Aromahead's September Newsletter:
Your September Guide to Pain Relief!

Newsletter from: Andrea, Karen, and Jenny

From Andrea, Karen, and Jenny

Hi friend,

Happy September!

We’ve been super busy with a series of free trainings called Unlock Your Essential Oil Confidence with Approachable Chemistry. 

It’s been an absolute BLAST! The trainings are full of excited people who are passionate to learn more about essential oils. 

As fun as it’s been, it’s also a bit of a whirlwind. 

We make sure to take time each day to appreciate each other, and to connect with nature as the seasons slip from summer into fall. 

Since our heads are even more full of essential oil chemistry than usual, you’ll find some of that in this month’s newsletter.

You’ll learn a bit of science behind some of the most potent recipes we can create: recipes for pain relief. Blends for natural pain relief have to WORK (and work WELL), so it’s important that they’re based on research.

Enjoy… and remember to appreciate the last days of summer!

Love,
Andrea, Karen, and Jenny


Balsam Poplar

A Recipe for You:
Better Knees with Balsam Oil

Balsam Poplar essential oil contains a rarely occurring component called α-bisabolol. 

It’s a sesquiterpenol known for calming inflammation. α-bisabolol plays a big role in Balsam Poplar oil’s ability to soothe joints… even those that always seem to be achy and asking for extra care. (α-bisabolol also shows up in German Chamomile oil, Matricaria recutita, which is another oil that’s famous for offering pain relief.)*

This recipe combines Balsam Poplar oil with other inflammation-calming oils to comfort your knees.

Better Knees with Balsam Oil

  • 1 oz (30 ml) Trauma Oil
  • 7 drops Balsam Poplar oil (Populus balsamifera)
  • 5 drops Sweet Orange oil (Citrus sinensis)
  • 3 drops Gingergrass oil (Cymbopogon martinii var. sofia)
  • 3 drops Juniper Berry oil (Juniperus communis)

This blend is made in a base of Trauma Oil, which is actually a combination of three herbally infused oils: arnica, St. John’s wort, and calendula.

Massage it into your knees as “kneeded” (I couldn’t resist the pun!)

* α-bisabolol can potentially cause drug interactions. Use essential oils containing this component with caution if you take SSRIs, antidepressants, codeine, or tamoxifen.


Aromahead Graduate Gets Out Of Her Wheelchair And Teaches Others

On the Aromahead Blog:
Aromahead Graduate Gets Out of Her Wheelchair and Teaches Others

When Andrea Bailey-Tweed writes about her sickness (on her website), she doesn’t go into much detail. 

She simply describes it as “a downward spiral that I thought would never end.”

Andrea saw countless doctors, who all told her that she would never get better. They said she just had to learn to live with her condition. Eventually, Andrea wound up in a wheelchair. She believed she would never walk again.

At her wits’ end, Andrea prayed for help.

The answer came to her in a dream.

Read more about Andrea’s story here >>

More from the Aromahead Blog...

🌿 3 Ways to Use Coriander Essential Oil in Your Life

🌿 Ahh, Relief! Essential Oils for Shoulder Pain

🌿 This Cooling Oil from Australia Makes the PERFECT Muscle Massage Recipe!


Botanica2020 Background

Our Aromatherapy World:
Botanica2020!
(September 18 – September 20)

The most anticipated aromatherapy conference in the world kicks off in just 2 days!

There’s still time to get your virtual tickets to botanica2020.

This 3-day virtual conference about aromatherapy, herbalism, and other natural modalities features world-renowned speakers, masterclasses, discussion panels with experts, and even a virtual trade show.

Here’s a small sample of the fascinating topics scheduled:

  • Essential oils as multifunctional tools to mitigate devastating effects of air pollution on human health (with Ruta Aldonyte)
  • Antiviral and virucidal properties of essential oils: a systematic review (with Didier Pesoni, Marco Velussi, and Pascale Frennet)
  • The efficacy of aromatherapy in palliative care: a clinical perspective (with Carol Rose)


Botanica won’t be held again until 2022. Don’t miss this chance to attend!

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


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Tips from the Aromahead Team:
Michele makes tea from scratch! 

This month’s tip comes from Michele, one of our delightful Case Study Instructors who works one-on-one with students in the Aromatherapy Certification Program.

Michele makes this tea from scratch every few days. It looks delicious!

"I make this fresh every few days using dried Reishi mushroom slices, fresh-grated Ginger, and a dash of local maple syrup to add some sweetness. I love drinking this tea to help boost my immune system and support healthy digestion."

Her recipe makes 3-4 servings:
• 3 grams dried Reishi Mushroom
• 3 grams fresh grated Ginger Root
• 1-2 tbs Maple Syrup or Honey
• 5 cups of filtered water or spring water.

Add the dried Reishi Mushroom to boiling water, then turn the heat down to low and simmer for 45 minutes, adding more water as needed. Add fresh grated Ginger Root and simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes.

Strain with a fine mesh strainer, add Maple Syrup or Honey, stir and enjoy!


 Essential Oil Recipe for Kids Scrapes and Bruises

Aromatherapy Video:
Essential Oil Recipe for Kids Scrapes and Bruises

Kids need natural pain relief, too!

This recipe blends essential oils that are rich in soothing components which can help skin and muscles repair themselves: 

Lavender: rich in linalool and linalyl acetate
Helichrysum: rich in neryl acetate
Frankincense: rich in α-pinene

Make the recipe along with Karen!


See you next month!

Before we go, we want to leave you with a short list of a few essential oil components known to calm inflammation (and pain). 

If you see that an essential oil contains a high percentage of one (or more) of these constituents, you can make an educated guess that the oil will be helpful for pain relief. (Please make sure to use your oils safely.)

  • 1,8-cineole: found in Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
  • α-bisabolol: found in Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamifera)
  • α-pinene: found in Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • Limonene: found in Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis
  • Eugenol: found in Clove Bud (Syzygium aromaticum/Eugenia caryophyllata)
  • Linalool: found in Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Neryl acetate: found in Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)

See you in October!

Love,
Andrea, Karen, and Jenny