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Ayurveda and Aromatherapy

By Lissa Coffey
March 11, 2011
File under: Aromatherapy, Ayurveda, Natural Alternatives


Ah, incense! It all goes back to our primitive origins, with the discovery of fire. When wood was burned, people discovered the amazing aromas that came from the burning wood and the effect that the aroma seemed to have on our emotions.

At some point we began experimenting with the effects of burning various materials such as leaves, herbs and fruit. As the smoke carried the aroma upward, toward heaven, we viewed that as a spiritual experience.

Burning fragrant objects became a part of many religious and spiritual rituals and was seen as a gift from the gods as well as an offering to the gods. …read more of Ayurveda and Aromatherapy here

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Natural Perfumery: Guidelines and Suggestions

By Mindy Green
December 22, 2010
File under: Aromatherapy, Essential Oils, Saving Money


Part Three

Now that you have a solid basis for the principles of blending, here are the guidelines that categorize the essential oils into groups from which to blend. The ‘notes’ are based on evaporation rates. High evaporating oils are at the top of the scale, with the slowest and thickest oils at the bottom.

The Essential Oils

Top Notes
The most quickly evaporating essential oils are the top notes, sometimes referred to as head notes or peak notes.  In a perfume blend they are the scents that hit you first and dissipate early.  Top notes tend to be light, fresh, sharp and penetrating or distinctly hot or cold.  These top note essential oils are the perfume’s first impressions and can last up to 30 minutes but may dissipate more quickly.  They should comprise five to 20 percent of your blend.

Therapeutically speaking top notes are fast acting, stimulating and are used for depression to uplift the spirit.  Examples include citrus, eucalyptus, mints, cinnamon and clove. …read more of Natural Perfumery: Guidelines and Suggestions here

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Natural Perfumery: Formulating Fun

By Mindy Green
December 22, 2010
File under: Aromatherapy, Essential Oils, Saving Money


Part Two:

Now you are ready to mix. You have all the tools you need to create your personal perfume with all of your favorite essential oils. Start small, blending by the drop and keep notes. The blend changes with each additional drop. Here are some guidelines to help you get the formulation just right.

Aroma Intensity
Some essential oils have a much more intense aroma than others, therefore you may need much less of certain oils to achieve an equal level of scent in your final formula.  For instance, if you wanted to make a blend of lavender and chamomile with an equal aroma of each you would need only one drop of chamomile to about five drops of lavender.  Other essential oils with a more intense aroma include peppermint, patchouli, vetiver, lemongrass, clove and cinnamon, among others. …read more of Natural Perfumery: Formulating Fun here

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Natural Perfumery: Create your own aromatic blend

By Mindy Green
December 21, 2010
File under: Aromatherapy, Essential Oils, Saving Money


Part One

The art of creating mood-enhancing perfumes is as old as civilization itself.  In many cultures only the elite were permitted to use perfumes.  Perfume is probably the best known aphrodisiac and it is said that Cleopatra scented not only her body and her clothing; the “Queen of Kings” even had the sails of her ship perfumed as she greeted Mark Antony.

Making your own perfume is easy, fun and far less expensive than buying a blend with a markup of up to 500 percent. Creating your own aromatic blend has the the added benefit of including only the oils you choose, made up of your favorite scents. You can pick your favorite essential oils and begin by adding one drop of each and build on it, or follow more strident guidelines provided.

Aromatic blending can be a challenging and may seem overwhelming to the beginning aromatherapy enthusiast.  However, with a basic understanding of some elementary principles and a bit of imagination anyone can create wonderful formulations. It is best to have a reference book at the ready. …read more of Natural Perfumery: Create your own aromatic blend here

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The Art of Bathing

By Mindy Green
October 12, 2010
File under: Aromatherapy, Essential Oils, Natural Remedies


The “art of bathing” is more than simply getting clean in the tub. For many of us, an evening bath is a way to wash away the troubles of the day. With the right intention, the bath presents an opportunity for physical, spiritual and mental renewal. The earliest written information on therapeutic bathing is recorded in the Indian Vedas, 1500 B.C.

In numerous ancient cultures, public baths were once the social centers of society.  In the western world the Greeks and Romans are most well known for their palatial bathhouses.

According to Hippocrates, “The way to good health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day.”  Hippocrates is said to have learned about the aromatic bath from Egyptian sources and later taught hydropathy (hydrotherapy) as a key component in healing. …read more of The Art of Bathing here

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