An essential oil monograph is a detailed profile of a specific essential oil. This includes but is not limited to the following:
Botanical Name/Latin Binomial
Chemotype if Applicable
Climate and Locations in which the plant typically grows
Harvest and Extraction Method
Essential Oil Characteristics:
Blending Factor (strength of aroma)
Common Name – Peppermint Essential Oil
Botanical Name/Latin Binomial – Mentha x piperita
Join Beverley Gray Oct. 30th – 31st on a journey celebrating wild medicinal, aromatic, and food plants used for health and healing.
Dates: October 30th and 31st, 2015
Times: October 30th- 6:00pm to 9:00pm; October 31st – 9:00am to 4:00pm
Location: The Sidney Hotel, 9805 Seaport Place, Sidney, BC V8L 4X3
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The Alliance of International Aromatherapists will host a gathering of aromatherapists, massage therapists, doctors, nurses and many other holistic practitioners at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Downtown Convention Center, September 10-13, 2015, in Denver, Colorado.
With the title, Creating Higher Standards for Aromatherapy, AIA is hosting an array of industry leaders who will be presenting on a variety of topics including the
Aromatherapy certification is not about taking a one or two day (or even a 2 – 3 hour) workshop which just covers basic aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy certification courses should include safety, history, botany, chemistry, blending guidelines and application methods, business and ethics, anatomy and physiology, holistic aromatherapy as well as the profiles of essential oils, carrier oils and other carriers.
Aromatherapy certification courses
The word ‘attar’ is Arabic and it literally means scent. The practice of extracting and using attars is thought to be over 5000 years old. A true attar is made from flower petals, spices, grasses etc. distilled in water (or sometimes oil). One unique feature of an attar distillation is that no separate condenser is used. The unique aroma of
Within organic chemistry, we find different chemical constituents that make up the functional groups to which chemotypes belong.
A single species of plants can have several different chemotypes based on its chemical composition. A plant such as basil grown in one area might produce an essential oil with a very different chemistry than basil grown in another location.
For example, Basil (estragole
Also known as Chaste tree and Monk’s pepper, Vitex is steam distilled from either the leaves which contain anywhere from 15% – 35% 1,8-cineole followed by 7% – 17% Sabinene or from the seeds which produce a different chemistry – with Sabinene comprising anywhere from 7% – 44% of the key constituents and 1,8-cinelole between 8% – 23%. Often the
Palo Santo is a deciduous tree that grows in the tropical areas of Latin and South America. This tall tropical tree is related to both frankincense and myrrh. It was named by the indigenous people – in Spanish, meaning ‘holy wood’ or ‘wood of the saints’.
The genus Bursera is named after the botanist Joachim Burser, who
This past weekend Valerie Ann Worwood conducted a two-day seminar which I organized on behalf of the BCAPA. Valerie’s books were some of the first I purchased as a new aromatherapist and it was an honour to meet the great lady in person. Her topic was cellular memory with some Aroma Genera mixed in. Very fascinating! This week I plan