February 20, 2019

Aromahead's February Newsletter


From Andrea

Essential oils for Mental FocusHi,

Did you know essential oils can help sharpen your mental focus? (Maybe you want to use some while reading this newsletter . . .)

The oils that tend to help us concentrate have effects like clearing the head, encouraging circulation, and infusing us with energy.

Some oils have been used for clarity and concentration throughout history, too. Rosemary and Clary Sage come to mind! It’s said that Rosemary was sometimes woven into “crowns” and worn by students in Ancient Greece, while Clary Sage used to be called “Clear Eye,” and was used to support inspiration and create “a balance of stimulation and relaxation.” (That line comes from Gabriel Mojay’s book Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit.)

The oils I want to share in this month’s newsletter have a “paradoxical” effect: they’re expansive and opening, while also helping us focus and get things done.

The kind of expansion they offer isn’t airy or whimsical. It’s more grounding, connecting us with the moment and reminding us of what’s important. That’s why they’re great friends when we want to be productive.

You know what always makes me feel productive? Making Aromatherapy blends! Have fun with the recipes!

Love,
Andrea


A Recipe for You: Incense + Herb Headache Oil

44-FrankincenseOne of my favorite essential oils for relieving a headache naturally is Frankincense. It knows exactly how to calm inflammation around the head and neck, while also inspiring feelings of being mentally centered, aware, and peaceful.

In this headache oil, I’m combining Frankincense with Rosemary, with its fresh and alert presence, and a single drop of Patchouli to give some depth to the aroma and bring its own kind of serenity.

Incense & Herb Headache Oil

  • 1 oz (30 ml) jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)

  • 10 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)

  • 6 drops Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor)

  • 1 drop Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)

Make this blend in a 1 oz (30 ml) bottle. Combine the jojoba and essential oils and shake gently.

Apply a bit of the oil to your neck and shoulders (especially the back of your neck) when you have a headache. It will help calm inflammation and tension in your muscles, which radiates up to soothe head pain. If you like, you can massage a few drops into your scalp. Be sure to keep it away from your eyes, though!


On the Aromahead Blog: Essential Oils for Mental Focus!

Blog-October-23-Essential-Oils-for-Mental-Focus-Easy-Attention-Inhaler-and-Oil-Recipes-FB-V1-500x500Okay! It’s time to write the blog post for this week!

...Oh, I forgot to feed the cats!

Okay, NOW it is time to write the blog post. I wonder what I should tell everyone about essential oils this week? Maybe . . . maybe I will have a big salad full of radishes for dinner, and a cup of mint tea afterward. That sounds delicious. . .

Oh, I just can’t concentrate! I think I need some essential oils for mental focus!

Read more . . . 


Our Aromatherapy World: AromaBox

AROMAbox-Logo-black-pink-300x106Subscription boxes are so fun and useful if you have a hobby, like cooking or Aromatherapy!

You can have a box delivered to you regularly, and get introduced to new recipes or essential oils that you might not have found on your own.

Lisa Sweet Kinsey is an Aromahead graduate who has created an Aromatherapy subscription box!

It’s called AromaBox. Each AromaBox contains a variety of “handpicked Aromatherapy, skin care, and lifestyle products” from small businesses and artisans. What a great way to discover new products and aromas!

Lisa used to be a social worker and early childhood educator. Now she has translated her love for Aromatherapy into a beautiful business, and is cultivating relationships with fellow Aromatherapy lovers around the world, to include their products in AromaBox.

When you open an AromaBox, you’ll find:

  • 5 full-sized Aromatherapy products

  • 2 or more high-quality product samples

  • An informational AromaTips card with a botanical photo, safety information, and more

  • A selection of special offers and discounts

  • And more fun treats that they pack into every box!

Boxes are delivered every two months, so you have time to experience each of the products. You can learn more and sign up here!


Business Tip: Hootsuite 

hootsuite-LogoOne of the most amazing tools for promoting your business—for FREE—is social media.

And you have so many options! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and more.

That means there’s a lot of opportunity to reach a lot of people.

It also means that staying on top of your social media to-do list might get a little overwhelming.

Hootsuite is a free tool that lets you schedule posts on different social media platforms. So for example, instead of logging into Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube individually, you can simply pull up your Hootsuite dashboard and look at your different social media feeds—all in one place, side by side.

You can even schedule a post and have it published to all three platforms—so you don’t have to create three different posts!

The free version lets you use three social media profiles, but they have paid versions that can incorporate 10, 20, or more.
I really believe that social media should make our lives easier and our businesses more fun. It doesn’t have to be something stressful that adds a lot of weight to our to-do list. Hootsuite is an efficient and fun tool you can try. 


Aromahead Video: What is an essential oil?

Youtube- Feb 7- What is an essential oil - 1200 x 1200 - V1-1I’ve been teaching people about essential oils for over 20 years.

And there’s 1 question that people have been asking me since the beginning! (Even before I started teaching.)

So in this short video, I explain the answer to “What is an essential oil?” And I show you behind-the-scenes pictures of how Tea Tree and Helichrysum essential oils are produced.

This is a popular question, and now you’ll be able to give people the answer yourself!

Watch the video and enjoy the recipe!

These days, there is a popular opinion that our attention spans are very short. But I think that in most cases, our minds are very capable of giving attention to the things that matter. Sometimes we have to arrange our schedules and environments to help reduce distractions. Sometimes practicing meditation or regular contemplation can help us learn to use our attention, like a “tool.” And essential oils offer us so much support when we’re remembering to be intentional with our mental focus, to help sharpen and clarify it. They can help us feel more present, more productive, and more happy with how we’re spending our days!

Love,
Andrea