Five Top Essential Oil Resource Sites

Five Top Essential Oil Resource Sites

There are numerous websites you can discover on the Internet that provide information about essential oils. Many of these sites, unfortunately, do not provide accurate or safe information. Explore my five top essential oil resource sites. These are highly reputable sources of information.

AromaWeb

AromaWeb is a wonderful free site with a vast amount of information useful for new or seasoned essential oils users. You will find information about individual essential oils, hydrosols, carrier oils, and even some absolutes. It’s like having a free reference book online. Looking for safety factors, essential oil benefits, extraction methods, Latin names, notes, and much more, you’ll find it all here.

There are very helpful articles regarding safety (such an important issue), recommendations for proper dilutions, applications, finding non-brand specific quality essential oils, and so much more. There are also sections for locating additional resources, business directories, and education directories to help locate experienced professionals and schools.

Tisserand Institute

Robert Tisserand is, in my opinion, and in the opinion of MANY others, the expert on essential oil safety. He has written the go-to safety book along with Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety – Second Edition. This book is packed with detailed information experts often refer to and study. It took 12 years for the book to be completed. Once you see the book you will understand why and you will gain an immense appreciation for his work.

His free site, Tisserand Institute, offers infographics for easy reference, blog posts you can rely on, and multiple safety articles (Again, I don’t feel safety can be overstated and this is coming from the “safety guru”). He also provides a reading list, you know that’s got to be good, and several highly reputable sites you can access.

Aromatics International

Although Aromatics International sells essential oils, and I do love their oils, they are also one of my favorite sites for great information. There are numerous resources available on this site.

Here, you will find detailed information on individual essential oils, carriers, and much more. There is a section under the tab, “Learn”, where you will find an abundance of information. Areas of interest and importance include, essential oils, their purity, chemical families (I love this area and enjoy blending based on science), common essential oil “buzzwords”, therapeutic properties often heard in the medical environment, understanding shelf life of products used in aromatherapy, important information about blending (safety pops up again), and information on distillers, the hard workers who provide all the wonderful oils we love to use.

NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy)

NAHA is a non-profit organization promoting safe practices in holistic aromatherapy. The organization is very involved in supporting high standards in education and in the practice of aromatherapy.

On this website, you can read about safety (so important) and sustainability. It is vital to ensure plants harvested do not adversely affect the plant or animal kingdom. You will find a description of aromatherapy and essential oils with information on best practices. The association provides on-going research of essential oils to support their usage as well as monthly teleseminars/webinars promoting continuing education. You might want to consider becoming a member of this great organization.

AIA – Alliance of International Aromatherapists

The AIA is another great resource for the aromatherapy community. There are several levels of membership. Explore the generous information for anyone studying aromatherapy or actively involved in this modality. You can obtain knowledge to jump-start your entrance into the essential oil world. More experienced and professional essential oil enthusiasts will find this site VERY beneficial. The organization does a great job with monthly teleseminars providing continuing education. There is an excellent “Members Only Resource Section”. This area includes valuable research articles and information.

Summary

There are a number of excellent resources on the Internet. Just make sure you are accessing truly knowledgeable and verifiable sites. When I first became interested in learning about essential oils, I read all kinds of blogs. I thought the information was legitimate. I made indexed notebooks, bought essential oils that turned out to be less than the highest quality, watched YouTube videos, and any free webinars I could find. I wanted to learn. What I learned was, as I’m sure you’ve heard, not everything on the Internet is reliable. Fool me once… It was at this point I got rid of EVERYTHING I had so diligently put in my indexed notebooks.

My epiphany made me search for an accredited school where I could learn about essential oils. This was the best thing I could have done. The learning NEVER stops. Now in my seventh year in the world of aromatherapy, I have attained several goals and my knowledge level is so much more than it ever would have been on my original path. I am still on my journey and probably always will be. The world of plants is amazing. It seems the more one learns, the more you want to know. There is great value in using essential oils safely and effectively. You can do it too!

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SEVERE DANGER USING ESSENTIAL OILS

SEVERE DANGER USING ESSENTIAL OILS CAN BE AVOIDED

There is the potential for severe danger using essential oils improperly. Granted, essential oils are natural derivatives from plants. This does not mean they cannot cause harm. Unfortunately, many essential oil salespeople do not have solid knowledge regarding the safe use of essential oils. They are therefore unable to alert purchasers of potential safety risks with specific essential oils.

TRUE STORY

I would like to share a story of just such an occurrence. This experience presented a definite severe danger to this individual. A few months ago, I was contacted by a young lady who sounded very desperate for some help. She told me she had visited a natural health store to purchase some essential oils for a headache. This was her first time using essential oils.

She was sold two vials of essential oils, one peppermint, the other eucalyptus. She was instructed to mix the oils with water and apply topically. She also put it in her bath. She had immediate burning upon submerging in the water. The next day the burning was so intense she had to leave work early. She then found me online and hoped I could help her.

I asked her how much she had put in the bath and she replied the whole small vial. I have no idea how much that would have been. However, I feel certain it was not just a couple drops. I explained that peppermint is an essential oil that should be used in a bath with GREAT care, if at all. I personally would not use it. The chemical constituents of this oil can be intense especially when used in a warm bath. Warm water promotes absorption of the oils. Anytime essential oils of any kind are used in a bath, certain precautions should be taken. The oils should first be mixed with a dispersant such as a vegetable oil, or mixed with Epsom salt or magnesium flakes. Only a FEW drops are required, usually five – six drops of essential oils in a tub of water. Oil and water do not mix. Essential oils dropped directly into the water will not disperse into the water. This means the undiluted oils can come directly in contact with the skin. According to Salvatore Battaglia in his book, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy Second Edition, “Be cautious when using citrus oils such as peppermint, lemon or sweet orange and spice oils such as clove or cinnamon because they can easily irritate the skin when used in a bath. A prickly sensation may be felt and a rash may occur. If this happens the bath should be vacated immediately, the oil washed off and a vegetable oil such as jojoba should be applied to soothe the irritated skin.”

Imagine what the young lady experienced with a small VIAL, not just a FEW drops, of peppermint essential oil. She informed me her private areas were also burned. Since it was the second day after exposure to the oils, I told her I wasn’t sure if applying a vegetable oil to dilute any possible residual oils would help. She indicated she had olive oil on hand. I recommended aloe vera gel as well. She said she had an aloe plant and would try using it. I also urged her to reach out to a doctor if the situation warranted it.

I called her back the next day to check on her. She had not gone to work the next day. She had tried to get into a dermatologist’s office but could not get an appointment fast enough.  She was going to try to schedule an appointment with her primary care physician. I recommended she call the store where she purchased the oils.  By letting the store know what happened to her, it might prevent someone else from the same misinformation and bad experience.

WHAT EXPERTS SAY

The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, The Alliance of International Aromatherapists, and The Aromatherapy Registration Council all concur that using undiluted essential oils, especially oils that are considered mucous membrane irritants, should be used with great caution and in a properly diluted concentration. Robert Tisserand, a VERY respected expert on Essential Oil Safety, states that essential oils used in a bath should be mixed with a dispersant before using in a bath.

SUMMARY

Please use essential oils safely to prevent severe danger and injury. If you are new to essential oils, check with a certified aromatherapist or a registered aromatherapist for assistance. You can find these experienced individuals by clicking on the links above. You can search by state and city.  I am available to answer your questions on safety and can also be found in the links above. Using essential oils is a wonderful way to balance your well-being naturally and safely.

RESOURCES

Please visit the Resource pages of BLUE JEAN MAMA to see more safety information for your enhanced experience using essential oils. As a seasoned essential oil user or as a newbie, you will find valuable information on this site. Take a moment to make your essential oil experience better than you could imagine.

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REFERENCES

Battaglia, Salvatore – The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy   pg. 372 (One of my FAVORITE books)

Tisserand, Robert – Essential Oil Safety – Second Edition pg. 655

National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy

Alliance of International Aromatherapists

Aromatherapy Registration Council

 

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Debrah Nadler – CA, RA

Fall in Love with this Autumn Diffuser Blend

Fall in Love with this Autumn Diffuser Blend

Fall in Love with this Autumn Diffuser Blend

This autumn diffuser blend will get you ready for family times, sharing food, laughter, love, and fun. The smells of autumn bring back memories of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and oranges. Autumn also brings a change in the weather. Don’t let the thought of being stuck inside bother you. Enjoy the delicious aromas reminiscent of home cooked goodies to raise your spirits.  Welcome your family and friends into your home with this delightful diffuser blend.

DIFFUSER BLEND RECIPE

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

Fall in Love with this Autumn Diffuser Blend

Follow the directions for the amount of water for your specific essential oil diffuser.

Add the following:

  • 3 drops of Cinnamon Bark
  • 2 drops of Clove Bud
  • 4 drops of Sweet Orange
  • 1 drop of Nutmeg

(Adjust your blend to your room size, you may need a little more or less. It is easy to customize to your own preferences.)

STOCK BLEND

You can add the drops directly to your diffuser or make a stock blend. A stock blend is very convenient for on-going usage. To make a stock blend you simply use an empty, dark glass bottle with a dropper top. You can make a lot or a little. Multiply the number of drops in the single application by ten for easy math. If this seems like too much, just make the amount you think you will use in your home.

I recommend using the single size recipe first to make sure you are happy with the aroma. You can tweak the recipe to your personal preference.

You can make a similar blend by changing it up a bit. I love the addition of the Balsam Fir.

ALTERNATE RECIPE

A Stroll Through the Woods

Fall in Love with this Autumn Diffuser BlendFor a more wintery blend, try this combo:

  • 2 drops of Cinnamon Bark
  • 1 drops of Clove Bud
  • 3 drops of Sweet Orange
  • 4 drops of Balsam Fir

Use as directed above


ABOUT THE ESSENTIAL OILS

  1. Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum*) – A strong natural antibacterial essential oil. It brings warmth and is energizing. It is a rich aldehyde essential oil.
  2. Clove Bud (Eugenia caryophyllata*) – Has an uplifting aroma and is a phenol rich essential oil.
  3. Orange (Sweet) – (Citrus sinensis*) – It cleanses the air and offers an uplifting fresh aroma. This is a very rich monoterpene essential oil.
  4. Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans*) – This essential oil has a reputation for being a digestive tonic and stimulant. It is a monoterpene rich essential oil.
  5. Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea*) – It offers a fresh, clean aroma and is great for a healthy nasal function. This is a monoterpene rich oil.

* Denotes Latin name of essential oil

Please check our Reference page for suggestions of places you can purchase essential oils. The companies listed on this page offer GC/MS (Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry) reports or similar reports for you to look at. This is a way to feel assured your essential oils are not adulterated. As a Certified Aromatherapist, these companies are where I purchase my oils. The old saying, trust but verify, is REALLY important when it comes to essential oils. Make sure you get what you are paying for.

(I am an affiliate of some of the companies listed on the Reference page – any small amount of money received from these companies helps offset this site.)

ATTENTION “ESSENTIAL OIL NEWBIE”

 

ATTENTION “ESSENTIAL OIL NEWBIE”

As an “essential oil newbie”, you’ve probably heard about the wonders of using essential oils.  It sounds great and you may have even attended a “sharing essential oil party”. You may have been caught up in the wonders of the oils and bought some or many. You may have even signed up to become a health advocate or some similar impressive term for salesperson. STOP, think about what just happened. You purchased items that you hope will improve your life. The question is, will they or will they do harm to you or end up in the back of your cupboard, lost forever?

Did the person you purchased the oils from have the appropriate professional training and certification to promote these VERY potent essential oils or are they just trying to make a sale? It reminds me of the old days when salesmen went around the country with concoctions that were said to be the end-all for healthy living. Many companies recruit people to sell their products without the training required to safely protect the people that buy their oils. The result, the sales person makes money. In many situations an offer will be made to the untrained consumer, a chance of a lifetime to spread the word and make some amazing money for themselves. Putting money ahead of safety is not my idea of how things should be.

HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOURSELF?

Using essential oils can be overwhelming for a newbie or even a seasoned user. It doesn’t have to be, BUT…, you need to make sure you check out the company selling the oils. How?

Important Information to Look For

  1. Go to their website to see if they have a Certified or Clinical Aromatherapist on staff
  2. Does every bottle of essential oil have the date the essential oil was distilled? Essential oils DO have a lifespan. You want to make sure you know how old your oil is. The typical lifespan of the oil should also be available to you.
  3. Find out where they source their oils from
  4. Does the company purchase their essential oils from a distiller or a distributor? This can be a red flag. Adulterations are more apt to happen with a distributor.
  5. Are their oils organic, certified organic, or wild crafted (grown in the wild and not typically sprayed)?
  6. VERY IMPORTANT – does the company provide the Latin name and common name), of their oils? This can make a significant difference in the essential oil’s chemical constituents and performance since there are variations of many common named oils.
  7. Ask if the company provides samples. You can expect to pay a minimal but reasonable fee for a sample. Not all companies are willing to do this. This should not be a reason to pass on buying from the company if all other areas meet your approval.
  8. Cheap is not a bargain if you are looking for quality. Spending a competitive market price to get essential oils that will provide the benefits you are looking for is worth the price.

Do They Test ALL Their Oils?

  1. Do they test their oils with GC/MS (gas chromatography/mass spectrometry)? I know it is a big word. These tests can detect impurities and additives in the essential oils. The GC/MS report is an indication, although it is not 100% perfect, it is none the less important. If the company is willing to provide this report, you are on the right track. Make sure you can get your hands/eyes on the report rather than accepting the old “trust me”, we test all our oils statement.The proof is in seeing the report yourself.
  2. Are the GC/MS reports batch specific? Each harvest of the plants that essential oils come from varies due to weather, soil conditions, and location. It is therefore important to see the report specific to the harvest of the essential oil you are buying.
  3. Some very reputable companies will offer a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) report as well as a GC/MS report or only the MSDS report.

Any company that tells you they do not supply the reports, but they test all their oils, should be suspect. I have even had a company tell me they test their oils, but, the BIG but…, I would have to physically visit their business to see the report. REALLY, I think not. Trust but always verify.

Please visit the Resource pages of BLUE JEAN MAMA to see more safety information for your enhanced experience using essential oils, aka “the wonders of the amazing plant world”. As a seasoned essential oil user or as a newbie, you should find valuable information on this site to make your essential oil experience better than you could imagine.

Should You Use Essential Oils Internally?

Should You Use Essential Oils Internally?

There is a lot of buzz about using essential oils internally. Frankly it scares me. Essential oils are very powerful. Without proper usage they can have major consequences. The answer is mostly a no with specific and very important caveats. This method should ONLY be used when advised by a professional trained at an appropriate clinical level. This does not mean, someone who sells oils who’s knowledge is from hearsay or their up-lines. This is VERY serious business.

Should You Use Essential Oils Internally?

The benefits of using essential oils properly is HUGE. I use them on a very regular basis and find they have done great things for my family. I hope that you will be open to learning the proper way to use essential oils. Remember not everything on the Internet is true.

The well-respected, Robert Tisserand, who is the author of the second edition of Essential Oil Safety, says using essential oils can be a case of concern. “With oral administration there is greater risk of overdose, of gastric irritation, and of interactions with medications. Therefore only practitioners who are qualified to diagnose, trained to weigh risks against benefits, and have a knowledge of essential oil pharmacology should prescribe essential oils for oral administration.”

I have been doing some real soul searching about the way essential oils are sold. There seems to be a new company popping up every day. They all claim to have the best of the best but that doesn’t mean they really have a product you can trust. There are no industry standards for who can sell essential oils. It is therefore difficult to find properly trained essential oil sales people. I think most of the people who are involved in selling essential oils have their hearts in the right place.  I don’t believe enough salespeople understand how essential oils can impact the health of an individual when not used properly. Consideration must be taken to use them properly. Anything used on your body can be affected by several factors including allergies, health conditions, and age.

One essential oil, Tea Tree or a/k/a Melaleuca is often qualified as an essential oil that can be used orally. The Mayo Clinic states, “Avoid taking by mouth in people of all ages, due to possible nervous system toxicity, skin allergic reactions, decrease in white blood cells, and stomach and intestine complaints”. They do say that applied to the skin in a recommended dosage is likely safe. Using essential oil topically and diluted at the proper dilution rates or using the essential oils aromatically via an inhaler or a diffuser will be a much safer way to get great results.

Should You Use Essential Oils Internally?Using essential oils internally can lead to potential problems over the long term. The potency of an essential oil is far greater than the use of herbs. As an example, in an article written by Joseph Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P. for Backwoods Home Magazine, it states that it takes five pounds of peppermint leaves to make one ounce of peppermint essential oil. It further states that the FDA only requires ten percent essential oil in a bottle to be marketed as a pure essential oil. This shows two things, the incredible potency of a drop of a truly pure essential oil and also a big red flag. If companies can market their essential oil as “pure” with as little as ten percent true purity, what exactly are you purchasing? I am not comfortable with this. This is a great example of why you should request seeing a GC/MS report on every essential oil you purchase. A GC/MS report (Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry) gives the chemical components in a specific batch of essential oils and shows whether they are pure or if they have added synthetic chemicals or other additives in them.

In addition to this, using essential oils internally is a practice that is widespread in the sales of essential oils. Stop and think about who you are buying your oils from. Are they qualified to recommend you ingest such a potent substance? When I first started using essential oils, I read and listened to information from various sources. Typically, sales people are well-intentioned; they don’t realize the repercussions of internal use.

In the beginning of my journey into the essential oil world, I purchased gel and vegetable capsules to start using the essential oils internally but something in my gut just made be stop and ponder whether this really made any sense. I never managed to convince myself it was a good idea. You may have been using the essential oils this way and may not have experienced any problems to date. Long term use may become a different story. Smokers were told cigarettes would not harm them, even the doctors smoked. It wasn’t until years later that widespread problems arose and many deaths resulted. I am not comfortable with taking this kind of risk.

So What Should You Do?

  • Do not rely on information from sales people with fancy titles, Health Advocates, Associates, etc.
  • Do not trust that every company who advertises their products are “pure” are truly pure; remember they only need 10% of the essential oil to say it is PURE
  • Beware of companies that will not give you easy access to batch specific GC/MS reports
  • If you choose to use essential oils internally, only do so under the guidance of a practitioner with your state’s approval to prescribe them. They would be the only ones who have the knowledge to weigh the benefits against the risks. You are dealing with incredible and potent substances and they should be used appropriately.

I am an avid user of essential oils and have seen how they can offer benefits quickly and effectively without the use of toxic chemicals. I have taken a path to gain a more in-depth knowledge of the proper way to use them.  I have chosen to be a certified aromatherapist. I know this is not for everyone and it is not a fast program but it is a very worthwhile endeavor. I chose to receive my education from the Aromahead Institute which is approved by the NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy) and the AIA (Alliance of International Aromatherapists). I have enjoyed my education received from Aromahead’s Aromatherapy Certification Program. I will use this knowledge to to help others.

I know this article may upset some people, but, I cannot apologize for telling it like it is. Essential oils can deliver their incredible benefits in other ways. They can be used topically when DILUTED, inhaled in an easy to carry inhaler, in a bath properly dispersed with Epson salt, magnesium flakes, milk, etc. and in diffusers.  Note – Not every essential oil can be used in the same fashion as there are many factors to consider; age, health, essential oils properties, etc. Make sure you know how to safely use the essential oils.

I hope you will give some thought on how you are using your essential oils. Essential oils have much to offer when used appropriately with safety in mind.

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