kit

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Packing to go see Emily in London!

As I get ready to travel, I am working on my first aid kit. I used to pack a ton of OTC meds every time I went away, but now my first aid kit consists of a few amazing essential oils and carrier oils. Each oil has many different therapeutic properties, but here are a few of my favorites that cover many travel-related concerns:

BERGAMOT – an uplifting and refreshing oil that helps me stay alert. I use bergamot to ease the adjustment to changes in time zones. It can also be used as a fever reducer. Caution: this oil can cause photo-sensitivity, so it’s not used for skin exposed to sunlight.
FRANKINCENSE – Anti-inflammatory, anti-septic and grounding. The oil can soothe and calm the mind. I blend it with lemongrass and massage onto my feet and shoulders to relax and get to sleep.
LAVENDER – besides it’s calming and anti-inflammatory properties, lavender is also great for minor bites or burns. It can ease a headache or exhaustion. You can also add it to a spray bottle with water to freshen a hotel room and sheets etc.
LEMONGRASS – this wonder oil helps with sleep and can relieve the symptoms of jet lag. It can be combined with lavender to relieve headaches. It works as a tonic for the body, calms nerves and relieves exhaustion. (Note: I used this oil to help Emily and I recover from recent surgeries, and we both recovered much more quickly than expected. It truly is a wonder oil). Blend in low dilutions because this oil irritate sensitive skin.

 

Diffusing Rosemary

I have really been relying on the rosemary this week.  Today, I am diffusing Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis CT camphor) with Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) and the smell is amazing! There’s no doubt that fragrance is one of my favorites – whether I am cooking with the fresh herb or diffusing the essential oil.

Rosemary Essential Oil

I have been doing a lot of writing and computer work lately, and rosemary is my first choice when I want to be alert and focused. When researching this amazing oil, I found rosemary is used by many who wish to be working towards their destiny or purpose.  I like that, and I would put rosemary essential oil in my top five favorite oils!

Bath vs. Virus?

Ok, so despite my best efforts to not catch whatever germs are circulating all over Maryland right now, last weekend I was hit hard.  Fever, chills, headache…the works.

I didn’t want to/didn’t have the time to spend several days in bed like my sons had done the previous week, so I blended an amazing healing bath and hoped for the best.

I’ve always tried to speed my own recovery process with good nutrition and extra vitamin C etc, but since studying aromatherapy I’ve learned so much about the amazing power of essential oils and pure bath salts.

 

Here’s the recipe:

½ cup dead sea salt

½ cup pink Himalayan salt (obsessed with this salt and its healing abilities)

6 drops Frankincense – known to stimulant immune system; smells amazing!

6 drops Lavender – useful in almost any blend! so calming

4 drops Lemongrass – antibacterial and antiviral; fever reducer

I soaked for 20 minutes in this fragrant mix, and drank a huge bottle of Volvic water, which has a great mineral content.

I definitely felt like I went through a detox (sweat!) that night, but when I woke up the next day, I was remarkably better.  I drank another mineral water, and by noon, I was good to go.

The salts and oils in this recipe are favorites of mine, and have many uses. Let me know if you give this recipe a try!

Bedtime Salt Bath

Dead Sea Salt

After a long day, a tough workout or a few days of over-indulgence, I love to restore with a relaxing natural salt bath. It’s important to use pure salts that are never colored, treated or bleached.

If you’re looking for a bedtime bath recipe to deeply relax or detox, here’s one of my favorites.

1 cup raw dead sea salt

6 drops lavender

6 drops frankincense

Always hydrate during and after any salt bath!

Enjoy –

Natural Girl