Aromahead's August Newsletter:
Your August Guide to Essential Oil Science & Chemistry!

Newsletter from: Andrea, Karen, and Jenny

From Andrea, Karen, and Jenny

Hi friend,

Welcome to August!

As a member of the Aromahead community, you’re aware that essential oils can be very effective for addressing health issues naturally.

This month, we’re talking about WHY they’re so powerful.

It’s all to do with science.

Anyone can learn to understand a bit of essential oil science—even if you didn’t ace chemistry in high school!

Below, you’ll find recipes and info on the natural chemical components that make each one effective. This is fun! Because (for example) when you understand which components make Lavender soothing, you can easily spot those components in other oils and say to yourself, “I bet this oil is soothing like Lavender!”

The same goes for components that are good for immune support, reducing germs, calming inflammation, and more.

Below, you’ll also hear from a woman who went from being a real estate underwriter to a full-time aromatherapist, and discover options for learning more about essential oils.

Andrea, Karen, and Jenny

balm of gilead

A Recipe for You:
Balm of Gilead Throat Care Oil

This throat care oil recipe is rich in a component called linalool. Science tells us that linalool can calm inflammation and spasms. In this recipe we’re using a few oils that are chock-full of linalool: Bergamot Mint and Ghandi Root.

We’re also using Sweet Orange and Black Pepper oils, which contain limonene—another component that’s a potent pain reliever, and which can reduce a wide variety of germs.

Black Pepper oil also contains something called β-caryophyllene, which contributes to its pronounced throat-soothing effects. (In fact, Black Pepper oil is being researched for its potential to help smokers!)

Balm of Gilead Throat Care Oil

  • 1 oz (30 ml) Balm of Gilead infused oil (Populus balsamifera)
  • 6 drops Bergamot Mint oil (Mentha citrata)
  • 5 drops Sweet Orange oil (Citrus sinensis)
  • 4 drops Ghandi Root oil (Homalomena aromatica)
  • 3 drops Black Pepper oil (Piper nigrum)

Make this blend in a 1 oz (30 ml) bottle.

Pour the Balm of Gilead infused oil into the bottle, and add the drops of essential oil. (If you don’t have Balm of Gilead infused oil, jojoba will work great!) Shake well, and massage the oil into your neck and chest as needed.

Aromatherapist Top 10 Influential People in Childcare

On the Aromahead Blog:
Aromahead Grad Among the Top 10 Influential People in Childcare!

Angela Spencer opened her own professional nursery by age 21, caring for babies and children.

She loved it, and she ran similar businesses for over 24 years!

But when Angela had her own children, she was dismayed that they couldn’t sleep through the night for the first few years of their lives. She’d cared for so many children… why were her own so restless?

Angela learned to use aromatherapy to help moms and babies, and became an internationally respected childcare expert!


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Botanica2020 Background

Our Aromatherapy World:
(September 18 – September 20)

The essential oil world has been buzzing about whether the most anticipated aromatherapy conference in the world would be cancelled this year.

Good news! Botanica2020 is ON! 

The organizers of botanica2020 have gone virtual. Everyone is invited to this 3-day conference featuring speakers, masterclasses, and discussion panels on clinical aromatherapy, herbal therapies, and other natural healing modalities. There will also be a virtual trade show!

Attend BOTANICA2020 Online! See the full program and register here!

💜 Aromahead Institute is proud to be a main sponsor of Botanica2020! 💜

Essential Wellbeings

“One day I decided I was not a real estate underwriter anymore!”

Melissa Bunce was on a walk with her husband when they stopped in a sweet little garden shop.

To her surprise, Melissa wasn’t drawn to the flowers. Instead, a display of essential oil bottles caught her attention. She still remembers the first essential oil she ever picked up and smelled—Rosemary! 

Not long after, Melissa’s newborn son came down with a series of ear infections. Melissa was a real estate underwriter at the time, but began researching essential oils on the side so she could help her son.* It was the beginning of a new life! Melissa says,

“In 2002 I began my journey as an aromatherapist, and I’ve been creating essential oil blends for the mind, body, and spirit ever since.” 

Melissa earned her aromatherapy certification from Aromahead, and opened her own business—Essential Wellbeings. (No more real estate underwriting for Melissa!)

Today, Essential Wellbeings is a thriving business selling essential oils, herbal products, loose teas, and more.

Visit Melissa’s website!

* Please don’t use essential oils for babies without education, and never put essential oils in a child’s ears.

Michelle Gilber

Tips from the Aromahead Team:
Michelle is a coffee lover!

This month’s tip comes from Michelle, a brilliant Case Study Instructor who works with students one-on-one in our Aromatherapy Certification Program. Michelle is a coffee lover! She told us about Cleveland's own Phoenix Coffee Company, and its delicious roast Finca Esperanza.

I love this coffee, but even more than that, I'm proud to support this roaster who is not only local to my community but also respects our environment and its stewards. Phoenix Coffee has partnered with a biodynamic farmer (Smithsonian Bird Friendly, Organic certified) and uses a special fermentation process to create this luscious chocolatey, cherry roast.  It's so important to support our local businesses during this unique time in history, especially when they are working in harmony with the earth.”

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Aromatherapy Video:
Essential Oil Recipe for Kids Scrapes and Bruises

Learn to use 3 essential oils that help kids feel better after they get a cut, scrape, or bruise.

This aloe-based blend includes Lavender, which is rich in linalool (the same component that’s so prominent in the Balm of Gilead Throat Care Oil recipe above!) Karen is using a lower dilution in this recipe, since it’s for kids and we want to respect their sensitive systems. 

Watch the recipe video!

See you next month!

Before we say goodbye, there’s one more important aspect of immune support we want to touch on:

Keeping your home clean.

Germs and microbes sure do like to collect in our homes, don’t they? They build up on countertops, doorknobs, and cabinets. They collect on keyboards and phones. They even float around in our indoor air. 

That’s why keeping your home clean is key to staying healthy.

And since toxic chemical cleaners can cause respiratory issues or allergies, we suggest avoiding those whenever possible. (They can also be challenging for the plants and animals we love.)

Instead, make your own all-natural, essential oil cleaners. Here’s a recipe for The Best Smelling Natural Cleaning Spray with Essential Oils.

(Here’s a tip! In the recipe, try replacing 0.75 oz of the water with high-proof alcohol (190 proof, such as Everclear) to destroy as many germs as possible.)

See you in August!

Andrea, Karen, and Jenn