Thursday, December 3, 2009

NAHA E-News Going Green December Article

Essential News-Going Green
E-tips for Aromatherapy Awareness
Contributed by Andrea Butje, LMT Clinical Aromatherapist

Staying Healthy Using Essential Oils High in 1,8 cineole

Certain essential oil components provide an impressively wide range of well-researched therapeutic properties. 1,8 cineole stands out as a particularly effective chemical component worth considering in your aromatherapy blending-especially during the winter season.

Here are the major properties of 1,8 cineole:

Airborne antimicrobial
Increases cerebral blood flow
Reduces tension headaches
Smooth muscle antispasmodic
Cough suppressant

Generally, when I read a long list of therapeutic properties, it becomes a blur. Until you examine this list closely, it may not be clear why oils high in 1,8 cineole are particularly effective during the cold and flu season. Let's look more carefully at the range of healing properties of 1,8 cineole by grouping the therapeutic properties together.

Clearing the Air

When we diffuse the oils high in 1,8 cineole, we can reduce the number of microbes (viruses, bacteria and fungus) in the air. This is especially useful when someone in the house is sick, or if you work in an environment with large groups of people. Try using an electric diffuser when no one is in the room. Add 50-100 total drops of 1,8 cineole high essential oils, leave the room, close the doors and run the diffuser for a few hours. Once you re-enter the room, open the doors and windows and clear the air. This is a very effective way to kill airborne microbes.

When blending for a sick individual, use a more direct approach. Blend oils high in 1,8 cineole for steam inhalation or use with blank essential oil inhalers. Using steam or inhalers introduces a strong, undiluted dose of essential oils directly to the upper respiratory track. This can provide both immediate relief and longer-term support during healing. Keep in mind that using these oils diluted on the skin can contribute to a faster recovery as well.

Releasing Tension and Relieving Pain

When 1,8 cineole acts as an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, mucolytic, expectorant, increases cerebral blood flow, and reduces tension headaches-relief is the key result. The antispasmodic, anti-infectious, and anti-inflammatory nature of 1,8 cineole can be highly effective at reducing pain.

Any time blood flow and oxygen circulation to tight muscles increase, the body is supported and pain decreases. This is why 1,8 cineole's ability to increase cerebral blood flow and reduce muscular tension offers relief for tension headaches and back and neck pain. Blend in dilutions appropriate for topical application when treating muscle pain and headaches.

Those who suffer mucus congestion are often eager for relief in the form of cleared sinuses, reduced swelling and clearer breathing. Essential oils high in 1,8 cineole are known to help reduce congestion, perhaps calm a spastic cough and therefore reduce tension in the head, upper body and sinuses. Blend for inhalation through steam or essential oil inhalers when treating mucus congestion.

A Selection of Essential Oils High in 1,8 Cineole

Eucalyptus - Eucalyptus globulus
Eucalyptus - Eucalyptus radiata
Helichrysum - Helichrysum gymnocephalum
Laurel Leaf - Laurus nobilis
Niaouli ct 1,8 cineole - Melaleuca quinquenervia ct 1,8 cineole
Ravintsara - Cinnamomum camphora ct 1,8 cineole
Rosemary ct camphor - Rosmarinus officinalis ct camphor/ 1,8 cineole
Saro - Cinnamosma fragrans

Cautions When Blending

It's important to keep safety in mind when working with oils high in 1,8 cineole. When used properly, these oils can be highly effective and safe. If oxidized, essential oils high in 1,8 cineole may cause skin or mucus membrane irritation or sensitization. These oils may antidote homeopathic remedies. These oils are too strong to use with babies or children under five years old. Do not use with animals. Care must be taken when using with asthmatics, as they may not respond well to these oils.

A 1,8 cineole Medicine Chest

I use oils high in 1,8 cineole when blending for my own health. I make several blends that could be used to support my body at the onset of a cold or flu. I start by creating a few "stock blends" of pure essential oil in 5 ml bottles. I keep these stored in a cool, dark place. When the time comes to use them, they are already made, so blending into carriers is easy and fast. I might make an inhaler, do some steams, make a bath salt, a body butter, or diffuse the undiluted oil. I use the blends actively for a few days, or for up to 1-2 weeks, depending on the situation.

If you have not used some of these essential oils high in 1,8 cineole, I encourage you to try them. Saro is my new personal favorite. Enjoy the oils and have a healthy winter!

Andrea Butje has been teaching courses in the therapeutic uses of essential oils since 1995. She offers business classes, teacher training, and advanced blending programs. Aromahead Institute classes are held in Sarasota, Florida, Ithaca NY and online.
Andrea's essential oil retail business, Aromatics International, is at the forefront of quality control and chemical analysis. Andrea is a professional member of NAHA. In addition, Andrea currently serves on the education board of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists and contributes to the organization's efforts to create educational standards. By working directly with distillers around the world and participating in research and teaching, Andrea remains on top of current issues and trends in the growing practice of Aromatherapy. Contact Andrea at or visit her website at and

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

NAHA E-News Going Green November Article

Essential News-Going Green
E-tips for Aromatherapy Awareness
Contributed by Candace Newman

Aromas, Prayer, Meditation and Gratitude

Throughout the history of spiritual practice, fragrance is repeatedly associated with the Divine. Aromas are an invisible expression of love and spirit. Aroma, prayer, and meditation are all cross-cultural and languages of no words...and move us to a place of stillness and solitude. It is no wonder we find them together since the beginning of time. As we all yearn to commune with God and place ourselves in the presence of the Divine, combining our concentration with a sense of wonderment can be greatly assisted by fragrance and aroma. We strive to transcend our worldly concerns, be still, and find the Holy Joy of the innocent. It is by grace that we are given these momentary releases from restlessness and the mundane.

Since flowers are among the elements of enlightenment, it only makes sense that they are here to guide us into what Eckhart Tolle calls "our own inner flowering". He goes on to say that aroma taps into an inner opening that connects to the realm of spirit. In my own work, I am always in awe of how genuine aromas seem to open the heart and call in the spirit...and settle us reverently with our soul. There is a sense that the soul recognizes all soulful elements. Our hearts know the pure aromas of the flowers and plants of nature, and it feels like home.

In times of prayer and meditation, we look to shift our emotional state, and move to a spiritual place of quiet. Historically, aromas have been used in religious and spiritual practices to induce and enhance this desired contemplative and transcendent state of being. My year in Saudi Arabia, with side trips to Cyprus and Thailand, showed me the strong reverence for aromas in their ancient cultures. Frankincense and Myrrh were burned as Holy incense. Jasmine and Rose petals were laced into necklaces. The spirit of joy and the sacredness of these precious gifts from nature permeated your being, as did the aromas. There was an immediate sense of the ancient and the holy.

One time when passing a lady of the market in Thailand our eyes met over a rose. There was an aromatic glance, a recognition, a silent nod. There are certain soulful elements that bring us together in stillness and matter the age, condition, language or culture.
The transcendent vapors from pure and genuine essential oils perform like an alchemist, shifting us from the ways of the heavy body to the lightness of spirit. Aroma knows no boundaries and goes beyond the veils, blessing us with an aromatic glimpse, and transporting us into the field of our soul. Here we can rest in the presence of God.

It is this joy and gratitude that we all seek in our meditative times. Having precious aromas with us throughout the day can gently remind us of this inner garden. I spent a month above the cloud line in the Andes of Ecuador with an Incan Yachak (translated as "the one who knows") and several of his apprentices. Aromas played an integral part in their prayers and celebrations. They breathed in and honored the aromas of nature, to connect with God. This was done with great joy and a reverent sense of gratitude for Mother Nature.

Being in awe of the mystery is a wonderment that we must hold sacred in our hearts. Einstein stated: "The most beautiful and deepest experience a man can have is the sense of the mysterious. It is the underlying principle of religion as well as of all serious endeavor in art and in science."

Many essential oils and their aromas assist your prayers and meditations to quietly bring you home to your heart with gratitude as this reverent time of year.
Love starts in the Heart ...
The Place where God always is...
Patiently waiting for us...
To quietly ... come ... home.

Some Essential Oils that were traditionally used historically for Prayer and Meditation are Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Rose, Jasmine and Sage.

Important note: Sandalwood is listed as and endangered species and many of the Frankincense species are listed as threatened on the Cropwatch website's database. To learn more about endangered and threatened species that effect aromatherapy please visit for more information.

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Candace Newman, MAT, LMT, The Oil Lady®, has practiced Aromatherapy for 18 years. She is the founder of The Good Medicine Tin®, Oil Lady Aromatherapy®, and the Touch With Oil® Hand Massage. She and her husband, John, own The Good Medicine Tin Company LLC. 866.304.3451.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

NAHA E-News Going Green October Article

Essential News-Going Green
E-tips for Aromatherapy Awareness
Contributed by Lesley Wooler RA

Scents and Flavors for the Autumn Season

Autumn is upon us and here in New England it is the fall foliage that draws many people to this area of the country for leaf peeping. It is also the time of year when we start to think of the warming herbs, spices and scents. The last day of this month is when children and adults alike celebrate Halloween. For an alternative to the regular trick-or-treat candy, consider hosting a Halloween party offering a selection of harvest/seasonal delectables.

One of the main courses could be pumpkin or squash soup that includes seasonal apples. All of our orange vegetables and fruits are loaded with beta-carotene and Vitamin A. I always include spices such as ginger and nutmeg for flavoring. You could also include or substitute with clove, cardamom and cinnamon. Being an herbalist as well as an aromatherapist, I alternate between using fresh or dried herbs as well as essential oils. But remember a little bit goes a long way.

To satisfy your sweet tooth try making carrot cake or ginger spice cupcakes, using many of the aforementioned spices - a great alternative to sugary candy. For those who are a little more adventurous with their culinary skills and can't imagine Halloween without chocolate, then consider making your own candy. Susan Belsinger has a delicious recipe using organic chocolate, pistachios and cayenne pepper. You can find this recipe in her book "Not Just Desserts - Sweet Herbal Recipes".

You can also make a potpourri for scents and looks using whole cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmegs, cardamom pods and vanilla beans. It shows your guests what the herbs and spices look like and where your essential oils are derived from.

To compliment your harvest feast try diffusing essential oils that coincide with your gastronomic delights. An aromatic diffusion blend to try would be:

4 drops Ginger (Zingiber officinalis)
2 drops Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)
2 drops Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
1 drop Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
2 drops Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
3 drops Blood Orange (Citurs sinensis)
4 drops Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) or Vetitver (Vetiveria zizanoides)

I included the orange as a top note and it compliments the spice oils so well. For a more earthy scent try using patchouli or vetiver. Of course you can always tweak the amounts to suit your own personal tastes.

If irritation occurs discontinue use. Keep out of reach of children and pets.

Lesley A. Wooler B.Sc., RA, CYT earned her degree in Horticulture at the University of RI. She is a Registered Aromatherapist through the Aromatherapy Registration Council and a Regional Director for NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy). She serves as President on the council for NEHA (North East Herbal Association) and is also member to the following organizations: United Plant Savers, American Herbalists Guild, American Botanical Council, Herb Society of America, American Horticultural Society and the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society.

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

NAHA E-News Going Green Article September

Essential News-Going Green
E-tips for Aromatherapy Awareness
Contributed by Kayla Fioravanti RA
Back to School with Aromatherapy

Every school year I add another essential oil to my arsenal of therapies I use to deal with the "sickies and ickies" that the kids pick up at school. My kids are totally healthy all summer long but once they hit the classroom it seems the germs accumulate overnight. With aromatherapy we encounter less and less sick days as the years go on. There are several lines of defense that a mother can take. It takes a combination of being proactive and reactive to get through a school year successfully.

Back to school haircuts is the first indicator that it is time to add Tea Tree essential oil to the kids shampoo for lice prevention; because prevention is the best medicine for lice. My family has witnessed a lot of head lice out breaks but we have avoided being involved by adding just 1-2 drops of Tea Tree essential oil per ounce of shampoo and conditioner. In addition whenever there is an outbreak at school I always make sure to apply Tea Tree through their hair. I simply get a few drops of Tea Tree essential oil onto my finger tips and run my hands through their hair from root to tip.

I have talked many mothers through a safe and effective lice treatment when their children have gotten head lice. A quick and simple solution is to mix one cup of mayonnaise with one teaspoon of Tea Tree essential oil. Apply the mayonnaise to the hair from the roots to the tips and cover with a plastic cap or plastic wrap. Leave it on for twenty to sixty minutes and rinse. Carefully comb through the hair thoroughly while the hair is wet one section at a time. Wipe off any lice or nits as you go. Pay special attention to scalp, behind the ears and nape of the neck. Move systematically over your child's entire scalp area.

Don't forget to treat bedding, clothing and any other areas that lice may be hiding with Tea Tree essential oil as well. Simply add Tea Tree essential oil to your laundry soap to wash everything and make a Tea Tree linen spray to address any areas that can't be thrown in the laundry. And if you don't like the smell of Tea Tree then try adding some Lavender to it as well.

There is more to back to school planning than head lice. Schools are a breeding ground for a whole assortment of "sickies and ickies". In our family we have chosen not to send the kids to school with hand sanitizer but instead add Tea Tree, Lavender and Lemon to a simple aloe jelly for a waterless hand wash. We also instruct them to wash their hands with soap and water every chance they get at school. In addition we advice them to use the paper towel that they use to dry their hands grip the handle of the door leading out of the bathroom. After all freshly cleaned hands can become quickly covered in new germs on the way out of the bathroom. Door handles and other commonly touched areas are covered in germs.

Avoiding illness is critical for our children because they suffer from asthma. Any respiratory ailment sends their asthma into overdrive. Treating the air in our car and home for their asthma relief has become common place in our household. I developed the essential oil blend Breathe Green using Sweet Basil, Rosemary, Laurel leaf, Peppermint, Ginger, Eucalyptus, Ravensara and Lemon to respond to their immune and respiratory needs. A few days after I first blended Breathe Green I dispersed it into the car and successfully averted an Emergency Room trip. That was my first indicator that I was onto something with the Breathe Green blend. Last school year we used it in combination with asthma medications to successfully avoid respiratory infections, urgent care and emergency trips which had been the norm in the past.

On the first day of school I always carry a bottle of lavender with me to school. Everyone knows me as the aromatherapy lady so no one questions my lavender scented hand coming to touch the head of their teary anxiety ridden child. A simple method of helping moms and kids who are struggling with separation anxiety is to hand them a tissue with subtle scents of Lavender transferred from your fingers. It works every time not only does the Lavender calm the child but the interruption of the crisis helps to dissipate anxiety.

I have been known to bring a bottle of lotion to my child's classroom with our Taming the Wild Child blend (Roman and German Chamomile, Lavender, Tangerine, and Mandarin) as an aromatherapy solution to disruptive students. The lotion becomes a big treat for the kids and an even bigger relief to the teacher. There are many simple aromatherapy solutions that you can share with your child's classroom in order to improve the quality of learning for the entire class. I have varied my class lotion or room spray depending on the unique needs that every classroom has from year to year and it has made all the difference.

Essential Oils included in this month's e-news: Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus and Eucalyptus Radiata), German Chamomile (Matricaria recuitita), Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), Tangerine (Citrus reticulata blanco var.), Mandarin (Citrus reticulata), Ginger (Zingiber officinalis), Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Peppermint (Mentha piperita), Lemon (Citrus limon), Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica), Laurel Leaf (Laurus nobilis).

Kayla Fioravanti is Vice President, Chief Formulator, ARC Registered Aromatherapist and Co-Founder of Essential Wholesale and Essential Labs. She and her husband, Dennis have three children.

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Flu Virus and Essential Oil Awareness September 2009

Flu Virus and Essential Oil Awareness
By Marge Clark

Concern continues over the possibility of contracting the H1N1 (Swine) Flu virus, particularly for those in the higher risk categories as determined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): children, young adults, and pregnant women, as we move into the traditional flu season.

Recently, a couple (both emergency room healthcare providers), contacted Nature’s Gift Aromatherapy about which essential oils could possibly offer protection & assistance, after vigilance with hand-washing and all of the known preventative measures have been exhausted. Their concerns included working on the front lines of the healthcare field and being exposed to the virus, as well as the increased risk for their children at home and at school.

Others are no doubt pondering the use of essential oils to protect themselves and their families in light of the possibility of an H1N1 flu epidemic. Two key essential oils with reported anti-viral properties include Ravensara (Agathophyllum aromatica), and Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora). Both plants are indigenous to Madagascar and the leaves are used to produce the essential oil via steam distillation, having a slightly camphorous scent. Ravintsara is the gentler of the two oils and recommended rather than Ravensara for use in children under two years of age or by pregnant women.

Methods of use for the oils include diffusion in an aroma lamp or nebulizing diffuser for the entire family, as well as making a hand lotion or sanitizer with 10%Ravensara in Aloe Vera Gel for use at least three times a day. If one is using it with a child under two years of age, the gentler Ravintsara would be a better choice and in a 5% dilution.

Nature’s Gift also offers a Flu Foil synergy and/or inhaler with a blend of Ravensara, Ravintsara, Eucalyptus, Palma Rosa, and Lavender to address not only the anti-viral aspect, but other symptoms that come with the flu such as respiratory congestion, and aches and pains. The handy inhaler comes prepared for immediate use. The synergistic blend is available in a 5 ml bottle for use in an aroma lamp or on a tissue or pillowcase. If you are flying or in any crowded environment, try inhaling the blend from a tissue, if you do not have an inhaler.

For safety and to prevent sensitization and irritation, never use essential oils or synergistic blends of oils directly on the skin “neat” without diluting in a carrier oil such as Jojoba, Aloe Vera Gel, or Fractionated Coconut Oil. This includes rubbing oils on the soles of one’s feet neat, which is not considered safe or recommended by reputable aromatherapy trade organizations, aromatherapists, or instructors.

Flu preparation, including the use of anti-viral essential oils could prove helpful when battling H1N1 or other viral illnesses over the long winter months.

To learn more about these and other essential oils visit:

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

NAHA E-News Going Green Article June 2009

Essential News Going Green
E-tips for Aromatherapy Awareness

Contributed by Shellie Enteen BA LMT
from the free monthly Astralessence Newsletter
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To Green Clean with essential oils, all you need is some distilled white vinegar, baking soda, essential oils, water, a measuring cup and some recycled spray bottles or jam jars.

Essential oils to have on hand are Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), which are known to have strong antibacterial properties, especially when mixed together. More of the effective essences used for cleaning are Lemon (Citus limon), Orange (Citrus sinensis), Pine (Pinus sylvestris), Eucalyptus (E. globulus), Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata) and others can be added for their fragrance and other properties.

In the near future, I will be announcing a free tele-seminar about making products. (October 8, 2009 see for more details). Click on this link to purchase a CD Recording of Shellie's tele-conference presentation.

For now, I will tell you one of my favorites: creating a healthy, "green" laundry experience that will also diffuse a fabulous fragrance into your home. It is important to find an all plant derived laundry liquid or powder. Many will be surprised to learn that Borax was banned in the UK 40 years ago because of toxicity to the human body. The phosphates that we abhor in the US don't affect us, but do create algae that harm fish populations. Not all brands in the health food store are Borax free. Ecover is a Borax free brand in health food stores and one in the main stream, is Purex. (You may well find others by reading labels.)

It's also important to stop using fragranced products which contain synthetic chemicals. Many holistic practitioners know that lots of 'symptoms' and environmental sensitivities are exacerbated or created by exposure to chemical fragrances.

So, begin by adding a Borax and fragrance free laundry product. Then measure out a cup of white vinegar and add at least 15 drops of a blend of Lavender and Tea Tree - with Eucalyptus if you want to rid laundry of dust mites, too. You can add other favorite essences, but not any that have a strong Chamomile or Cedar. Then, just pour the vinegar and essential oils into the washing machine as it is filling with water and add clothes or linens.

A wonderful feature of using vinegar is the softening effect. And vinegar plus antibacterial essential oils will get your laundry cleaner in cold water washes than just using laundry soap. Create your own blend or purchase my favorite laundry blend that comes with a dropper top for easy dispensing.

If you try green cleaning with essential oils in your home, I'd love to hear your experiences!

Please contact Shellie directly at

Shellie is also a regular contributor to MASSAGE TODAY Publication sharing her professional views on True Aromatherapy within the Massage Community.

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NAHA E-News Going Green Article July 2009

Essential News-Going Green

E-tips for Aromatherapy Awareness

Contributed by: Gina Rafkind

Feet Treat~give yourself a little sole power!

They come in all different shapes, sizes and we usually don't think about them until they hurt us. Yes, I'm talking about our feet! They do so much for us on a daily basis but for the most part are neglected. It's time to give a little gratitude to our feet and take time out to give them a little attention. Warning: This tip may cause you to relax so do not operate any heavy machinery afterwards:)

What you'll need: 1 golf ball, 1 - 1 oz. bottle with a screw top or flip cap, 1 oz. jojoba (or carrier oil of your choice), 7 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil, 5 drops Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) essential oil, 2 drops Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) essential oil.

I chose the three essential oils above because they are all known to help with nervous tension. Plus, Lavender is known to help relieve insomnia and inflammation. I love pairing Lavender with Geranium because I feel combining them makes the blend even more powerful. Geranium and Cypress are believed to aid with circulatory issues so they may help with arthritic conditions.

First, put the golf ball on a rug and rub the soles of your foot over the golf ball, one foot at a time. This feels so good! You are stimulating the reflex points on the bottom of your feet.
Don't be surprised if you feel sensations in other parts of your body. If you have ever had a reflexology session, you will know what I mean.

Then after you have made your massage oil by putting the designated drops of essential oils from the above into the 1 ounce bottle, adding your carrier oil to fill the rest of the bottle, capping the bottle and shaking gently, pour a little massage oil into the palm of one hand. Warm the oil up by rubbing your palms together, and then give your feet, one foot at a time, a nice, calming massage. I love to do this right before going to bed.

I keep the massage oil blend in the draw of my night table, along with my golf ball. You can also do this in the morning after waking up. Enjoy!

*Important Note: Before using any essential oils, check with your medical practitioner if you have any health concerns or conditions or if you are pregnant or nursing.

Gina Rafkind is the owner and founder of VedaSun; a company whose mission is to be your Aromatherapy Luminary and inspire you to Break Out and unleash your vibrant inner being by enhancing your awareness practice of using your senses as a pathway to presence.

Gina is a Licensed Cosmetologist, Aromatherapy Consultant, Certified Reflexologist and Acutonics Provider. She has been formally involved in the Aromatherapy field since 2000 and has studied with a Certified Aromatherapist. She is a current member of the Advisory Panel of the Natural Ingredient Resource Center.

Contact Gina at The Aromatherapy Luminary Discover 4 empowering steps to ignite your vibrant inner being.

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NAHA E-News Going Green Article August 2009

Essential News-Going Green
E-tips for Aromatherapy Awareness

Contributed by Jennifer Hochell Pressimone

Green Bugs Busters!

In today's world, finding ways to green our earth, our communities and ourselves are vital. Having natural, green alternatives at our fingertips not only makes it simple, but it ensures that we may take action. Take pest control for example, if a greener solution for insect repellent, ant repellent or flea control was available, wouldn't you be likely to use it? Especially if it has additional health benefits, such as boosting immune function, enhancing your mood or helping release irritability?

Well, bugs may be a part of the natural greening process for the environment, but when they start attacking us or our pets, compromising our immunity and health, we need to take control. Using a natural, aromatherapy-based bug repellent, may be necessary to deter pests from biting you or your pet.

The great thing is that by using this natural repellent, you may also gain therapeutic value such as reduced anxiety and increased mental clarity, all at the same time. As we know, aromatherapy is a powerful combination of science and art. It is known to shift, alter, enhance and change our emotional, mental, physical and spiritual state. It provides a plethora of therapeutic properties such as antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-parasitic and vermifuge. Using essential oils with these properties provide you with a multi-faceted, multi-therapeutic and effective product, especially when seeking bug protection.

There are several essential oils known to offer stronger bug repelling properties than others. The ones I have found to be tremendously effective in fighting these unwanted nuisances are citronella, lemongrass, thyme, geranium and lavender. I have also found additional benefit by blending these essential oils with liquid plant-based enzymes, which are known to break down protein. Most bugs have an exoskeleton made of a protein structure. These enzymes help to break down their outer shell, thus disabling them from biting you or anyone else. The enzymes in conjunction with pure essential oils make for a valuable blend that may combat lice, fleas, insects and other nagging pests that may compromise optimal body functions.

If you happen to miss a spot while applying your bug repellent and get an insect bite, lavender and frankincense essential oils are known to provide anti-itch, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Simple apply 1 drop neat to the specific area or mix in some avocado or jojoba oil for instant relief.

Bug Repelling Essential Oils

Cymbopogon nardus, is a member of the Gramineae family. This tall, perennial grass has a history of providing insect repellent properties in addition to being antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-parasitic. It is commonly employed in outdoor candles, natural bug repellents, aromatic mists, lotions and herbal teas. In addition to repellent bugs, citronella may help ease depression, reduce fever and combat colds.

Cymbopogon citratus, is a member of the Gramineae family. It is a tall, perennial grass that has historically been used to energize the mind and body, combat fatigue, combat infection and repel insects. It offers analgesic, astringent, antibacterial, antifungal and vermifuge properties. Lemongrass is commonly employed in herbal teas, aromatic mists, immune supporting blends and insect repellents.

Thymus vulgaris, is a member of the Labiatae family. It is a perennial, evergreen herb, historically used as a digestive tonic, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-parasitic and vermifuge. Thyme was employed along with clove and lemon during WWII to disinfect hospitals and fight against pesty invaders. Thyme has been commonly associated with cooking as it may combat internal parasites, indigestion, gas and bloating. It is a great addition to any insect repellent adding a sweet, green and herbaceous scent.

Pelargonium graveolens, is a member of the Geraniaceae family. It is a perennial shrub offering antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and vermifuge properties. Geranium essential oil, not to be confused with the plant we see on our doorstep, historically has been known to have a balancing effect on the body - physically, emotionally and mentally, as well as pH. This scent often repels bugs as soon as they come into contact with it.

Lavendula angustifolia, is a member of the Labiatae family. It is an evergreen shrub that perhaps is the most recognized, researched and used essential oil to date. Historically, it has been referred to as "the jack-of-all-trades" essential oil, providing countless therapeutic properties such as antiviral, antifungal, antifungal, analgesic, antiseptic and vermifuge. It not only helps to protect the body from pest invasions, it helps to calm irritations from those who attack us, reducing redness, inflammation, swelling and itching.

As you will note, a common denominator among most of these oils is that they belong to the Gramineae or Labiatae family and are perennial grasses or shrubs. So, if you do not have one of these listed oils in your cabinet, but you do have another that belongs in this botanical family, you may be able to substitute. Research it in an aromatherapy reference book (there are several available at online bookstore) and decide if it is a good choice for the blend you are creating.

You can choose to combine all of these oils in a blend or just use the ones you have on hand. Apply in a carrier to protect skin as well as hydrate and moisturize the skin. For pets, children and elderly, use a greater dilution ratio.

There are also many other ways to bust bugs, such as ants, roaches and fleas, from our home, our pets and even our plants. Peppermint, eucalyptus and clove essential oils are historically known to combat ants and other crawling critters. You can spray a mixture of these essential oils with plant-based enzymes and/or a soap concentrate like castile soap directly on their path or place a few drops of essential oil onto a cotton ball and place in the areas they may hide (of course, keeping it out of reach for children and pets).

To protect a plant from bug invasions, use a very diluted solution of water, vinegar and plant-based enzymes with 1 drop of an essential oil. Spray once daily.

Green Bug Buster Checklist: 100% pure essential oilsAvocado oil or jojoba oil, Liquid plant-based enzymes,Soap Concentrate or Castile Soap, Bandana or scarf (to spray solution for you or your pet when outside)

Bug Buster Spray 3.75 oz. Plant-based enzymes .25 oz Avocado oil 6 drops citronella 5 drops lemongrass 4 drops thyme 4 drops geranium 4 drops lavender. Combine avocado oil in the bottle with the essential oils and shake. Add in the plant-based enzymes and shake well.

Apply generous layer to skin at least 10 minutes before bug exposure. Use as needed. * for pets, because they have a more sensitive system than humans, apply a light layer over their coat once before bug exposure. An over-intoxification of the spray can cause them to be lethargic.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and not intended to diagnose, prescribe or treat any health concerns. A professional healthcare provider should be consulted before beginning any health program.

Here's to a greener you, a greener pet and greener environment. In scents and health, Jennifer Hochell Pressimone

Jennifer Hochell Pressimone is a holistic aromatherapist and herbalist, NAHA Regional Director, author, educator and natural health consultant. She is the owner of JennScents®, Inc. and the Clermont Herb Shoppe & Day Spa in Clermont, Florida. Jennifer contributes regularly to the NAHA journal and will be a featured speaker for NAHA upcoming tele-seminar in December. She can be reached at

Want to contribute to the NAHA Essential E-News column?

We'd love for you to share your helpful aromatherapy recipes and green-awareness tips. We are also looking for information on the following: Marketing your aromatherapy business tips, diffusion blends, what do you do to be green etc.

Please fill out the Online Feedback Form
and submit your writings in a WORD Document to Kelly at If your e-news is accepted for publication in a future NAHA e-newsletter you will be notified via email.

NAHA August E-Newsletter 2009

NAHA E-News Issue: 2009.3 August
Dear NAHA Member and Aromatherapy Supporter,

Welcome to NAHA's E-News. You are receiving this email as a current Member of NAHA or if you signed up to receive NAHA Enewsletters. If your contact information has changed please let us know so we can update enewsletter database.
Please use the Online Feedback Form to submit your contact changes.

August Highlights
*Membership Appreciation
*Approved Schools Renewed and New Listings
*Membership Discount Program
*E-Scents-green tips for aromatherapy awareness (see separate post for article)
*Calendar of Events
*Aromatherapy in the News
*Director's Corner
*Tele-Conference Schedule Updates: September 10, 2009
Muscle Testing with Aromatherapy-benefits of using Kinesiology in Aromatherapy Presented by: Sylla Sheppard Hanger LMT

NAHA Membership Appreciation

THANK YOU to the following members who recently joined or renewed their membership.

Aroma Heals Aromatherapy Institute

International Institute of Chinese Medicinal Aromatherapy

NAHA Approved Educators Schools
click on the direct link to find out more on aromatherapy schools and educational programs available in the USA, Canada and Internationally around the world. Many schools also offer distance learning, homestudy programs and online courses.

Aromatherapy Educators and Schools are a wonderful source for building a strong foundation and awareness in true aromatherapy. Please support the NAHA Approved Schools & Educators.

Here what some are sharing in response to NAHA E-news:

Good morning Kelly,"I'm so glad you forward these press releases. It really helps to stay informed personally, and to also provide information for our students." Lauren Shapiro-Communications Manager for American College of Healthcare Sciences.Lauren Shapiro, Communications Manager, works on behalf of the American College of Healthcare Sciences to educate the community about holistic health education and professional career opportunities.

In addition to maintaining the College's social media, including several blogs and the College's monthly newsletter, the ACHS Reporter, Lauren also builds community connections by circulating information about the College's current programs, developing programs, and community wellness events. Lauren is also an ACHS faculty member and teaches English Composition. While working with ACHS, Lauren has the unique opportunity to learn about the health-promoting properties of aromatherapy and herbalism through her everyday interactions. At present, she is researching apartment gardens!

THIS SECTION: NAHA Tele-Conference*Directors Corner*Aromatherapy Safety

NAHA Tele-Conferences

Topic: Muscle Testing with Aromatherapy-benefits of using Kinesiology in Aromatherapy

When:September 10, 2009 Thursday 8:30pm EST
Fee: Free for NAHA Members
Presenter: Sylla Sheppard Hanger LMT

Sylla will speak about:
Introduction to Aromatic Kinesiology (asking the body to hear, feel and understand the body's voice- Robbi Zeck).

Sylla will present on the unique use of muscle testing with aromatherapy and the benefits of using it in bodywork as well as any aromatic endeavor, or just for one self when one feels stuck; emotionally, physically and spiritually. Based on The Blossoming Heart- Aromatherapy for Healing and Transformation and work of Robbi Zeck (Australia)

Sylla will be offering tele-conference attendees a 10% discount on purchase of Robbi Zeck's book 'The Blossoming Heart- Aromatherapy for Healing and Transformation'.

Discount will apply towards Sylla's professional manuals and chemistry kit/booklets.Want to learn more about Aromatic Kinesiology?

Sylla will also be hosting a special in-person seminar workshop.
Tampa, Florida October 31 and November 1, 2009 'Aromatherapy and Emotions' with Presenter; Robbi Zeck; Pioneer in Aromatic Kinesiology.

To learn more about Sylla and her school or to register for upcoming event with Robbi Zeck please visit

To Register for Tele-conference
Please fill out the NAHA Online Feedback Form.

1. Completely fill out entire form
2. Use the comment box to include the tele-conference date and topic you want to attend.
3. Once your NAHA Membership is verified you will receive by email tele-conference call-in number and access instructions.

(please allow time for form to be processed prior to receiving confirmation).

Incomplete forms will not be accepted. Please fill in all information on the form in order to register for the tele-conference.

Tele-conferences are open to NAHA Members only.

Space is limited so please be sure you will be able to attend before registering.

Upcoming 2009-2010 Teleconferences to be scheduled with:

Shellie Enteen; Oct 8: Create a Toxic-free Environment by Cleaning with Essential Oils

Kelly Holland Azzaro; Nov. 12: Animal Aromatherapy; Holistic healing for you and your animal friends

Jennifer Hochell- Pressimone; Dec 10: Aromatherapy Relief for Holiday Stress - Keeping a Strong Immune System

Dr. Bruce Berkowsky: Jan 12: Spiritual PhytoEssencing (specific topic TBA)

Sara Holmes March 11: First Do No Harm; Safe Alternatives to Neat Application of Essential Oils in Massage and Spa Treatments

Dr. Vivian Lunny; April 8: Hormonal Balancing with Essential Oils

Mindy Green; May 13: Aromatic medicine in a clinical setting

Lesley Wooler; TBA
and many more exciting presenters/topics to be announced soon.

Tele-conference date, time, presenter and fees are scheduled to change without notice. Tele-conference may also be rescheduled due to technical difficulties.

Are you interested in presenting a tele-conference?

If so please fill out the NAHA Online Feedback Form.

1. Be sure to include your complete contact information.
2. Use the suggestion box at the end of the form to include the tele-conference topic, along with a brief description of the 1 hour long presentation.

All submissions will be reviewed by the NAHA Board. If your tele-conference is approved you will be notified by email.

NAHA Director's Corner click on link to read more about this months highlighted director: Central District Director Missouri Jeff Hoard
Jeffrey Hoard has been NAHA Central District Director and Missouri Regional Director since 1999. He was a signer of the original NAHA bylaws adopted at the San Francisco AGM in 1995. He has served on several bylaw committees, 3 Conference Committees, the Executive Committee, the Ethics Committee and the Advisory Committee since then. From 1997 to 2000 he was editor of Scentsitivity Journal, the predecessor to the Aromatherapy Journal and has had articles published in both Scentsitivity and the Aromatherapy Journal. He was a daily volunteer in the NAHA Administrative office from 1997-2000 as special assistant to the President and was an active volunteer at the NAHA conferences of 1996, 1998 and 2004.

Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Safety Awareness

Visit the NAHA website via this link for more information on Essential Oil Reaction Form.

Or contact NAHA Safety Chair Sylla Sheppard Hanger at

NAHA Enewsletter Layout:
Kelly Holland Azzaro

Editorial Team:
Shellie Enteen
Kelly Holland Azzaro

The information on the NAHA Website or contained in NAHA Email Communications are not intended to diagnose or take the place of professional healthcare. Please consult your health care practitioner if you are pregnant or have been diagnosed with any serious healthcare problems.

Keep all aromatherapy products out of reach of children. Do not get near eyes.
If essential oils get in the eyes, flush with water and seek proper healthcare advice.
Before using essential oils and aromatherapy products please consult with a professional aromatherapist.

NAHA website is a resourceful area for information on Aromatherapy Safety, Applications and Uses.

All Questions pertaining to essential oils and aromatherapy must be submitted via the online Feedback form which is on the Contact NAHA page and Membership Resources page.
All incomplete forms will be returned to sender.

NAHA can not diagnose or prescribe essential oils, please note that any information shared is for educational purposes only.

Membership Discount Program
Click on the above link to view the Professionals, Schools and Businesses that offer a discount to NAHA Members. Please mention that you are a active member of NAHA when placing an order in order to receive a discount.

Do you want to offer a discount to NAHA Members?
If so, please fill out the Online Feedback Form and be sure to include your complete contact information along with discount amount and for what items; ie; products, services et

NAHA Members Marge Clark and Jennifer Hochell Pressimone are offering NAHA Members special discounts that were highlighted in recent NAHA E-news Announcements .

Marge of Nature's Gift is offering NAHA Members a special 10% off discount on essential oils, blends, carriers and hydrosols. Also free media rate shipping on her autographed book.
Visit more information. (Use order code: NAHA at online checkout)

Jennifer of JennScents is offering NAHA Members a special 20% off discount to purchase JennScents Recipe Guide and JennScents Aromatherapy Guide for Pets. (mention this e-newsletter when placing your order with JennScents for the discount to apply). To purchase a copy or for more information please visit her website or email

Essential News-Going Green
E-tips for Aromatherapy Awareness
Contributed by Jennifer Hochell Pressimone
Click on the separate blog post titled: August E-news Going Green Article to read Jennifer's complete E-tips; Green Bugs Busters!

Want to contribute to the NAHA Essential E-News column?
We'd love for you to share your helpful aromatherapy recipes and green-awareness tips. We are also looking for information on the following: Marketing your aromatherapy business tips, diffusion blends, what do you do to be green etc.

Please fill out the Online Feedback Form
and submit your writings in a WORD Document to Kelly at If your e-news is accepted for publication in a future NAHA e-newsletter you will be notified via email.

NAHA Calendar of Events
Click on the above link to view more classes, lectures, workshops and educational programs

Journal Discount Packet SPECIAL SALE

NAHA Journal Discount Packet get them while they last. Here is your opportunity to purchase past issues of the NAHA Aromatherapy Journals at a special discounted package price.

Click on link to NAHA Bookstore to order online.

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Save 20% off August Online Book Special Aromatherapy Workbook; Marcel Lavabre
*mention this enewsletter when ordering (use online store comment box at checkout) Offer Expires: August 30, 2009