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Ask An Aromatherapist: Does Hemp Oil/Seed I Buy at the Grocery Store Contain CBD? What About Hemp Es

You may have seen hemp oil or seeds at the grocery store or in body care products. You may have also heard about the benefits of the cannabinoid (CBD) for a variety of health issues. Hemp oil, seeds, and CBD are NOT psychoactive -- they don't produce a high but are valued for their nutritional and therapeutic properties. The plants they come from are legal across the U.S. -- as they are raised for therapeutic and industrial reasons and NOT recreational purposes. They must meet government guidelines showing they will not cause psychoactive effects. So what's the big deal about the cannabinoid CBD? Research has shown that CBD may be beneficial to people with epilepsy and Parkinson's disease. I

Ask an Aromatherapist: Can Essential Oils Help with High Blood Pressure?

Research on the aromatic compounds in essential oils shows that there are numerous molecules that are hypotensive or promote lowering of blood pressure. Let's look at just a few of these aromatic compounds and see how we can incorporate these essential oils into products. The ester benzyl benzoate is an example of an aromatic molecule that has been shown to have an inhibitory effect on aniotensin II induced hypertension. (1) The compound is found in oils such as Peru balsam (Myroxylon balsamum var. pereirae) essential oil (59-86%), jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum) absolute (15 -24.5%) and ylang-ylang (Cananga odorata var. genuina) essential oil (4.3 - 14.9%). Cedrol, a sesquiterpenol found

Cost Effective Ways to Enjoy the Therapeutic Benefits of Rose Oil

Love roses? Hoping to get some for valentines day? In 2010, an estimated 198 million roses were produced for the Valentine’s Day holiday, according to the Society of American Florists. (1) In the world of essential oils flowers are also used to create beautiful aromatic oils. Flowers represent new growth, are beautiful and colorful, and essential oils made from flowers are often used for emotional support and skin care. Flower oils are energetically useful for soothing the heart and mind. Flower oils and blends support friendship, love, and forgiveness Rose (Rosa x damascena) essential oil is lovely and a favorite of many. Unfortunately given the fact it takes a HUGE amount of roses to produ

The Therapeutic Benefits of Bathing

We may view bathing as a luxury or part of a kids nighttime routine but bathing has a long history as a therapeutic practice. In India therapeutic and sacred extends back 3,500 years in the waters of the Ganges River. In Roman times baths were prescribed for liver and kidney problems and the Chinese used them to ease cramps, convulsions, and other conditions. Even today ice baths, cold water immersion, or epsom salt baths with or without essential oils are used to promote recovery, ease aches, detox, and soothe muscle soreness. WebMD touts baths to help soothe skin conditions and promote a more restful sleep. Do baths work? There may not be enough scientific evidence to support claims but an

Love Yourself Too!

Many of my clients are moms and grandmas and what I find is that they are very busy loving and attending to the needs of others but often forget about themselves. Whether they are working moms, stay at home moms, or grandmas taking care of grandkids they work hard, share their time, their love but often forget to make sure they are taking a bit of time and love for themselves. I often use example we hear when we fly on an airplane -- be sure to attend to your own oxygen needs first before trying to help others. Often muscle and head aches, digestive issues, cravings, lack of energy and so on stem from not meeting basic needs. I ask clients about stress, getting enough sleep, taking time to

Surprise Your Valentine with an Aromatherapy Massage Oil

I don't know about you but I love massages. Many people suffer from sore backs, tight muscles, aching feet, tired hands, stiff neck and the like. Using natural carrier oils and essential oils you can create a thoughtful gift that your valentine is sure to love -- especially if it comes with a massage. There are many types of carrier oils that work well for massage. My personal favorite is jojoba oil (or wax really). It has an incredibly long shelf life and absorbs quickly. Apricot kernel oil, coconut, grapeseed oil, almond oil, and many others are excellent as well. As far as essential oils go your blend will depend on your intention. Essential oils can be relaxing, anti-spasmodic, support l

Hawthorn Can Help the Heart in Many Ways

It's February and I'm thinking of hearts, love, and all things valentine. True heart health is something we can support for ones we love and hawthorn is an excellent herb for the heart. Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) is a member of the rosaceae or rose family. The common hawthorn is a shrub or small tree of 15-45 feet tall (5-14 meter) that flowers in late spring and later bears dark red berry-like fruit. The leaves, flowers, fruit, and twigs are used in traditional herbalism. Hawthorn is considered an exquisite herb for the heart. The berries, leaves, and flowers are rich in flavonoids, antioxidants, quercitin, vitamin B, and vitamin C. Hawthorn is said to help with angina, hardening of the

Relaxing Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil Shown to Reduce Heart Rate and Blood Pressure

It's February and hearts and valentines come to mind. It just so happens that ylang-ylang (Cananga odorata var. genuina) essential oil has a special relationship with the heart. Ylang-ylang essential oil has a sweet, sensual , strong floral aroma and is best used in small amounts. It is a base note that encourages relaxation, may promote feelings of euphoria, pleasure, joy, and sensual awakening. The Indonesians spread the flowers on the beds of newlyweds. The oil is derived from a beautiful hanging flower and may be termed "extra" (first fraction of distillation), third fraction, or complete. The "extra" is said to have the best scent but the third fraction is also used in perfumery and the

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